About Us

The Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club (JSCARC) is located at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) approximately 25 miles southeast of downtown Houston, Texas. The JSCARC operates under a formal NASA Space Act Agreement to provide services for direct support to NASA’s official mission.

The JSCARC functions under a Constitution and By-Laws.

The JSCARC renders services including: operational support for the education office to talk with the astronauts over amateur radio, backup emergency communication for the International Space Station, routine and backup support for the JSC Emergency Operations Center and operational ham radio training and equipment for astronauts.

The role of advancing educational outreach and supporting community services is a strong identity of this club. Our members consist of active and retired JSC civil servants, contractors, and their families.

We operate station W5RRR from the Gilruth Fields facility at 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas 77058. The station is located in Building 208 located at the east end of the north parking lot of the Gilruth Center, the employee’s recreation center. The shack is located in the center of the building and features a back door for direct access to the antenna farm.

We have 1 satellite VHF/UHF operating console, 3 HF and 1 VHF/UHF operating benches and use the most common amateur modes from 160m to 23cm. Microwave and UHF EME capability is a hot topic of interest with expectations of this capability in 2017!

The W5RRR shack is undergoing renovation; check out our list of current projects.

The club will exchange QSL cards with all contacts who send their QSL card and follow our QSL instructions (see QSL Information).

Contact us at: jsc@w5rrr.org for more information.