On the off-chance you were wondering what to do with your spare time, I just heard of something rather interesting...
Do you recall my blog about my friend Brian who is involved in building a Moon Rover? Well, I just received an email from this little scamp as follows:
Hi Max, in our "space travels" we have stumbled on this radio dish that a group is trying to save from a wrecking ball. Check it out at www.jamesburgdish.org. Later, Brian
Cool beans. I immediately bounced over to this website to discover that the "dish" in question is the Jamesburg Earth Station in Cachagua Valley, California (about 20 miles S.E of Monterey).
It seems that this facility originally went into service in 1969, just in time to carry the Moon landing live to the world. Sadly, it closed down in 2002, at which time it was sold to a private investor. Happily, the new owner is cooperating with a group of Ham Radio operators to find a new use for the antenna, which may include Radio Astronomy, Educational or Deep Space applications.
So, if you're interested in getting involved and helping to save this dish, why not bounce over to the www.jamesburgdish.org website and drop them a line.
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