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Motorola Amateur Radio Club
Illinois Chapter

To commemorate Motorola's contribution to the Apollo program and lunar communication the Motorola Amateur Radio Club will host a Special Event Station on July 20, 2019.

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Operators from MARC Illinois chapter will be on the air.   ·       

07/20/2019 | Man on the Moon First Communication to Earth – 50 Years

Jul 20 1300Z-Jul 21 1700Z, K9MOT,

Schaumburg, IL. Motorola Amateur Radio Club:  To commemorate Motorola’s contribution to the Apollo program and lunar communication:  

SSB within 10KHz: 3.83, 7.23, 14.245, 21.435, 28.465

CW  3.543, 7.043, 14.043, 21.043, 28.043

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SPECIAL EVENT JULY 20, 2019 - Man on the Moon First Communication to Earth 50 Years

Beginning in 1958 with Explorer I, an Earth-orbiting Satellite, Motorola provided communications equipment for most NASA space flights for decades.


In the 1960s, the U.S. space program had an ambitious goal to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.  Success came when Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.  The effort required the support of many U.S. companies, scientists and engineers, including a large team from Motorola.

Motorola engineers designed and produced semiconductors, ground-based tracking and checkout equipment, and 12 on-board tracking and communications units that transmitted telemetry, tracking, voice communications and TV signals between Earth and the moon.

On July 20, 1969, Motorola communications equipment enabled people around the world to share the achievement as astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon—250,000 miles (400,000km) away—and announced, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”

First Car Radio on the Moon

In 1971 NASA’s lunar roving vehicle used a Motorola FM radio receiver to provide voice and data communications between the moon and Earth.  This “first car radio on the moon’ was 100 time more sensitive than a standard car radio and weighed only 1.5 pounds (680 grams).  The device you see here is a reproduction; the original radio is still on the moon.

club officers 2019
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President Mikel Brown N9LAZ
Vice President Greg Buchwald  K9QI
Secretary Mark Anthony K9AM

Treasurer Frank Krozel   KG9H
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