Saturday 21 September 2013

New Ionospheric tomography receiver in Svalbard

Our expert on ionospheric tomography, Johannes Norberg, just came back from his trip to Svalbard where he installed yet another 150/400 MHz beacon satellite ionospheric tomography receiver. The first light was observed on 12.9. and after trying testing RFI levels on several locations, the antenna was installed on top of the Kjell Henriksen Observatory building. The tomography receiver is the sixth new receiver that is part of the TomoScand ionospheric tomography chain operated jointly by the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.

Jussi tells me that the weather was beautiful during his stay, and the install went smoothly without any problems whatsoever. Way to go Jussi, just like in Strömsö (the install went like it was a scripted TV program).

The beautiful view from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory in Svalbard, overlooking the EISCAT Svalbard radar and the Longyearbyen valley. 
The receiver on the of the building. Installing a receiver here is tricky due to snow and ice drifts, strong winds, and polar bears. 
The receivers were nicely installed into a rack. 
A phase curve measured with the Svalbard receiver. 

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