Your N4A QSLs are on the way…

N4MSN and N4CNY replying to QSL cards for our N4A event.

N4MSN and N4CNY replying to QSL cards for our N4A Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Special Event.

We received over 200 QSL cards for our Apollo 11 45th anniversary special event station N4A, that we operated in July. This afternoon we met after work to respond to them, with our special event cards.

During the past week Matt KA0S and Don N4MSN set up a database for our contacts who mailed us, and Stephen KK4IBB printed individualized signal reports for them. Rob KB5EZ also set up a complete checklist from our log. Today we systematically responded to almost all of the cards we received. We read to each other messages that were included. Many interesting individualized cards were sent to us, including some nice stamps.

Just a few cards are not matching our log record, and we suspect some may be intended for the W4A Apollo anniversary station that was set up by the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club at the US Space & Rocket Center. Whatever the case, we’ll investigate each outlier.

We sent our mail out this evening.

KB5EZ placing QSL cards in envelopes for sending.

KB5EZ placing N4A QSL cards in envelopes for our contacts.

Our QSL card team members this evening were John N4CNY, Don N4MSN, Rob KB5EZ, Gary WA2JQZ, Tina WA8U, and Stephen KK4IBB.

We anticipate we may continue to receive more QSL cards for the Apollo event, especially from overseas.  We will respond to those, once they come.  This evening’s work gave us a chance to look together at the whole group of cards, and talk about them.

Our N4A special event QSL card.

Our N4A special event QSL card.

Gallery

“Keep those cards and letters coming …”

This gallery contains 6 photos.

Thanks to our many Apollo 11 anniversary contacts… Two weeks after the Apollo special event (July 17-22, 2014), we have received about 200 QSLs in the mail. We logged over 1200 contacts and we anticipate more will come. On ARRL … Continue reading

Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Special Event Station N4A

The Apollo 11 Saturn V, as it rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Apollo 11 Saturn V, as it rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center in 1969.

Our Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Special Event Station N4A was an outstanding success! Thank you for contacting us, and thank you for commemorating this special anniversary with us.

Rob KB5EZ starts the Apollo 11 anniversary special event during lunch break on Thursday July 17.

Rob KB5EZ started the Apollo 11 anniversary special event during lunch break on Thursday July 17, operating 17 and 20 meter SSB.

45 years ago Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, and astronauts first walked on the lunar surface.  President Kennedy was probably right, that no other single space project of that time was more impressive to mankind, nor more important for the long range exploration of space.  The space programs of the 1960s with the Apollo lunar landings deeply influenced several generations, including us here.  Our special event was intended to help all of us reconnect with that heritage.

Our operation was timed to coincide with the actual dates of the Apollo 11 mission, which was launched July 16, 1969, reached lunar orbit July 19, landed on the moon July 20 with the EVA walk that evening, and splashed down on July 24 (CDT).  We operated from July 17 to 22 (CDT).  On the 20th and 21st we played short audio clips of the landing and EVA moonwalk communications.

We were one of several NASA amateur radio clubs commemorating the anniversary; the others were WA3NAN at Goddard in Maryland and NA8SA at Glenn in Ohio.  Also participating were the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club operating at the US Space & Rocket Center museum using W4A and W4R, the Cradle of Aviation Museum K2CAM on Long Island (not far from where Grumman built the Lunar Modules) and the actual Grumman Amateur Radio Club WA2LQO.

We logged 1225 QSOs.  Most QSOs were on SSB, but some were CW, RTTY, and FM as well. Most of our operations were on the 17, 20, and 40 meter bands. Our contacts were from most of the US states (including HI and AK) and several territories,  6 Canadian provinces, and more than 30 countries.  Our longest-distance contacts were with Japan on 17 meters. We also contacted 3 of the other special event stations (WA3NAN, W4A, and K2CAM).  The NASA Johnson station in Texas W5RRR contacted us. Some of our contacts had worked with the Apollo Program or other aspects of the space program. When we had time and there was interest, we and our contacts shared memories from that period.  Our operators were KA0S, WA2JQZ, KK4IBB, N4CNY, N4MSN, KB5EZ, and WA8U.  We also had invaluable logging help from Jenny McCollum and Joe Randolph. Our QSL card was designed by KK4IBB and KA0S, with help from Jenny, and additional help from club members This was our most successful event since we reactivated the club a few years ago.

We QSL with Logbook of the World and eQSL. Paper QSL cards are available with an SASE to WA4NZD MSFC Amateur Radio Club, c/o Donald Hediger, ES32, NASA MSFC, Huntsville, AL 35812, USA. Our email contact address is wa4nzd/at/gmail/dot/com.

Jenny logging, Matt KA0S operating RTTY and SSB, and John N4CNY.

Matt KA0S operated RTTY and SSB Friday evening, with Jenny logging, and with John N4CNY.

Rob KB5EZ operating RTTY on Saturday with Stephen KK4IBB. Rob also tried 2 meter FM and Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) to Alaska and West Coast reflectors.

Rob KB5EZ on Saturday, with Stephen KK4IBB. Rob operated RTTY, and also tried 2 meter FM and the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) to Alaska and West Coast reflectors. Stephen operated SSB Saturday and Monday afternoons.

Gary WA2JQZ operated Saturday afternoon on 17 and 20m SSB. Band conditions were poor, but sufficiently to the western US and Pacific.  That enabled contacts to Hawaii and Japan, and also to a few QRP stations in the US southwest.  Gary also operated CW.

Gary WA2JQZ operated Saturday afternoon on 17 and 20m SSB. Band conditions were poor, but opened sufficiently to the western US and Pacific. That enabled contacts to Hawaii and Japan, and even to a few QRP stations in the US southwest. Gary operated CW and SSB on several days.

Don N4MSN at the mike Sunday evening, with Tina WA8U logging.

Don N4MSN at the mike Sunday evening, with Tina WA8U logging. Don operated or logged several of the late night shifts, on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Joe, who is studying for his ticket, logged late night Sunday with Don N4MSN

Joe, who is studying for his ticket, logged late night Sunday with Don N4MSN

US Space & Rocket Center

You can learn more about the space program and the heritage from Apollo by visiting the US Space & Rocket Center – the visitor center for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal — located on I-565 in Huntsville, AL. Its outdoor Rocket Park tells the story of U.S. rocket development during the 1950s and 60s. The Saturn V replica is a prominent landmark, visible from many miles away. Inside the Davidson Center building you can get close with a real Saturn V, plus many more items of Apollo and American space program hardware. The US Space & Rocket Center is the home of Space Camp.
* * *
The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed the Apollo Saturn launch vehicles, and continues to serve a major role for the country. Its work supports all the major NASA directorates. Marshall is now developing the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), which will give the country again the ability to send heavy payloads to deep space.

Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Special Event Station – N4A

The Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club (MARC), WA4NZD, will be operating a special event station to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11. Continue reading

Alabama QSO Party (June 7, 2014) Adventure

A month ago Stephen KK4IBB and I WA2JQZ tried to operate the Alabama QSO Party for the first time. The idea is for hams outside the state to work folks in the state, including as many counties as they can. For us here, we try to work everyone, including as much variety of states and Canadian provinces as we can. It is a 12 hour affair, from 11 AM to 11 PM CDT, once a year on the first Saturday in June. It was something completely new for us.

Stephen arrived at the station a little after noon, and I got there about a half hour later. Stephen already got us started on 20 meters. We had a hard time finding any Alabama QSO stations at all on 20. The band was busy with so much else going on!

However Stephen did find something interesting, which he told me about when I arrived. He had contacted a museum ship, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy (DD850) with the call sign NB1CR. I then showed him Continue reading

Field Day 2014 Update #2

Some results from our Field Day ops: We had 10 operators: WB5RMG, KK4IBB, KB5EZ, N4CNY, WA2JQZ, N4MSN, KA0S, WB8ELK, K3XM, and W4VM. We logged 304 contacts using Phone, CW, and Digital modes, on 40, 20, 15, 6, 2 meters, and 70 cm. One contact was via the VO-52 amateur satellite. 10 contacts were logged while using solar power. Continue reading

Field Day 2014 is here .!.

Has it really been a whole year since Field Day ?
(updated 20140629)
The club has had a lot of activity getting ready for the summer contest season, and this weekend will be a focal point. I wanted to start a new post, and let everyone know that WA4NZD will be active in the “1F” category, as our facility at NASA/MSFC is an informal auxiliary EOC that exercises to support both the Marshall and the Redstone communities. We will run one transmitter, which covers 160m thru 6m. We will also have an active VHF station to cover VO-52 satellite, 50MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz.
Surely you can find us somewhere. Work us everywhere you can.

Oh, and to find us, if you already have access to the base – please drop by to see whats a goin on. http://wa4nzd.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/quick-maps/

We hope to come back and update this post thru the weekend, so check back.

UPDATE: 20140629 – back for more . . .

The log indicates that KA0S was here until 03:45 local, and I was back at 08:15 after leaving at 01:00 CDT. WA2JQZ got here at 09:30, with fresh muffins and coffee. N4CNY just arrived as well, and is going to listen on 6m. Only one contact on 6 this morning, from Texas, and 2 meters has only been a little noisy.

20140628_4227ax

N4MSN, W4VM, KK4RPQ, KK4TJP, N4CNY, WA2JQZ, WB8ELK, N5AYD, WB5RMG

We had a pretty good crowd at times last nite, several distinguished guests.

20140628_4222acx

CW contact with W3CWC, via VO-52

Field Day dramatically increases the challenges, even for CW via satellite. WB8ELK finally pulls one out on our second VO-52 pass just before it goes LOS over the Pacific Ocean. WB5RMG makes sure it logged. Thanks to W3CWC for that contact, worth 102 points for us (including the satellite bonus) .!.

Another update to come later…
Thanks /;^)