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Platteville MF Radar


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The Platteville MF radar is operated collaboratively between the University of Colorado (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, CIRES) and the University of Saskatchewan (Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, ISAS) with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the USA and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. It contributes data as part of the joint TIMED-CEDAR program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and NSF.

Instrument/Model Description

The Platteville 2 MHz MF radar is located in Colorado, USA (40.18N, 104.7W; 1505 m alt), and has been in operation since December 1999, with a data gap from March to July 2000 because of system problems. On day 359 of 2001 at 89 km altitude, the apex magnetic coordinates were (49.3, -39.6) degrees. The magnetic inclination and declination angles were 67.2 deg and 10.0 deg. The magnetic local time at 0000 Universal Time (UT) is about 1617 MLT. The solar local time (SLT) is UT minus 6 hours and 59 minutes (-104.7/15=-6.98).

Summary Plots

Summary Plots for Platteville MF Radar can be found here


Last Updated Nov. 13, 2007 by Patrick West