SEASIDE — NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, a veteran of a long-duration mission to the International Space Station and the last mission of space shuttle Discovery, will be the featured speaker at the Sea-Pac Northwest Amateur Radio Convention banquet Saturday evening at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center, 415 First Ave.

Sea-Pac members from five northwestern states will hear a motivational keynote address titled “Living in the Ultimate Ham Platform.” During his presentation, Barratt (amateur call sign KD7MIJ) will discuss his most recent spaceflight mission, living aboard the station and the use of ham radio on the orbiting laboratory.

The convention, which is open to the public, takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. General admission is $10 per person.

The banquet will be held from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the convention center banquet room, with a pre-banquet happy hour from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the lobby. The cost is $25 per person. For information about banquet tickets, call Wayne Schuler at (360) 892-5580.

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