HAM radio and the American space program have a long history, and Huntsville’s Amateur Radio Club will celebrate that at the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary event at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center this weekend.
Radio stations will be setup in the Rocket Park portion of the U. S. Space and Rocket Center on Friday, July 19, from 3:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.; Saturday, July 20, from 9:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.; and again on Sunday, July 21, from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.
Ham radio operators from around the world will attempt to make contact with the HARC stations on various radio frequencies during the event. If they make contact, the Hams will receive a specially designed “contact postcard” commemorating the Apollo 11 50th anniversary.
A number of former and current astronauts hold Amateur Radio Licenses and there is even a “HAM” radio located on the International Space Station, which is used by licensed Hams while they are in space.
Anyone interested in learning more about Ham Radio is invited to visit the stations and talk with radio operators as they communicate with other operators worldwide. Operators will be utilizing several different communications modes including voice, Morse Code, and even satellite.
For more information about HARC or Amateur Radio, visit the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club’s website at, www.harc.net.
Source: Huntsville Amateur Radio Club