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A workshop meeting of the Radio Astronomy special interest group took place at Mycenae House on the 7th December 2016. Owing to the usual pre-Christmas commitments, a number of the regular attendees were absent, but this didn’t prevent some useful discussions taking place. The workshop started with a discussion on the data collected by the […]

The Flamsteed Radio Astronomy Group continues to make good progress. At the last meeting on Tuesday 7 June 2016, the group had 5 VLF (Very Low Frequency) receivers up and running in an attempt to compare performance. A Very Low Frequency (VLF) Receiver is designed to record Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SIDs) induced by solar flares. […]

The Flamsteed Radio Astronomy Group was relaunched with a workshop on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. In the 90 minute workshop, Clive explained how to set up simple radio systems for meteor detection and solar flare monitoring. These systems use relatively small radio aerials and cheap equipment, and do not require much technical […]

On the 10th October 2015, around 20 members of the society enjoyed a tour of the Mullard Radio Observatory at Lord’s Bridge, near Barton, a short distance to the west of Cambridge. Our guide for the tour was Peter Doherty, a member of observatory staff. Peter began by outlining the fascinating and at times secretive […]

Report by Clive Inglis The Flamsteed SID detection system uses a VLF receiver and a small loop antenna purchased ready-built from the United Kingdom Radio Astronomy Association (UKRAA). A detailed description of SID detection and the UKRAA VLF Receiver system can be found on their web-site: http://www.ukraa.com/www/vlf-range.html. The UKRAA website states: “The receiver has a […]

The latest meeting of the Flamsteed Radio Astronomy group was held in the Endeavour Room at the ROG on Saturday 26th October 2013. Grey Lipley opened the meeting by welcoming those present and in particular some new faces amongst some more familiar ones. He then got the meeting underway by giving a short presentation on […]

On setting out on the journey to Cudham to see if we could catch sight of some Perseid meteors, the weather conditions reminded me of last year’s event, where heavy cloud prevented us from seeing many meteors until the very end of our session. Fortunately, the forecast this year was for the cloud to start […]

Our meeting in the Endeavour Room, although long overdue, remains popular, with one new and eight existing members in attendance. I apologised for the length of time between meetings and explained how Mike Meynell and I intend to schedule more regular events. We envisage the Radio Group getting together formally every 2 months with more […]

Two solar flares have been detected by the Flamsteed VLF receiver. – M1.7 on 20 November at 12:41UT and M3.5 on 21 November at 15:30UT. Both have been verified using data from the internet including stunning video footage. Both Mike and I were slightly concerned that we might not have enough to talk about at […]

On a somewhat cold and blustery morning, ten eager individuals gathered in The Endeavour Room at the Royal Observatory Greenwich for what proved to be another very productive session, which began fairly promptly at 11.30am. Some of us had arrived an hour earlier to transport our motorised HEQ5 mount and tripod together with other equipment […]

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