Ham Radio Reception of Apollo 11 Landing

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Christopher K.
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Ham Radio Reception of Apollo 11 Landing

Post by Christopher K. » July 16th, 2010, 4:23 pm

The American Radio Relay League is reporting an apparently true and not-well-known story of ham radio operator Larry Baysinger (W4EJA) who recorded over thirty minutes of conversation from VHF signals (not the encoded S-band signals) transmitted between the three astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. This included the time during which President Nixon transmitted his message of congratulations.

During the landing Baysinger aimed his antenna at the Moon to listen, but of course after a while the Earth's and Moon's motions prompted Baysinger to reaim. Proof positive, just with ham radio, that the Apollo 11 transmissions absolutely came from the Moon!

Baysinger was rewarded with a meeting with the Collins Radio Company, which supplied the communications systems for Apollo. Before Apollo 11, he received and reproduced pictures transmitted from Earth-orbiting satellites.

More information at:
Louisville Courier-Journal, 23 July 1969, section B
http://www.arrl.org/eavesdropping-on-apollo-11
http://legacy.jefferson.kctcs.edu/observatory/apollo11/

Christopher K.
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Re: Ham Radio Reception of Apollo 11 Landing

Post by Christopher K. » May 20th, 2019, 5:50 pm

On Saturday 6 July, HRPO will host a the first of two sessions for twelve- to sixteen-year-olds regarding the Apollo missions. Registered kids will delve into the facts of the Apollo missions and engage in computer comparisons, games, quizzes, videos and constructions. The cost is fifteen dollars per EBR-Parish registrant and eighteen dollars per out-of-parish registrant. There must be four registrants by Thursday the 5th for the session to take place.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/overview.html

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