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QSLs from Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Week

We received two QSL cards in the mail from when we ran our special event station for National Wildlife Refuge Week.  We operated our special event on October 11, in the field by the Tennessee River, to celebrate the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.  Part of the Refuge extents in to the Arsenal and the NASA Marshall Center.

KA5VZG in Tennessee, in particular, wrote to thank us for activating Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.  He showed us on his card that he is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Refuge Manager.

Our other card came from N1INI in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.  His card shows a photo of the Cape Naddick Lighthouse in Maine.

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Here are some more QSL cards we received for the special event, through eQSL.  N1INI sent us a different photo in this set.

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National Wildlife Refuge Week Special Event, October 11, 2015

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This post is our update to our Special Events page. Photos by KB5EZ and NM4T. Text by WA2JQZ.

Operation Date: Sunday October 11, 2015
(National Wildlife Refuge Week was October 11 – 17, 2015.)
Time: 1400 – 1900 UTC (0900 – 1400 CDT).
Location: Easter Posey #2 Recreation Area, Shields Road, Redstone Arsenal / NASA MSFC.

NN4SA operated a special event station to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Parts of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal are in the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Our club station Bldg. 4622 is located just a few hundred feet from the wildlife area boundary. To keep close in spirit, we set up and operated a portable station at the Easter Posey #2 Recreation Area. The recreation area is at the southwest corner of the Arsenal, by the Tennessee River, and also is near the wildlife area boundary.

The Wheeler Refuge was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a haven and breeding sanctuary for migratory birds and other wildlife. It is 35,000 acres of mixed habitat, located along the Tennessee River in north Alabama.

Wheeler NWR map with NN4SA

Map of the Wheeler NWR, with the locations of our field operation site for the Special Event, and the location of our fixed station at Bldg. 4622.

Easter Posey Recreation Area #2 pavilion

Easter Posey Recreation Area #2 pavilion

We were on SSB and RTTY with a primary 100 W HF station, on 15, 20 and 40 meters. We also operated a CW QRP 5 W HF station on 20 meters, to participate in the QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party. Each radio used EndFedz wire antennas suspended from the trees. Although band conditions were poor, we made about 40 contacts, including 4 RTTY and 8 CW QRP. We also joined in the Arizona and Pennsylvania QSO Parties. A few contacts resulted in ragchews, on phone and CW. We made several DX contacts: to Italy, to Croatia, and to the Canary Islands. This was a relatively relaxed special event for us. We had hot apple cider at the start in the cool morning, and we made a lunch break with fresh grilled hot dogs and accompaniments. Our operators were KB5EZ, NM4T, WA2JQZ, and N4MSN.

 

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National Wildlife Refuge Week Special Event, Sunday October 11, 2015 – Update

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NN4SA will operate a special event station to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week.

Date: Sunday October 11, 2015
Start Time: 1400 UTC (0900 CDT). End Time: afternoon local (CDT).
Location: Easter Posey #2 Recreation Area, Shields Road, Redstone Arsenal / NASA MSFC.

Easter Posey Recreation Area #2 pavilion

Easter Posey Recreation Area #2 pavilion. [Photo: KB5EZ]

Parts of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal are in the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Our club station Bldg. 4622 is located just a few hundred feet from the wildlife area boundary. To keep close in spirit to this special event, we will operate as a portable station at the Easter Posey #2 Recreation Area. This is at the southwest corner of the Arsenal, by the Tennessee River, and also is by the wildlife area boundary. In case of rain, we will operate from our club station.

We will have a primary 100 W HF station active throughout the event. We may also operate a CW QRP 5 W HF station, to participate in the QRP-ARCI Fall QSO Party.

The National Wildlife Refuge Week event continues through the next Saturday.  However at this time we plan to just operate on Sunday October 11.

The Wheeler Refuge was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a haven and breeding sanctuary for migratory birds and other wildlife. It is 35,000 acres of mixed habitat, located along the Tennessee River in north Alabama.

Wheeler NWR map with NN4SA

Map of the Wheeler NWR, with the locations of our field operation site for the Special Event, and the location of our fixed station at Bldg. 4622.

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Special Event

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Thank you for commemorating with us the Hubble Space Telescope 25th anniversary. We operated a special event station with our NN4SA callsign from April 24 to 29, 2015. Our dates followed the original STS-31 Space Shuttle Discovery mission, which deployed the telescope into Low Earth Orbit in 1990. The telescope has since been serving as a premier astronomical observatory above the Earth’s atmosphere, enabling science work that had never been possible before. Its outstanding high resolution pictures also serve to bring the Universe and the science work to all of humanity.

During our special event we logged 1032 QSOs with hams from across the entire Continental United States and Puerto Rico, and from 39 countries. Given our schedule and the band conditions, we decided to operate primarily on 20 meters SSB. During some days we also operated SSB on 10, 15, and 17 meters. And during some evenings we operated 40 meters SSB. When band conditions were especially poor, or when we needed to give our voices a break, we operated JT-65 across the HF bands from 10 to 80 meters. And we operated 40 meters RTTY. We self spotted on the DX cluster. We thank our contacts and other hams who also spotted us.

If you contacted us and would like a paper QSL, please send a business sized self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to this address. We are not government funded. Please include your QSL card, if you have one.

Marshall Amateur Radio Club, NN4SA
NASA MSFC, C/O Don Hediger, ES35
Huntsville, AL 35812
USA

We also QSL through ARRL Logbook of the World and eQSL.

Our special event web page carries some additional information, plus NASA links related to the Hubble Space Telescope and the anniversary: https://nn4sa.wordpress.com/special-events/hubble-space-telescope-25th-anniversary-special-event/ .

Our operators were N4MSN, KB5EZ, WA2JQZ, KK4IKR, and KA0S. The beautiful QSL card was designed by KA0S.

Thank you for your participation in our Hubble Space Telescope special event!

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Special Event

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[Updated April 23, 2015]

The Marshall Amateur Radio Club will operate a Special Event Station to commemorate 25 years of astronomy by the Hubble Space Telescope. We will operate with our new club callsign NN4SA.

Our on-the-air dates are April 24 – April 29, 2015 — GMT. We begin Friday April 24 at 0000 GMT (Thursday evening 1900 CDT local time). We plan to operate several bands and modes. During local daytime we plan to operate on 20 meter SSB and during local evening on 40 meter SSB. We will probably also try other bands and modes, based on band conditions and operator interest.

As of this writing, we firmed these dates and times:

Friday April 24 0000 GMT to 0200 GMT.
Friday April 24 1700 GMT to Saturday April 25 0100 GMT.
Saturday April 25 1300 GMT to Saturday April 25 1700 GMT.
Saturday April 25 2100 GMT to Sunday April 26 0100 GMT.
Sunday April 26 21 GMT to Monday April 27 0100 GMT.
Monday April 27 2100 GMT to Tuesday April 28 0300 GMT.
Tuesday April 28 2100 GMT to 2400 GMT.
Wednesday April 29 2100 GMT to 2300 GMT.

We very likely will operate during additional times. Please monitor our information on this website [https://nn4sa.wordpress.com] and our QRZ.com page [http://qrz.com/db/nn4sa].

For up to the minute frequencies and times, please check DX clusters, where we will self-spot.

If you contact us, to receive a special QSL card, please send a business sized SASE to Marshall ARC, c/o Don Hediger ES32, NASA MSFC, Huntsville, AL 35812, USA.

We will also QSL through ARRL LOTW and eQSL.

Hubble_25Please see our Hubble Space Telescope Special Event Page for more details about our special event and the HST 25th Anniversary:
https://nn4sa.wordpress.com/special-events/hubble-space-telescope-25th-anniversary-special-event/

 

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Special Event

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The Marshall Amateur Radio Club will operate a Special Event Station to commemorate 25 years of service of the Hubble Space Telescope. We will operate with our new club callsign NN4SA.

We will operate April 24 – April 29, 2015, 0000Z – 2359Z (GMT). We plan to operate several bands and modes. For up to the minute frequencies and times, please check DX clusters, where we will self-spot. Information will also be posted as it becomes available:

For a special QSL card, send a business sized SASE to Marshall ARC, c/o Don Hediger ES32, NASA MSFC, Huntsville, AL 35812.