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

Calendar of Events

Future Events

Florida QSO Party 2019

April 27-28, 2019 - KSC Amateur Radio Club once again is planning to participate for the fourth 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.  More than 550 stations participated and the logs received represent about 120,000 QSO’s - Wow!  Regardless if you are a serious or casual participant … the Florida QSO Party was designed to be a FUN operating event. Why not give it a try?  Details to come!

ARRL Field Day 2019

Jun 22-23, 2019 - The KSC Amateur Radio Club will participate again this year in the single most popular Amateur Radio on-the-air event!  More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather to operate from remote locations.  We typically operate as a 2A station, with one rig devoted to phone (SSB) operations and one rig supporting digital modes (mostly PSK31).  More event planning details are coming in the near future.  http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Recent Events

KARC Supports KSC New Employee Orientation (NEO)

April 11, 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.  Approximately a dozen folks dropped by the table to check out the Club.  John McCardle KN4OBL, Robert Schwader KN4NNJ, Scott Vangen WB0QMZ, and Kevin Zari KK4YEL volunteered to support the event, including setting up an operational station.  Jim Hale KA3DHV created a KARC tri-fold information flyer which we debuted for this event.  This is the first time KARC has participated, and we look forward to supporting future NEO's.

ARISS / NOTA Slow Scan TV Event (Update)

February 15, 2019 - N1KSC successfully downloaded two NOTA SSTV images from an ISS pass, and obtained a special ARISS recognition award (see picture).  

 

February 15-17, 2019 - Another opportunity to obtain the NOTA SSTV images will occur this weekend starting Friday Feb 15 at 8:45 UTC, and running to Sunday Feb 17 at 17:25 UTC.  For clarity, these will be the same images that were downloaded last weekend.

 

February 8-10, 2019 - ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 8 at 14:00 UTC and run through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 18:30 UTC.

 

SSTV operations is a process by which images are sent from the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio and received by ham operators, shortwave listeners and other radio enthusiasts on Earth, similar to pictures shared on cell phones using twitter or instagram.

 

When this event becomes active, SSTV images will be transmitted from the ISS at the frequency of 145.80 MHz using the SSTV mode of PD120 and can be received using ham radio equipment as simple as a 2 meter handheld radio or a common shortwave or scanner receiver the covers the 2 meter ham band. After connecting the audio output of the radio receiver to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV, the SSTV images can be displayed.

 

Transmissions will consist of eight NASA On The Air (NOTA) images see https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/ , In addition, four ARISS commemorative images will also be included.

 

Once received, Images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php .

 

In addition, you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. Once the event begins, see details at https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ .

CQ CQ - Happy Holidays!

Thanks to all for a fun & productive year, and we look forward to the coming new year of club operating activities, projects, and comaraderie in amateur radio!  First club activity in 2019 is an off-site social meeting on Wednesday Jan 9th 5pm at Playalinda Brewing Co., Brix Project (5220 S. Washington St, Titusville).

KARC Holiday Party

Sunday Dec 9, 2018 - This year's KARC Holiday Party will be lunch (11am - 2pm) at Alfredo's Kitchen in Merritti Island (https://alfredoparadisokitchen.com/), owned by the same Chef Alfredo who owns Alfredo's Paradiso, where we hosted previous holiday parties.  This is a private party, meaning we will have the entire place to ourselves.  We have a minumum rate the facility will cost us, so we really need to understand if you will attend.  Please reply back to Kevin Zari promptly if you (and guest) are planning on attending.  Please join us for this fun end-of-the-year club celebration event!

6m Antenna Installation Party

Nov 30 & Dec 1, 2018 - 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").  The build & installation party will assemble the new antenna, install it on the tower mast, and build/run new coax cables as required.  This will be the first opportunity to test & use the new tower tilt-motor!  We will also take advantage of the tower lower/raise to exercise our hurricane procedures, and also install a HF antenna switch (for future wire antennas).

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!  http://www.arrl.org/sweepstakes

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.

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!

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 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.

 

  • Club Meetings (Monthly)

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.

 

  • 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 Merritt Island, FL.  You must pre-register by 7pm the prior Thursday (no walk-ins accepted).  For more details: KARC ARRL VE Sessions Info

 

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