Stevenage: Year 11 Nobel student builds antennae from home
An “impressive and hard-working” student of Stevenage, who designed antennas that can receive radio signals from air satellites, was praised by his school for his colossal achievements.
During the Easter holidays, 11-year-old student Danny Davis built his own dual cross-dipole antenna. Originally designed to listen to radio broadcasts across the country, Denny also uses fiction to obtain images from satellites as they fly overhead.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been very interested in space and satellites,” Denny said. “Whether it’s probes designed to help explore distant planets or space stations traveling thousands of meters per second above our heads, the thought of space exploration is amazing.
“So when I discovered online that it was possible to get pictures directly from weather satellites as they passed overhead, I was forced to try the project.”
With the help of his father, Denny constructed the device for two days using instructions he found on the Internet. Using only a few wooden boards, coaxial cable, and aluminum wires, Denny hooked up his invention to a small USB SDR and laptop and began recording radio signals.
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Denny added: “Although deeply fascinated by the project, I also chose to try it, given that activities like this help students build a great appreciation for science in general and demonstrate important applications in real life of concepts, taught in subjects such as physics.
“I would certainly encourage everyone with patience and determination to try to collect their own photos if they find the time.”
A Nobel School spokesman said of Denny’s achievements: “Denny is an impressive and hard-working young man who has a world of possibilities ahead of him. His excellent school achievements and kind nature make him a very well-rounded person with a bright future ahead. We look forward to let’s see the many achievements in his future. “
The school is currently working with Denny to put him on a path that may eventually see him visit Oxford or Cambridge.