Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:38

Saskatoon SuperDARN site tour!

On June 26th 2017 students from the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies had the opportunity to visit and learn about the Saskatoon SuperDARN radar, and the SuperDARN project in general.

We started out by talking about the electronics that power the radar, and then discussed the antennas and towers, and fielded questions that the students had.

Finally we visited the handprints in the concrete base of one of the main array antennas of the student crew that built the radar in the early 1990's!

Here's a picture from the end of the day:

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From left to right: Marci, Donovan, Randi, Pasha, Valentin, Maksym, Clayton, William, Peter, Kevin

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 21:07

ICEBEAR newsletter: July 2017

Devin Huyghebaert, one of the Ph.D students in ISAS, is working on a new E-region radar. Here is the fourth quarterly newsletter for the ICEBEAR radar! (PDF) ICEBEAR newsletter July 2017

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Monday, 01 May 2017 19:31

ICEBEAR newsletter: April 2017

Devin Huyghebaert, one of the Ph.D students in ISAS, is working on a new E-region radar. Here is the third quarterly newsletter for the ICEBEAR radar! (PDF) ICEBEAR newsletter April 2017

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:41

SuperDARN Radars Worldwide

The following is a list of the SuperDARN radars worldwide. 

Northern Hemisphere

Radar Name Institution and Principal Investigator Year Established Radar Code Station ID Geographic Coordinates Geographic Boresite Beams Scan Direction
 Adak Island East

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Bill Bristow

2012 ade  209 51.88 N, 176.62 W 46.00 22 E
Adak Island West 

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Bill Bristow

2012 adw  208 51.88 N, 176.62 W -28.00 22 W
Blackstone

Virginia Tech

Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi

2008 bks 33 37.10 N, 77.95 W -40.00 24 W
Christmas Valley East

Dartmouth College

Dr. Simon Shepherd

2011 cve 207 43.27 N, 120.36 W 54.00 24 E
Christmas Valley West

Dartmouth College

Dr. Simon Shepherd

2011 cvw 206 43.27 N, 120.36 W -20.00 24 W
Clyde River

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jean-Pierre St. Maurice

2012 cly 66 70.49 N, 68.50 W -55.60 16 W
Fort Hays East

Virginia Tech

Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi 

2009 fhe  205 38.86 N, 99.39 W 45.00 22 E
Fort Hays West 

Virginia Tech

Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi

2009 fhw 204 38.86 N, 99.39 W -25.00 22 W
Goose Bay

Virginia Tech

Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi

1983 gbr 1 53.32 N, 60.46 W 5.00 16 E
Hankasalmi

University of Leicester

Dr. Mark Lester

1995 han 10 62.32 N, 26.61 E -12.0 16 W
Hokkaido

Nagoya University

Dr. Nozomu Nishitani

2008 hok 40 43.53 N, 143.61 E 25.00 16 E
Hokkaido West

Nagoya University

Dr. Nozomu Nishitani

2014 hkw 41 43.54 N, 143.61 E -30.00 16 W
Inuvik

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jean-Pierre St. Maurice

2008 inv 64 68.414 N, 133.772 W 26.40 16 E
Kapuskasing

Virginia Tech

Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi

1993 kap 3 49.39 N, 82.32 W 12.00 16 W
King Salmon

National Institue of Information and Communications Technology

Dr. Tsutomu Nagatsuma

2001 ksr 16 58.68 N, 156.65 W -20.0 16 W
Kodiak

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Bill Bristow

2000 kod 7 57.62 N, 152.19 W 30.00 16 E
Longyearbyen

University Centre in Svalbard

Dr. Dag Lorentzen

2016 lyr 90 78.153 N, 16.074 E 23.70 16  
Pykkvibaer

University of Leicester

Dr. Mark Lester

1995 pyk 9 63.77 N, 20.54 W 30.00 16 E
Prince George

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Kathryn McWilliams

2000 pgr 6 53.98 N, 122.59 W -5.00 16 W
Rankin Inlet

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jean-Pierre St. Maurice

2007 rkn 65 62.82 N, 93.11 W 5.70 16 W
Saskatoon

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Kathryn McWilliams

1993 sas 5 52.16 N, 106.53 W 23.1 16 E
Schefferville

Not in operation

CNRS/LPCE

Dr. Christian Hanuise

1986 sch 2 54.80 N, 66.80 W 15.00 16 W
Stokkseyri

Lancaster University

Dr. Jim Wild

1994 sto 8 63.86 N, 22.02 W -59.00 16 W
Wallops Island

JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Ethan Miller

2005 wal 32 37.93 N, 75.47 W 35.90 24 E

 

Southern Hemisphere

 Radar Name Institution and Principal Investigator Year Established Radar Code Station ID Geographic Location Geographic Boresite Beams Scan Direction
Buckland Park

La Trobe University

Dr. John Devlin

2014 bpk 24 34.620 S, 138.460 E 146.50 22 E
Dome C

Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology

Dr. Federica Marcucci

2013 dce 96 75.090 S, 123.350 E 115.00 16  
Falkland Islands

Not in operation

British Antarctic Survey

Dr. Gareth Chisham

2010 fir 21 51.83 S, 58.98 W 178.20 16 E
Halley

British Antarctic Survey

Dr. Gareth Chisham

1988 hal 4 75.52 S, 26.63 W 165.00 16 E
Kerguelen

CNRS/LPCE

Dr. Aurelie Marchaudon

2000 ker 15 49.22 S, 70.14 E  168.00 16 W
McMurdo

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Bill Bristow

2010 mcm 20 77.88 S, 166.73 E 300.00 16 E
SANAE

South African National Space Agency

Dr. Jon P. S. Rash

1997 san 11 71.68 S, 2.85 W 173.2 16 W
South Pole Station

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Bill Bristow

2013 sps 22 89.995 S, 118.291 E 75.70 16  
Syowa East

National Institute of Polar Research

Dr. Akira Sessai Yukimatu

1997 sye 13 69.00 S, 39.58 E 106.50 16 E
Syowa South

National Institute of Polar Research

Dr. Akira Sessai Yukimatu

1997 sys 12 69.00S, 39.58 E 159.00 16 W
Tiger

La Trobe University

Dr. John Devlin

1999 tig 14 43.40 S, 147.20 E 180.00 16 W
Unwin La Trobe University 2004 unw 18 46.51 S, 168.38 E 227.90 16 W
Zhongshan

Polar Research Institute of China

Dr. Hongqiao Hu

2010 zho 19 69.38 S, 76.38 E 72.50 16 E

 

 

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:32

ICEBEAR newsletter: January 2017

Devin Huyghebaert, one of the Ph.D students in ISAS, is working on a new E-region radar. Here is the second quarterly newsletter for the ICEBEAR radar! (PDF) ICEBEAR newsletter January 2017

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:20

ICEBEAR newsletter: October 31st 2016

Devin Huyghebaert, one of the Ph.D students in ISAS, is working on a new E-region radar. Here is the first quarterly newsletter for the ICEBEAR radar! (PDF) ICEBEAR newsletter October 2016

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 22:26

Maintenance trip to Rankin Inlet

Following their maintenance trip to Clyde River, the engineers Marci Detwiller and Kevin Krieger traveled directly to Rankin Inlet (layover in Iqaluit) and met up with our third engineer, Keith Kotyk. From July 5th until July 21st they performed maintenance on the ropes, towers, antennas and electronics at Rankin Inlet. Over 4000 feet of rope was replaced.

Some other tasks performed:

  • Upgraded computers to new industrial rated rack mount computers
  • Installed firewall on a new network switch
  • Repaired and reinforced cable tray
  • Fixed several transmitters
  • Installed heater relay board and temperature sensors to monitor and control building temperature
  • UAV flights for aerial photography

In addition, one of the two SuperDARN Canada PIs, Kathryn McWilliams, traveled to Rankin Inlet near the end of the maintenance trip to meet with the Rankin inlet Municipality and gave an update on the SuperDARN project.

See some photos below:

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The SuperDARN team at the big Inukshuk in Rankin Inlet. Left to Right: Kathryn McWilliams, Marci Detwiller, Kevin Krieger, Keith Kotyk.


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Here is a wide shot of the Rankin Inlet radar from the south. You can see the road leading to the site on the left, the main array at the top and the interferometer at the bottom. The seacan with electronics is red and can be seen in the mid-top of the photo.


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Here is a photo showing the main array and the seacan in the left background. The UAV landing zone can be seen on the left in the foreground, it is a piece of plywood. Avoiding landing and taking off from the tundra is necessary.

 

 

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 22:18

Maintenance Trip to Clyde River

During the week of June 27th – July 4th, our engineers Marci Detwiller and Kevin Krieger traveled to Clyde River, NU to do some maintenance on the antenna system and radar electronics.

Among the tasks performed:

  • Checking all antennas
  • Fixing the 15km range gate problem with the transmitters
  • Replacing a network switch and configuring it with a firewall
  • Testing all electronics and calibrating transmitters
  • UAV flights for aerial photography
  • Fixing the cable tray

Some of the photos taken are below:

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A wide view of the Clyde River SuperDARN radar. Patricia bay is in the far background, with the airport and runway visible between the bay and the radar.


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Close up view of Patricia bay, with Clyde River on the right, and the airport runway in the foreground.


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A view of the Clyde River seacans at the end of July 2016. Notice the snow pattern due to the prevailing winds. Main array is on the left side of the picture.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:23

A SuperDARN Radar in Southern France

At the SuperDARN workshop in Leceister in May 2015, the UK teams from Leicester and Lancaster announced that they will be building a new SuperDARN radar in Southern France near Toulouse. Coverage in the mid-latitude region (~40 degrees) in North America, China, and Japan is excellent, but has been lacking Europe. The new French radar will provide some much needed mid-latitude coverage in Europe!

SuperDARN Canada was asked to build the antennas for the new French radar. Over the last several months, our engineers have been busy with this task (as well as all of the other tasks they normally have to do). With some help from a local Saskatoon company, Scientific Instrumentation Ltd., the antennas and their components are now completed and shipping is about to take place! We are all looking forward seeing the data from the French radar after it has been completed.

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