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Once upon a time…. it might start in this way, like and old tale, the report of this happening, because not so often you have the possibility to make true your dreams…

The 12 december 1901,
Guglielmo Marconi, in spite of the scientific common sense of his time, performed the very first radio contact across the Atlantic Ocean.
The age of the modern radio communications were born!

To celebrate this milestone for the human
kind, a very special and unique station was set up.
The 32m big dish of the Medicina radio telescope was used as radiator and an amator rig, working on the 1296 Ham band, made available by
IW4BLG was installed.

The special station could therefore trust on:
Antenna gain: 50dBi
Output power: 180W key down
Less than 400°K Total receiver temperature

With this “unusual” set up, the 12 december 2001, we broadcasted on the Moon and therefore on the whole Earth, some messages of Guglielmo Marconi, his doughter Elettra, and of the Presidents of the CNR and of the Marconi’s Foundation.


A message from Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, The President of the Italian Republic, was also sent on the moon the 13th of december. Here the original text:

iy4fgm4_html_3ad78c2bHere the operators:
I4AOR..I4BER..I4CHY..I4JED..I4TTZ..IK4MTS..IW4BLG
Technical assistance from CNR:
Claudio Bortolotti, Giuseppe Maccaferri, Sergio Mariotti, Mauro Roma
Sponsorship: IRA-CNR

Here the official log:

QSO n°

UTC

Call sign

RST sent

RST rec.

1

0750

HB9SV

58

59

2

0752

IK2MMB

55

57

3

0754

I4LCK

59

59

4

0755

HB9BCD

57

57

5

0757

I0UGB

57

56

6

0800

G4CCH

57

58

7

0852

F/G8MBI

449

55

8

0900

G3LQR

559

55

9

0905

F6ETI

559

58

10

0935

DJ9YW

57

59

11

0945

DF4PV

57

59

12

0955

GW3XYW

55

55

13

1000

I0ICR

56

57

14

1001

I0AMS

56

57

15

1007

I0EMV

56

57

16

1009

IK0JFR

56

57

17

1010

I0NNZ

59

57

18

1022

I0ICR

56

59

19

1045

HA5SHF

449

57

20

1100

IZ0EKM

559

559

21

1109

F2TU

559

579

22

1121

OE9XXI

59

59

23

1140

I4CAM

59

59

24

1215

K2UYH

59

57

25

1220

W5LUA

57

57

26

1223

IK3COJ

559

57

27

13dec.1105

F2TU

58

58

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