Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club - N1KSC
Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club - N1KSC

Calendar of Events

Future Events

NASA On-The-Air (NOTA) SSTV Downlink Special Event from ISS

Oct 27-29, 2018 - The cosmonauts are scheduled to begin the Slow Scan Television (SSTV) event this Saturday at 10:00 UTC, ending transmission on Monday 19:30 UTC.  Six of the total twelve downlinked images transmitted from ISS will be for NASA on the Air.  You don’t need any fancy setup to hear them.  The Russian SSTV equipment aboard ISS uses FM, so even a HT will work - you can even decode some passes with a Boafeng while standing in a parking lot, and decoded them in real time with an iPhone/iPad app.

There are two really nice, high elevation passes this weekend. One on Saturday around 14:30 local time, and one on Sunday at 13:30. Folks will be at the shack both days around the time of the passes. Why not drive in and experience the excitement of seeing images decoding in real-time from our new satellite setup?  The shack will have folks in it this Saturday 14:00 - 15:00 (local), and Sunday 13:00 - 14:00 (local).  There's two low elevation passes on Monday which we'll also have the shack open; 12:30 - 13:00 (local) and 14:00 - 14:30 (local).  With a ten minute ISS pass, we can expect to capture at least 2 complete images.  Come join us if you want to see history in the making.  See more details in our News section of the website.

ARRL November Phone Sweepstakes - 2018

Nov 17-19, 2018 - Ah Autumn!  Cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, drier days and the airwaves filled with QSO exchanges during the ARRL November Sweepstakes!  We’ll have a blast this year, especially with the added gain from our beam antennas mounted high atop the sturdy and beautiful Heights tower.  What could be better than dropping by the EML for a few hours to enjoy the sheer pleasure and relative ease of contesting from the comfort and luxury of this well-equipped, modern radio room.


The goal of the November sweepstakes is to exchange information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. Our new rotatable 20, 15 and 10 meter beam antennas should make connecting with distant operators a breeze.  Working the November Sweepstakes is guaranteed to help you build confidence in your ability to operate amateur radio gear and learn to manage exhilarating pileups, all while experiencing the comradery of the amateur radio community at large.


We’re just over a month away from the start of this fun filled event, so make your plans to participate now. Be a part of making this year, even better than last year. Mike Williamson has volunteered to help set up the shift schedule, so please standby for his email and signup for a shift, or two.  Hope to see you there!

6m Antenna Installation Party (TBD)

Date TBD - Installation of a new 6m antenna to our existing tower is being made possible by a kind donation to the club by one of our members.  The new antenna will be installed at the very top of our tower mast, and will provide a new operating VHF band ("the magic band").  When the hardware arrives, we will have an installation party to assemble the new antenna, install it on the tower mast, and build/run new coax cables as required.  We will also take advantage of the tower lower/raise to exercise our hurricane procedures, and also install an antenna switch (for future wire antennas).  Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead!

Recent Events

Satellite Antennas Upgrade Installation Party

Sept 27-29, 2018 - KARC successfully upgraded from the existing iso-loop satellite omni-directional antennas setup to a new directional (AZ/EL) circular polarized 70cm & 2m Yagi antennas setup; specifically, the M2INC "LEO-Pack".  The new antenna setup provides improved satellite communications reliability with increased signal gain and reduced signal fading.  The two new Yagi antennas were assembled Thursday, the new coax & rotator cables fabricated Friday, and Saturday completed all of the rooftop work with the non-penetrating base, mast, AZ/EL rotator, and antenna mounting; along with cable routing and other final integration work.  Initial tests and satellite contacts confirm a significant gain in sensitivity, and enhanced operational capability.  Thanks to all the club members that volunteered their time, energy, and generous donations to help make this happen.  The upgraded satellite antenna system is fully operational and ready for club member use!

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW 2018

August 18-19, 2018 - For the third year in a row, KARC enjoyed operating this fun & unique event held at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  Despite challenging band conditions, we logged 216 QSO's; contacting 39 states, 9 DX countries, and 17 fellow lighthouses.  In addition, 21 satellite contacts were obtained by Kevin Zari KK4YEL with a handheld Arrow antenna (pictured).  Kind permission of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation allowed for the use of the adjacent "Keepers Closet" gift shop trailer which made operating very convenient & comfortable. Thanks to all who participated and helped to make this a very successful and enjoyable club activity.  The event is organized by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS), which was founded in 2000.  For more information about ILLW:

NASA 60th Anniversary Special Event Operations (KARC Shack)

Sunday July 29, 2018 (9:00am to 12:00pm local) - The KARC shack in the EML building operated in support of a NASA-On-The-Air (NOTA) activity; celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Act by then President Eisenhower in 1958.  There was lots of interest by fellow hams eager to contact one of the NASA centers around the nation during this NOTA event (KSC had a steady pileup, with ~125 contacts during the three hour window of operation).  Thanks to those that joined in on the fun helping N1KSC make contacts during this event!

ARRL Field Day 2018

Jun 23-24, 2018 - The KSC Amateur Radio Club participated in the ARRL Field Day at the Valiant Air Command Museum in Titusville, FL.  This is the single most popular Amateur Radio on-the-air event!  More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather to operate from remote locations.  We operated as a 2A station, with one rig devoted to phone (SSB) operations and one rig supporting digital modes (mostly PSK31).  Although some severe weather did cut us short on the first day of the event on Saturday, we reactivated on Sunday morning and had an enjoyable sunny day of operating our two stations!  More event summary details & pictures coming.

K1EL PaddleStick CW Keyer Kit Build Party

June 9, 2018 - KARS 1 Park Conference Room in Merrit Island. Several members joined in on a group discounted purchase of ten (10)  K1EL PaddleStick CW Keyer kits when proposed at the last club social meeting.  Eight participants were in attendance for the assembly party fun at KARS Park, and all kits operated succesfully when completed (including a couple first time kit builders).  The PaddleStick CW Keyer when assembled provides a clever non-mechanical capacitive coupled compact iambic keyer, with bult-in sidetone and numerous features and programming capabilities.

Recurring Events

N1KSC Repeater Net (Weekly)

Every Thursday @ 19:30 (7:30pm local time)

The KSC Amateur Radio Club has its weekly repeater net every Thursday at 19:30 local time on the N1KSC 70cm repeater.  The repeater frequency is 444.925 MHz with a 131.8 Hz tone (in/out), standard +5MHz offset. Please join us if you are a licensed amateur radio operator (you need not be a member to participate)!


KARC Open Shack (Twice Monthly)

First & Third Wednesday of every month @ 16:30 (4:30pm - 6:00pm local time)

KARC invites anyone to drop by the EML Building Club Shack during this open door time.  Although the shack is available to club members any date/time, this time period is guaranteed to have a club member present and the door open to anyone having a curiousity to drop by and check out the shack, learn about amateur radio, participate with some radio contacts, or just see what's happening.  Badged access to KSC is required.


Club Meetings (Monthly)

Second Wednesday of every month @ 16:30 (4:30pm local time)

The KSC Amateur Radio Club meets regularily for club business, special presentations, and social gathering.  Check the Events Calendar for the details on upcoming meetings.  On-Site (KSC) meetings are held at the EML Building Conference Room, Off-Site meetings are held at KARS I Park Conference Bldg in Merritt Island, and social gatherings vary on location to encourage wide participation.  You need not be a member to attend any meeting or social; however, badged access to KSC is required for on-center meetings.


Amateur Radio License Exam Sessions (Monthly)

Third Tuesday of every month @ 17:30 (5:30pm local time)

The KSC Amateur Radio Club sponsors ARRL Volunteer Exam (VE) test sessions for those wishing to become licensed amateur radio operators, or upgrade their existing amateur radio license.  The exams are administered at the KARS Park 1 conference room in Merrit Island, FL.  You must pre-register by 7pm the prior Thursday (no walk-ins accepted).  For more details: KARC ARRL VE Sessions Info


NASA On-The-Air (Year Long Special Event)

Dec 2017 through Dec 2018 (multiple anniversary event dates)

2018 is a big year for NASA anniversaries and we’d like for you to help us celebrate.  NASA was created in 1958, the first manned lunar mission was in 1968, and the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched in 1998.  The club stations at the various NASA centers and facilities plan to be on the air with special events to celebrate these milestones and some may be offering commemorative QSL cards.  There will be a special certificate indicating how many centers you worked on various bands and modes that may be downloaded.  QSL instructions are available on the QRZ.COM site for each individual club station.  We have a web-based system for you to check your points total and download a certificate at the end of the event in December 2018.  Visit the Scores section for a link to that system.  Points will be awarded for each center worked on each band and mode (phone, CW, digital).

  • Apollo 17 45th anniversary – 11-19 December 2017, beginning of event
  • NASA founded 60th anniversary (act signed by President Eisenhower) – 29 July 1958
  • ISS First Element Launch 20th anniversary – 20 November 1998
  • ISS Node 1 Launch 20th anniversary – 4 December 1998
  • 50th anniversary  of Apollo 8 – launch 21 December 1968, splashdown 27 December, end of event

For complete details please visit: NASA On-The-Air Special Event Website

NASA/KSC Press Release: NASA On-The-Air Announcement

View the calendar below for recurring & future events!

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