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Sunday 13th August 2017 - Radio Astronomy Group Working Bee

The next Radio Astronomy Group meeting will be Sunday 13th August 2017 at 10am.  At the last meeting (Sunday 16th July) we worked really hard and rigged the Radio Jove masts and both sets of dipoles and ran the cables back into the cabin.  There is work to do on both the Radio Jove and 21cm Hydrogen Line projects plus we've now got a new equipment rack for our gear!

A rough agenda for the 13th August meeting is:

  • See how the Radio Jove dipoles & the 21cm dishes held up to the recent wild weather.
  • Take a look at the new rack that we've now got (our gear has been moved into it already).
  • Ray has connectors to make U-bends to connect the 21cm dishes to the front of the receiver whilst still being able to close the new rack door. :-)
  • Check out the noisy channel on the 21cm receiver.
  • Complete the cabling and look at the next stages of work on the Radio Jove gear.
  • Any other business!

Look forward to seeing people there!
Chris

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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