|Submitter:||Roel Witvers, Juergen Morawietz|
|Description:|| BALTICS is an educational program funded by the European Union. It is meant to share our expertise with the staff of Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center (VIRAC) in Latvia, so that they will be able to carry out internationally-competing scientific research.|
ASTRON is one of the two partners involved in this project challenging project, together with University of Manchester (UMAN).
From 25th to the 29th of September the RF course was given in Ventpils to a group of students and staff of the Augstkola in Ventspils. The participants have been educated in all the technical aspects of RF front-ends to be able to receive the radio signals from space.
The course was divided in four separate parts: RF-basics, RF-systems, Antennas and Hands-on experience. After the basic theory was lectured the students had to do exercises to experience radio frequencies in the real world. State of the art measurement equipment was organized by ASTRON to make sure the students will be in tune of the time and well prepared for next generation radio telescope techniques.
The photo's give an impression of the week.