Allen Public Library “Apollo 13 – A Miracle in Outer Space” Live Streamed (5-21-20) 7:30PM.

Here’s the info on the announcement from the 10AM net.

Apollo 13-A Miracle in Outer Space will be streaming on the Allen Public Library site.
Associated Press reporter Rusty Williams will discuss all the “behind the scenes” activities of Apollo 13.  Last month was the 50th Anniversary of the mission.  Rusty will answer your submitted questions about the flight.  He was in Houston, reporting on the mission when the third mission to land on the moon became a race against time, to get the astronauts home.  It sounds really interesting.

This event will be live streamed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at https://allentx.swagit.com/live/.

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Apollo 13-A Miracle in Outer Space

Live but virtual program presented by former Associated Press reporter Rusty Williams at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at https://allentx.swagit.com/live/   Audience can submit questions until 8:30 p.m., May 21 at liveonstage@cityofallen.org.   Former KERA-FM news editor B. J. Austin will interview Williams on-stage at the Allen Public Library

Fifty years ago the world held its breath as three American astronauts drifted through space in a crippled command module. With depleted oxygen tanks and only a trickle of electric power, only gravity, precise navigation, and a miracle of engineering could save them from a dark and lingering death in deep space.

The dramatic story of Apollo 13 has been told in books, documentaries, and a movie, but writer-historian Rusty Williams witnessed events first-hand from the Mission Operations Control Room at the Manned Spacecraft Center.  As a junior reporter for the Associated Press, Williams observed ─ and wrote about ─ the backstage magic eventually brought the astronauts home safely.

Williams will tell his exciting story through a virtual presentation for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at  https://allentx.swagit.com/live/.  Former KERA-FM news editor and CBS Radio broadcaster B. J. Austin will interview Williams on-stage at the Allen Public Library, asking for details and stories not generally known to the public.  Questions from the audience will be accepted until 8:30 p.m. May 21.   Please submit your questions to liveonstage@cityofallen.org.                                                     

Rusty Williams is an award-winning writer and speaker, the author of four history books.  His Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) was named “Best Book of Oklahoma History, 2016” by the Oklahoma Historical Society.  My Old Confederate Home—A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kentucky, 2010) won the 2011 Douglas S. Freeman Award for Southern History.

Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.

 

 

 

 

Skynet 5-16-20 “X-37B’s No-So-Secret Payloads” & “The Arc to Arcturus” 9PM CT

200506-f-xx000-0004SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “X-37B Not So Secret Payloads” & “The Arc to Arcturus”

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “The Beyond” (2018)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

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Tech Net News 05-16-2020

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This deadly bird is prettier than most! Hint—don’t feed it. Credit: en.wikipedia.org

Coming up just one week from today, this month’s lab will focus on the Winlink radio e-mail software, which is both fun and useful in an emergency. Served agencies just love to use email when they can, and Winlink is a way to get it through.

The contest calendar has plenty of operating possibilities even if there’s nothing famous. The RSGB Hope QSO Party is continuing, and there are some unusual events like the Portuguese Navy Day contest and a CW event to honor the King of Spain.

In amateur radio news, a new release candidate for WSJT-X has been released. It offers improved decoding speed and reliability, so you should give it a try.

The ARRL reports that the amateur radio transponder on Huskysat-1 is now open for use, offering an inverting transponder with VHF up and UHF down.

UPDATE: Gus, W5GUS, mentions that next (Memorial Day) weekend will feature the Strange Antenna Challenge, where your goal is to make HF contacts using debris you might find after a natural disaster, not the usual wire or pipe antennas. It’s time to get out your toughest old antenna tuner and load up a tomato cage!

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Tech Net News 05-09-2020

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Two stars orbiting the center of mass they share with a hidden, nearby black hole. Credit: ESO

I’m sorry that I’m late posting my news today…Erin and I got to install some bees in a hive at our house! We were distracted this afternoon.

Our club will continue to hold virtual Lecture and Lab events. This month’s lab will focus on the Winlink radio e-mail software, which can be very useful both for fun and in an emergency. Radiograms work, and sending them is a good skill…but served agencies just love to use email when they can.

The contest calendar for this week is full of little sprint events, which are great if you have a chance to try one. The RSGB Hope QSO Party continues, and if you want an electrifying contest experience, you could try out the Contest Volta RTTY contest, sponsored by the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani.

And one quick tip: if you want to quickly check the time in UTC, just use https://time.is/UTC. You can also use their front page to check if your computer’s clock is reasonably correct.

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Skynet 5-9-20 “The Starlink Satellite Constellation” & “The Star Regulus” 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Starlink Satellite Constellation” & “The Star Regulus”

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “The Cosmic Man” (1958)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

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Lecture And Lab May 2020

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Still Keeping with the times the DARC Lecture And Lab for May 23, 2020 has gone virtual! Join us at 11am Central Time from the comfort and safety of your home. In this virtual Lab And Lecture, John Galvin N5TIM will be presenting WinLink Express Fundamentals and getting your PC setup and running with WinLink. If you ever wanted to get setup and running on WinLink this is for you. More Details below.

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