Next NOTA Event- Dr. Sally Ride US Mint Quarter

Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American female in space 1983 (STS-7 Shuttle Mission)
US Mint release honoring Astronaut Sally Ride is in circulation now.

NOTA will operate June 18-24, 2022 in commemoration of Dr. Sally Ride and the US Mint release of the Quarter coin in her honor.

Sally Ride (1951-2021) is an american hero and insipirational icon.  In addition to her trailblazing achievements as the first american female and youngest american to fly into space, she was worked passionately to improving science education and helping young women and girls foster an interest in science. 

Born in Encino, California in 1951, Sally grew up in the Los Angeles area as a talented STEM student and outstanding athlete.  Pursuing a career in astrophysics, she also held the dream to become a professional tennis player (1963 Ride was ranked number 20 in Southern California for girls aged 12 and under; she became the Eastern Intercollegiate Women’s Singles champion for 2 years while at Swathmore College)

As a PhD physicist graduate student in Stanford University, she decided to try and apply as a NASA astronaut candidate after spotting an article in the Stanford Daily newpaper indicating that NASA was seeking potential astronauts for the Shuttle Progam.  She was one of 8,070 candidates that ultimately applied.  On January 16, 1978, she received a phone call from George Abby, NASA’s director of flight operations, who informed her that she had been selected into the astronaut program.

Ride served as a ground-based capsule communicator (CapCom) for the second and third Space Shuttle flights, and helped develop the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (RMS), also known as the “Canadarm” or robotic arm. She was the first woman to serve as a CapCom, the realtime voice of “Houston” Mission Control talking to astronauts on in space.

For her first mission assignment, STS-7, she was selected under tough competition but won based on her technical skills, aptitude and teamwork personality. When the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on June 18, 1983, Ride became the first American woman to fly in space, and the third woman overall.  She also became the youngest American astronaut in space, although there had been younger cosmonauts. 

For her second mission, Ride was assigned to the crew of STS-41-G. Ride would become the first American woman to fly twice, and her crewmate Kathryn Sullivan would become the first American woman to perform an extravehicular activity (EVA).  It would be the first time that two women were in space together. The mission lifted off from the KSC in the Space Shuttle Challenger on October 5, 1984. 

During the mission, Ride carried a white silk scarf that had been worn by Amelia Earhart. On her two flights Ride had spent over 343 hours in space.

In 1989, Ride became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and director of the California Space Institute. Ride led two public-outreach programs for NASA—the ISS EarthKAM and GRAIL MoonKAM projects, in cooperation with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UCSD. The programs allowed middle school students to request images of the Earth and the Moon

Sally Ride co-created entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls. Ride co-wrote six books on space aimed at children, with the goal of encouraging children to study science.

Ride received numerous awards throughout her lifetime and after. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame and was awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal twice. Elementary schools in the United States were named after her, including Sally Ride Elementary School in The Woodlands, Texas, and Sally Ride Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland. 

In 2013, President Obama posthumously honored Ride with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

April 27- Report from KSC

Big sky HF from Kennedy Space Center ARC, N1KSC

Hello ALL, We had three participants (including myself) in the NASA On The Air (NOTA) 2022 event this past Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Celebrating the ‘50th Anniversary of Apollo 16’ Splashdown of Command Module ‘CASPER’ in the Pacific Ocean on April 27th ,  1972. 

I would like to THANK KARC Members Craig Jacobson / KA0KQC and David Miller / W9DBM for their support of, and excellent assistance with the KSC Amateur Radio Club (KARC) NOTA 2022 activity on April 27, 2022. 

We were kept very busy with the pileups.  We operated from around 2:30 pm (spent 30 minutes trying to locate the W5RRR station at JSC on 20m, to no avail) to a little after 8:00 pm and made 225 contacts on 20m SSB.  During the contacts we ‘spread the word’ about the NOTA website (www.nasaontheair.wordpress.com ) and how they could learn about NASA On The Air 2022 events.  

We worked 43 states – TOP 3: Texas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania (also including western states California, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico).   We also worked 5 countries – Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, England, and Spain.  A high percentage of our contacts were POTA activations, QRP, Mobile, and Portable stations. We communicated with W5RRR (JSC Amateur Radio Club) and NN4SA (MSFC Amateur Radio Club).  Later in the day we made numerous contacts with Amateur Radio operators in the southern US who work (or had worked) for NASA in one way or another. 

I wish we had recordings of some of the stories imparted to us by these Radio Amateurs.   Many of our contacts were with every day citizens with an intense interest in the Space Program and wanted to know about our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 16 mission, when we would be back on the air with other NOTA events, etc.  One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the number of people who had visited the Kennedy Space Center, or one of the other Centers Visitor Center, and wanted to talk about all of the displays, exhibits and bus tour sights they have seen. 

We did not have time (or a spare person) to make any photos of this activity.  We did have a member of the KSC Electromagnetic Lab (the building where the KSC Amateur Radio Club (KARC) station is located) stop by at the end of his work day to see what we were up too, but I did not think to ask him to take a couple of pictures – we were very busy. 

73 WA4ECT KARC Vice-President 

April 27- Apollo 16 Splashdown

Milt K5KRM

W5RRR (Johnson Space Center ARC) hosted a special guest, K5KRM on the mic. Milt Heflin, a 47 year JSC emeritus of the agency, graciously came by to work NOTA 2022 on-the-air. 50 years to the day, Milt was a 28 year old NASA Landing and Recovery Engineer onboard the aircraft carrier, USS Ticonderoga, serving as the Lead recovery Ops guy overseeing the Apollo 16 Command Module getting onboard and safed during this recovery mission. We had an outpouring of hams across the country monitoring Milt’s stories and many heartfelt contacts to cap off a very successful NOTA celebration of the 50 year anniversary of Apollo 16. (W5OC)

More April 23-24

NN4SA/ Marshall Space Flight Center ARC

I was operating solo at the MSFC station Saturday for 3.5 hours and got 142 SSB contacts in the log. Some other members have been operating from their home stations and I’ll see if any have photos before the end of the event. (Rob NN4NT)

Rob NN4NT working the pileup at Marshall Space Flight Center ARC NN4SA

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N1KSC/ Kennedy Spaceflight Center ARC 

N1KSC Kennedy Space Center ARC- Kevin KK4YEL, Michael WA4ECT, Steve N4UTQ (photo credit Scott WB0QMZ)

We had five participants (six including me) in the NASA On The Air (NOTA) 2022 event this past Saturday, April 23, 2022 Celebrating the ‘50th Anniversary of Apollo 16’ Liftoff of Lunar Module ‘Orion’ from the Moon on April 23rd ,  1972.

I would like to THANK KARC Members  Bill Schmanski / AD0JR,  Steve Luchuk / N4UTQ, Andy Lopatin / KB3KX, Scott Vangen / WB0QMZ, and Kevin Zari / KK4YEL for their support of, and excellent assistance with the KSC Amateur Radio Club (KARC) NOTA 2022 activity on April 23, 2022.  The pile-ups kept us very busy. 

We operated from around 10:30 am to a little after 5:00 pm and made 308 contacts.  We operated SSB on several 20m frequencies using our 20m Triband antenna on the tower near the shack, and Mr. Zari made several Satellite contacts on 70cm SSB via the 2m and 70cm optimized satellite antennas on the AZ-EL mount on the roof of the EML building .  We told contacts about the NOTA website (www.nasaontheair.wordpress.com ) and how they could learn about the April 23 – 27 ‘50th Anniversary of the Apollo 16 Mission’ activities and possible future NOTA 2022 events.

We worked 13 or 15 states (mostly north eastern and mid-west states, including western states Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Montana (that I can remember) + Puerto Rico and 2 other countries (England and the Netherlands).  Several of our contacts were with POTA activations, and several QRP, Mobile, and Portable stations as well.

We communicated with members of the JSC Amateur Radio Club (ARC), W5RRR, and I think we may have contacted the MSFC ARC, NN4SA, as well.  We made numerous contacts with Amateur Radio operators in the Houston and Northern Alabama areas who work for NASA in one way or another at JSC and MSFC.  We also communicated with several past Northrup Grumman employees who reminisced about the construction and testing of the Lunar Lander and Ascent vehicle. 

We listened to many stories from people who had worked with NASA and Contractors at KSC and several of the other NASA Centers around the country.  One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the number of people who had visited the Kennedy Space Center, or one of the other Centers Visitor Center, and wanted to talk about all of the displays, exhibits and bus tour sights they have seen (Michael WA4ECT)

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NA6MF/ Ames Research Center ARC

<NA6MF/remote ops from Oregon> 

Scott KB7JWM remote

Saturday I was up at Pine Mtn Observatory 6200’ and about 40* and sunny. Had about 26 QSOs, some on 20m voice and 2m simplex with the locals. Took the pup with me and we had a blast.

Sunday went up to a local butte about 2600’ above the canyon of Lake Billy Chinook. Beautiful day where I could see all the mountains here! This was a 2fer park, yay! Band conditions were a bit tougher for me, so I hunted and pecked a bit on voice then moved to FT8.

The maiden voyage of the new Buddistick pro worked pretty good and had a 5/8 wave mounted at top of painters pole for VHF. (Scott KB7JWM)

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NA6MF anchored Ames’ ARC signals from N3DEZ’s home QTH on April 23, Saturday.

Desiree N3DEZ operating NA6MF on Saturday
N3DEZ Fishing for 2m NOTA contacts
Simo ops SSB with Colton (L) and Carl KM6HRW (R)

On Sunday, NA6MF/Remote went outdoors to Castle Pines, Colo. Using IC-7100, KX2, Magloop, Vertical and LiFePO4 battery, the 3 operator crew covered VHF-HF bands in spite of looming cloud cover above.

April 23-24 kickoff @ JSCARC

Jayant (Jay), KG5LJZ, working 20m SSB Pileup at W5RRR

W5RRR report April 23-24

A healthy start for the JSCARC team: AB5SS, N5FWB, KA5TBB, KG5URA, KE8JVT, KG5LJZ, W5HOO, W5OC.  Most of the ops were conducted onsite at the JSC station, with 20m SSB getting the primary airtime.  10/15m SSB and CW had poor CONUS propagation activity for us this weekend, but 20m remained a mainstay.  The outreach by the public was terrific and it was great to hear of stories how how NASA has been an admired and followed program.  At times we struggled with QRM/RFI within the shack, since our FlexRadio 6400M stations have limited blocking to adjacent strong signal rejection.  We mostly relied on our KPA1500 amps running 1KW into a TH7DX up 80′.  Will try to keep some activity ongoing this week, but during the workdays, it’s harder for those who have a day job 😉

73s W5OC

N1KSC kicks off NOTA 2022

April 16, 2022

KA0KQC, WA4ECT kicking off Kennedy Space Center ARC ops for NOTA

Here we are operating from the KSC Amateur Radio Club (KARC) radio shack in the Electromagnetic Lab (EML) building in the KSC Industrial Area. What a great place / environment for an Amateur Radio shack installation!

The gentleman sitting in front of the monitor (AC Logger running) isCraig Jacobson / KA0KQC and the person with the microphone is myself, Michael Seay/ WA4ECT (in my red, white and blue ‘NASA Worm’ hat).  The blur in the bottom left is the finger of the photographer,Scott Vangen / WB0QMZ.

We are sitting in front of the Elecraft K3S radio (installed in the console) we were using for the event, running 100 watts into a Cushcraft Tri-band beam (20,15,10) at the top of a 50 foot tower, about 80 feet from the building where we have the KARC N1KSC radio shack.  You can see the metal panel in the bottom pane of the window with the connectors (and lighting arrestors) for the coax running out to the tower.  We use it as a ‘patch panel’ for the coax coming from the various equipment installed in the dual consoles.  You can check the N1KSC web site ( www.n1ksc.org) for more pictures of the shack.

This is the first time we have used the Elecraft K3S in a big operating activity since it was obtained in early 2020 and the shack is on center so we had very little acccess to the shack (COVID-19) until now.  It worked GREAT!! !


Scott is working on a project at the ‘Guest Desk’ (which is equipped with coax to get to the ‘patch panel’ and the antennas as well).  Craig is logging, and I am currently operating the radio.

NOTE the handwritten reminder taped to the front edge of the console and the sheet of paper on the desk near my right hand with reminders to myself about NOTA and the Apollo 16 50th Annaversary info.  That is what happens when you get old!

I think that should be all of the mysterious photos. Photo credit for these photos goes to Dennis Veselka / KI4KNC

73

WA4ECT