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Build a Radio Receiver

Sat, 14 Mar 2020
From 09:45 to 16:30
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Learn how to build a medium wave radio receiver

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) invites young people (and an accompanying adult if the child is under 16 years) to join them at the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park for a fun and hands-on workshop where they can learn more about radio and electronics.

The workshop offers a short introduction to wireless communications, radio propagation and electronic construction, before moving on to the construction of a medium wave radio receiver. This will include using a printed circuit board, selecting components, soldering them in place and testing the circuit. Attendees will also be able to visit the National Radio Centre to learn more about the history of radio communications and to see a modern amateur radio station in operation.

A medium wave receiver kit (one for each registered student) will be provided free of charge by the Radio Communications Foundation and attendees will be able to take their newly built radio away with them at the end of the workshop.

This event is aimed at young persons aged 10 to 18 (children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must purchase their tickets on the day in admissions). All tools, test equipment and supervision will be provided by the RSGB.


We will be running two identical workshops on this day, with your choice of times as follows;

09:45 – 12:45

13:30 – 16:30


At the end of the workshop attendees will have a better appreciation of:

·         How wireless communication works

·         How radio receiver selects, demodulates and amplifies

And be able to:

·         Recognise some electronic components; resistors, transistors, capacitors and inductors

·         Make good solder joints

·         Make basic voltage measurements


More information

Places are limited to eight young persons (participants);

Ticket price: Young person (participant): £7

Accompanying adult day entry only (if child is under 16): £8



Terms and Conditions

Entry by pre-booked tickets only. The ticket includes entry to the workshop for the child (and accompanying adult if applicable). Please bring the printed email confirmation with you to Admissions. The ticket includes access to Bletchley Park for the purposes of this workshop on the specified date only. Admission for this event is on a day ticket basis and does not include a season pass to Bletchley Park. (You are welcome to upgrade and purchase a season pass on arrival, but this is not necessary to gain access to this event.)

You will be required to leave your name and email address, so we can contact you with further information nearer the event.

Bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance and are subject to availability.

Cancellation policy – Tickets cannot be refunded once booked and paid for.