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Arecibo: End of an Era for a Ham-Connected Radiotelescope

he December 1st collapse of the instrument platform at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico reverberated in the ham community as well as the astronomy / radioastronomy world. Officials had hoped to be able to safely disassemble the 900-ton telescope suspended 400 feet above the observatory’s 1,000-foot dish after determining in November that repairs would be impossible after two cable breaks>.

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