SpaceX Demo-2 Mission
N1KSC UHF Repeater Support of NASA PAO Live Audio Events
Posted May 20, 2020 (website Editor)
The KARC N1KSC 70cm UHF repeater will be supporting NASA/KSC PAO (Public
Affairs Office) launch operations commentary for the upcoming SpaceX Commercial Crew Demo-2 mission, with a planned liftoff for
Wednesday May 27th at 4:33pm EDT (scrubbed); now
rescheduled for Saturday May 30th at 3:22pm EDT).
Several special event transmissions are planned featuring live audio feed from NASA's public affairs office, starting today Wed May 20th with the crew arrival to KSC and running through launch day Wed May 27th. A full schedule of the live audio events that KARC will support transmission can be found here (updated as required).
Anyone with a 70cm FM compatible radio and within range of the repeater coverage can enjoy the retransmissions. Repeater Rx freq = 444.925 MHz (no PL tone required to monitor). Please note that during the support of the live audio coverage, the repeater will be not open to regular use (emergency traffic can take priority if required).
Note: This is a similar community service that LISATS provides on their 2m repeater (146.940 MHz) located in Merritt Island, FL.
Kit Build Party - 2019 (now 2020)
Date TBD - The KSC Amateur Radio Club is once again planning to host a kit building party at KARS I Park. The kit selected is a QRPGuys Digital Field Strength Meter (price ~$30). A field strength meter is one of ham radio's earliest diagnostic tools that can be used in a variety of tasks inside the shack and out in the field, from detecting RF leaks in coax cables, testing antenna improvements, and aid in determining antenna emission patterns.
Update: Signup for the kit build has been incredible (over 20 and counting). Unfortunately, the supplier may be unable to fulfil the kit order in a timely fashion. Alternate kit plans are being evaluated. Stay tuned...
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)!
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 curiosity 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.
Second Wednesday of every month @ 16:30 (4:30pm local time)
The KSC Amateur Radio Club meets regularly 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.
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 Merritt Island, FL. You must pre-register by 7pm the prior Thursday (no walk-ins accepted). For more details: KARC ARRL VE Sessions Info
April 25-26, 2019 - KSC Amateur Radio Club once again is planning to participate for the fifth straight year in the Florida QSO Party (http://floridaqsoparty.org/). Last year all 67 Florida counties were on the air with plentiful fixed and mobile/portable stations activating many of them on both modes. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic "stay-at-home" mandate, the FQP will temporarily allow for distributed multi-ops within the same QTH county if there is not simultaneous transmission on the same band/mode. Please click here for more details from our KARC Activities Officer.
KARC Annual End-Of-Year (Holiday) Social Event - 2019
Dec 7 - The KSC Amateur Radio Club will be holding the annual end-of-year (holiday) social event at Brasas Grill Brazilian Steakhouse in Merritt Island, FL on Saturday December 7th. Please join us for what promises to be an enjoyable meal and good company. Spouces, family, and friends are welcome. Please contact the KARC Activities Officer for additional details. Come join us in celebrating another wonderful year of club activities and welcoming in the holidays together!
ARRL November Phone Sweepstakes - 2019
Nov 16-18, 2019 - Tis Autumn! Cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, drier days and the airwaves filled with QSO exchanges during the ARRL November Sweepstakes! What could be better than dropping by the EML Shack 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. 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.
KARC Supports KSC New Employee Orientation (NEO)
November 7, 2019 - N1KSC supported the KSC New Employee Orientation held in the SSPF for new engineers. This event is held three times a year, providing new employees with a comprehensive overview of NASA/KSC, including an opportunity to check out the various KSC Exchange activities offered. Several folks dropped by the table to check out the Club. Bianca Rhym, Andrew Lopatin, and Kevin Zari volunteered to support the event. This is the third time KARC has participated, and we look forward to supporting future NEO's.
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 2019
August 17th & 18th, 2019 - The KSC Amateur Radio Club is once again planning to participate this year by putting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse On-The-Air for ILLW! The objective of the ILLW event is stated as "to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, to promote amateur radio and to foster International goodwill.
Click here for a summary report from our Activities Officer
Antenna Party & Tower/Trailer Preps
August 3, 2019 - In preparation for the upcoming ILLW event, the KARC had an antenna and tower/trailer preparations work party at the logistics building on Saturday August 10th. We refurbished the previously donated Cushcraft A4S tri-band antenna; returning it to an operational condition. In addition, we completed the installation of our Yaesu G800 rotator & mast onto the loaned mobile tower/trailer assembly. These preparations will enable beam antenna operations for the first time in a field environment; specifically, the ILLW event at CC Lighthouse on Aug 17/18th. Big thanks go to Andy Lopatin KB3KX, John McCardle KN4OBL, Michael Seay WA4ECT, Jeff Stewart KX4NM, Scott Vangen WB0QMZ, and Mike Williamson KF4PGQ for their time and help to get this task accomplished for the club.
View the calendar below for recurring & future events!