An important reason for creating the museum was to facilitate specialised technical education for both children and adults.
Radio Communication is obviously based on Electronics but increasingly, also on computer Software, as much of today’s radio equipment incorporates microprocessors or computers. Many functions and features of radio communication equipment that used to be carried out by electronics, is now a software routine. This means that although many people think radio is an old fashioned science, it is actually one of the most advanced technologies, utilising the latest and fastest microprocessors and components glued together with software. Millions of people use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular phones without realising they they are using digital radio technology. Thus radio communication can be a hobby for the youngsters of the Digital age and a source of leading edge technology careers for the girls and boys of today and tomorrow.
The museum will provide a range of electronics, radio and software education for school children and adults.
The first range of training courses for children are already up and running. Our Code Clubs run after-school on Thursdays and on Saturday mornings.
The Electronics courses for children start in September 2017 and Amateur Radio Licence courses for adults and children in October 2017. Later in the year, a Space Science Club focused on communication via orbiting satellites, the International Space Station (ISS) and high altitude balloons will kick into action .
If there is sufficient interest, during weekday afternoons, we will also be running Code Clubs for retired people and other adults. This should allow grandparents to understand and even keep up with their grandchildren!
During 2018, we will run a series of specialist Amateur Radio training sessions on different technical aspects of the hobby. Many experienced radio amateurs (hams) are very confident using their SSB, FM and CW rigs but less so on the new digital technologies. The sessions that we run will explain the theory, how to use the technology and then back this up with live demonstrations, followed by the opportunity to “try it out” live in our Operations Room.
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