(meteorobs) US Air Force Space Surveillance Radar - tuning in?
pat_branch at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 22 13:28:06 EST 2009
Using the Radar power equation you should be able to calculate the
size of objects you could detect based on your antenna gain, the
radiated power (768 KW), the distance between you, the meteor, and
the station, etc etc....ok so it is not real easy!
I would expect you would hear a few per hour at best (depending on
your minimum size resolution - which I would expect to be in the
fraction of an inch area)...but I'm not an expert on that. You might
try and coordinate your observation using a known satellite pass over
the Space Radar (or Amarillo). I happen to be pretty close to the
radar site (I'm in NW Fort Worth).
--- In meteorobs at yahoogroups.com, Thomas Ashcraft <ashcraft at ...>
> Bob, Pat, Larry and all,
> Thank you for your helpful input.
> I am still tuning in various configurations of gain, attenuation,
> filtering and can get the tone to disappear using LSB. I will keep
> tweeking but I have heard no meteors thus far.
> I wonder what normal morning sporadic meteor rates would be?
> expect to hear a few meteors per minute or just a few meteors per
> Or, will it take a substantial fireball to reflect the radar? I
> sure what to expect.
> Thanks again.
> > Can anyone give me advice on tuning into the US Air Force Space
> > Surveillance Radar in Texas?
> > I am using an ICOM PCR1000 radio with a tv antenna pointed
> > Archer City, Texas and am tuned at 216.980 MHz. Using USB I get
> > strong tone. Is this the tone of the radar? Any advice as to
> > USB/LSB/CW ? ) and what filtering combination is best is
> > wonder if you can receive meteor scatter without having the
> > tone in the background?
> > Thank you in advance for your reply.
> > Clear skies,
> > Thomas Ashcraft
> > ashcraft (at) heliotown.com
> > New Mexico
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