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Monday, June 6, 2016 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Go On Air with Highland Road Park Observatory and The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club

Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO), 13800 Highland Road, invites you to take part in the "original social medium," ham radio communication, on Sat., June 25 from 2-10 p.m. for American Radio Relay League Field Day.


The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club (BRARC) returns to HRPO to teach the joys and importance of ham radio in communication and emergency situations. Amateur radio is invaluable during emergencies, allows people to socialize across great distances without a monthly bill, and is very useful when letting others know about oncoming inclement weather. And if you are a "ham", it's even possible to be listening and receive a "general call" from an astronaut in space! Participants can learn how to send your name in Morse code, contact "hams" in other states, and find out how to obtain your own transmitting license in this great hobby that is over 100 years old! There will also be a solar viewing from 2-4 p.m. and evening sky viewing from 7:30-10 p.m.


Officially, "Field Day" is a suspenseful and exciting 24-hour nationwide emergency exercise of endurance. BRARC will set up temporary stations at HRPO and join similar clubs across the continent using a mix of battery, solar and low power outputs to make contact with stations all over North America.


HRPO is opening this unique experience to the public from 2-10 p.m., free of charge.


For more information, call the observatory at 225-768-9948 or visit


HRPO is brought to the public by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. HRPO was featured in a National Geographic program and is the site of dozens of asteroid discoveries. Remember, the darker the sky, the more HRPO can show you; let's use artificial lights that are capped or shielded! Contact the BREC Foundation for instructions on donating to HRPO.

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