50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing….

A number of Special Event Stations will (or is already) in the air on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of Apollo 11, on July 20, 1969. The list of stations can be found in this post.

Special Event Stations Apollo 11

  • N8A, until July 24, Midwest VHF / UHF Society , West Chester, Ohio
  • WB4ICJ, July 14 – 20, Kennedy Space Center
  • N1A, July 14 – 28, Milford, Ohio Amateur Radio Club
  • N4A, July 16 – 25, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club
  • K2M, July 16 – 24, Great South By Amateur Radio Club (in honor of those who built the Eagle , the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) on Long Island)
  • K2CAM, July 16 – 24, Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
  • N5A, July 18-21, Razorback Contest Club , Springdale, Arkansas
  • W3A, July 18 – 23, the National Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club (K3NEM)
  • W4A, July 19 – 21, Huntsville, Alabama Amateur Radio Club
  • K8QYL, July 20, Reservoir Amateur Radio Association
  • K9MOT, July 20 – 21, Motorola Amateur Radio Club
  • N0M, July 20 – 22, South East Metro Amateur Radio Club
  • K1M, July 20 – 28, Stratford Amateur Radio Club
  • GB5EHL, until July 28, Leicester Radio Society “Eagle Has Landed” commemoration
  • PA11APOLLO, until 2 August in the Netherlands

Source: ARRL

Apollo 11

Apollo 11 was the mission of the Apollo program that put the first people on the moon. The crew of the Apollo 11 consisted of the astronauts Neil Armstrong , Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin .


On 25 May 1961, President John F. Kennedy expressed his wish to have people land on the moon in the foreseeable future: “ I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, or man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth . “Translated into Dutch:” I believe that this nation must commit itself to the goal of having a man land on the moon before him and this decade safely back to Earth. “

Apollo 11 crew

From left to right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin

Armstrong first moon walker

In March 1969, NASA decided that Armstrong should be the first person on the moon, partly because the leadership saw him as someone without a big ego. At a press conference on April 14, 1969, the design of the moon lander was given as the reason why it would become Armstrong; the hatch opened right inwards, making it difficult for Aldrin, whose working position was on the right in the moon lander, to leave the plane first. Furthermore, it was thought – viewed purely by protocol, that the captain should be the first to leave the lunar lander.

Source: Wikipedia.nl

Thanks to Ronny Plovie, ON6CQ