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 Constitution and By-Laws are found here <link in work>

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 at 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, including new mini-PCs, furniture, and our antenna farm projects: the resurrection of tower #3, and the rebuild of our 15 and 20m yagis on top of tower #1.

Meetings are currently at 5:30 pm on the last Thursday of each month at the main Gilruth facility, Inspiration room. Weekly nets are held at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays on the W5RRR 146.640 repeater, no PL required.

Our yearly dues is $20.00 as described on this website.

The club will exchange QSL cards with all contacts who forward their QSL card and enclose a SASE for the W5RRR card return. (See QSL information on this site and information on QRZ.com)

Contact us at  jsc@w5rrr.org for more information