Call for NN3SI volunteers-Smithsonian ARC
pk at washcable.tv
Fri Dec 12 00:48:24 CST 2003
The Smithsonian Amateur Radio Club, which operates
the NN3SI Club Station on the first floor of the
Museum of American History, is in need of volunteer
"Duty Operators", who can help demonstrate the station
to visitors one day a week from 10 to 3. If not
every week, twice a month would be welcome on a
prearranged schedule. The Museum is located near
the Smithsonian Metro.
The NN3SI Club Station is one of the highest-
visibility ham stations in the country --- the
Museum of American History receives around 5
million visitors a year. AMSAT recently donated
the Microsat Mechanical Test Model to the Smithsonian,
and it will soon be suspended from the ceiling
in front of NN3SI. It would be helpful to have
AMSAT volunteers on hand to explain the Microsats
and other OSCAR satellites to visitors. Plans
call for a major expansion of the station in the
next few years in order to make it an even more
"Duty Operators" are considered official volunteers,
a very prestigious position similar to a docent.
Below is the Smithsonian's official "job description"
(with minor updates suggested by Carl Lagoda, W3CL).
If you're able to help out, please send an e-mail
to Carl, NN3SI Senior Operator, at <clag at att.net>
with a copy to me.
Thanks for your help. It should be fun!
w3pk at amsat.org
DESCRIPTION OF TASKS (include location of work and any accessibility
The Smithsonian Institution is licensed by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to operate Amateur Radio Station NN3SI. The station is
located at the National Museum of American History, within the Information
Age exhibition. The mission of the station is two-fold: (1) inform radio
contacts about the Smithsonian Institution and its mission, and (2) inform
museum visitors about the global hobby of amateur radio and its place
within the array of communications technologies displayed in Information Age.
The station offers Duty Operators a choice of activities on amateur radio
frequency bands between 3.5 and 144 MHz, including: SSB (voice), FM
(voice), CW (Morse code), RTTY (radio-teletype), SSTV (slow-scan TV),
computer digital software for various modes of emission, PSK-31 and
satellite communications. In addition to routine activities, Duty
Operators also supervise Guest Operators. These are licensed radio
amateurs from around the world who operate the station by appointment
during their visit to the museum. Occasionally, Duty Operators participate
in special events, which include contests and remembrance of historical events.
The station operates daily from 10am to 3pm (except for December 25th), and
an attempt is made to have two operators on duty each day, one to operate,
the other to explain and answer questions.
REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION:
Radio amateurs licensed by the FCC at the General Class or higher are
eligible to volunteer at NN3SI. (To preserve the station's amateur status,
Smithsonian employees who are licensed operators may not operate the
station during working hours unless on annual leave.) Volunteer operators
are expected to be familiar with the rules and regulations of the Federal
Communications Commission. Experience with operating an amateur station is
recommended, though not essential.
Training is provided regarding museum standards and practices relative to
the operation of the station. Station equipment, layout and procedures are
explained to the volunteer so that he or she becomes familiar with
operating the station. Volunteers are expected to be able to operate all
equipment installed in the station. Instructional and technical books
explaining the station equipment are available for study.
Prospective Duty Operators are evaluated after receiving training and must
be approved by senior operators prior to being scheduled for regular duty.
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