Radio Astronomy Page
Ron Fleshman KB2VIV
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              Grid Square  FN32
Visible light is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Objects in the universe emit radiation through out the entire
spectrum.   By studying other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum
we can gain valuable knowledge in addition to that learned from
studying visual images.
Sids Detector A VLF receiver and antenna for the detection and study of SIDs (Sudden Ionospheric
Disturbances) is under construction.
Small Radio Telescope  A small radio telescope has been constructed using a converted  dish TV antenna.
The system operates in  the 12 Ghz range.  While not large enough for serious 12 Ghz studies it will detect the
sun, the Moon, and other large objects. It is also a good test setup for various 12 Ghz experiments. Its small
size and portability makes it ideal for Radio Astronomy demonstrations.
Helix Antenna  The test and construction of a long Helix antenna is in the planning stages.  The antenna is
modeled after a design used by Mike Cook, AF9Y, to receive signals from the Mars Observer.
Radio Jove is a joint project by NASA and the University of Florida to study the emissions of the planet Jupiter.  
A receiver has been designed and is being built.  Several different antennas are under consideration.  The
standard Radio Jove dipole has been built and will be erected when the receiver is complete.  A beam and a
portable loop antenna are under study.
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Meteors Meteors can be observed by radio.  When a meteor enters the atmosphere it leaves an
ionized trail that can reflect radio signals.  The advantage of this method is that meteor observations
can be done in daylight, cloudy or rainy weather. Radio detection rates are higher than visual
detection rates because radio can detect the ionized trail of meteors smaller than can be seen with
the unaided eye.