TX Factor

Episode 18

TX Factor experiences what it’s like to be young again with a visit to the 2017 YOTA activity week at Gilwell Park in London. Bob and Pete meet the team behind the event and chat to the young people attending from 15 countries that made this year’s event so successful.

And, if you’ve ever fancied a go at moon bounce or EME, then see how Bob and a team of amateurs get on when they’re let loose on a 32 metre dish at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall.

Young at Heart - TX date 15th September 2017

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Show Notes for Episode 18 (TXF018)

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Find out more about Goonhilly Earth Station and its vital role in the development of satellite communication at goonhilly.org

There is an interesting article about the history of the site here: news.bbc.co.uk

Moonbounce or Earth Moon Earth

If you are just getting started or are already an expert this site is very useful moonbouncers.org

The ARRL have some interesting articles and information here arrl.org


The RSGB were very excited and proud to host Youngsters On The Air 2017 and welcome 80 young people from around the world to Gilwell Park near London.

There are daily video diaries of the huge range of activities undertaken over the week and lots more information about this inspirational event at rsgb.org

Also check out the official YOTA site at ham-yota.com

If like us you were very excited by the 5 watt CW transceiver kit that the YOTA delegates were building, you too can have a go at making one!

Find out more by visiting the QRP Labs page here qrp-labs.com

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