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An announcement to all Chinese Radio Sports people.|
On October 23 2014, a Chinese Long March rocket will blast off and head for the Moon.
This will be the first test of a Chinese vehicle for returning from the Moon to Earth.
This will pave the way for Lunar sample returns and Human landing missions in the future.
On board the TLI (Trans Lunar Injection) rocket stage, is a radio transmitter package,
4M stands for Manfred Memorial Moon Mission in memory of Professor Manfred Fuchs, founder and
chairman of OHB group, Bremen who passed away on April 27, 2014.
This radio system will broadcast Radio Sports and Radio Amateur callsigns to the Earth from the Moon.
An invitation has gone out to all Licensed Radio operators to join the project and include your callsign
to be broadcast during the mission, which will last 196 hours for its entirety.
The message length is 13 characters. If you have used packet radio you will be used to a 13 character
message length limitation.
The test vehicle has arrived at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on August 10 and is now being integrated
with the launch vehicle.
Details and specifications.
There are prizes for experiments and contests to be awarded to the best in each category.
The signals will be transmitted on 145.980 MHz and doppler allowances should be considered.
Transmitter output power will be 1.5 watts.
If you have at your disposal typical EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) equipment or would lke to try,
this experiment is for you.
Decoding software for the transmitted signal is available for free download.
This news has been broadcast on other news outlets, I am doing it again in the hope that I catch
anyone that has missed this news.
Since the radio is attached to the last stage of the rocket, which will follow the spaceraft around the
back of the Moon and return to Earth, it may either burn up in Earth's atmosphere or loop around
the Earth in a new strange orbit that has not been studied.
Thanks to M5AKA for sending out the email that alerted us all to this wonderful experiment.