Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club - N1KSC
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N1KSC 70cm Repeater Work

Posted Feb 8, 2022 (Website Editor)

Work was performed on the N1KSC 70cm repeater on Saturday Jan 19th with the installation of a new SynAccess PDU (Power Distribution Unit), replacing the now dated Ambery PDU.  The SynAccess SP-1001A adds new additional capabilities for repeater remote control.  

 

Installation and final positioning of an external cell antenna on the east outside wall of the Penthouse (pictured) was completed on Feb 8th, providing a robust alternate control path (out-of-band) capability for the PDU via cell phone.  Internet remains the primary interface with the repeater rack PDU.

 

Thanks go out to club members Jim Dumoulin (KM4OFO) and Scott Vangen (WB0QMZ) for their support.

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N1KSC 70cm Repeater Work

Posted Oct 26, 2021 (Website Editor)

Work was performed on the N1KSC 70cm repeater on Tuesday Oct 26th to troubleshoot & resolve issues related to the two phone lines supporting our remote power control and phone patch capabilities.  The phone patch issue has been resolved, and the club can now support the upcoming NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 PAO audio feed for the launch.  The remote power control via phone line issue remains; however, it appears to be an issue within the Ambery PDU (Power Distribution Unit).  The Ambery will be replaced in the near future with a newer PDU, one that has cell phone control capability replacing the landline phone link.

 

In addition; the repeater rack UPS batteries (8 x 7.2Ah) were replaced with new batteries, plus an additional bank of new batteries (8 x 7.2Ah) were added to the UPS expansion chassis.  Thus doubling the backup power available to the repeater equipment in the event of power outages.  Thanks go out to club members Jim Dumoulin (KM4OFO), John McCardle (KN4OBL), Michael Seay (WA4ECT), Scott Vangen (WB0QMZ), Kevin Zari (KK4YEL) for their support.

N1KSC Officers Special Election Results

Posted May 20, 2021 (Website Editor)

A special officers election was called at the May regular club meeting to fill the two vacant officer positions.  The Tellers Committee has affirmed the results of the special election for club President and Activities Officer.  Effective immediately, our new club President is Benjamin Creighton KC3NRO.  Congratulations to Ben and Bernie Hahn for thier active participation as candidates for a club office.  In addition, Andy Lopatin KB3KX is our new club Activities Officer, with no other candidates nominated.  Congratulations to both new officers!

 

 

2021 KARC Officers Installed (Updated)

Effective May 20, 2021

  • President: Benjamin Creighton (KC3NRO)
  • Vice President: Michael Seay (WA4ECT)
  • General Secretary: Jim Hale (KA3DHV)
  • Treasurer: Mike Williamson (KF4PGQ)
  • Systems Officer: John McCardle (KN4OBL)
  • Activities Officer: Andy Lopatin (KB3KX)

N1KSC Repeater Temporarily Down For VAB Work Operations

Posted Jan 26, 2021 (Website Editor)

The N1KSC UHF Repeater will be deactivated for approximately a two week period, starting Thursday January 28th.  This is due to work operations constraining the use of radiated power during scheduled maintenance activities in the proximity of the VAB Penthouse where our repeater equipment is located.

Update: Repeater is back operational as of Mar 15, 2021; work operations took longer than expected (repainting of the VAB penthouse lightning protection towers).  We're sorry for the inconvenience with the extended repeater outage, but the circumstances were outside of our control.  Thank You's go to Kevin Zari (KK4YEL), as the club Trustee, who was the principle interface with the contractor performing the painting work.

2021 KARC Officers Installed

Jan 2021 - The following officers were installed:
  • President: Vacant
  • Vice President: Michael Seay (WA4ECT)
  • General Secretary: Jim Hale (KA3DHV)
  • Treasurer: Mike Williamson (KF4PGQ)
  • Systems Officer: John McCardle (KN4OBL)
  • Activities Officer: Vacant
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