Technology FAQ

We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.   – Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking

The TLM-18 is big.  Just how big is is?

The dish is 60 feet across, and stands 100 feet tall.

How fast can it move?

The TLM-18 was designed to track spacecraft moving at orbital speeds.   In layman’s terms, it can go horizon to horizon in 30 seconds, though operating at those speeds is typically not necessary.

How big are the motors?

The azimuth and elevation motors are 10 HP each, running on 120V DC.

Who paid for it?

The TLM-18 came with the property.  Putting it back into service was a joint effort of InfoAge, the Ocean-Monmouth Amateur Radio Club, and Princeton University, as well as the individual effort of several dozen volunteers over the course of more than half a decade.

What is N2MO?

N2MO is the amateur-radio call sign assigned by the FCC to the Ocean-Monmouth Amateur Radio Club.

How is the TLM-18 controlled?

The connection is over a secure Internet connection using custom-written control software.