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Post time 2014-9-14 10:04:45 |Display all floors
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,
called 4M-LXS.

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.

Abridged details
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/11/send-your-message-from-the-moon/

Details and specifications.
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/01/4m-lunar-payload/

There are prizes for experiments and contests to be awarded to the best in each category.
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/lxs-4m-eme2014-a4-v3.pdf

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.
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/

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.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-08/10/c_133546027.htm

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.

VK3UKF.



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A big thank you to the Chinese National Space Agency, LUXspace and all those in China and around
the world that helped this mission to become a reality.

Co-operation with others from around the world is the best example of doing things together.

I am re-activating the ground station here in anticipation of this mission and will do my
best to receive transmissions from the mission. Amongst the data that is being transmitted
will be my own name and callsign. This is a huge honour.

If it all works, this will be the first time my callsign can be transmitted from the moon back to the Earth.
This is also the first time I have ever been involved in a Chinese mission into space.

When I was a little boy, I never would have dreamed something like this could happen.

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