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Ofcom Baldock Radio Station – Keeping the airwaves clean


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Ofcom’s aim is to make communications work for all. An essential part of that is making sure spectrum users operate within the law. The radio monitoring station is both Ofcom's “listening ear” on radio spectrum and the engineering hub for Ofcom.

Date and Time

19 May 2017 - 14:00-16:30


Baldock, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Beds & Herts local network. Contact Robin.Donoghue@ofcom.org.uk for more information.

About this event

Engineering is a key specialism at Ofcom and within the Engineering field we have a range of roles supporting Ofcom's strategic direction, influencing national and international regulatory policy for spectrum, promoting competition, innovation and efficient spectrum use.

One of the most challenging areas is the work carried out by Spectrum Engineering Services; here we work directly with the policy teams and the analytical engineers to develop practically co-existence studies for the compatibility of new technologies. The results of the studies are used either to produce parameters for modelling or to validate the models that create the technical license conditions required for Ofcom’s Spectrum Auctions.

The work that we carry out covers all aspects of radio communication systems from HF communications right through to Microwave and Satellite Communications. Due to the nature of our projects we are working with cutting edge technologies, researching how they operate and how to practically simulate their different states.  The current project portfolio includes technologies such as 5G, LTE, IoT and Short Range Devices. We carry this project work out in our laboratory as well as all around the country, carrying out field trials utilizing bespoke mobile laboratories.

The radio monitoring stations other function is being Ofcom's “listening ear” on the radio spectrum. Ofcom’s aim is to make communications work for everyone.  An essential part of that is making sure spectrum users operate within the law and to facilitate this Spectrum Monitoring Centre has access to a range of spectrum monitoring and direction finding capabilities.


1400 - Meet at Reception
1630 - Visit finishes

Reasons to attend

We will carry out a demonstrations and a tour of our facilities to show all the different aspects of the work that we carry out. This will be brought together with a presentation looking at the history of the site, discussing different projects that we have undertaken and the measurement techniques that we have used to generate these results. We will also demonstrate how we monitor the airwaves and how we can pinpoint and eliminate interference sources.  

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 2 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

CPD Certificates (if required) are available upon request after the event from our Secretary, Mr Ian Brooker (ibrooker@theiet.org).


Free of Charge

Additional information

There will be a range of speakers throughout the afternoon all experts in their own fields who are looking forward to showing the delegates through the fascinating challenges that the UK spectrum regulator faces when ensuring the optimal use of the finite resource of radio spectrum.

This event is organised by the IET Beds & Herts Local Network as part of our 2016-17 program.

Registration information

Due to security restrictions and strict limits on numbers, you must register for this event.

Strictly No Entry on the day unless registered


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