Friday, July 26, 2013

Historic Dish May Be Available for EME

Project Diana QSL card (courtesy
The 60-foot dish antenna with which the U.S. Army first received signals bounced off the moon may soon become available for amateur radio moonbounce use. The tracking antenna at the former Fort Monmouth in New Jersey was used for the first EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) experiments, known as Project Diana, in 1946. It is now part of the Info Age Science History Museum. The dish has been dormant since the 1970s and in now being rehabilitated. According to the ARRL Letter, Info Age board member and Princeton University physics professor Martin Flynn, W2RWJ, wants to use the dish for radio astronomy, but also wants to make it available for 70-centimeter amateur radio EME on a secondary basis. Work is being slowed by the fact that there has been no power to the site since Hurricane Sandy nearly a year ago, and the entire facility is still running on generator power. The local government approved installation of a new transformer in late July, so restored power appears to be on the horizon. For more information on the Info Age museum, visit <>.