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Re: [Moon] KP4AO on 432 EME

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  • Joe Taylor
    Hi Mike, Of course we are aware that there is no moon window in common between the Arecibo telescope and east/south Asia or Oceania. It s a pity, but that s
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 14, 2010
      Hi Mike,

      Of course we are aware that there is no moon window in common between
      the Arecibo telescope and east/south Asia or Oceania. It's a pity, but
      that's the way it is. The 305 m antenna has a maximum operating zenith
      angle of 20 degrees, and our allocations of precious telescope time are
      determined by moon availability.

      -- 73, Joe, K1JT

      On 4/14/2010 10:22 AM, M. Watanabe wrote:
      > Joe and all,
      > Joe, thank you for the notice. In US/NA/SA and Europe, you might enjoy
      > their primary
      > operation with the very strong signal, the big pile-ups, and the arguments
      > later.
      > Unfortunately, the beam tilt of ARECIBO dish does not seem to cover the
      > JA window.
      > Their mechanical moon window closes before the JA moon-rise.
      > This could be the reason why the time schedules does not extend to
      > JA-windows.
      > But is it possible to detect their side-lobe if they try to put the
      > side-lobe onto the moon?
      > I guess the signals of the possible side-lobe of -20dB could be possible to
      > work with.
      > Anyone can make a comment on this issue?
      > Mike JH1KRC
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: moon-bounces@... [mailto:moon-bounces@...] On
      > Behalf Of Joe Taylor
      > Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 9:41 AM
      > To: moon-net@...; moon@...; Packrats List;
      > wsjtgroup@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [Moon] KP4AO on 432 EME
      > In less that two weeks the Arecibo Observatory Amateur Radio Club will
      > again put the 1000-foot radio telescope on the air for 432 MHz EME.
      > The scheduled times of operation are:
      > April 16: 1645 - 1930 UTC
      > April 17: 1740 - 2020 UTC
      > April 18: 1840 - 2125 UTC
      > Callsign: KP4AO
      > Tx Frequency: 432.045 MHz
      > Rx Frequency: 432.050 to 432.060+
      > Tx power: 400 W
      > Antenna gain: 60 dBi
      > System noise temp: 120 K (cold sky)
      > System noise temp: 330 K (when pointed at moon)
      > KP4AO can be heard with a small hand-held yagi pointed at the moon, and
      > a good receiver. A 15 dBi antenna and 100 W will be enough to work us
      > on CW.
      > Operators at KP4AO will do their best to work as many stations as
      > possible. Each session will start with a brief announcement and CQ in
      > SSB. SSB QSOs may continue for 30 minutes to an hour, if the QSO rate
      > remains high. The mode will be shifted to CW as soon as it is judged
      > that higher QSO rates would result.
      > We will listen for calls at frequencies 5-15 kHz higher than our own,
      > and even higher if QRM warrants. Callers who s-p-r-e-a-d o-u-t are
      > more likely to be copied.
      > If you've already worked us in any mode, please do not call again --
      > give others a chance.
      > If we call "CQ QRP", we will listen for stations running 100 W or less
      > to a single yagi. Please do not answer such a CQ if you are running
      > more power or have a larger antenna.
      > On April 18, if we reach a condition where most calling stations have
      > been worked, and we judge that operating in the digital mode JT65B would
      > produce a higher QSO rate, we will switch to JT65B.
      > Note that any of these planned operating strategies may be changed as
      > circumstances dictate.
      > We are extremely fortunate to have been granted access to the world's
      > largest radio telescope for this amateur radio good-will event. We look
      > forward to working as many stations as possible in the alloted time!
      > -- 73 from Joe, K1JT, on behalf of all the gang at KP4AO
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