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Monday 30 October  7.30pm

The Challenge of Big Data

Professor Chris Budd OBE G4NBG

Amateur radio led the way in the communications revolution we see today. Information now plays a huge role in the modern world, with vast amounts of data literally at our finger tips. The internet is leading to an ever increasing amount of data, leading to the challenge of Big Data in which we have to deal with huge amounts of data of direct relevance to peoples lives. Without mathematics, we would be unable to store, transmit, interpret, process or understand any of this. The rise of Big Data is associated not only with major technological challenges, but also with significant ethical and privacy issues, and has major policy implications. In this talk, Chris will describe the nature and problems associated with Big Data, some of the maths associated with understanding it and why it is relevant to Amateur radio.


FUTURE MEETINGS: dates for your diary

November 27th - HF Propagation by Professor Cathryn Mitchell

December - no meeting

January 29th - Annual General Meeting

 

<<< Check out our past talks and RSGB Group History in the side menu


Other clubs & local events

Bath and District ARC http://badarc.webs.com/

Chepstow & District ARC http://www.gw4lwz.org.uk/

Chippenham & DARC http://www.g3vre.org.uk

Mid Somerset Radio Club http://www.midsarc.org.uk/

North Bristol ARC http://www.nbarc.org.uk/

Shirehampton ARC http://www.shirehampton-arc.org.uk/

South Bristol ARC http://www.sbarc.co.uk/

Thornbury& South Gloucs ARC http://tsgarc.uk/

Trowbridge and District ARC http://www.radioclubs.net/trowbridgedarc/events.php

Weston Super Mare RS www.g4wsm.club

 


 

Bath Based Distance Learning

The Bath Training Team started running distance learning classes in parallel with their RSGB Bristol sponsored classroom sessions a few years ago. This initiative has grown to the point where the team now has twelve tutors across the country and nearly two hundred students have been enrolled, many passing the exam first time.

RSGB AGM 2012 - M0OBW presents Kenwood Trophy to the Distance Learning Team

An article about the Distance Learning courses was featured in February 2012 edition of RadCom.

At this year's RSGB AGM the team were awarded the Kenwood Trophy for 'outstanding contribution to amateur radio training'. Picture shows e-tutors Steve Hartley, G0FUW, Phil Parkman, G3MGQ, Dan Trudgian, M0TGN, Lewis Thomas, G4YTN and Keith Williams, GW4OKT, recieving the trophy from RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW. All tutors that were involved in 2011 received certificates. Picture courtesy of RSGB.

73, Steve, G0FUW

 


 

 

New Venue for 2017

BAWA building

The Bristol RSGB Group now meets at BAWA in Filton. The site has LOTS of parking and the room is bright and there is a bar next door !

British Aerospace Welfare Association, 589, Southmead Road, Bristol BS34 7RF.

BAWA Location



 

About the Bristol RSGB Group:


Bristol NFD Team 1954The present Group dates back to 1931, but its predecessor goes back to 1913 when it was called the Bristol Wireless Association. Apart from brief interruptions for war, it has remained in being until the present day. It has met at various venues the Half Moon in Stoke's Croft, Carwardine's restaurant, the Royal Fort and the Small Lecture Theatre at the University of Bristol - to name but a few. Currently meetings are held at the Lawn Tennis Club in Redland.

The fortunes of the Group have waxed and waned, as is the case with all organisations - the most memorable happenings being the winning of NFD three times in a row in the early Fifties and the still talked about National Convention, which was held here in Bristol.

GB500JC QSL CardHowever, probably the most enduring event for which the Bristol RSGB Group is known is the Longleat Rally. For 45 years the Group organised and ran this very popular rally at Longleat House. In 1997 the Group helped in a small way with special event station GB5JC celebrating John Cabot and the Matthew. As a spin-off from this it provided some of the equipment used for the historic first amateur radio transmission by HM the Queen in 1997.

To help encourage new blood into the hobby the Group continues to fund amateur radio licence courses currently held in Bath under the expert guidance of Steve Hartley, G0FUW. So the Bristol RSGB Group has a long history, of which it can justifiably be proud.