RF entry bulkhead put in place

Put the RF entry bulkhead up today, with enough circuits to satisfy our immediate needs for this coming winter. Still need to do some sealing, etc.

RF entry bulkhead.

RF entry bulkhead.

Each circuit will have a surge arrestor on it, and the bulkhead plate is grounded to the aluminum window frame, which is itself grounded to the building heating system.

Moving in!

Gary and I moved a few things into the office at Gallipeau Centre this evening.

Gary and I with our shiny new sign

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An interior shot of one corner of the office–starting to fill up with equipment,

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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

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

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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.

 

Introduction

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:

https://www.gofundme.com/help-make-the-ccera-a-reality-2tvbzx8

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

http://www.gallipeaucentre.com/

 

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