Akademisk Radioklubb


Month: August 2017

License course fall 2017

This years amateur radio license course will start 18:00 Wednesday 06.09.2017 at VE20 Gløshaugen.

An amateur radio license is required in order to participate in the amateur radio hobby. As an amateur radio operator you can learn more about radio communication, build electric circuits that allow you to communicate with people all over the world, and much more. Feel free to show up to the first lecture if you would like a more indepth description of what amateur radio is, and why it is fun.

The course is open to anyone, and will consist of four lectures followed by an exam. Each lecture is approximately two hours long. The lectures are held in VE20 at Gløshaugen. For directions please see this mazemap link.

The lecture plan is:

Date Topics
Wednesday 06.09.17 18:15 to 20:00 Introduction to amateur radio, practical prefixes and units, Ohms law, Passive components, Direct Current
Wednesday 13.09.17 18:15 to 20:00: Alternating current, Active components, Receiver/radio architecture, Modulation
Wednesday 20.09.17 18:15 to 20:00: Antennas and cables, Wave propagation, Digital Communication
Wednesday 27.09.17 18:15 to 20:00 Left over topics, walkthrough of example exam

The course will be held in English or Norwegian, depending on the attendees. The exam will be held Tuesday 03.10.17 at 18.00 in VE20, get in touch with me over email to sign up.

The curriculum for the course is “Veien til internasjonal amatørradiolisens” which can be purchased here. While the book is in Norwegian it is possible to follow the course and take the exam in English.

The course is free, but if you pass the exam there is a license fee of 2000 NOK to the national communications authority (NKOM).

3m parabole dish ready

We have finally finished one of the major goals of the 1 to 10 GHz project. The mast is installed, the rotor is mounted and the 3m parabole is built.

Below is a narrated selection of pictures from the build. You can find the full album here.

Espen Molven, LA2USA, advised that the mast would be easily liftable by two persons.

We barely made it with 4 people.

The mast was easily fitted to the lamp post.

First hoisting of the mast.

The mast hoisting mechanism is really strong. Hydraylic lifting allows us to easily lift a grown man.

The rotor (SPID BIG-RAS/HR) mounted on the mast.

To get the rotor running some outdoors soldering was needed.

The center hub of the parababole fully assembeled.

Two of twelve spokes mounted. The spokes came ready assembeled.

Progress on spoke mounting.

A view of the attachment point of spokes to the center hub.

All spokes in place.

Mounting circular bracing rings around the dish. In the background, you can see our 5.8 GHz wifi link and the four bay array for 144 MHz.

The twelve pieces of mesh that the dish is made of.

One of twelve mesh pieces mounted.

Clamps were very helpful when mounting the mesh.

Half way there. In the background are our homebrewed DK7ZB antennas for 4m and 6m.

We had time to do a re-enactment of the photo from the original 5 m parabole.

Twelve hours after starting mounting the mesh the parabole is complete!


A big thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Stay tuned as we attempt to make our first contacts with the dish, and progress on the RF hardware.