**IMPORTANT FIRST EMAIL BLAST**/NASA Broadcast and Webcast Details, Surrogate Kit Pi

Greetings Teams!

It is hard to believe that Kickoff is just 5 days away. We are looking forward to seeing many you at our Manchester Kickoff. For those of you attending a remote Kickoff, you will be able to view the event via simulcast. If you are unable to attend either the Manchester or a remote Kickoff, please remember that you can view the Kickoff via NASA Webcast or Broadcast at:

NASA Webcast
The webcast will be from 10AM EST - 12PM EST, January 10, 2004 available at http://robotics.nasa.gov/events/webcasts/kickoff.htm Please check out the link early to be sure you have the latest technology needed to view the webcast.

NASA Broadcast
The NASA broadcast is scheduled from 10AM - 12PM EST, January 10, 2004.
For Channel/Cable Channel/Dish/Satellite Broadcasts: the NTV is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.

Bill of Materials Now Available On-Line!

Bill of Materials for wooden practice fields is now available at http://www.usfirst.org/robotics/doc_updt.htm

IMPORTANT Surrogate Kit Pick-Up Procedure
If your team is unable to pick-up its Kit of Parts (KOP) at the Kickoff selected, an alternate team may do so. The team unable to attend must provide FIRST with an authorization letter signed by the main contact on school or sponsor letterhead.

The letter must be faxed to Team Support at 603-666-3907 no later than January 8, 2004, with a hard copy to follow. Please send hard copy to FIRST, Attn.Team Support, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101. The letter should include the following:

1.) Your team number and the pick-up location;
2.) The name and team number of the representative picking up the kit.

Please provide the team representative picking up for your team a copy of the letter to bring with him/her to the appropriate Kickoff!

KOP Information
Please remember there will be two different KOPs distributed this year. One kit will be for first (rookie 2004) and second year (rookie 2003) teams, as well as teams that competed prior to 2003 but not in 2003. This kit will have an additional battery charger and compressor. The KOP receipt for this kit will be Yellow. All other teams will receive the standard KOP. The KOP receipt for this kit will be Green.

Your KOP receipt will be given to you at registration on Saturday.

As always, if you have any questions or issues please contact Team Support at [email protected] or call us at 800-871-8326, Option 1.

Go Teams!

Oooooo… lots of PVC… and wood… this is going to be interesting… :yikes:

Hmm, looking on DISHNetwork I see NASA channel, that’s the same one I’d get if I cranked up the big ole’ C-Band isn’t it?


Kickoff for DISH Network is channel 213 NASA TV.
(No oval dish required, that would be for Direct TV only - I think)

Yes, I have done this before, and taped kickoff for the last couple years and plan on doing the same thing again this year!!! lol

Oh and BTW, I just checked and NASA TV on DISH Network is about 10 seconds AHEAD of the video feed on the NASA TV webcast… which is located here:

:stuck_out_tongue: I will know the future before all of you do!!!

(BTW, This is NOT the link that is active now on the page that FIRST gave out, that page has the kickoff from 2003 still there with Will Smith getting all jiggy with it in the intro!! :rolleyes: )

But, I do believe that this link will replace that one in time.

(Hey look at that, I see Mr. Dave Lavery on NASA TV!! :smiley: )

Direct TV requires the oval dish and a multi-switch receiver. Channel 376 in my area.

It’s kind of ironic that NASA TV and RFD network share the same band-width.