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: 180Wkey 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:
Here the operators: I4AOR..I4BER..I4CHY..I4JED..I4TTZ..IK4MTS..IW4BLG Technical assistance from CNR: Claudio Bortolotti, Giuseppe Maccaferri, Sergio Mariotti, Mauro Roma Sponsorship: IRA-CNR
Pierluigi Poggi since his childhood has been attracted from technical stuffs and gears, being a very curious guy. He built his first Xtal radio when he was just 9. Today, we would call him “maker”. When he turned to 21 became radio amateur, with call sign iw4blg.
Since then, he developed many radio gears and felt in love with space communication, becoming an EMErs and a satellite enthusiast. His great passion led him to experiment a lot on the higher bands, up to pioneering several THz (lightwaves) QSOs on the early ’90.
Beside to this passion to the radio communication and modern technologies, he like to study, experiment, understand-why, then, write and share, or better, spread the knowledge. This fact led him to became a well renowned contributor of electronics magazines with more than 75 articles published and author of 14 science books.