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K0PRT is the club station of the Deep Space Exploration Society. We are a Colorado based nonprofit organization dedicated to practical astronomy and space science education for students, the general public, and society members.  Many in the group are hands-on radio amateurs.
 
Our major project is restoring and operating a 60-foot dish antenna for radio astronomy and amateur radio experimenting.  Since 2009 our volunteer members have been working hard to restore and modernize the antenna and its support facilities. In August 2016 we succeeded in making scientific measurements of galactic neutral hydrogen at 1.4 GHz. 
 
We also are doing experiments with smaller antennas, including:

   - Meteor Scatter

   - “Radio Jove” observations of HF radio pulses from Jupiter and its moon Io

   - Solar Wind Observations using the Sudden Ionospheric  Disturbance Monitor (SID)
 
In addition to radio astronomy, we are using the 60 foot antenna for amateur radio communications including EME Moon Bounce.
 
We are fortunate to be a group that works so well together. We are diverse with a variety of technical and practical skills, knowledge, wisdom, and interests.  We are learning radio astronomy and how to bring our facility back to life from the ground up.  We enjoy what we do.
 
Some members of our group teach astronomy at local colleges.  We are starting to host public programs to help share astronomy and radio with our local communities.
 
And we like to operate on the amateur radio bands.
 
Our 60-foot dish antenna site is located in Haswell, Colorado, about 90 miles southeast of Colorado Springs.  The site is named the Paul Plishner Radio Astronomy and Space Sciences Center in honor of our donor who was an early researcher in Radar. The  dish antenna is one of several that were built by the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) for tropospheric propagation work in support of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) radar, from 1957 to 1974.  Those antenna sites were located from Colorado to Arkansas.
 
 If you contact us on the air and would like to receive a QSL card, please send a Stamped Self-Addressed (SASE) envelope, one that can hold a 4 inch x 6 inch card,  to the address below.  Please include your QSL card if you have one, or the QSO information for verifying the contact.
 
DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION SOCIETY, K0PRT
 
4164 AUSTIN BLUFFS PKWY 562
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 81918-2928
 
We also upload our logs to ARRL Logbook of the World and eQSL.

You can learn more about our ongoing work at our website dses.science.  Also we post here when we plan to operate on the ham bands. 
 
More about our history and earlier work is at dses.org.

 

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