Melvyn Bond GM4HYR was the winner of the 2017 D/F Hunt

The annual LRS Direction Finding Contest (D/F Hunt) will take place on Wednesday 23rd May starting at 7:30pm. The starting location will be at the"Tardis" at the junction of Braid Hills Road and Braid Hills Approach.

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Competitors at the start of the 2018 D/F Hunt

The LRS Direction Finding Contest (D/F Hunt) was held 23rd May. Fox station GM3HAM/P on 1.875MHz AM was operated by Peter Dick GM4DTH. 

A new competitor was James Gentles GM4WZP.  

The fox station was located in woods near Cramond and was found first by Melvyn Bond GM4HYR at 21:06 and then by Mike Brunsdon Sr GM8KCS and Mike Jr MM3MDB at 21:11. Afterwards we all repaired to the Cramond Inn. Click for Full Report and photographs.

 

Brian Flynn GM8BJF talked about Using Chinese ADF4351 and ADF5355 PLL Boards as Microwave Signal Sources at the meeting on 25th April. He writes:

"Recently PCBs have become available from different Chinese internet outlets which have Analog Devices ADF4350/1  ADF5355 PLL ICs on them. The ADF4351 boards are available for prices starting at about £30 and the ADF5355 about £55 which is about the one off price for the chips in the UK. The chips have Microwave VCOs incorporated in them. The ADF4351 covers 35 MHz to 4.4 GHz and the ADF5355 covers 54 MHz to 13.6 GHz. Clearly these are very useful as microwave signal sources for our purposes. They cover all of our bands up to 19 GHz and can be multiplied further to our higher bands. As always every silver lining has a cloud and this talk will address some of the issues in using these devices and how to get best performance they are capable of from them". Full Report & ppt slides.

LRS President Brian Flynn GM8BJF presented the video of the RSGB 2017 Convention lecture "Amateur Deep Space Reception" by Paul Marsh M0EYT at the meeting on 9th May 2018. Summary:

When in January Scott Tilley VE7TIL/VA7LF discovered a signal coming from the "dead" IMAGE satellite, Paul Marsh M0EYT gave the first independent confirmation.

In this video Paul Marsh, M0EYT gives an introduction to deep space mega-DX, the equipment needed and the techniques used to identify extremely weak signals coming from human-made space probes in various parts of our solar system. X-Band (8.4GHz) is the primary band of discussion but Paul also talks briefly about S and Ka reception equipment and antennas. 

You can receive signals from spacecraft in excess of 1 billion km with a modest size dish in your garden. If you have an interest in EME or microwave weak signal reception, Amateur DSR can help you push the limits of what is possible with home-built equipment. 

Click for full report with link to RSGB video.

 

 

The LRS "Spring" Surplus Equipment Sale on 11th April at St Fillan's Church was well attended. Most of the items were sold, with 10% donation to club funds.

 

A moment of merriment in an otherwise serious evening!

Full photo report.