22 April 2012

Back From the Future

Yesterday I had a very very strange dream. A young man knocked on my door, presented him as Kjell, SM05FOB and told me that I am his dad´s grandfather´s son and that he had been on a DXpedition to the Moon recently. He is looking for the ancestor of Linda, W88DX, who disappeard with her sailing boat shortly after a QSO with the DXpedition. So he now asked me to find her ancestor and bring with me her QSL card as a back from the future memory from the Moon adventure. An adventure to celebrate 100 years since the Millenium.

No time for a talk with my close future relative as he just vanished away in front of me. Believe me or not, but when I woke up this QSL card was on my bedside table! It is nice to know that they are still using printed QSL cards 88 years from now. Maybe time machines are invented at that time? As one scientist has explained: You cannot walk forwards and at the same time walk backwards. I now believe that this is a wrong statement :-)




To Radio: W88DX/mm
QSO # 00294 Recorded at: AMSAT SUPERSERVER M-2
Confirming our Moon - Earth Mobile QSO




Operator:SM07EPU, CHARLIE
Remarks:TNX FB QSO DR LINDA! 
NICE 3D-VR VIEW FROM UR SAILING BOAT. CUAGN!
QSL:PSE QSL
QSL Man.:SM51ANN, BERT, VR-email: SM51ANN@@SSA.SE
E-DAY
E-MONTH
E-YEAR
E-UTC
BAND
RST
2-WAY MODE
2
January
2100
22.03.17
47 GHz
59
3D-VR
AMSAT SPACELINK-4


SK0CC/Lunar Mobile DXpedition Info
QTHMoon, Taurus Littrow Valley, 20.16 deg N, 30.77 deg E. 
See 3D Picture.
The valley is located on the southeastern edge of Sea of Serenity and was formed when an asteroid or a comet, big as a mountain, hit the Moon nearly 4 billion years ago.
RigKENYAEICO RF Processor UBX4O. The most advanced amateur radio RF processor available. Capable of all amateur transmit and receive modes in all bands. The modulation mode used for the 3D Virtual Reality contacts was SS-VOFDM-2048QAM. Output power 5 W on 47GHz. 
HassNik 3D-VR processor PIX908 with full global view. Resolution 12,000 lines within 90 deg global view. Transmission rate 8.6 Gbit/s.
LOGGER BOB-VIII 5643 TB RF-recorder &  QSO-Logg Server linked to AMSAT SUPER SERVER M-2.
GEABB Micro Fuel Cell He2-B4 power supply.
AntennaHyCush Active Beam Flat Panel Antenna YAG54-2. 45.5 dBi on 47 GHz.
Space - Earth Link47 GHz up/downlink to AMSATMOB III, the AMSAT Satellite Network for Mobile Ultra-IP Communications at all locations on Earth.
Lunar RoverThe 128 years old Lunar Rover from the Apollo 17 mission was found by the DXpedition on December, 2099 and took 5 days to restore, equip and be ready for operation. The LRV was designed and built by Boeing and NASA´s Marshall Spaceflight Center. The terrestrial empty weight is 210 kg and 32 kg on the Moon. It is battery powered and maximum speed is 10-12 kilometers per hour.
DXpeditionOn December 11, 1972 the astronauts Eugene Cernan, Mission Commander, and Harrison Schmitt, Lunar Module Pilot and Scientist in Geology, landed on the Moon, while Ronald Evans, Command Module Pilot, was parked in lunar orbit. Listen to this voice recording when Cernan took his first steps on the Moon. This Apollo 17 mission marked the final of the Apollo program and was the most successful. They stayed for 75 hours on the Moon, traveled 36 kilometers with the Lunar Rover and returned to Earth with 116 kilograms of lunar samples.To celebrate these brave men and to make it possible for radio amateurs on Earth to contact radio amateurs on the Moon by utilizing highly advanced communications technology, a Swedish amateur radio expedition was established. Expedition members are members of the Swedish Amateur Radio Club Station SK0CC, founded in 1971. In total 763 contacts were made from the Lunar Rover and 7,543 contacts from the base camping site.
The success of this DXpedition was made possible by the generous assistance from NASA and personnel from the U.S. research center Base Alpha 1A on the Moon, by donations from organizations, the industry and from thousands of radio amateurs.
Historical Sources


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