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IN THE BEGINNING

Radio Astronomy Supplies was driven by the need to supply and support equipment to those pursuing the field of Radio Astronomy, whether for research or education.

Early in the 1970's, Robert (Bob) M. Sickles (photo below), a pioneer in amateur Radio Astronomy, did much to help many newcomers all over the world with mentoring and equipment. Robert lived in South Florida, USA and passed on in 1993. I (Jeff Lichtman) had the great opportunity to work beside Bob and to learn many techniques from the engineer, inventor, and mentor.

Upon his passing, his wife Dorothy (Dot) Sickles approached me with a dilemma. She mentioned that there were many letters and calls from those Bob had helped over the years and that it would be a great loss to let those people down while they were in the stage of learning and experimenting. So, without hesitation, RAS was born.

RAS has over 80 + years of "combined" technical and engineering knowledge, in the area of Low Noise Technology as it relates to Radio Astronomy. Our vast network of people in the field, offering support in innovative ideas, contribute to our success.

Robert Sickels...

THOSE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN AT RAS

Jeff Lichman - Cynthia Lichtman

Jeff Lichtman, Owner, Marketing and Engineering, Business Development

Cynthia Lichtman, Office Manager, Marketing Assistant

Founder of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA). Jeff`s background includes military (US Army 1967-1970) missile electronics in the Nike missile system, radar and computer maintenance, attending Redstone Arsenal at Marshall Spaceflight Center, Huntsville, AL McGregor Missile Range, NM, Military and Commercial Avionics and RF systems. Education includes two degrees, AS Science, AS Electronics.

Jeff as worked with Grumman Aerospace on the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module), Hazeltine, Hamilton Standard (div. UTC), Bendix Avionic and Lockheed Martin, and has communications background, technical commercial and military documentation, telecommunications, microwave and business marketing.

Carl Lyster

Carl Lyster, Design Engineer, RF/Digital, Low Noise Technology, Fiber Optics Designer of the Spectracyber and all radio telescopes since 1994.

Tommy Henderson

Tommy Henderson, WD5AGO, Design Engineer, LNA Designer, Microwave Systems, Antenna Systems. (R-Tommy, L-Jeff)

OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY

Our Commitment To Quality

Since first starting Radio Astronomy Supplies in 1994, our mission has been to provide quality, support, and attractive pricing. Now, in our 21st plus year, we continue to stand by our commitment to quality for research, education, observatories, and government and private research.

The Right Tool for the Job!

In order to build the finest research (turn-key) radio telescopes, and associated systems, modules, and support items, we insist on our team of engineers to be equipped with the latest instruments for testing and designing equipment and software! Our commitment includes 24/7 support. Our staff has a "combined" engineering experience of 80+ years!

WE DO NOT USE ANY EQUIPMENT, ALTERNATE TECHNOLOGY, OR CONVERTED SATELLITE SYSTEMS IN OUR PRODUCTS. OUR SYSTEMS ARE DESIGNED AND BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS ONLY!

Radio Astronomy Supplies designs and builds custom systems for special applications and locations. We offer custom site designs and evaluations.

Our Systems are designed and built in the United States of America! We do not license any other company to build or manufacture our systems.

SOME OF OUR CUSTOMERS

Deep Space Exploration Society, CO, Onsala Space Observatory, OSO Chalmers, SWEDEN, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank and VLA, NRAO University of Hertfordshire, UK, University of Kalyani, INDIA, Inter-Univ. Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, INDIA, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA Tata Inst.), Pune, INDIA, Stanford University, CA, Universidad Politecnica Cartagena, SPAIN, Cardiff University, Wales (UK), Brigham Young University, UT, University of North Texas, TX, Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory, (HartRAO), S. AFRICA

AND MANY OTHERS!

WE SALUTE THE "STEM" PROGRAM

We support STEM

Walter Glogowski and students at NRAO, Green Bank


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