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Sticks
2006-Mar-13, 09:57 AM
As reported on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4800526.stm)

Any chance they might sell the dish on E-Bay so some amateur radio astronomers can have some decent kit ? :think:

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Mar-13, 01:52 PM
End of an era!

Roy Batty
2006-Mar-13, 03:29 PM
As reported on the BBC

Any chance they might sell the dish on E-Bay so some amateur radio astronomers can have some decent kit ? But can you imagine the shipping costs on it?!:D

Oh well, as long as Jodrell Bank (http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/) stays alive & well.

At least it will stay immortalised in a certain well known book :):

"The planet beneath them was almost perfectly oblivious of their presence, which was just how they wanted it for the moment. The huge yellow somethings went unnoticed at Goonhilly, they passed over Cape Canaveral without a blip, Woomera and Jodrell Bank looked straight through them - which was a pity because it was exactly the sort of thing they'd been looking for all these years."

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Mar-13, 03:30 PM
Is that ... Douglas Adams?

ToSeek
2006-Mar-13, 04:34 PM
With a name like "Goonhilly" ....

Sammy
2006-Mar-13, 04:45 PM
As reported on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4800526.stm)

Any chance they might sell the dish on E-Bay so some amateur radio astronomers can have some decent kit ? :think:

Ham operator and engineer Grote Reber, W9GFZ, is second only to Karl Jansky in the history/development of radio astronomy. In 1932, Reber built a 32 foot diameter dish in his backyard in Wheaton, Illinois. The picture shows it at is current location on the grounds of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia.


.... the accidental discovery of cosmic radio emissions was a direct result of radio amateurs' success in developing shortwave communications. Then, for several years after this original discovery, the only person following up with systematic and well-designed radio astronomy observations was a radio amateur.
http://www.nrao.edu/whatisra/hist_ham.shtml
http://www.nrao.edu/whatisra/images/rebergb.jpg

Roy Batty
2006-Mar-13, 05:30 PM
You darned Americans with your big backyards! :)

Sammy
2006-Mar-14, 01:12 AM
You darned Americans with your big backyards! :)

Now, the local homeowner's association would probably make him take it down!

We looked a long time to find our current home, where I have 2 wire dipoles and a 45 foot tower with a large directional HF antenna -- all out sight of any neighbors or passers-by.

Roy Batty
2006-Mar-14, 01:34 AM
Obviously an 'Area [insert number/girder]' hidden in the Washington DC area ;)

LurchGS
2006-Mar-14, 04:59 AM
homeowner's associations is a primary reason to NOT live somewhere. In fact,k when we last looked for a home, that was indeed the first rule we gave the realtor.

Even though I live in suburbia, I can put up a 150' tower if I choose... or a windmill generator... or a radio telescope. OK, a small RT - but it is a large backyard.. about a third of an acre.

Sammy
2006-Mar-14, 06:36 AM
Obviously an 'Area [insert number/girder]' hidden in the Washington DC area ;)

We're 35 miles SE of the city, near Chesapeake Bay. But you're closer than you think about the Area. There is a substation of the Naval Research Laboratory within 3/4 of a mile from my place. It straddles a road along the edge of the Bay. The bayside section has some pretty impressive ship-type radar antannae, including an Ageis system. The portion, which is closest to my property has some huge domes housing very large dishes (they are opened sometimes for modification or maintainence). Local gossip is that the dishes download secret data from spy satellites. I doubt it, because the apparent level of security doesn't seem to very high.

LurchGS
2006-Mar-14, 06:44 AM
just cuz it's downloaded someplace doesn't mean the signal is processed there..it's going to be encrypted and encyphered and turned around all backwards anyway... download the signal, pipe it to (example) Langly, and have at it. Anybody else who receives the signal has just so much noise.

Sammy
2006-Mar-15, 10:10 PM
just cuz it's downloaded someplace doesn't mean the signal is processed there..it's going to be encrypted and encyphered and turned around all backwards anyway... download the signal, pipe it to (example) Langly, and have at it. Anybody else who receives the signal has just so much noise.

Sure! I was referring to the receiving hardware itself.