[31/10/2009]Presentation at Meteorendag
Today we give a presentation about the BRAMS project at the Meteorendag in public observatory Halley in The Netherlands. During the presentation we will give a general overview of the project.
Today we have set-up a FTP server for people that have joined our project. Initially, you can use this server to upload your WAV files when there is an interesting event (such as a nice head echo). It will then be easy for anyone who wants to do some analysis with these data to download them. Later we'll find some other applications for this FTP server.
We have ordered an OX32 crystal at HM International according to suggestions from Gaspard Dewilde and Michel Anciaux (one of our new collaborator at BISA). We will very soon order a power amplifier and additional components needed to have a beacon emitting a power of 150W at a frequency of 49.970 MHz. Once we have all the details concerning the commercial instruments we will use, we will send them to the IBPT and we will offically buy the frequency slots. We still have to carefully think where to locate this beacon. Discussions will be started soon with René Warnant who is responsible of the Dourbes site.
[01/10/2009]Demo during the Open Doors
During this week-end (October 3 and 4), the Open Doors of the Institute are organized (together also with the Royal Observatory and the Institute of Meteorology). As an activity, we will show our new receiving station. Since we have some problems to listen to the frequency of the Yper beacon, we will listen to some Eastern European TV emitters at 49.7385 MHz where we see a lot of meteors. We will also make some advertisement of our common project.
The first tests to listen to the beacon frequency in Yper haven't been successful because of the presence of a local annoying repetitive and strong signal that prevented us to see any meteor reflexion. We will first check if this signal is very local or not. If it is not coming from the Uccle Plateau, then we will ask the IBPT to find out who is emitting at this frequency.
[24/09/2009]Arrival of the Material
This morning, we have received two boxes with our radio receiver and antenna. This very special moment marks the beginning of our radio meteor observation network. The receiving station is composed by a 3-element Yagi antenna connected to an AR5000 commercial receiver.