August 2019 President’s Notes – Upcoming SLSRC Outreach Events

If you haven’t noticed, the club has quite a bit of activities either planned, scheduled or in process for the next few months, so I’d like to bring you up to speed on these efforts.

Back in July, SLSRC teamed up with Woodridge Middle School at Fair St. Louis to help promote Amateur Radio and the ARISS contact up coming in December.  Lots of work will go into planning and making that ARISS contact happen for the students of Woodridge Middle School and we are planning on broadcasting the event on an SLSRC repeater along with streaming on YouTube.  SLSRC is already planning on helping another school with their ARISS contact sometime in 2020, so stay tuned for more info.

Since the Fair St. Louis event, SLSRC has been contacted a few times to help promote Amateur Radio around the community with different groups.  The St. Louis Robotics club reached out to us and invited the club to a STEM event at World Wide Technologies race track in Collinsville, IL August 22-24.  If you are interested in helping with that event, please contact me for more details.

In September 14th, we are teaming up with Tom (NØTJD) to help promote a “Satellite Field Day”.  This will be an opportunity to come out and learn more about how to work satellites, what type of equipment you’ll need and how to track the “birds”.  Come out and actually make a contact through a satellite. More details to come so check our website for more info.

The St. Louis Science Center holds a “First Friday” event during the fall and winter months where they promote science groups and projects related to a theme.  The October 4th First Friday theme is “Stranger Things”. If you’re not familiar with that Netflix show, it features Amateur Radio in the story line, so it’s a natural fit for us to have a table to promote the club.  We are looking for volunteers to help with that event at the Science Center. We will be partnering with Woodridge Middle School and sharing a table with them.

In November we will be presenting to the St. Louis Linux Users Group to show them a little about Amateur Radio and how it can fit into their open source platform.  We will bring some Raspberry Pi’s running APRS software and also show off some open source software defined radio platforms. If you are interested in helping, please let me know.

December 13th we have our annual Holiday Dinner.  Details are still to be announced, but I know the team is planning some exciting after dinner events for the group.

There are other regularly scheduled events like our monthly breakfasts, nets and general meetings that I hope are already on your calendar.  Be looking in the next few weeks for more communication about these events I’ve outlined above if you are interested in helping.

Kyle Krieg,
President, SLSRC