EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) communication, also known as “moonbounce,” fascinates many amateurs. The concept is simple: use the moon as a passive reflector of VHF and UHF signals. Considering the total path of some 500,000 miles, EME is the ultimate DX — at least to date. The first two-way amateur EME contacts took place in 1960.

Traditionally EME was a CW mode activity requiring large antennas and high power. Advances in technology, such as low noise receivers and digital signal processing (DSP) tools, are making EME contacts possible for more and more amateurs with modest stations

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