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THE NERC MST RADAR FACILITY AT ABERYSTWYTH
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION OF THE 46.5 MHz NERC MST RADAR
The antenna array of the NERC MST Radar
Operating frequency/radar wavelength
46.5 MHz/6.45 m
Peak transmitted power
160 kW (from 5 Tycho Technology WPT-50 transmitters)
Transmitter pulse lengths, us (range resolutions, m)
1 (150), 2 (300), 4 (600), 8 (1200), 16 (2400), 32 (4800)
Complementary pulse coding available for 4 us and longer pulses
Inter-pulse periods, us (maximum unambiguous ranges, km)
80 (12), 160 (24), 320 (48), 640 (96)
Maximum duty cycle
5 %
Antenna type
20 × 20 array of 4-element Yagis, 0.85 λ spacing
Antenna dimensions
109.6 × 109.6 m
Location of the antenna arrray
Latitude 52.42°N, Longitude 4.01°W, 50 m above mean sea level
British National Grid Reference SN 637 826
Available beam pointing directions
N4.2°, E4.2°, S4.2°, W4.2°
NE6°, SE6°, SW6°, NW6°,
N8.5°, E8.5°, S8.5°, W8.5°
NE12°, SE12°, SW12°, NW12°
where the actual azimuths are offset 17.5 °, anticlockwise from the nominal directions
Minimum coherent integration time
81.92 ms
Avaialble discrete Fourier transform lengths
64, 128, 256, 512

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Page maintained by David Hooper
Last updated 28th June 2004