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Sunday 21st May 2017 - Radio Astronomy Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Radio Astronomy Group will be 10am Sunday, 21st May.  It was to have been last Sunday, but it was decided to postpone it due to that day being Mothers Day. :-)

This Sunday we will be looking at some test equipment which should help us to set up/align the 20.1MHz Radio Jove receivers, and the 1420MHz Hydrogen Line receiver and antennae, as well as designing the two Radio Jove antennae.

Current projects are:

  1. Radio Jove - 2 receivers so we can do interferometry
  2. Hydrogen Line (1420MHz) interferometry

Future (probable) projects include:

  1. Magnetometer, for studying the effect of solar wind on Earths' magnetic field
  2. There are many more possible Radio Astronomy projects, all within our means.

 

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Sunday 19th March 2017 - Radio Astronomy Group Working Bee

The next Radio Astronomy Group (RAG) meeting will be on Sunday 19th March at 11AM.

This working bee we will be installing and testing the Hydrogen Line Receiver (connected to the two dishes).  If you are interested in learning a bit about Hydrogen Line radio astronomy there is a useful explainer here: http://www.spaceacademy.net.au/spacelab/projects/hlineobs/hlineobs.htm

Our current status with Radio Jove is that we have now finished building the two Radio Jove receivers http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov/ and they have been tested and aligned (with a signal generator).  The next step is to build two antennae, install analysis software and start using the receivers.  Should happen soon!

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Sunday 19th February 2017 - Radio Astronomy Group Working Bee

The Radio Astronomy Group will meet on Sunday 19th February at 11am to continue working on the Radio Jove kits and start planning out their testing and also the necessary antennas so we can pick signals up with them.

We will be meeting during the monthly MBO working bee so if you've got some time before 11am to spare to help out it would be awesome!

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January Radio Astronomy Group Meetings

Radio Jove - Sunday January 15th - 11am

The next RAG meeting will be at 11am on Sunday January 15th (alongside the regular MBO working bee) to work on the Radio Jove  equipment.  I will be away in NSW but Ray has kindly agreed to run the session.
 
Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Tile - Friday January 20th - 8pm
 
There will also be a RAG meeting starting 8pm sharp on Friday 20th January to prep the Murchison Widefield Array tile that we have ready for  the MBO Open Day on Saturday 21st.
 
Because we will have limited daylight we will need to make best use of that time so we will get cracking on the construction & checkout & dismantling and chat inside the cabin about how it works once it's packed away again.

Cheers,
Chris Samuel
 
If you are a current MBO member interested in getting involved with the Radio Astronomy Group please drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll add you to the mailing list for the group.