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Linking our Lineage: from radio operator to radio receiver

7 Nov 2018, 22:26 UTC
Linking our Lineage: from radio operator to radio receiver
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On October 19, NRAO hosted attendees of the Socorro Hamfest, a gathering of amateur “ham” radio operators, for a special tour of the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). The Socorro Hamfest is organized by the Socorro Amateur Radio Association (SARA). SARA was founded in 1976, and from that time, NRAO employees have been key members of the organization. The first Socorro Hamfest was held in 1989. Since 1999, the event has included a special VLA tour the day prior to the main hamfest. The VLA tour and the hamfest draw radio enthusiasts and their families from throughout New Mexico and surrounding states.
Radio astronomy and amateur radio have a close historical connection, and one theme of the hamfest VLA tour is to emphasize that connection, which is explained in the article below.
In 1901, after several years of increasingly successful experiments with radio communication, inventor Guglielmo Marconi announced that he had spanned the Atlantic with a radio signal. That dramatic announcement, followed by more achievements, put radio squarely in the public limelight, and commercial use of radio mushroomed. Ships were equipped with radio transmitters and receivers, commercial stations were set up to handle intercontinental messages, and many other ...

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