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20120220 - T minus 11 hours 37 minutes 23 seconds and counting...

posted 19 Feb 2012, 14:42 by Onno Benschop
Bringing together the resouces of the WA State Records office, the WA Museum and the City of Perth, Amateur Radio is making a name for itself in Western Australia and across the globe.

Monday February 20 from 5pm the City of Perth will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Orbit of John Glenn which he made on the 20th of February 1962. During the celebrations the International Space Station will be live on stage with students from across Western Australia asking questions to an astronaut in space.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the ARISS team, NASA and the Hills Amateur Radio Group, the general public will be introduced to Amateur Radio and its role in providing Earth contacts between the crew of the International Space Station and schools, amateurs and others.

There will be trackers from Muchea and Carnarvon, Amateurs from around the state, and a host of dignitaries on hand to make this an event worthy of John Glenn's achievement. John Glenn will be part of the celebrations with a message for the people of Perth and Rockingham.

The Northbridge Piazza is located on the corner of James and Lake Streets in Northbridge. Parking is available acoss the road in the Roe Street Car Park.

If you're unable to make it to Northbridge, you can listen in using IRLP, Echolink and a web-stream. Details are available on the WA Museum City of Light web-site [http://museum.wa.gov.au/city-lights] and the Hills Amateur Radio Group web-site. [harg.org.au/ariss]

The cast to pull this off is enormous and we'll be adding a list of credits to the HARG site in coming days. Next week we'll have a report on how it all went down, needless to say it's getting very exciting, T minus 11 hours 37 minutes 23 seconds and counting...
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