Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) 10th Anniversary of Launch NOTA Special Event

September 5-9, 2023, NASA on the Air (NOTA) is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft with a number of Amateur Radio special event stations coordinated across the Agency’s Amateur Radio clubs for employees, the Amateur Radio community, and the public as an opportunity to highlight and commemorate this significant milestone and mission in the rich history of Ames and NASA.

LADEE was a vanguard mission for Ames demonstrating Ames’ abilities to develop and operate a small spacecraft mission and program from research concept, to design, fabrication, and testing of small spacecraft and small spacecraft sub-systems, through to life-cycle mission operations and close-out that was launched September 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM EST (Sept. 7, 2013 at 03:27 UTC) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Virginia.  

The Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC) station at M529 and the AARC members will be supporting this event throughout the multi-day operating period on a flexible schedule with multiple radio stations and communications modes active and invites anyone interested in participating in the special event, learning more about Amateur Radio, the Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC), or desiring an opportunity to directly make some radio contacts under the supervision of a licensed Amateur Radio Control Operator to drop by the AARC station in the afternoons (~Noon to 3PM), or to contact Mark Allard (KD6CWM) to arrange a specific operating schedule or site visit opportunity; EM:, CP: 650-269-7991. 

A consortium of 12 NASA centers activate their respective NASA amateur radio club stations in coordination to support a set of special Amateur Radio operating events throughout each year called NOTA (NASA On The Air).  NOTA’s objective is to foster collaboration among NASA Amateur Radio stations to interact with employees, the Amateur Radio community, and the public by providing opportunities to commemorate significant milestones in NASA space history.

Visit the NOTA web site, for more information about NOTA, this event, and for full NOTA special event rules and information.

Visit the Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC) web site, for more information about the Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC), other AARC activities, and becoming active in the AARC.


NASA on the Air (NOTA) featured in May 2022 issue of “Astrogram”

Bob Granath, KSC, and Desiree Baccus, ARC, wrote this article, “Celebrating NASA Milestones ‘NASA on the Air’ (NOTA) Spreads Enthusiasm Globally Through Amateur Radio” in the May 2022 issue of Astrogram:

Scott Reiff, KB7JWM, NASA Ames SBIR employee representing the Ames Amateur Radio Club, NA6MF, for their NASA on the Air (NOTA) Special Event from a remote mountain top site near the Pine Mountain Observatory, Bend, Oregon.
Credits: Ames Research Center – Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC)
Desiree Baccus, N3DEZ, talks with NASA Associate Administrator, Robert Cabana, KC5HBV, about Amateur Radio on the ISS and ongoing NASA on the Air (NOTA) activities with NASA Ames Deputy Center Director, Carol W. Carroll at the Space Symposium conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Left photo: Carl Baccus, KM6HRW is working on the setting up the “perfectly resonate” Wolf River Coil, & Alex Loop antennas for the remote stations for the Ames Amateur Radio Club for NASA on the Air (NOTA) Special Event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 16 Mission from Daniel’s Park in Castle Pines, Colorado. Right photo: Colton Jones, a Colorado Snow Crew Mechanic Shop Manager, stopped by to give amateur radio a try under the guidance of NASA Ames Radio Operator, Desiree Baccus, N3DEZ. Colton has seen that amateur radio is an important part of communications for his overlanding (vehicular off-road camping) hobby and wanted to learn more about it.
Left to Right – AARC Vice President, Matthew Kilkerr, KN4GWY, setting up an antenna. Stephen Kuryla, KK6FKD, Ames Amateur Radio Club (AARC) NOTA Committee member, Greg Lose, N6MSN, and Moffett Field Community of Interest (COI) members from LTA Research, at the AARC station operating NOTA field stations supporting the event.