RSGB Legacy Funds support 50MHz beacon

| March 7, 2022

The RSGB Legacy Committee has agreed to fund a 50MHz beacon specifically to study meteor events above the UK.

Unlike conventional propagation beacons, this will beam vertically up using circular polarisation. The 50MHz band is particularly suitable for observing meteors by radio as they create an ionised trail strongly reflective to radio at that frequency while they burn up on entry to the Earth’s atmosphere.

This is a collaborative project between the amateur radio and radio astronomy communities and will enable a range of radio-based citizen science and STEM projects studying meteors.

The beacon is to be located at the Sherwood observatory of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society, a central location for UK coverage.

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