The Convention takes place in Milton Keynes, October 9-11, and there is an impressive line up of speakers planned, including:
• Ionosondes by Dr Ruth Bamford
• Regular 3000km+ contacts on 144MHz meteor scatter and tropo by John Regnault, G4SWX
• Reduced bandwidth digital TV by Noel Matthews, G8GTZ
• What makes the pings go ping? A deeper understanding of meteor scatter by John Worsnop, G4BAO
• The Raspberry Pi in your shack by Mike Richards, G4WNC
• Modelling and building Yagis for lower noise by Justin Johnson, G0KSC
• How do we get more activity on VHF/UHF? by John Regnault, G4SWX and Richard Staples, G4HGI
• Some reflections on aircraft scatter by John Quarmby, G3XDY
• Datamodes made easy by Mike Richards, G4WNC
• An update on LNBs for 10 GHz reception by Bryan Harber, G8DKK
• YOTA Wales and Italy by Mike Jones, 2E0MLJ and the RSGB Youth Committee
The after-dinner speaker on Saturday evening will be Howard Long, G6LVB. Howard is probably most well-known within the amateur world as the designer of the FUNcube Dongle SDR and his work with AMSAT-UK.
Further information on the Convention is at http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/
Provisional Programme Released
With only a few weeks to go and almost all of the lecture slots are filled we have now released the Provisional Programme for the Convention (click here to see the programme). There will be plenty to choose from whatever your interest whether that’s contesting, DXing, technical matters or computing in radio.
On Friday events for the day includes the ML&S Buffet with entertainment by close-up magician Steve Dean, who has delighted Convention visitors in the past.
On Saturday, doors open at 8.30am, with the official opening by the RSGB President at 9am. (The Saturday lecture is at 9.10am and at 9.15 on Sunday.) There are five streams of lectures each day with additional workshops, a buildathon, exams and forums.
Gala Dinner Speaker Announced
For those staying for the Saturday night Gala dinner we are pleased to annouce that the after-dinner speaker will be Howard Long, G6LVB. Howard is probably most well-known within the amateur world as the designer of the FUNcube dongle and his work with AMSAT-UK. We are sure he will provide an fascinating end to the dinner
This year’s RSGB Convention will include a Buildathon, or kit building workshop, on the Saturday. Those taking part will build a 40m Software Defined Receiver that can be modified to cover other bands using an external signal source. The kit uses through-hole components so there will be no need for special soldering techniques or magnifying goggles, etc. However, there will be experienced builders on hand to assist with building and testing the kits. Those wishing to take part in the Buildathon will need to buy a ticket for the Convention and pay for a place at the Buildathon. Click on the ‘Book Now’ button at www.rsgb.org/convention. A Buildathon ticket includes all you will need and the Kanga Products Acorn SDR Receiver Kit. Further details from RSGB Board member Steve, G0FUW via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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