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

Calendar of Events

Future Events

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).  This year's location will be at KARS 1 Park in Merritt Island, FL.  More event planning details are coming in the near future.  http://www.arrl.org/field-day

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

 

Recent 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!

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/ .

View the calendar below for recurring & future events!

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