The Overseas Telecommunication Dish (OTC) in Carnarvon is located on Brown’s Range and is just about the first thing you see when driving into town.
Brief History of the OTC Dish in Carnarvon
The dish was built in 1966 as a satellite communications & tracking station and measures 29.6 meters in diameter & weighs 300 tonnes. On November 24th, 1966, Western Australia received its first satellite-transmitted television image via the dish.
Apollo & Gemini Space Missions
The station was involved in both the Apollo & Gemini space missions and Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous words “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind” were relayed to the world via Carnarvon. The dish was also used for tracking Halley’s comet. The OTC Dish ceased operations in 1987 . Its last role was to monitor the launch of Japanese geosynchronous marine observation satellite. However, just when you thought it was over for the OTC dish, it was reactivated in 1999 by SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers.