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Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

11/22/2017

The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency’s 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, and 20 years since the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into low-Earth orbit.

Starting on Monday, December 11, 2017 (UTC), Amateur Radio club stations at various NASA centers and facilities will be on the air with special event operations to celebrate these monumental achievements, as well as current milestones. Some clubs will offer commemorative QSL cards, and a special certificate will be available indicating the number of NASA club stations 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,” the NASA announcement said. “Points will be awarded for each center worked on each band and mode (phone, CW, digital, and ‘space’ modes — satellites, meteor scatter, EME, ISS APRS).” That would, of course, include contacts with any of the Amateur Radio stations on the ISS.

Key anniversaries during NOTA include the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 on December 11, 2017, which kicks off the event; NASA’s founding on July 29, 1958; the 20th anniversary of the ISS first element launch on November 20, 1998; the 20th anniversary of the ISS Node 1 Launch on December 4, 1998, and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 — launched on December 21, 1968, and returned on December 27 — marking the end of the event.

Ham radio clubs at various NASA facilities will sponsor their own special events to commemorate and celebrate specific events.

“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,” the announcement said. “QSL cards can be requested from each club you work and details will be on the individual QRZ.com profile page for each club call sign.” 

Center/Facility

 

Designator

 

Call Sign

 

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

 

WSC

 

N5BL

 

New Mexico

 

More information is on the NASA On The Air website. Participating Amateur Radio clubs, and the NASA On The Air (NOTA) event are independent of — and not officially sponsored by — NASA. — Thanks to Rob Suggs, KB5EZ, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club (NN4SA), and Kevin Zari, KK4YEL, NASA Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club (N1KSC). 



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