[amsat-bb] Sat Presentation in Illinois

Clint Bradford clintbradford at mac.com
Tue Mar 16 20:24:01 PDT 2010

I just finished giving my "How to Work Amateur Satellites with Low Power" presentation to a classroom in Southern Illinois.

Club president Gregg Sperling, KB9E, contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if I could speak at the March meeting of his Southern Illinois University Amateur Radio Club in Carbondale, IL. 

NO - I didn't use up my wife's frequent flyer miles. We did it via Skype. Audio AND video.

I prepared a .pdf file ahead of time, tailored to the club (I always have a couple club-related trivia questions ... and always have the club's grid square id'd in the program) - and emailed it ahead of time to the tech guy. All slides were numbered, so we could stay in sync. The club used a computer/projector to show the slideshow, and I was able to see and hear  the classroom attendees - and they could see and hear me - via Skype.

Skype is almost "full duplex," so I could hear comments and questions ... and I could see when a hand raised up for a question. It really worked out well!

So, presenters: I guess we are no longer limited to "hundred mile radii" restrictions for our shows! It wasn't as effective as actually going to a site, demo'ing a FM bird, THEN presenting. But it sure got the word out to a club that I couldn't physically get to!

We had a great time!

Clint Bradford, K6LCS

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