On November 14, the Board of Directors of the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco hosted a reception in celebration of the Centers Amateur Radio and Weather stations that were graciously donated by The Brandenburg Foundation and The Goldblatt Family Trust, respectively. Representatives from the Plano ARK, McKinney ARC, Denton County ARC, Lake Area ARKC, Dallas ARC and Richardson Wireless Klub were invited to attend. Attending on behalf of the ARRL was WGD Director Woolweaver, K5RAV and NTX Section Manager, Walt Mayfield, KE5SOO.
The project began with a donation by David and Diana Brandenburg of the Brandenburg Life Foundation in February 2012 with full installation being completed in October. David, K5RQ, has provided funding for amateur radio stations in schools and museums throughout the country including the Heard Museum in McKinney, Haggard Middle School in Plano and the Saint Paul School in Richardson. Additional funding for a WeatherBug commercial-grade weather station was provided by the Goldblatt Family Trust. The installation at Sci-Tech provides up-to-the-minute reporting of weather conditions on the Internet and is used by WFAA Channel 8, an ABC affiliate, as well as other news organizations that monitor weather in the north Texas area. Multiple NTX Amateur Radio operators and clubs are supporting the Sci-Tech Discovery station and are staffing the station at least one Saturday per month.