Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Earth-Moon-Earth Communication ( Moonbounce )

Pat sent me an email and would like to get the word out about bouncing signals off of the Moon and looking at the results with Slow Scan TV.
I know, I mentioned the "M..." word.  Sorry, there ARE folks interested in where we have been.
- LRK -

Hello Larry,

How should/could we promote Moon Bounce communications, where I joined a team that is experimenting with an imaging mode, called Slow Scan TV.  The teams at Dwingeloo, Holland, one of a number of big dish moon bounce stations around the world, are having success in bouncing via SSTV, images off the moon.

See their website and look for SSTV.

Best Regards,
73, de Pat Barthelow AA6EG

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"The most exciting phrase to hear in Science, the one that heralds new discoveries,  is not "Eureka, I have found it!"    but: "That's funny..."  ----Isaac Asimov

A link I found using SSTV as a search item.
- LRK -

Written by Mark Bentum
Monday, 10 May 2010 21:12
There are no translations available.

Via Dick Harms kregen we een aantal leuke foto’s van Chris Ploeger (PA2CHR) van het SSTVEME gebeuren. Chris schreef: “Hierbij een paar foto’s die ik maakte in de shack van HB9Q
tijdens de, voor zover wij weten, eerste SSTV - EME verbinding op 70cm. ter wereld “.

[Note: Google translate says -
Dutch to English translationShow romanization
By Dick Harms we got some nice pictures of Chris Ploeger (PA2CHR) of
SSTVEME happen. Chris wrote: "Here are some photos I took in the shack
of HB9Q
during, as far as we know, first SSTV - 70cm EME connection. world ".]

 Also, I was a bit dense and took me a bit to realize that EME is short for Earth-Moon-Earth. (See in left navigation column)
[Note: Some of the captions are in Dutch and not translated.  Give Google translate a try.|en| ]
- LRK -

 Earth-Moon-Earth Communication
( Moonbounce )
Here you find a collection of EME stations with their WEB pages.

Moonbounce is often equivalent with large antennas, low feed line losses, T/R relays, LNA's, HPA's,
Weaksignal detection, Moon tracking, lots of labor and system maintenance.

A lot of information about Radio Ham activities.  See the news articles at the bottom for links to items that include Moon Bounce items.
- LRK -

Space Radio
Tuning in the cosmos...

   Communicate with astronauts aboard the Space Station....Monitor satellite transmissions...Listen to erie Natural Radio...Use amateur satellite transponders to talk to other hams around the world...


News, Articles & Upcoming Events

   * UNITEC-1 On the Way to Venus - ARRL - May.23.10
   * Moonbounce for Everyone -- Courtesy of the Arecibo Radio Telescope! - ARRL - Apr.7.10
   * Littlest station gives us the 'sound' of Mars Express - Mars Express Blog - Mar.5.10
   * Listening for LRO and LCROSS - Frednet/X PRIZE Foundation - Sept.8.09
   * Monitor Space Shuttle launch with your police scanner - Examiner - July.11.09
   * Ham Operators Shoot the Moon - - July.6.09
   * Ham radio operators shoot for the moon - San Francisco Chronicle - June.27.09
   * A Ham Radio Weekend for Talking to the Moon - - June.26.09
   * First German Mars Mission makes sidestep to Venus: Ground station in Bochum generated echoes from Venus - AMSAT-DL - Mar.27.09
   * World Moon Bounce / EME Day Gathering Momentum - Echoes of Apollo - Mar.22.09
   * ARRL NEWS: ARISS to Celebrate 25 Years of Amateur Radio in Space with Special Events - ARRLWeb - Dec.1.08
   * Ham radio makes contact in space - - Oct.27.08
   * Postcards from space - Cosmic Log/ - Oct.21.08
   * Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, Gets Busy from Space - ARRLWeb - Oct.17.08
   * ARISS - Richard Garriott update - Oct.08
   * Hams in Space -- For the Young and Young at Heart - ARRLWeb - Sept.25.08
   * Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) - NASA - Aug.15.08
   * Hams Head into Space - ARRLWeb - June.3.08
   * Become a Ham Radio Operator - Wired How-To Wiki - May.14.08
   * Amateur radio operators prepare to contact Korean astronaut - News - Apr.5.08


Very glad to hear that Arecibo Radio Telescope is still on the air.
They used to listen to Pioneer 10 and 11.
- LRK -

Moonbounce for Everyone -- Courtesy of the Arecibo Radio Telescope!
TAGS: amateur radio, hams, joe taylor, puerto rico, radio telescope, yagi antenna

Sending Amateur Radio signals to the Moon and back has never been easy. After roundtrip journeys of nearly half a million miles, even the most powerful signals generated by hams are exquisitely weak on arrival. Because of the equipment and expertise necessary for successful "moonbounce" operating, this facet of Amateur Radio has been traditionally confined to a small audience. But for three days in April even hams with very modest stations will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of moonbounce, thanks to the giant radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.


If you read the above article you will see that I am late for the World Moon Bounce Day 2010.
Maybe you did better and will help others get the word for other upcoming events.
When I was at NASA Ames I received information from a High School student in Hungary that was listening to the Moon.
I must admit I am not looking up with all the tools that are available.
- LRK -

World Moon Bounce Day 2010
EOA April 17th

This major event will add a new word to most people’s vocabulary – Moon Bounce. Moon Bounce has been happening for almost as long as the oldest of us can remember. From the early days when it was thought to be a  means of communications that the military could exploit right through to today’s more peaceful use by  amateur radio hobbyists. So what is moon bounce? Also known technically as Earth-Moon-Earth transmissions (EME), it is simply bouncing radio waves off the moon’s surface and back to earth. Every day hundreds of people enjoy doing just that and they do it as everyday people using mainly homemade dishes and antennas and  a mix of “do it yourself” systems, electronics and “off the shelf” equipment.

So why hold World Moon Bounce Day? At Echoes of Apollo we are both interested in space (especially the moon) and amateur radio. We created an event to highlight both of these amazing areas of interest. We are also looking to the commercial world to take part soon and make this an event for the whole world to enjoy


Thanks to you folks, like Pat, that help get my head out of the books.
 Much to learn and enjoy.

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

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Past Observing Campaigns:
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Pioneer 10 at Arecibo

With a system designed to pick up interstellar communication signals
operating with the world's largest telescope, it's not surprising that
we can detect our own technological civilization. In this page we will
present some examples of terrestrial signals.

Our favorite signal (until we get the one from ETI) is from the
Pioneer 10 spacecraft. Launched in 1972, it now at a distance of
roughly 10,000,000,000 kilometers. Its aging transmitter broadcasts
with a power of only a few watts. The huge collecting area of the
Arecibo antenna brings it in loud and clear.

World Moon Bounce Day 2010
EOA April 17th

Why April 17th 2010?

At Echoes of Apollo we celebrate the amazing achievements of the
Apollo astronauts and their vast numbers of support staff, whether
part of the rocket design team, mission control or NASA’s global
communications network. We simply have the most incredible team ever
assembled with a single goal that was beyond anyones expertise at the
time of its announcement 10 years earlier. We celebrated the 40th
anniversary of Apollo 11 with out first annual World Moon Bounce Day
and this year we will be honoring Apollo 13’s return to earth 40 years
earlier. Echoes of Apollo still believe that this mission was one of
the most amazing and riveting stories of the space age. It is the only
Hollywood movie made of any of he Apollo missions.

JSC's future relies on moon program compromise
June 8, 2010, 10:14PM

WASHINGTON — The political potshots have subsided and the serious horse-trading lies ahead as the White House and Congress grind toward a compromise to salvage parts of the NASA moon program crucial  to Houston's Johnson Space Center.

The legislative end-game is up in the air, as is any clear date to declare success or defeat. But the mood surrounding the space program in the nation's capital has shifted from seizing partisan advantage to pursuing at least some political pragmatism.

The predictable uproar in NASA-dependent states that greeted President Barack Obama's proposal to cancel the $108 billion Constellation program and the jobs that go with it has broadened geographically into a both a Republican and Democrat drive on Capitol Hill to protect features of the nation's legendary program of manned space exploration.




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