Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club members Dennis Veselka KI4KNC and Scott Vangen WB0QMZ
NASA is known for communicating with astronauts on missions to space, but did you know regular citizens can radio NASA too?
From the end of this year through the next, NASA will mark several key milestones. Amateur radio clubs at agency centers across the nation plan to celebrate these occasions with several “NASA on the Air” events.
“We enjoy sharing NASA’s story as part of the fun of making contact with fellow ham radio operators across the nation and around the world,” said Kevin Zari KK4YEL, who is activities officer for the Amateur Radio Club at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “We occasionally communicate with people who think that because we’re not flying the space shuttle anymore, NASA has almost gone out of business. We tell them about activities such as the International Space Station and the Space Launch System, and they appreciate the update.”
Amateur, or ham, radio operators use a frequency spectrum for communicating noncommercial and private messages. One of the most important uses of ham radio operations is providing emergency messaging following disasters, such as the recent Hurricane Maria that destroyed most avenues of communication in Puerto Rico.
“The amateur radio clubs at NASA centers are made up of civil servants, contractors and tenants who participate on their own time,” said Zari, who has been at Kennedy since 1990 and is chief technology officer in the Mission and Support Office of Exploration Research and Technology Programs. “We all have a common goal to show our support for NASA and highlight some of the agency’s amazing accomplishments.”
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Founded in 1975 AMSAT-UK is a voluntary organisation that supports the design and building of equipment for amateur radio satellites.
AMSAT-UK initially produced a short bulletin called OSCAR News to give members advice on amateur satellite communications. Since those early days OSCAR News has grown in size and the print quality has improved beyond recognition. Today, OSCAR News is produced as a high-quality quarterly colour A4 magazine consisting of up to 40 pages of news, information and comment about amateur radio space communications.
The new lower-cost E-membership provides OSCAR News as a downloadable PDF file giving members the freedom to read it on their Tablets or Smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch
An additional advantage is that the PDF should be available for download up to 2 weeks before the paper copy is posted.
Take out Electronic Membership or Postal Membership at the AMSAT-UK shop
E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News from http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/on
A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.
Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ
AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce that the dates of the next AMSAT-UK Colloquium will be October 14-15, 2017.
This year it will be incorporated into the RSGB Convention at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ. Exact details are currently being finalised with the RSGB and these will be notified when they are known.
If you have not been to Kents Hill Park before, it is very close to the M1 motorway and is near to Bletchley Park, where RSGB members have free entry. For overseas visitors it is convenient for planes to London Luton Airport (30-minute taxi ride) and also London Gatwick and Birmingham airports, both of which have direct train connections to Bletchley and/or Milton Keynes stations. These stations are approximately 10 minutes away by taxi.
Colloquium page: https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/
Travel Information http://kentshillpark.com/how-to-find-us
Steve Hartley G0FUW presents the Louis Varney Cup to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN
On July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space colloquium in Guildford the RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley G0FUW presented the RSGB Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG.
The award was in recognition of Wouter’s outstanding technical contributions to several amateur satellites and associated outreach.
Watch the presentation
Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN
Thanks to the hard work of British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK volunteers the videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on July 30-31, 2016 are now available on YouTube.
Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background
During the Colloquium AMSAT-UK operated a satellite ground station using the call sign G0AUK. Contacts were made via the SO-50, AO-85 and FO-29 satellites.
The ground station used the Kenwood TS-2000X transceiver that was successfully used for all the UK school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.
The TS-2000X was kindly loaned by Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd and Kenwood Communications UK.
The 2016 Colloquium presentations along with those from previous years can be found on the AMSAT-UK YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/playlists
The videos of the presentations can either be watched online or downloaded to your PC using readily available free YouTube download software for showing at club meetings.
AMSAT-UK publish a quarterly newsletter OSCAR News, a sample issue can be downloaded here. Electronic (PDF) membership is £15 a year – Join Here
AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG
This is the final call for speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2016 which will be held from Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom.
AMSAT-UK invites speakers, to cover topics about Amateur satellites, CubeSats, Nanosats, space and associated activities, for this event.
They are also invited to submit papers for subsequent publishing on the AMSAT-UK web site or Oscar News.
Those wishing to participate should contact Dave, G4DPZ, dave at g4dpz dot me dot uk
Further information https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/
73 Dave G4DPZ