News and Updates
Issue 3 of the RAGazine now available to download - see below
John Cook has issued the 2014 January VLF Report available here
RAG 2014 General Meeting - Tickets now on sale
The BAA Radio Astronomy Group will be holding its 2014 General Meeting on Saturday 17th May at the National Space Centre, Leicester, LE4 5NS
The last two meetings both sold out ahead of the day and current sales are well above earlier years so it looks as if we will not be selling tickets at the door.
In a change to the previously announced programme, Professor Paul Cannon OBE FREng will now be talking on the potential impact of solar superstorms on modern-day life. Paul Cannon is the Professor of Radio Science and Systems at the University of Birmingham and previously served as Chief Scientist and Technical Director of QinetiQ’s Communications Division. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the US journal “Radio Science” and a Vice-President of the International Union of Radio Science, as well as serving on the UK Cabinet Office Space Weather Project Board.
As before, the second keynote speaker will be Dr Klaas Wiersema who will
discuss the exploration of the ‘transient’ radio universe,
from the mysterious millisecond duration ‘fast radio bursts’
to the energetic afterglows of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). The supporting
programme of seven further talks is unchanged and you can find the talk
Tickets can be purchased by BAA and non-BAA members alike using this Booking Form. This should be returned to: The British Astronomical Association, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J ODU
You can also fax the form to 020 7439 4629, book by phone on 020 7734 4145 or e-mail the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org (but please remember that e-mail is not be secure)
Please contact email@example.com if you have any queries on the above.
Issue 3 of The BAA Radio Astronomy Group RAGazine now available for download
The new downloadable magazine has content and contributions from many of the members of our group and has been edited by Dave James. Please contact Dave if you would like to contribute to the next edition. Contact details are within the pdf download.
High and low resolution versions of all issues can be downloaded from here.
Amateur Radio Astronomy group tracks Milky Way Hydrogen emissions
Peter East has published a new paper describing a Low Cost Hydrogen Line Radio Telescope
Paul Hyde has updated his paper on Evaluating the 38MHz band
David Morgan's papers on 'Detection of Meteors by RADAR' and 'Measurement of Neutral Hydrogen Velocities' have been re-released.
Note: John Cook (VLF reports) now has a new email address. jacook @ jacook.plus.com
Radio Astronomy Group
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Many amateur astronomers who are interested in what
happens outside of the optical spectrum are put off making radio observations
because they believe that large parabolic aerials and complicated electronic
circuits are required to receive the very faint signals arriving from
space. They are put off, too, in thinking that the radio astronomer’s
output comprises nothing more than reams of paper on which traces akin
to squiggly lines are recorded. It is true that there are aspects of radio
astronomy that need big dishes and sophisticated electronics, but there
are others that can be observed with relatively simple equipment.
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in 2008 with the support of the Radio Astronomy Group of the British Astronomical
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