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Meteor Scatter Workshop, Saturday 31st October, Northampton


This event will be aimed at helping beginners and experienced observers alike, starting with a presentation from J-L Rault (Director, IMO Radio Commission) outlining the opportunities available with meteor scatter systems and the prospects for pro-am collaboration using the FRIPON project as an example.

The topics covered will include:
• Setting up a simple meteor radio scatter system
• Collecting data, images and audio files using Spectrum Lab software
• Verification and classification of meteor events
• Correlating video and radio detections
• Examples of practical observational experience
• Using radar for determining meteor properties
• Setting up an observing campaign based upon meteor scatter
Attendance is limited to 50 places which will be allocated on a first-come basis.


New paper on Meteor Astronomy

David Morgan has produced a report on the results of his work on the relationship between VLF transients and meteor activty during the 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower" Download


The BAA Radio Astronomy Group RAGazine (August 2015) now available for download

The new downloadable magazine has content and contributions from many of the members of our group. Jeff Lashley has edited the latest edition. Please contact Jeff if you would like to contribute. Contact details are within the pdf download.

All issues of the RAGazine can be downloaded from here.

John Cook has released the 2015 July and August VLF Reports - download from here VLF Reports

Update History

2015 October


David Morgan has produced further papers on this topic:

Identifying VLF transients from meteors, Part 1 - Measurement programme planning

Identifying VLF transients from meteors, Part 2 - Results from a non-meteor shower period.

Both papers are availale from the Meteor Project download page - here

2015 June

The Generation of VLF Emissions by Meteors - A new paper by Dr David Morgan. Download

Amateur Detection of Pulsars - A new paper by PW East (UK) and GM Gancio (Argentina). Download

2015 April

A Technique for measuring RF Noise Sources - Dr David Morgan - Download

A Technique for measuring signal strength using the RTL Dongle - Dr David Morgan

A Preliminary Note on Detection of Aircraft VOR Navigation Beacons - Dr David Morgan

2015 February

Website update with 3 new papers and latest issue of the RAGazine

2014 December

2014 October and November VLF Report now available

Sky at Night Magazine article on Detecting Meteors using Radio now available to download - see the downloads page for full details



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Radio Astronomy Talks

Birmingham AS, 2015 Oct 27
Meteor Workshop, Northampton, 2015 Oct 31 (SOLD OUT)
Basingstoke ARC, 2015 Nov 16
Harrow ARC, 2016 Jan 8

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