RSGB Convention

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Join us between 11 to 13 October at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes. The programme is in the process of being finalised, and will feature streams including HF, VHF, AMSAT-UK and general interest.

The VHF stream will include Alwyn Seeds, G8DOH presenting ‘Coax and connectors, the forgotten ingredient of high performance VHF/UHF stations’. Alwyn will draw on his long professional and amateur experience to explain many of the pitfalls and mistakes made when selecting feedlines and coaxial connectors.

Marcus Walden, G0IJZ will present ‘Tropo Ducts: A Strategy for Records?’ He will talk about propagation via elevated tropospheric ducts. Marcus will present analysis of radiosonde data and show propagation predictions that explain some of the long-distance amateur links made through ducting.

In the HF stream Chris Duckling, G3SVL will talk on ‘Lessons from the 6Gs VK9XG DXpedition: logistics, 160m & FT8 Fox and Hounds mode’. Chris will take a retrospective view on mounting this DXpedition, the challenges of getting sufficient kit there, enjoying 160m rates of five per hour (!) and maximising the rate as the Fox in FT8 DXpedition mode. Gwyn Williams, G4FKH from the Propagation Studies Committee will present on HF Propagation.

Following the successful launch of the first geostationary P4-A transponders on the Qatari telecommunications satellite Es’hail-2 (QO-100) in November 2018, AMSAT-UK is pleased to announce that as part of its presentation stream there will be several talks about the satellite. These will include a talk by Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, President of AMSAT-DL and Achim Vollhardt, DH2VA. It has already been proven that the satellite is operable with relatively simple off-the-shelf and home-made components. To this end, AMSAT-UK will be demonstrating operations with a ground station at the event.

The Convention will include the annual Construction Competition, an SMD Buildathon and a Pi workshop.

The Contest University returns for 2019 and will comprise a stream of sessions aimed at providing guidance and ideas to make your contest operations more productive and thus achieve higher scores. Typical subjects will be ‘Which antenna is best for you?’ and ‘Reacting to propagation’.

We will be running all three levels of online* exams at the Convention for Syllabus 2019 and the current syllabus (for resits only). *Special arrangements can be made for candidates with specific requirements, if we are notified at least one month in advance.

We are delighted that Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, will be our after-dinner speaker on the Saturday evening. Dave is Secretary of the IARU and was active with the IARU during his entire 44-year career on the staff of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

It’s shaping up to be another great Convention! Book now to join us in October.

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