Workshop: Radio in Sheffield 2017

radioworkshop3iLocation: University of Sheffield Students’ Union
Date: 10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 11th Feb 2017

Workshop Contents: With help from Sheffield SpaceSoc, EARS and the Radio Society of Great Britain, the workshop will begin with a basic introduction of the theory of radio, radio operation and its application followed by a number of demonstrations and interactive activities.

You will be able to try your hand at over-the air ‘contacts’ with radio amateurs in the area, as well as investigating the different ways in which radio can be used to transfer data (the example will be a high altitude balloon computer). There will also be a “fox hunt” (or DF hunt) in which you use directional antennas to hunt down radio sources hidden around the area.

Finally, we’ll have some Software Defined Radios on hand to demonstrate the practical applications of radio technology for communicating with satellites!

As part of the workshop, we will be providing the opportunity to complete and get signed off on the Foundation License practical examination – meaning you will just need to sit a quick exam to obtain your radio license. This involves some introductory work and explanations of important components and terminology for radio work, followed by a brief on-the-air chat.

For more information on radio operation, rules and regulations, and how to complete the rest of your amateur license (or any other radio license) visit or email:

Please note: There will be no food or drink provided at the workshop, so please bring your own lunch and any snacks! The campus is right in the middle of Sheffield should you need to buy anything.

Tickets: £5 for sale here.

More Information


Arriving by car:

The nearest car park to the Students’ Union is the Q-Park Durham Road Multi-Storey open 24/7. To get from the car park to the Students’ Union walk along Durham Road, then take a left up Glossop Lane and the Students’ Union will be on your right hand side. The walk is only 2 minutes.

Arriving by Train:

When arriving by train exit at Sheffield Train Station. From here a bus or tram can be taken to travel to the Students’ Union.

By tram follow the signs in the station for the tram stop. When at the tram stop take the Blue Line Tram towards Malin Bridge. Travel 6 stops and exit at the stop ‘University of Sheffield’. From there take the crossing on the left hand side and walk along Leavygreave Road. Then take a right up Hounsfield Road. At the end of the road take a left down the stairs and then up the second flight of stairs. Walk along the concourse and then the Students’ Union Building will be on your left. This will take around 15 minutes.

By bus, follow the signs for the main exit of the train station. Once outside the station cross over the road by using the zebra crossing on your right hand side. Walk through the covered walkway till you arrive at Harmer Street. Take a left and walk down Harmer Lane. And the end of Harmer lane take a right along Pond Street. When you arrive at the bus stop take the 120 bus direction Ranmoor. Get off at the stop on Glossop Road. Cross-over the road and take a left walking up Glossop Lane. The Students’ Union will be on your right. The journey will take around 20-25 minutes.

Arriving by Coach:

National Express Coaches arrive at Sheffield Interchange take the 120 bus direction Ranmoor. Route is described in the arriving by train section.

Megabus coaches arrive at Meadowhall Interchange. Take a yellow line tram direction Middlewood. Travel 15 stops and get off at the University of Sheffield stop. From there follow the walking directions as described in the train section. Journey time 25-30 minutes.

Once at the Students’ Union:

Follow signs for the Gallery and the workshop will be taking place in Gallery Room 4. The easiest way to reach it is once entered in the main entrance walk to opposite the box office desk. Then turn left into the activities zone. Take the first door on your left and walk up the stairs. Walk through the door behind you at the top of the stairs and then through the doors directly opposite. Gallery Room 4 will be on your left.
For further details see these attached maps: