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    Dave Miller

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    Welcome to everyone in the CAS interested in learning about Radio Astronomy!

    Please use this thread to introduce yourselves, give an indication of what you already know and what you hope to learn.

    To get the ball rolling, my background is in telecommunications with a BSC(Hons) degree in computing obtained in 2000 at Glos University. I am combining my interest in Amateur Radio (callsign G4HJV) with astronomy to see what can be achieved at an amateur level. There are relatively few books about Radio Astronomy but there is quite a lot to be found online. I will therefore start a new thread on this forum with links to useful websites and lists of books.

    The main starting point will be to introduce how to listen to and record solar flare activity and then move on to recording the effects of electrical storms on Jupiter!

    For the first part, I suggest anyone who has not already done so, should read the article I wrote in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Mercury titled Radio Astronomy on a Shoestring. The idea is to look out for Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances, or SIDs. Please let me know if you have any questions and we can build up an FAQ thread with the answers.

    Thanks to everyone for joining this group. I will be reporting on our progress in Mercury and if anyone else would like to write up their own experiences this would be most welcome!

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    Dave Miller

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    Short biography of Malcolm:

    BSc in Physics, maths, geology at Durham university and then research on earthquakes etc for PhD. Joined Shell in 1969 as geophysicist and retired 2000. Qualified as A-class amateur licence holder in New Zealand in 1990. Held licences also in Netherlands and (currently) in UK. Main radio interest was QRP CW.

    My transmitter (Yaesu 101) died of old age about 10 years ago. Ceased membership of Radio Society of GB, and my interest now is academic rather than practical. However, I am keen to learn more about amateur astronomy using the radio spectrum.

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