Shortwave Radio Presentation Scheduled At PARI Oct. 10


The public is invited to hear Thomas Witherspoon discuss shortwave radio at PARI Friday, Oct. 10. The evening will include a tour of the PARI campus and, weather permitting, celestial observations with PARI telescopes. Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. For more information, visit or call (828) 862-5554.

The public is invited to a discussion of shortwave radio by acclaimed international expert Thomas Witherspoon Friday, Oct. 10, at PARI. The presentation is part of the monthly Evening at PARI series and is open to the public. The evening will include a tour of the PARI campus and, weather permitting, celestial observations using PARI's telescopes.

Witherspoon is the publisher of the popular radio communications blog, the SWLing (Shortwave Listen-ing) Post, and is a columnist and feature writer for The Spectrum Monitor magazine. A graduate of Western Carolina University, With-erspoon completed his master's degree at the London School of Economics and has been interviewed about shortwave radio by the BBC World Service, Public Radio International, United Nations Radio and a number of other international media outlets.

"Shortwave radio is an international communications medium that has been in existence for nearly one hundred years," said Witherspoon, "yet this vintage technology supports an ever-evolving multicultural landscape that, remarkably, remains relevant today. The Internet and mobile technologies have made the dissemination of information more readily accessible to many, yet shortwave radio remains viable and dynamic, and in many ways still outstrips the Internet.

"I plan to share some of shortwave radio's diverse voices and investigate some of the technology used to receive them. So, if you are a shortwave enthusiast, or simply interested in learning more about shortwave, this program is for you and will be suitable for all ages."

The Evening at PARI program will begin at 7 p.m. with the presentation, followed by a campus tour, a trip to the Exhibit Gallery and an observing session. The program will take place regardless of the weather so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for being outside and to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Each participant will also have the opportunity to have a photo taken with a PARI telescope and will receive a subscription to the PARI newsletter and a 10 percent discount on PARI merchandise.

Reservations are re-quired and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. Evening at PARI programs cost $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military and $10 for children under 14. Register and pay online at or call (828) 862-5554. For additional information contact PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth at cwhit

About PARI

The Pisgah Astronom-ical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, the PARI campus was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities.

Today, the 200-acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research.


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