All LOFAR stations have 5-character designations, which are used in the computer software as a shorthand to identify the station. For the Dutch stations, the first two characters are either: CS or RS for Core Station and Remote Station, respectively. For the international stations, the first two letters are a designation of the country in which the station is located.
The number that follows is the ID number. All international stations are in the 600s-range.
- LOFAR DE601 — Effelsberg, Germany
- LOFAR DE602 — Unterweilenbach, Germany
- LOFAR DE603 — Tautenburg, Germany
- LOFAR DE604 — Potsdam, Germany
- LOFAR DE605 — Jülich, Germany
- LOFAR FR606 — Nançay, France
- LOFAR SE607 — Onsala, Sweden
- LOFAR UK608 — Chilbolton, United Kingdom
And now we can proudly add:
- LOFAR FI609 — Kilpisjärvi, Finland
All we have to do now, is get it built! (More on that next week)