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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Moonbounce on 40

Well, we were talking about it on 40.   This just proves that there is more to 40 meter SSB than the never-ending quest for audio "brilliance," "presence," "body"  and "sparkle."   I was working at the bench yesterday when I heard Frank NC1I telling another fellow about his 35 years of experience with moonbounce.  Wow, you don't hear that kind of talk on 40 every day.  Frank also said that the contact I was listening to was one of very few HF contacts that he has made in recent years.  I just had to jump in to encourage him to get on 40 more regularly.  He seemed impressed with my BITX40 Module (which I was using).  I warned him of the buffoonery that can be found on the band, but told him not to be deterred by it -- there are a lot of FB hams on 40.

Above you can see Frank's amazing antenna farm.  The dish is for 23 cm EME. Behind the you can see his 70 cm array.  That is 48 (FORTY EIGHT!) end-mounted Yagis, aimed into space. 

Check out Frank's QRZ.com page:  http://www.qrz.com/db/NC1I  He has some great pictures of his shack.  In case you are wondering why he has so many rotator control boxes, remember that the dish and the Yagi array need two each (azimuth AND elevation).


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  2. Speaking of 40 Meter Moonbounce... The HAARP facality actually did a 40 meter moonbounce experiment for hams, where they actually bounced a 6 MHz signal off the moon.

    See:
    http://www.qsl.net/kp4md/haarp.htm

    Dave
    NK7Z
    http://www.nk7z.net

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  3. K7AGE has also posted a video of that 40m EME experiment at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5E2ntIxAsc

    de KP4MD

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  5. ES5TV bounced some signals on 15m as well 😊
    https://youtu.be/QCP0kisTbME

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  6. ES5TV bounced some signals on 15m as well 😊
    https://youtu.be/QCP0kisTbME

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