Arecibo Observatory Instrument Platform Falls into Iconic Dish

From ARRL Web [UPDATED 2020-12-02 @1609 UTC] 

The 900-ton instrument platform of the 305-meter radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell some 400 feet Tuesday morning, crashing into the huge, already-damaged dish below, the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported in a December 1 Tweet. “No injuries were reported,” NSF said, adding that it is still assessing the situation. “Our top priority is maintaining safety.” The calamity not only was a final and fatal blow for the observatory but for the people of Puerto Rico. [Full story]

FM Talk Radio Station Frequency Hijacked by Pirate in Warren, MA

via Worcester MA Telegram & Gazette:

WARREN — As the hosts talk about sports on WEEI-FM 105.5, their signal fades, breaks up and a bit of static overrides their voices when drivers reach downtown Warren.

Then, another voice slips in, “Don’t be a chump, vote for Trump.” There is a pause before it repeats in a whisper, “Don’t be a chump, vote for Trump.”

“At first I thought someone was just broadcasting close to the frequency,” Chief Gerald Millette said. “I drove around and it starts by Pine and Nelson (streets) and it goes all the way downtown.”

Central MA Amateur Radio Association President Brian Loverro, K1BML, is quoted in the article.

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