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Here is a collection of reading material and other helpful learning resources related to radio astronomy and radio telescopes:
Amateur Radio Astronomy
The Radio Sky – by Jeff Lashley; contains some good starting points for various radio astronomy projects, as well as some hardware basics.
Getting Started in Radio Astronomy – by Steven Arnold; walks you through several radio astronomy projects, such as Radio Jove and others, and outlines aspects of radio science, such as electricity, magnetism, the ionosphere, etc.
Radio Astronomy: Science
Unseen Cosmos – by Sir Francis Graham-Smith; fun book on the history, science and major discoveries of radio astronomy.
Essential Radio Astronomy – by James J. Condon and Scott M. Ransom; advanced but clear introduction to the science behind radio astronomy radiation fundamentals, how radio telescopes work, and more.
Digital Signal Processing
The Essential Guide to Digital Signal Processing – by Richard G. Lyons and D. Lee Fugal; short, easy-to-follow introduction to digital signal processing concepts, such as sampling, Fourier Transforms, spectral analysis, etc.
Quadrature Signals: Complex, But Not Complicated – great article on in-phase and quadrature (I/Q) sampling with some description of the math involved.
I/Q Data for Dummies – another article on I/Q sampling with helpful graphics.
Field Expedient SDR series – a collection of books by Paul and David Clark that provides a hands-on introduction to software defined radio, signal processing, and related topics with tie-in exercises using GNU Radio.
Electronics for Dummies – accessible introduction to electronic components and their functions and how to put them together in a circuit.
Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Ohm’s Law – helpful article that explains several basic concepts of electricity clearly with great analogies and visual aids.
Facilities / Partner Organizations
Canadian Centre for Experimental Radio Astronomy (CCERA): A project dedicated to the use of Software Defined Radio in radio astronomy. CCERA provides open source resources and software for citizen science radio astronomy.
GNU Radio – free, open-source, software-defined radio
Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers – excellent source of information, resources, and like-minded individuals.