CQ CQ CQ! #HamRadio news and cool space news stuff

According to Spaceweather, on Thursday 3 December, amateur radio operator Scott Tilley picked up China’s Chang’e 5’s signal coming from the Moon as it lifted off from the Oceanus Procellarum.

Tilley carried his equipment to a beach in British Columbia to get a good shot at the Moon, low on the horizon.  There’s all sorts of nifty stuff about this at Tilley’s Twitter feed.  HERE

On another note…

Sunspots are doing their thing and there was a major solar flare on 29 Nov.   Good news for HF.

BUT WAIT!… there’s weird weather above Antarctica.  HERE


You may have noticed, in addition to the bright and close Mars, that Saturn and Jupiter are close.  They have been getting chummier lately, too.    In the last week of December (read Christmas) they will align to form what looks like one great start.  This hasn’t happened since 4 March 1226.    It seems that best visibility could be on 21 December, just after sunset, fairly low in the SW.

That’ll be a good way to get rid of this dreadful year, 2020.

And remember that ZedNet will activate on SUNDAY, 6 Dec, at 2000h EST (0100h ZULU 7 Dec).  HERE


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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Kepler associated the “great conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn with the Star of Bethlehem, since one would have happened in 7 BC. This seems a bit early for the birth of Jesus, but it might be about right for the birth of Mary! :)

  2. Kathleen10 says:

    I just read they speculate the Star of Bethlehem may have been the conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Isn’t it providential that we should have the Star of Bethlehem this year of all years. Such a rotten year, and at the end, a sweet consolation. This year would be the year to celebrate New Year’s Eve. In a little over 3 years, we will have the other side of the X that crosses the US for the next total solar eclipse. An X over the US. Sounds about right.

  3. Semper Gumby says:


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