Some of our receiver equipment

This is a small stack of back-end, SDR (Software Defined Radio) receivers, including both Ettus Research USRPs, and AirSpy R2 receivers.

Receiver Stack

Here’s a look inside the “guts” of our main pulsar receiver


Here are two of the dishes we’ll be using–1.2m offset-parabolic which will be used at 4.2GHz


We’ll have another 4 dishes installed by the spring, twice the diameter, and thus 4 times the area.

We’ll also have arrays of fairly-ordinary HDTV antenna for an interferometer at 408 and 610MHz, as well as a pulsar monitoring system for monitoring pulsar B0329+54 this pulsar is the brightest in the northern hemisphere, which allows use of quite-modest antennae to receive its wideband pulses, at a uncorrected pulse rate of 1.3995409505Hz.

We’ll be using the techniques of interferometry to map bright sources in the sky at 4.2GHz, 408Mhz and 610MHz.



This site is the online home to the Canadian Centre for Experimental Radio Astronomy.

In the coming months, there’ll be more content, and we hope to update this blog regularly as our funding program grows:

We’ll be moving in to our offices over the next week or two, at this site here:


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