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Sunday 16th July 2017 - Radio Astronomy Group Working Bee

Hi all,

Sunday 25th June we made good progress on the Radio Jove masts; the first stages of the bases all 4 masts are now in place and the second stages of the bases have been pre-cut to their required lengths.  The upper sections have been drilled ready for further work.

The MBO RAG will be meeting to continue the work on the Radio Jove masts at 10am on Sunday 16th July to see if we can get all 4 completed (weather & time permitting).  NOTE: date has been changed from 9th July to 16th July at the committees request as they need the cabin for this day.

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All the best!
Chris

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Sunday 25th June 2017 - Radio Astronomy Group Working Bee

Hi all MBO radio astronomy folks!

The next meeting of the MBO Radio Astronomy Group will be this Sunday, 25th June, at MBO at 10am.

Wally has very kindly bought a lot of the necessary infrastructure to build the Radio Jove antennas over the MBO log cabin and so the plan will be to concentrate *solely* on this project to get as much of that construction done as we can on that day.

We hope to be installing the antenna poles and support infrastructure and working on the wiring too (if time permits).

Look forward to seeing people there!
Chris

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Sunday 11th June 2017 - Radio Astronomy Group Working Bee

Hi folks,

Just a reminder that the Radio Astronomy Group (RAG) will be meeting from 10am on Sunday 11th June to continue work on the Radio Jove equipment and antennas and the 21cm neutral hydrogen line dishes.  The weather forecast for the day is currently relatively OK at "mostly cloudy", 15C & just a 10% chance of rain (for Pakenham).

This time I'll try and remember to bring the right laptop that matches the RTL-SDR USB software defined radio I brought along last time to check the test gear with!

All the best,
Chris

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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.