Thursday, May 23, 2013

New EME Record on 24 GHz

NASA photo
A new world distance record for EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) communications has been claimed by Rex Moncour, VK7MO, in Australia, and the OK1KIR EME Team in the Czech Republic. "Newsline" reports that the contact between the two stations spanned 16,383 kilometers, or approximately 10,180 miles - not counting the trip to the Moon and back! It is reported that VK7MO was using a new decoder that he developed in conjunction with "JT" mode developer and Nobel laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT. Rex was running 10 watts to a 1.14-meter dish while OK1KIR was running 22 watts to a 4.5-meter dish.