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.
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.