24.06.2009 - update
In order to supplement the EoA activity on the following days there will be a 'Net - check in' fun event conducted at the times indicated below. This week Friday Saturday and Sunday. The main mode will be SSB but anybody on CW is also encouraged to join. There will be many very loud stations (big goo) which should be readable on modest antennae.
The frequency chosen is 1296.025 .. your transmit frequency
I (VK3UM) will run the OC > EU "skeds" and Joe or Jay (K1RQG K5JL) will run the NA > OC
The EU > NA may be run by PI9CAM or HB9MOON .. someone will do it for sure.
There will be a heap of special calls in use as well.
W1M = K1RQG
W5J = K5JL
K5J = K5SO
N0O = N0OY
W1O = K2DH
K0C = K0YW
so save the totally predictable debate of 'is that a new initial' ? until later !!! Its going to be hard enough to understand the accents without changing call signs as well !!
NA = NORTH AMERICA
OC = OCEANIA
EU = EUROPE
NA > OC STARTING JUNE 26 AT 0100Z
OC > EU STARTING JUNE 26 AT 0930Z
EU > NA STARTING JUNE 26 AT 1900Z
NA > OC STARTING JUNE 27 AT 0130Z
OC > EU STARTING JUNE 27 AT 1100Z
EU > NA STARTING JUNE 27 AT 2000Z
NA > OC STARTING JUNE 28 AT 0200Z
OC > EU STARTING JUNE 28 AT 1200Z
EU > NA STARTING JUNE 28 AT 2030Z
Come on or just listen. It is intended as a fun activity to support EoA . There will be many big guns on and you could be very surprised at what you will hear.
73 de Doug VK3UM
Dear EME friends
We got quite unexpected high interest for our EoA Participation by media. Children will talk to the Moon beginning at 11.30 UTC or hopefully earlier (VK Window) So we are looking for your kind help to talking to HB9MOON`s Visitors to answer questions if necessarily. We would like to apply for 1296.040 MHz +/- Visitors Echo just for fun we will move up to 1296.140MHz We are quite excited and looking forward for a hard but funny day. Weather looks good and we are prepared!
HB9MOON - Christoph, HB9HAL
We are going to the SRI 45M dish next week, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26, 27, to install the 23 cm station for EME, for use in the Echoes of Apollo EME event, which officially begins June 26, Evening, USA west coast time ( US FD weekend).
SRI coordinates: 37 24 31N 122 10 47 E
With a little luck, we anticipate a smooth installation and EME from the SRI dish with about 300 watts at the feed, and about 50 dbi gain. and being on the Moon, sometime on Wednesday.
Hope to see you off the Moon.
Best Regards, 73,
Pat Barthelow AA6EG
"Echoes of Apollo"
A celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing 40th Anniversary,
An update on "Echoes of Apollo"... It is going along, and now looks REALLY promising, after a start-stop-start, start. After initial announcements, the EOA team had to untangle and clarify some international radio regulation issues, and made, and are making tremendous progress there. I hope that with large volume participation, and good, coordinated publicity media exposure, that EME could be shown to be a good science outreach activity. The peak event time schedule coincides with Field Day Weekend in the USA, so that may be a beneficial aspect, as local Ham Press releases may already have caught the attention of the press.
Amateur Radio figures as only a part of a bigger event, but EME will become front and center on June 26, Evening about 19:00 West Coast Time. One way or the other, we plan EME QSOs around that time with Doug, VK3UM, and his 29 ft dish, on 1296, as a basic event.
We are working on engaging some huge dishes in Australia, but those are not yet confiremed.How we embellish that basic core activity, is an ongoing planning project. We plan to develop a website, that may carry some audio feeds of the EME activity, for public and EME community view, perhaps as sophisticated as the great SDR site created by http://www.camras.nl guys at the 25m Dwingeloo dish in Holland.If any of the EME community are Website Design Wizards, and would like to participate in creating a EOA web presence, contact me, off line.It appears that there already are about 6 to 10 medium, to large dishes being worked on towards participating, sourced from Universities, and in private hands. As you know, A very large dish enables the EME experience to those who can muster rather modest dishes.
In the course of this, and past Jamesburg projects, I have learned of more large dish sites that could be groomed into EME stations, and would hope that this event, will open the horizons of EME'ers and potential EME'ers to look for and find a way to utilize some of the existing Large Dishes that are there, and currently underutilized or dormant.
For example, it may be too late, but the BT Earth Station in Goonhilly England, recently scheduled for decommissioning of several excellent condition, 30 meter class dishes good to KA band, that may be, or have been dismantled. Several months ago, they offered the option for the dishes to be "adopted" by groups, to further their use. I don't know the results or if any of the dishes were picked up. So keep your eyes open for large dishes that are dormant. There must be reflectors for those in the Earth Station business, that would be worthwhile looking at, and querying for opportunities.
Best Regards, 73, Pat Barthelow firstname.lastname@example.org
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