is always good for lectures on amateur microwaves. The lecture programme
started with a most informative explanation, by Peter Blair, G3LTF,
of the impact of the Galileo system on the 23cm amateur band. Peter
has researched the problem in great detail and has submitted, on the
UKuGs behalf, a similar paper to IARU. Sam Jewell, G4DDK, then
described his beautifully constructed and designed 23cm transverter.Using
very modern components, it shows what can be done to bring down not
only size but cost and yet have an impressive performance. Sams
transverter can be switched to a lower receive sensitivity in the
presence of very strong, local signals that would otherwise completely
block the average system.
In the afternoon
there was another talk by Peter, G3LTF, a leading UK and
world EME exponent. He described how to build large dish antennas
from aluminium section and wire mesh. His own antennas certainly
have been very effective for him. Most of the audience could only
look, listen and envy!
The final lecture
was given by Grant, G8UBN, who runs G.H. Engineering. He
gave a fascinating account of how state-of-the-art devices, especially
Hittite mixers, could be used to building highly efficient microwave
transverters with very low image and local oscillator products.
His systems also employ double conversion techniques that allow
very simple filtering where and if needed.
was followed by a description of the previous days Antenna
Test Range and its results.
are three good friends who met up at RAL....
Left to right:Peter
G3LRP, Peter G3PHO and Ralph G4ALY.
For G3LRP and
G4ALY this was their first eye-to-eye contact after many hundreds
of daily radio contacts on the 5.7GHz and 10GHz bands over a path
length of 400km+.
For G3PHO it was
a particular pleasure to bring these two together!
As at all UKuG
Microwave Round Table meetings, there is a comprehensive range of
good test equipment to check out noise figures, power output and
frequency to at least 24GHz.
The photo to the
right shows John, G4EAT, on the left testing one of his DB6NT
modules with the aid of Mike, G0MJW(far right).