GB6GHY – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!

GB6GHY Dish Antenna 2017-08-26 - Credit GES LtdNoel Matthews G8GTZ and Matthew Cosby talk to broadcast journalist Kate Arkless Gray about making a world record for the longest distance 3.4 GHz amateur radio voice contact with a signal bounced off the Moon.

GB6GHY on 3.4 GHz – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!
https://audioboom.com/posts/6240780-hello-moon-this-is-goonhilly-calling-the-longest-distance-call-via-the-moon

What is Amateur Radio?
http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

There are short amateur radio Foundation training courses being run across the UK. Find one near you at
https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

Ham radio EME for JOTA

PI9CAM Dwingeloo 25 meter dish antenna

PI9CAM Dwingeloo 25 meter dish antenna

Geert Jan de Groot PE1HZG reports  that radio amateurs will be using the PI9CAM Dwingeloo 25 meter dish during Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) this weekend. On the AMSAT-BB he writes:

In the Netherlands, the CAMRAS foundation took over the large radio telescope of Dwingeloo. This year during upcoming JOTA weekend, several stations will try to make QSO’s using QRP EME via the moon using WSJT and the telescope (accessible via WebSDR) as Receiver With Large Ears.

Information, in Dutch alas, can be found at
http://www.camras.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=85&Itemid=109&lang=nl

You should be able to listen in using the same WebSDR station.

Please join me to congratulate the volunteers of CAMRAS, and especially
Frans PE1RXJ, for organizing and facilitating this impressive feat.

Geert Jan PE1HZG

CAMRAS JOTA Moon in Google English http://tinyurl.com/CAMRAS-JOTA-2014

CAMRAS WebSDR Google English http://tinyurl.com/CAMRAS-WebSDR

50th anniversary of historic Chelmsford EME contact

15 foot (4.5m) Moon bounce dish used by Peter Blair G3LTF in 1964

G3LTF’s 15 foot (4.5m) Moonbounce dish at Galleywood, Chelmford in 1964 – Credit Peter Blair G3LTF

June 13 is the 50th anniversary of the first UK amateur radio moonbounce (EME) contact which was made by Peter Blair G3LTF from Chelmsford in Essex.

Arecibo 305m diameter dish antenna

Arecibo 305m diameter dish antenna

The RSGB GB2RS News Service reports:

July 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first time that amateur signals from the UK reached other parts of the world by bouncing off the moon, a technique now known as moonbounce or earth-moon-earth, EME. In the July 1964 edition of Radio Communications the RSGB announced that at 20.20 GMT on June 13, 1964, G3LTF at Galleywood, Chelmsford, and KP4BPZ in Puerto Rico, made contact on 430 Mc/s [MHz] by bouncing their signals off the moon. Signal reports were RST459 both ways.

A further contact took place one hour later. KP4BPZ was fortunate in having the 1000ft [305m] radio-telescope dish aerial at Arecibo, Puerto Rico at his disposal. G3LTF’s equipment included a 15ft [4.5m] dish aerial and an AF139 transistor preamplifier for reception. Power input to the PA was 150 watts. What is more remarkable is that Peter, G3LTF is still active on moonbounce and is one of the world’s leading pioneers.

The RSGB offers Peter, G3LTF our heartiest congratulations on this 50th anniversary of his achievement.

Source GB2RS News: http://rsgb.org/main/news/gb2rs/

CARS-GX0MWT-roundel-badgeThe Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) send their congratulations to Peter for his achievement 50 years ago and all the pioneering EME work he has carried out since.

Read an article by Peter G3LTF on the potential impact of the new Galileo GPS system http://www.southgatearc.org/articles/galileo.htm

CARS run short amateur radio training courses. If you’d like to find out more about the hobby speak to Clive G1EUC.
Tel: 01245-224577
Mob: 07860-418835
Email: training2014 at g0mwt.org.uk
Web: http://www.g0mwt.org.uk/training/

What is Amateur Radio ? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Ham Radio Earth-Moon-Earth Art Event on Google+ Hangout

PI9CAM Dwingeloo 25 meter dish antenna

PI9CAM Dwingeloo 25 meter dish antenna

OPTICKS is a live radio transmission performance between the Earth and the Moon during which images are sent to the Moon and back as radio signals using the MMSSTV Slow San TV software developed by Makoto Mori JE3HHT. A live Google+ hangout is taking place on May 1 at 2000 UT. A Reddit AMA will precede the Hangout at 1500 UT.

The project has been realized by visual artist Daniela de Paulis (IT/NL) in collaboration with Jan van Muijlwijk PA3FXB and the CAMRAS radio amateurs association based at Dwingeloo radio telescope (NL). Each live performance is made possible thanks to the collaboration of radio amateurs Howard Ling G4CCH (UK), Bruce Halász PY2BS (Brazil) and Daniel Gautschi HB9CRQ (CH).

The live hangout will feature a “touch” and bounce of Humans in Space Youth Art Competition artwork off the Moon using OPTICKS radio wave technology. Guests and remote participants will discuss the significance of the artwork and the performance and explore the impact of past, present, and future human presence on the Moon.

Guests
– Andrew Chaikin is the author of Man on the Moon and From Earth to the Moon.
– Wendell Mendell is a retired NASA lunar and planetary exploration scientist.
– Sarah Nobel is a current NASA lunar scientist and artist.
– Frank Shiner is a winner of both the 2010 and 2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competitions.
– Jan van Muijlwijk PA3FXB, OPTICKS collaborator, radio operator, CAMRAS/Dwingeloo radio telescope.
– Daniela De Paulis is the visual artist and researcher who developed the OPTICKS live performance technology in collaboration with the Dwingeloo radio telescope.
– Jancy McPhee is the director of the Humans in Space Art Program, which includes the Youth Art Competition Project in its portfolio.

Learn more at http://www.Opticks.info and http://www.HumansInSpaceArt.org

OPTICKS makes use of a technology used by radio amateurs called Earth-Moon-Earth or Moonbounce in which the Moon is used as a natural reflector for radio signals.

In October 2009 Daniela de Paulis and Jan van Muijlwijk PA3FXB started pioneering a new application of Moonbounce technology, called Visual Moonbounce, which allows sending images to the Moon and back, combining Radio Astronomy with amateur radio technologies.

The title OPTICKS is inspired by Newton’s discoveries of the light spectrum, reflection and refraction. Similarly, the colours composing an image – converted into radio signals – are bounced off the Moon (reflected and refracted) by its surface during each live performance.

The performance is introduced by live sounds of amateurs radio signals captured by the Dwingeloo antenna tracking the moon.

Watch a recording of the performance for the radio programme RaiTunes:

You can support the project by purchasing a limited edition t-shirt from this link: https://fabrily.com/EarthAndMoon2

Google+ Hangout GAM AstroArt: Touching the Moon with Art & Footsteps https://plus.google.com/events/ckm4364t5f7fcg0m42rgb7br2lc

Daniela de Paulis http://www.danieladepaulis.com/

Story source: http://www.opticks.info/

Microwave Spectrum Issues at EME 2012

This video was made by volunteers from the British Amateur TV Club (BATC) at the EME 2012 conference in Cambridge. In the presentation Murray Niman G6JYB, and Gudmund Wannberg SM2BYA, review world wide spectrum issues and in particular the loss of part of the 2300 MHz band in Sweden.

The spectrum issues faced by moon-bounce (EME) operators are similar to those affecting the Amateur-satellite Service.

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