Annual CRAF meeting in Budapest

The 61th CRAF annual meeting was held June 13 – 15, 2018 at the Faculty of Sciences of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. The conference was organized by the former and present CRAF chairmen Wim van Driel and Peter Thomasson, and L. Viktor Tóth (LOC).

The attending 21 CRAF members represented 15 countries and 3 international institutions. They discussed recent developments in spectrum management and interference issues, such as compatibility between passive services and IMT 5G, interference from the Iridium satellite system and other NGSO satellite proposals. Monitoring ground based sources of radio frequency interference (RFI) sources, and collaborations with national administrators were also discussed.

At this meeting five directors of the CRAF Member Institutions were present while three more joined by videolink.

Reports of interference from member observatories were presented, as well as plans for future and on-going improvements and installations of radio astronomical facilities.

The venue of CRAF 61 on the 3rd day was the cultural centre “Bercel Castle”, a beloved host of small international scientific conferences. Our meeting was warmly welcomed by the “Heart of Nógrád Regional Development Program” which initiated the Bercel’s Industrial Park development (www.ipbercel.hu), and backs a plan for the construction of a multi-purpose radio research station in Hungary in the vicinity of Bercel.

Picture taken at ELTE by L. V. Tóth

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