For everyone interested in radio astronomy Amateur Radio Astronomy is a great source of material to expand your knowledge and also provides a practical guide to making and setting up your own equipment, through to the study signals coming from space.
Updated and with over sixty extra pages more than the previous edition Amateur Radio Astronomy covers in depth the subject of receiving radio signals from outer space. Starting with a historical perspective of radio astronomy this book shows how much radio amateurs have contributed to the science of radio astronomy and how the average amateur can contribute in this area today. There are newly expanded details of the required parameters for the antenna and receiver and how to assemble a station. There are details of a 50MHz Meteor Radar system and lots of straight forward advice and practical information on putting together your own receiving station. Includes is a practical design for a 1420MHz "hydrogen line receiver", a frequency which the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence programme (SETI) is focused on. New material includes a chapter on Mechanical Systems and details of the Hart RAO KAT Demonstrator Antenna.
This book is the result of period of research stretching back over many years and a great balance between historical narrative and technical information. Amateur Radio Astronomy is not only 'a great read' but a practical reference for the application of radio technology in this fascinating topic.
Author: John Fielding, ZS5JF
380 pages, 2nd revised and extended edition, numerous images, 2011