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Live Interactive Educational Broadcast
of the Great American Total Solar Eclipse
   Monday, August 21st, 10:00am - 11:00am

How to Listen In
for schools, individuals or organizations

The Eclipse "Star-Net" interactive seminar will be broadcast on the new Desert Amateur Radio Network. 

1. Schools with licensed amateur radio students can simply request their students bring their radios to school that day to let everyone share some fun facts and listen in and relay questions to our guest astronomers from their schools.

2. Schools without licensed amateur radio operators can contact us so we can help find a guest radio operator to visit and support their students to interact with the event.

3. Anyone can listen in via amateur radio or by tuning their amateur radio or scanner to the frequencies below.

4. If you miss it, don't worry, My La Paz will be sharing a recording of the event via a link on our website in the coming weeks.

Frequency List:
Desert Amateur Radio Network (D.A.R.N.)

Cunningham Peak
147.06+ MHz, PL 203.5

Guadalupe Peak
145.31- MHz, PL 107.2

Centennial Park
446.50 MHz Simplex

Bouse Elementary
446.00 MHz Simplex

  • About Eclipse     Schedule     Where to View     How to View     Safety     Links

    Please join us to listen in, ask questions and learn about the Great American Total Solar Eclipse from youth in our schools and guest astronomers, Nidhi Patel and Raman Biju, while you are observing the eclipse. The live interactive and educational broadcast will occur on our new Desert Amateur Radio Network.

    About Eclipse
    On August 21st, 2017, peple across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.

    The Arizona Amateur Radio Association, a youth-led project of My La Paz Inc., have coordinated a live interactive educational broadcast during the peak of the eclipse here from 10:00 to 11:00 on Monday, August 21st via the new Desert Amateur Radio Network.  Several elementary school students, among the 70 new radio operators in our region, have volunteered to share some fun facts with everyone listening in and Shawnee, our StarNet hostess, will be introducing our special guest astronomers, Nidhi Patel and Raman Biju, to share information and to answer questions from school students and other individuals listening in while observing the eclipse.

    The so-called "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" will darken skies all the way from the west coast to the east coast of our country, along a vertical stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon this "path of totality" for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience. In La Paz and Riverside counties we will not experience the "total" solare eclipse but still a remarkable 0.7 magnitude eclipse.

    In La Paz and eastern Riverside counties the peak of the eclipse will be at approximately 10:30am so we plan to hold our live, interactive broadcast from 10:00am to 11:00am.

    Where to View
    You can see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun, anywhere in North America. To see a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you must be in the path of totality. The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East. The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT. From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.

    How to View and Safety

    Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

    Eclipse glasses
    The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at left) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products and observe the following safety tips:

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • Remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.


For younger students: 6 minutes:
For older students:  21 minutes:

   Our Special Guests

StarNet Host

Arizona Amateur Radio Association (AZARA)

Special Guest Astronomers

Nidhi Patel

Biju Raman

County Schools - La Paz & Riverside