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

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Future Events

Florida QSO Party 2022
Posted April 28, 2022 (website Editor)
Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1, 2022 - KSC Amateur Radio Club once again is planning to participate in the ever popular 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.  Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted at KSC, we plan on operating from the N1KSC Shack.  Club members are encouraged to participate in this popular event, and can do so via the Activities Officer "sign-up" link sent out via the membership email distribution list earlier this week.

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 scheduled launch date/time is May 19, 2022 at 6:54pm EDT 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

NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 Mission

N1KSC UHF Repeater Support of NASA PAO Live Audio Events 

Posted April 16, 2022 (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-4 mission, with a planned liftoff from Launch Complex 39A on Saturday April 23rd at 5:26am EDT.  Now scheduled for Wednesday April 27th at 3:52am EDT.  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-4 is the fourth 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.

NASA on the Air: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 16

Posted April 16, 2022 (website Editor)

NASA On The Air (NOTA) is BACK!  Amateur radio club stations at NASA field centers will be re-activating joint operations for 2022.  Our first event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 16 Moon landing.  Many of the NASA clubs will be on the air from April 23-27, 2022.  First event, celebrating the launch of Apollo 16, will be specially supported by the KSC Amateur Radio Club Saturday April 16, 2022 from 10am to 6pm EDT.  

 

For more information & details of specific operating times Click Here

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.

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.

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