Photo 8. Satellite tracking antennas (on the left) on top of the main dome of Moonbase To the right a 3-element triband HF beam on a 40-foot tower.
In Apnl 1991 „ 84 students from the Copley-Fairiawr Middle arid High School participated in a week-îong simulation of a moon base During this time, 17 Copley-Fairlawn students manned the Command Center outside of the structure. The students lived in a self-enclosed city consisting of nine geodesic domes and conducted all aspects of survival on the moon. Students from 15 locat schools assisted, The project incorporated many fields of study: science, computers, electronics, math, English, history, government, restaurant management, business, physical education, communication. technology, music, library sciences. and foreign languages,
Moonbase America was developed to encourage students to actively participate in their own education. Students were asked to project themselves Into the future to discover the technology and environment they teraciing with their peers in other staïesr discovering Ihe importance of sharing ideas, designing their own courses of action, and working ctosely with professionals from the business community.
Through the assistance of NASA, corporate sponsors, civic organization, and national student and teacher participants, Moonbase accomplished its goai students permanently interested in becoming involved in the sciences, space, and learning. Lenny was kind enough to forward the following wnte-up to me For further mformation, Lenny can be contacted at 3400 Ledgewicke Circle FatrlawnOH 44333, or KB8KTC @ WB8BI1. OH,USA,NA.
KBÖKTC: Ham Radio Highlighted
"Houston, Tranquillity Base here, the Eagie has landed," These were the first words transmitted from the moon by Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969,
Of a geodesic structure ol nine domes, included everything needed for survival: a fish hatchery, food preparation, government, communications, and waste management, with specialists in alF areas. Each student spent an entire year in a space science class, a state accredited science course, and many after school and weekend hours training for Iheir positions for the simu* lation.
Our training in ham radio began ear ly in the school year. Members of ihe Cuyahoga FaEls Amateur Radio Club donated several hours of their time dur* ing the day to come in and teach the 84 students the fundamentals of ham radio and prepare them for the Novice code and theory tests Sixty of the S4 students passed their tests and ob-
MHz base station radio for internal communications one 1,2 GHi base station radto for communications to the ground; an ATV transceiver for video link to ground; a VHF packet station; a complete satellite tracking system, including a 386 computer running satellite tracking software, a satellite 144/ 440 MHz all-mode transceiver; and 10 220 MHz hand-held radios located ihroughout ihe base tor internal communications.
Aî the command center on the ground, there was a similarly equipped station. AEsoh for external moonwaiks, there was an ATV transmitter located on the Moonrover for live video. This entire system enabled us to keep in contact with the command center back on ground (located in the high school
Photo A Aenal shot above Moonbase America auditorium), throughout the domes, and wtih moorwalkers during their walks.
Some might ask. "Why amateur rad o in â moonDase?" Amateur radio, as most hams Know, is a reliable source of wireless communications for video, votce, computer, and other modes One evening during the simuiaïion, the electricity faifed, and all other means of communications with it, But our 220 MHz battery powered handhelds provided a link to the ground,
Each day two students exited Moon-base for the daily moonwalks with hand-held radios and VOX headsets for communications to each other, the ground crew, and people irrsioe Moon-base In everyday activities, we used ham radio tor internal communication between pods. Specialists in each area used the radios to keep in contact with other people throughout the base We also used ft as entertainment talking tmrd party to friends and refatives back on the ground.
Moonbase was a milestone in edu cation here in the United Stales, ft not only taught the students at Copiey High many things or topics such as government, space, environment, computers, living together in a closed area with 83 other people for a week, and many other things too fengthy to Jisi, but it also taught teachers and students abroad that education can be fun, hands-on, and rewarding for the student and teacher,
I would like to extend a special thanks to ICOM of America for the donations of equipment used during the simulation, the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club for technical support before and during the projeci, with special thanks to Mike Young WG8CXO and Rich Burgan WC8J, without whom none of this would have been possible. QQ
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