Starting out in Amateur Radio

After spending many evenings setting up telescopes in my back garden only to find the skies cloud over and spoil an evening of star gazing, a podcast by Prof Brian Cox gave me the idea of looking into radio astronomy.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no space for a mini-Jodrell Bank, but after some research I found an interesting article about using a fixed position Yagi antenna and Raspberry Pi to snapshot a slither of the Milky Way each day.  When combined, these slivers build up a reasonably good picture of space from the radio spectrum – totally invisible to the human eye.  One FunCube Pro+ Dongle later and some Pi software and I start “listening” to radio waves.  Now, there is one small problem… I know nothing about radio.  Oops.

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