Eavesdropping on the moon, circa 1969

Eavesdropping on the moon, circa 1969

In July, 1969, a ham radio operator named Larry Baysinger, from Louisville, KY, used a 20-year old radio from an army tank and a homemade folded dipole antenna array to listen to the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon. This page is an archive with the original newspaper piece, photos, PDFs of a couple of radio hobby mags and books of the time, and a sort of where are they now update. MP3 of Baysinger’s recordings of the audio are also there. Fascinating stuff.

Lunar Eavesdropping in Louisville, Kentucky

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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