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

Calendar of Events

Future Events

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 Mission

N1KSC UHF Repeater Support of NASA PAO Live Audio Events 

Posted Oct 27, 2021 (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-3 mission, with a planned liftoff from Launch Complex 39A on Sunday October 31st at 2:21am EDT (delayed 72 hrs due to weather); now planned for Wednesday November 2nd at 1:10am EDT (delayed due to minor medical issue with one of the crew); now planned for Saturday November 6th at 11:36 EDT (delayed for predicted weather), now planned for NET Monday November 8th at 9:51pm EST (delayed), now planned for NET Wednesday November 10th at 9:03pm EST.  Repeater transmission of NASA PAO launch coverage will begin one hour before liftoff, and complete upon successful orbit insertion. 

 

NASA and SpaceX once again are gearing up to launch astronauts on an American rocket and spacecraft from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.  NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 is the third crew rotation mission that will carry an international crew of four astronauts on a six-month science expedition to the microgravity laboratory.  More Info

 

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.

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 (Uncrewed)

N1KSC UHF Repeater Support of NASA PAO Live Audio Events 

Posted July 29, 2021 (website Editor)

The KARC N1KSC 70cm UHF repeater will be supporting NASA/KSC PAO (Public Affairs Office) launch operations commentary for the upcoming Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Test Flight 2, with a planned liftoff for Friday July 30, 2021 @2:53 PM EDT (Scrubbed), Tuesday Aug 3, 2021 @1:20 PM EDT (Scrubbed), now planned for Wednesday Aug 4th, 2021 @12:57 PM EDT (Scrubbed), new launch date/time TBD from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex SLC-41.  Repeater transmission of NASA PAO launch coverage will begin one hour before liftoff, and complete upon successful orbit insertion. 

 

As part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, United Launch Alliance will launch the Boeing Starliner spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket in an uncrewed test flight.  This launch is Boeing's next step toward sending humans to the International Space Station.  More Info

 

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.

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

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 2021

August 21nd & 22nd, 2021 - The KSC Amateur Radio Club is once again planning to participate this year by putting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse On-The-Air for the annual ILLW event!  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. 

 

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse has stood on the Cape for over 150 years. Situated amidst America’s Premier Gateway to Space, the lighthouse is owned by the United States Space Force and maintained as an active aid to navigation by the United States Coast Guard. This year we will be operating our radio equipment from the new lighthouse keepers building (museum), with our antenna tower/trailer located in the Hanger 'C' adjacent parking area.

ARRL Field Day 2021

Jun 26-27, 2021 - After missing last year's Field Day due to Covid, the KSC Amateur Radio Club is back again this year for the single most popular Amateur Radio on-the-air event!   http://www.arrl.org/field-dayMore than 40,000 radio amateurs gather to operate from remote locations.  We plan on operating as a 2A station, with two rigs devoted to phone (SSB) operations; both "GO" kits provide ease of setup and ops (running on battery/solar power).  This year's location is at KARS 1 Park in Merritt Island, FL.  Sign up now for one or more of the operating shifts to join in on the fun!  For more information contact the KARC activities officer.

NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 Mission

N1KSC UHF Repeater Support of NASA PAO Live Audio Events 

Posted April 12, 2021 (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-2 mission, with a planned liftoff for Thursday April 22 at 6:11 AM EDT (scrubbed); now planned for Friday April 23 at 5:49am EDT from Launch Complex 39A.  Repeater transmission of NASA PAO launch coverage will begin one hour before liftoff, and complete upon successful orbit insertion. 

 

This is the second crew rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first with two international partners.  The flight follows certification by NASA for regular flights to the international space station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program.  More Info

 

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.

Happy Holidays from KARC!

Posted Dec 23, 2020

It has been a strange long 2020 year, and one that we all are probably looking forward to putting behind us.  Unfortunately, COVID had prevented most of our regular club activities to be cancelled this year, including our annual end-of year social party.  However, we still have some significant and notable club accomplishments this year:

1. KARC Repeater Phone-Patch capability added for enabling NASA PAO launch operations transmission (i.e. Space-X Demo-2, Mars 2020, Space-X Crew-1)

2. Elecraft K3S HF/6M Transceiver Complete Station added to the Ops Console (w/ Panadaptor, 500W Linear, 500W Tuner)

3. Preventive Maintenance on our tower tri-bander & dual-bander Yagi antennas, insuring many more years of in-spec performance

4. High-tech consoles replacing the Test & Cal Bench and Guest Ops Desk

 

We wish the very best season's greeting to our club members, families, and fellow hams everywhere.  May 2021 be a fresh start with returning to regular KARC activities in the shack and in the field.

 

Be safe, be well, be merry!

73

NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Mission

N1KSC UHF Repeater Support of NASA PAO Live Audio Events 

Posted Nov 13, 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-1 mission, with a planned liftoff for Saturday Nov 14, 2020 @7:49pm EST (Scrubbed); now scheduled for Sunday Nov 15 @7:22pm EST.  Repeater transmission of NASA PAO launch coverage will begin one hour before liftoff, and complete upon successful orbit insertion. 

 

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is the first operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.  More Info

 

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...

 

Update (Oct 2020): Due to C19 and associated constraints on social distincing, the kit build activity has been unfortunately cancelled until a future time.  Monies were returned to all of the original kit builders that signed up.

Mars 2020 "Perseverance" Launch Coverage

N1KSC UHF Repeater Support of NASA PAO Live Audio Events 

Posted July 29, 2020 (website Editor)

The KARC N1KSC 70cm UHF repeater will be supporting NASA/KSC PAO (Public Affairs Office) launch operations commentary for the Mars 2020 "Perseverance" launch, with a planned liftoff scheduled for Thursday July 30th at 7:50am EDT). 

 

Perseverance is NASA’s latest Red Planet rover, designed to search for astrobiological evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars. Following a seven-month journey, it will land at Jexero crater on Feb. 18, 2021. There, Perseverance will gather rock and soil samples for future return to Earth. It also will characterize the planet's climate and geology and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. The robotic scientist, which weighs just under 2,300 pounds (1,043 kilograms), also will carry the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a technology demonstration that marks the first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.

 

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.

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.

Florida QSO Party 2020

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.

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