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Meet a Nobel Prize Winning Amateur Radio Operator!

Nobel Prize winner Dr. Joe Taylor K1JT will be helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh Panther Amateur Radio Club W3YI by giving a public lecture.  All amateur radio operators are invited.

Title: DXing with Weak Signals

Speaker: Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT

Room: O'Hara Student Center Ballroom,

         4024 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Date: Friday December 4th, 2015

Time: 3:00 pm

A reception will follow the lecture.

For more information contact: Brandon Contino, KE0COO,, PARC President

or Juan Manfredi NA0B, PARC Faculty Advisor

Biography of Joe Taylor K1JT:

Joe Taylor first obtained his amateur radio license as a teenager, which led him to the field of radio astronomy. Taylor is well known in the field of amateur radio weak signal communication and was assigned the call sign K1JT.  His Amateur Radio feats have included mounting an 'expedition' in April 2010 to use the Arecibo Radio Telescopeto conduct moonbounce with Amateurs around the world using voice, Morse code, and digital communications.

He wrote several computer programs and communications protocols, including WSJT ("Weak Signal/Joe Taylor"), a software package and protocol suite that utilizes computer-generated messages in conjunction with radio transceivers to communicate over long distances with other amateur radio operators. WSJT is useful for passing short messages via non-traditional radio communications methods, such as moonbounce and meteor scatter and other low signal-to-noise ratio paths. It is also useful for extremely long-distance contacts using very low power transmissions.

Joe worked at Princeton University, where he was the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Physics, having also served for six years as Dean of Faculty. He retired in 2006.

Taylor discovered the first  binary pulsar and used it  to make high-precision tests of general relativity. Working with his colleague Joel Weisberg, Taylor has used observations  to demonstrate the existence of gravitational radiation in the amount and with the properties first predicted by Albert Einstein. He and Hulse shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of this object.

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