1972 Apollo 16 QSL Card, WP6JPL

1972 Apollo 16 QSL Card (front)
Front side of the 1972 QSL card from the Apollo 16 special event.

This is the front side of the QSL card from the Apollo 16 special event. This image shows the DSN 64-meter Mars antenna at Goldstone, California and the mission. Apollo 16 was launched on April 16, 1972. It’s Lunar Module landed on the Descartes Highlands of the Moon, staying three days for exploration. The Apollo 16 crew returned to the Earth on April 29, 1972.

1972 Apollo 16 QSL Card (rear)
Rear side of the 1972 QSL card from the Apollo 16 special event.

This is the rear side of the same QSL card details the contact information and a list of operators: Wes Weems, W5LLL; Mac McDonald, W5UNF; Joe Buch, W6FRW; Roland Bibeau, W6GHZ; Merv MacMedan, W6IUV; Al Chapman, W6MEO; Mickey Mecke, W6ZGC, Henry Squires, WA6AKM; John Johnson, WA6QYU; Roland Roy, WA6HWV; and Dennis Monroe, WB6IOE.

The callsign WP6JPL was issued to the JPL Amateur Radio club by the FCC for use at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex during the Apollo 16 mission. The April 1972 W6VIO Calling issue contains more details about the operation.

Then check out the NASA Apollo 16 web page and the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal for detailed mission information. The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is an Internet record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the Moon from 1969 through 1972. The Journal is intended as a resource for anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why. It includes a corrected transcript of all recorded conversations between the lunar surface crews and Houston. The Journal also contains extensive, interwoven commentary by the Editor and by ten of the twelve moon walking astronauts.