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The Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) receiver is on loan from Stanford Solar Center.  The unit comes complete and only the antenna has to be built.  The Stanford site has a wealth of information on antenna designs, installation and use, and so much more.  The data we collect is shown as KARNS and SARA on the Stanford website under data.

We run the unit 24/7 and have the file transfer (FTP) set to automatically upload data to Sanford daily.  Stanford and the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) are working together on a SuperSID unit that will be less expensive to produce.  Stanford and SARA will be working to expand the program into schools to introduce young people to radio astronomy.

UPDATE: The Beta SuperSID would not work with the one meter loop antenna used on the original SID unit, so we built a hexagonal antenna 8 feet diameter.  We just got it completed, but so far it looks like it is working.

Update:  We have version 2 of the preamp for the SuperSID.  This preamp looks like it will work for both the 1 meter antenna and the big 8 ft. hexagonal antenna.

We have put in a new unit, the Radio Astronomy Supplies 40 MHz VLF receiver.  It uses a long wire antenna which we have installed and the SpectraCyber I software.  You can see the "sunrise/sunset" effect and it will display solar disturbances in the ionosphere.

November 22, 2009
Bill recently completed the NASA Inspire receiver.  This is a neat unit that is great for taking into the field and listening for sferics, tweeks, whistlers, chorus, triggered emissions, and manmade sounds.  The receiver is only sold as a kit and does require some skill in soldering and assembly.  It would be wise to locate an amateur radio operator to help with assembly.

February 26, 2010
We have pictures on our Flickr page showing some of the construction and assembly.
We have a user group for the SuperSID, anyone can join.
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Bill & Melinda Lord
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