MTARA Meeting this Friday, November 16, 2018. Doors open at 7 pm.

MTARA collaborates with Pathfinder Regional Vocational Tech High School.

On Friday, November 2, 2018 @ 10:50 am in the Pathfinder HVAC Shop, history was made! Successful contact with the ARISS was achieved using LIVE amateur radio connection with ARISS Astronaut Serena Aunon Cha to.

Hear students as they direct their questions with Astronaut Serena Aunon Chato.

HVAC/R Instructors & MTARA members: Mariusz Zielinski KB1MDS & Schley Warren, KA1TDL worked tirelessly with their Pathfinder students to accomplish this historic event.

MTARA extends special recognition to Gary Thomas, AA1UE of The Wealth Technology Group & Lifetime MTARA member. When asked, Gary immediately volunteered to be a mentor and actively provided technological guidance & benefactor. Al Grimaldi, KB1XG, for his technical & media assistance, generous donation of time amateur radio equipment. Plus, many other MTARA members.  

Active MTARA members under direction of VE Team Leader, Jeff Bail, NT1K, were very generous with their time in administering the testing for these students Amateur Licensing. Hope you are able to make this exciting meeting.

Al Grimaldi, KB1XG

MTARA Program Director


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 ARISS / Satellite Station mile-stone.
Antennas with masts mounted on June 12, 2018.

The ARISS project that has been endorsed and supported by our Club and has come to a very important crossroad. 

Congratulations to Pathfinder advancing with 13 of the 25 schools and organizations to Phase 2 in the ARISS-US [Amateur Radio on the International Space Station] TEAM competition! Schools and organizations are competing for the opportunity to communicate, using amateur radio, with astronauts living and working on the International Space Station.    

In Phase 2 of this competition, all 13 finalists, including Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, will submit an amateur radio equipment plan to demonstrate the capability to execute ham radio contact with the International Space Station. An ARISS technical team will make final selections. Finalists will be scheduled to communicate with the International Space Station during the 2nd half of 2018.

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