Live satellite telecast from Everest Base Camp to
Schools, Monday April 11th
be a live satellite telecast to schools across
Canada from Mount Everest base camp with Dr Sean Egan and Kanatek’s Terry Kell
next Monday night, April 11th, 8:15 p.m. EDST. Dr Egan and Mr. Kell will talk
to students about base camp and introduce other members of the team. They will
talk about Dr Egan’s message of fitness and health and the technology that is
being networked at Base Camp. This will be followed by a question and answer
session direct with students across Canada. It will be 6am on Tuesday 12th at
is called “Yakkin with Sean”.
Egan, 63, is an accomplished mountaineer and professor of Human Kinetics at
the University of Ottawa. He is preparing for a summit attempt on Mount
Everest in May. Terry Kell is the president of Kanatek Technologies, the
sponsor of Sean’s bid to be the oldest Canadian to stand on top of Everest. He
has been part of a team trekking to Base Camp since the end of March.
Technology: The expedition at Base Camp on Mount Everest will call the Kanatek
office in Canada via satellite phone and set up a conference call. The audio
will be directed into Kanatek's telephone conference bridge.
Halifax team will connect to the Kanatek teleconference and route the audio
through the internet to a unique Canadian invention,
the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) reflector
in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Participating schools across the country will
connect to the Saskatoon reflector by amateur radio through their local IRLP
nodes. The event operator in Halifax will enable the switching needed to
steer the conversation back and forth between the expedition on Mount Everest
and the schools taking part.
hoped to set up a video link as well and once it is established, the audio and
video sections will be split at Kanatek's office in Kanata, Ontario. The video
from the Mount Everest satellite telecast will be fed by the Kanatek team in
Kanata into an internet webcast stream. The high speed wireless internet that
has been arranged for R. Tait McKenzie Public School in Almonte, Ontario, will
enable it to receive the webcast and project it to the audience.
When? Participating schools
McKenzie Public School, Almonte, Ontario, 8.15pm, Monday April 11th
Manan Community School, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, 9.15pm, Monday April 11th
Murray Collegiate Institute, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 6.15pm, Monday April
Chestermere Lake Middle School, Chestermere, Alberta, 6.15pm, Monday April
Elementary School, Duncan, British Columbia, 5.15pm, Monday April 11th
Unique National Amateur Radio Connection
approval of Industry Canada, it’s possible to have schools across Canada
taking part in this special contact by amateur radio through the IRLP. R.
Tait McKenzie Public School will lead the questioning of Dr Egan by amateur
radio, followed by each of the other participating schools in the national
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Youth Education Program (YEP).
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