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W8WRK callsign heard coming FROM space?

Ham Radio Payload to Circle the Moon

08/13/2014

A lunar flyby with a ham radio payload transmitting JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz is expected to take place toward the end of this year, giving earthbound radio amateurs the opportunity to receive some otherworldly DX signals as the payload flies around the Moon. 

China has announced plans to launch a lunar orbiter carrying a 14 kg battery-powered payload known as 4M-LXS, which was developed at LuxSpace. Signals from the Amateur Radio payload can be decoded using the free WJST software by Joe Taylor, K1JT.

- Within these transmissions will be brief messages from amateur radio operators.  Rob, W8MRL, added the short  message  "W8MRL / W8WRK " to the list of messages that will be sent from the orbiter.  So, later in the year our call sign may be heard coming from space! -

The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing’s new lunar probe Chang’e-5, which will land on the moon, collect samples, and return to Earth. The launch, planned for 4th quarter 2014, is aimed at testing technologies that are vital for the success of the spacecraft. The orbiter will be launched into Lunar Transfer Orbit and then perform a lunar flyby before re-entering Earth’s atmosphere after 9 days.

The orbiter, which arrived by air in Xichang, Sichuan, on Sunday, August 10, has been transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. — Thanks to AMSAT-UK

If you missed BCARA's participation in the Ohio QSO party you missed a great time.  17 members and 2 guests attended the event.  As we had decided early on, this year wasn't going to be a hard core contesting format.  That made for a great social and on-the-air event.  

It looks like we will be in the top ten for the second year in a row for the multi-operator class.

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