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Message from JH1KRC, Mike Watanabe


 Announcement:

Project BIG-DISH 2007
        8N1EME
A Special EME Operation from QM 06, Japan
 
                   JH1KRC, Mike Watanabe

KDDI, one of the Japanese telecommunication services companies, has assigned to make experimental cooperation with the Project BIG-DISH, composed of some forty Japanese moon bouncers, and JARL.

We will use the antenna IBA-4, which is the 4th antenna of Ibaraki Satellite Communications Center, KDDI Corporation, for the experimental moon bounce operation on 144, 432, 1296 and possibly 5760 MHz bands.   IBA-4  is a 32-metre Cassegrain dish made by Mitshubishi Electric Corporation in 1980's, and is located in the grid QM06. 
 
The IBA-4 is fully rotable and the elevation is possible up to 90 degrees for automatic moon tracking.  The largest
problem we have is that we cannot remove the subreflector, 2.9-m in diameter, about 9 metres in front of the main reflector. 
Therefore we have to use this subreflector in some way for the EME operation.  

Our EME operation licens is still waiting for the four bands, 144, 432, 1296, and 5760 MHz.  The 5760 MHz high power moon bounce transmission is still in discussion in the ministry.  Other bands are sure to be licensed for  the operation with 500 watts output.  We will use callsign 8N1EME.  The intensive operating modes are CW, SSB, and JT65 specially on 144 and possiby on 432 also.  Fundamentally, we think that random QSOs are most important, although, some scheduled QSOs may be considered for any special reason.    Antennas in use will be vertilac pol. on 144 and 432 MHz, the usual EME circular pol. on 1296, and 5760 MHz. 

The operation is planned during late February and early March at least, in 2007. 
QSL via JH6RTO.

Further details will be announced from time to time in our web site.  Be prepared, and don't miss this historic moon bounce operation from the special place!!  

 http://8n1eme.jp/ <http://8n1eme.jp/>

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