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LRS President Brian Flynn GM8BJF was the speaker at the meeting on 23 Jan 2019 when he gave two talks:

1. Modern Roll-Your-Own PCBs.

Brian stressed that the messy days of etching your own PCBs with ferric chloride were now history! He described how high quality PCBs can be bought from numerous suppliers in China, and the procedures to be used when ordering them. Click for Full Slide-Show.

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2. Receiving the Es'hail-2 Geostationary Satellite

Photo credit: Es'hailSat

In his second talk, Brian showed how to receive the recently-launched AMSAT Es'hail-2 geostationary satellite. He has been receiving the 10 GHz transponder output at his QTH in Peebles and has established that it can be done with quite simple gear. As it is planned to be operational for 20 years in its geostationary orbit it could have quite an influence on amateur radio and be readily accessible.

Rx set-up: 60cm Sat TV dish, PLL LNB & SDR dongle.

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