2018 NASA On the Air Event

2018 is a big year for NASA anniversaries and the amateur radio clubs at NASA centers would like for you to help us celebrate.  It will be 60 years since NASA was created, 50 years since NASA orbited the first man around the moon, and 20 years since the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into low-Earth orbit.

The amateur radio club stations at the various NASA centers and facilities plan to be on the air with special event operations to celebrate these monumental achievements, as well as current milestones. Some clubs will be offering commemorative QSL cards and a special certificate will be available indicating how many NASA club stations you worked on various bands and modes. We plan to have a web-based system for you to check your points total and download a printable certificate at the end of the event in December 2018.  Points will be awarded for each center worked on each band and mode (phone, CW, digital, and “space” modes). The event will run from December 11, 2017 through December 27, 2018 with the following key dates:

Apollo 17 45th anniversary – 11-14 December 2017, beginning of event

NASA founded 60th anniversary (Space Act signed by President Eisenhower) – 29 July 1958

ISS First Element Launch 20th anniversary – 20 November 1998

ISS Node 1 Launch 20th anniversary – 4 December 1998

Apollo 8 50th anniversary – launch 21 December 1968, splashdown 27 December, end of event

Note that there will be other special event operations by the various centers commemorating and celebrating specific events, but those listed above will include participation from most of the clubs. All operating modes are fair game including “space” modes such as satellites, meteor scatter, EME, ISS APRS, etc. We hope to be on the air for casual contacts and contests as well. All contacts with NASA club stations will count toward your total. QSL cards can be requested from each club you work and details will be on the individual QRZ.COM pages for each club callsign.

Here is a list of the participating centers and facilities with designators and callsigns for each:

 

Center/Facility Acronym Callsign State
Ames Research Center ARC NA6MF California
Armstrong Flight Research Center AFRC NA6SA California
Glenn Research Center GRC NA8SA Ohio
Goddard Space Flight Center GSFC WA3NAN Maryland
International Space Station ISS NA1SS, etc. earth orbit
Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL W6VIO California
Johnson Space Center JSC W5RRR Texas
Kennedy Space Center KSC N1KSC Florida
Langley Research Center LARC KG4NJA Virginia
Marshall Space Flight Center MSFC NN4SA Alabama
Stennis Space Center SSC TBD Mississippi
Wallops Fight Facility WFF W4WFF Virginia
White Sands Complex/White Sands Test Facility WSCTF N5BL New Mexico

 

Check back for direction to further details of the event and information on how to check your contacts and obtain a certificate at the end of the event.

Please help us celebrate this significant anniversary year for your space agency.  We look forward to working you!

The participating amateur radio clubs, and the NASA On The Air (NOTA) event activities are independent of, and not officially sponsored by NASA.

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Field Day 2017 to be held at Werner von Braun Planetarium on Monte Sano

The Marshall Space Flight Center ARC, NN4SA, will be participating in field day on June 24th and 25th from the Werner von Braun Planetarium on Monte Sano.

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Apollo 16, 45th Anniversary Special Event

Start Date/Time 2017-04-20 00:00 UT
End Date/Time 2017-04-23 23:59:00 UT
Club/Organization Sponsor Marshall Space Flight Center ARC, Huntsville, AL.
Call Sign NN4SA
Self spotting on the DX cluster
Stations contacted may request special QSL  by sending an S.A.S.E. to

NN4SA
c/o Donald Hediger, ES35
Huntsville, AL
35812 USA
Public contact email msfc-NN4SA@mail.nasa.gov

Apollo 16 was the first mission to visit the lunar highlands.  John Young and Charles Duke spent 71 hours on the surface while Ken Mattingly remained in the Command Module in lunar orbit.  There were 3 EVAs each using the Lunar Rover developed at MSFC.  More details on the mission are available here.

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John Young flying high in this photo taken by Charlie Duke.          NASA photo.

National Parks On The Air Oct. 22nd.

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NN4SA will be activating Little River Canyon National Preserve as part of ARRL’s National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) initiative. This event will occur on October 22 and begin at 10 AM. The day of activities will include NPOTA activation, much fellowship, good food, and lots of fun. We would like to invite you and your team to join us. All NN4SA operators will receive an event poster, and an “activator” certificate (signed by the president of the MSFC ARC). Mostly, we hope it’s a fun event. On top of that, we will be activating Little River Canyon National Preserve! How cool is that! So, please come have food and fun.

  • Set-up 6AM
  • Operations begin  when park opens @10AM, possibly earlier if we get everything set up and working before then.
  • Lunch (provided/burgers and dogs) will begin around noon
  • Operations until sunset, when the park closes all areas.

Click here for information on Little River Canyon information

Old School QSL

Apollo XV special even QSL

Old School QSL

Every once in a while we get a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for a special event that isn’t like the rest.

Once we received one with a QSL card and no signal report. I’ve also received several printed pages with QSL information from folks who don’t either keep a cardstock, don’t often hunt paper, or are awaiting cards due to recent changes (location, callsign, etc.). Occasionally we get SASEs from Short Wave Listeners (SWLs).

Today we received an “Old School QSL” in with the SASE. I felt that I should share it with everyone.

Don

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IARU Certificate HF World Championship

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Field Day 2016

NN4SA will be operating field day again this year from the picnic area pavilion.

Details to follow, meanwhile see what happened last year at 2015 Field Day