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     RECENT ADDITIONS

The following Software Updates are available under the “Download Latest Software and Check for Known Issues” tool bar
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  - Posted
05/01/2015
SeaSondeR7u4 Update

  - Posted
02/08/2014
Archivalist ver 11.4.3

  - Posted
01/24/2014
SeaDisplay ver 7.0.1

  - Posted
01/24/2014
R7u1 Install-SeaSondeDockIcons

  - Posted
11/18/2013
SeaSonde Transponder app

  - Posted
09/11/2013
Combine R7 TotalArchiver tool
   
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     SEASONDE INFORMATION - SITE SELECTION - SITE PREPARATION - INSTALLATION
     How a SeaSonde Works
Principles of Operation    

How does a SeaSonde determine range?

   
How does a SeaSonde determine bearing?
Click  Here

How does a SeaSonde determine surface current velocity?

   
How does a SeaSonde determine wave heights?
Click  Here
How does a SeaSonde Detect a Tsunami (D. Barrick - June 2009)? Click  Here
How does SeaSonde Tsunami detection software work (D. Barrick)?
Click  Here
What is the theoretical basis of Tsunami detection with HF radar (Lipa et al)? Click  Here
What is the shallow water bias for current measurements at different frequencies? Click  Here

Sounds of SeaSonde on Radio Scanners
   

What does a Long Range 5MHz SeaSonde sound like?

Click  Here
What do Standard Range (12MHz) and HighRes (25MHz) SeaSondes sound like? Click  Here

What does a HighRes SeaSonde 42MHz sound like? 1. 2.

   
Documentation    
Operator’s Manual SeaSonde Remote Unit SSRS-100 (Release6Update1 version) Click  Here
Operator’s Manual SeaSonde Remote Unit SSRS-100 (Release5Update4 version) Click  Here

Frequency Use
   
What are the NOAA approved frequencies for IOOS sites? Click  Here
How do I apply for an Experimental Frequency License with FCC Form #442? Click  Here

SeaSonde Technical Specifications
   
What are the technical (signal) specifications of SeaSondes? Click  Here
Why can’t smaller antennas be used for HF radar systems? Click  Here
Do pulsed FMCW signals create more interference potential than pure CW? Click  Here
How is the “Radar Cross Section” of a vessel used for ship detection? Click  Here

Exposure Concerns
   
Are there any health hazards associated with SeaSonde signals?

Click  Here
What are the emission levels of SeaSondes? Click  Here
     
     Site Selection
Selecting Your Site    
Choosing the SeaSonde model that best suits your application

   
What are the performance characteristics of the 5, 12, 25 and 42MHz SeaSondes?

   
Environmental factors (natural)    
What is the shallow water bias for current measurements at different frequencies? Click  Here
How does reduced salinity affect SeaSonde measurements?

   
What is the affect of offshore islands on SeaSonde measurements?

   
How does sea ice affect SeaSonde measurements?
   
RF noise in the environment    
How do I use an SDR-IQ radio scanner to identify local RF interference?
Click  Here

Infrastructure and access requirements
   
What are the power requirements for a remote SeaSonde site?    
What are the tradeoffs between long cable runs versus long paths over land? Click  Here
How does environmental rf noise affect a SeaSonde’s signal? Click  Here
     
     Site Preparation
Preparing Your Site    
What can I do to prepare my site prior to installing my SeaSonde? Click  Here
     
Radio Licensing – Identifying “clear” frequencies for SeaSonde use    
How do I use an SDR-IQ radio scanner to identify clear frequencies? Click  Here
What does the SDR-IQ radio scanner interface look like in real-time? Click  Here
     
     Site Installation
Tools    
What tools come with CODAR’s FSK-100 Field Service Kit? Click  Here
What types of connectors are included with CODAR’s CAK-200 Kit? Click  Here

Antenna Installation

   
Antenna Performance    
How does VSWR (Voltage Standing Wave Ratio) affect signal transmission? Click  Here

LR tophat transmit antenna
   
What do the tophat, tuning coil and ground plane look like? Click  Here
How do I set up the new “tophat” style antenna? Click  Here
What are the dimensions of the new “tophat” style antenna? Click  Here
What are the best frequencies for each tuning coil strap position? Click  Here

NEW Dome (whip-less) receive and Combined Rx-Tx antennas
   
How do I setup the SeaSonde Receive-only Dome antenna? Click  Here
How do I setup the SeaSonde_Combine-type Dome antenna? Click  Here
What are the heights (dimensions) of the new Dome antennas?
Click  Here
What are the dimensions and bolt pattern for the Dome antenna bases?
Click  Here

Antenna Mounts and Examples
(photo links):
   
Receive antenna Antenna Bases Elevated antennas Enclosures  

How do I mount an old-style (i.e with horizontal whips) SeaSonde receive antenna?
Click  Here ?  

How do I mount an old-style (i.e with horizontal whips) SeaSonde receive antenna?
Click  Here ?  
Twin-Transmit antenna configuration (Trained CODAR Technicians Only)! Click  Here
     
Electronics Hardware Installation

   
Enclosures    
What kind of enclosures are suitable for SeaSondes? Click  Here
Can Peltier (thermoelectric) chillers be used to cool SeaSonde enclosures? Click  Here
What type of enclosure does CODAR recommend (ENC-36)? Click  Here
What is required to power a SeaSonde with solar power? Click  Here
Equipment enclosures
Walk-ins/Structures/Fencing Receiver/Transmitter Connections    

Receiver
   
What are the dimensions of the SeaSonde receiver and transmitter?    

Transmitter Cabling
   
What are the effects on power output when changing RG-8 cable length? Click  Here
What are the tradeoffs between long cable runs versus long paths over land?
Click  Here
     
Computer Configuration

   
How can I check my Internet connection speeds? Click  Here
How can check if ports 407 (Timbuktu), 22 (ssh) and 8240 (webserver) are open using dyndns.org port checking tools? Click  Here
How can check if ports 407 (Timbuktu), 22 (ssh) and 8240 (webserver) are open using canyouseeme.org port checking tools? Click  Here

Configuring File Transfer Scripts
   
How do I install RSA keys on my SeaSonde sites for rsync transfers? Click  Here
Show me how to install an RSA key using the install script. Click  Here
     
Configuring computer with Mac OS and SeaSonde software

   
Tiger (Mac OS 10.4.11)    
How do I configure a SeaSonde computer with Tiger OS (10.4.x)? Click  Here ?  
Leopard (Mac OS 10.5.8)    
How do I configure a SeaSonde computer with Leopard OS (10.5.8)? Click  Here ?  
     
     CONFIGURING YOUR SITE - COLLECTING DATA - VIEWING DATA - REFINING DATA
     Configuring a SeaSonde Computer at a Radial Site

Go to the Combine Site Configuration Page >>>

   

SeaSonde Parameters
   
What parameters influence velocity resolution, acquisition time, FFT length, etc? Click  Here
Download: Apple “Numbers” Spreadsheet Calculator here Click  Here

SeaSondeRadialSetup
   

How do I configure an new SeaSonde Radial site (using Release6 software)?
   
How do I configure an new SeaSonde Radial site (using Release5 software)?
Click  Here
GPS Position and Bearings (loop 1 and coast angles)    

Configuring Wave Processing Software
   
How do I set the wave direction limits for SeaSonde Wave Model Processing? Click  Here

SeaSondeStartup
   

Setting Phases
Range Cell Offsets
Radial Filtering
   
How do I create a radial filter (AngSeg.txt) file for my Ideal Pattern radials? Click  Here
NOTE: You’ll need an older version of RadialDisplay (5.1.8a) to create an AngSeg.txt file. You’ll need an old version of SeaDisplaySetup and MapDatabase to create a site file in “SeaDisplay_Site_XXXX” format.    
Download: RadialDisplay5.1.8a.app.zip Click  Here
Download: SeaDisplaySetup_old_format.zip Click  Here
Download: MapDataBase_minimal_WVS250K.zip (13.3Mb) Click  Here 13.3 MB
Download: MapDataBase_old_format.zip (131Mb) Click  Here 131 MB

             Setting Phases From Sea-Echo (Background Information)
   
What Do the Two Phase Values in the file Phases.txt Mean (RadialConfigs folder)? Click  Here

             Measuring an Antenna Pattern
   
How do I program a SeaSonde Transponder? Click  Here
Download: APM Crib_Sheet_rev10.pdf Click  Here
Play Slideshow Demonstrating Good APM Techniques. Click  Here
How Do I Create a TRAK file of my APM? Click  Here
How Do I Create a LOOP file of my APM? Click  Here
How Do I Create a MeasPattern.txt file of my APM? Click  Here
     
     Collecting Data

Operational Software
   

What does the flowchart of data acquisition and processing look like?

Click  Here
What are the “RadialApps” required for SeaSonde operation and data collection?  

RadialApps

   
Sentinel
SeaSondeController
   
Advanced (COS Techs Only): What “Advanced” commands can be sent to the AWG? Click  Here
SeaSondeAcquistion
CSPro
Terminal window and processing tools
Archivalist
File Transfer software
RadialDisplay
WaveDisplay
PrefSetter (or other plist editor)
Site Log (Desktop log)
   

Viewer Software

   
RadialDisplay
SeaDisplay
SpectraPlotterMap
DiagDisplay
   

Software Tools

   
CrossLoopPatterner
SeaDisplaySetup
(for Release6)
RadialSiteReporter (Release6 software only)
   

How do I configure RadialSiteReporter (for Release6) to send email alerts?
Click  Here


   
     Viewing Data

Viewing Data With SeaSonde Applications
   

How do I use SeaSonde applications to view data?
Click  Here
How I plot antenna patterns on radial distributions using SeaDisplay v5.1.8a? Click  Here
     
     Refining Data

Reprocessing Data
   

Reprocessing Radials from CSS Files
   

How do I reprocess radials?
Click  Here

Reprocessing Radials from Range Files
   
How do I reprocess range files? Click  Here

Radial Post-Processing (filtering)

   
How Can I Filter Bad Data From Radial Files Using the LLUV Filter Tool? Click  Here
Download: LLUV Filter Tool Click  Here
Examples: Filtered Radials Click  Here

Reprocessing Radials from CSS Files

   
How do I reprocess radials? Click  Here
How do I reprocess range files? Click  Here
How do I reprocess large quantities of CSS files with SpectraOfflineProcessing (SOP) tool?

Click  Here

Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QAQC)

   
Download: HFR Deployment and Maintenance “Best Practices” Guide Available Soon  
 
     TRAINING SLIDES & VIDEO TUTORIALS
     Training Slides

Training Slides
   
Day1_SeaSondeOverview_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day1_SiteSelection_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day1_RadialSoftware_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day2_Hardware_Antennas_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day2_Hardware_Receiver_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day2_Hardware_Transmitter_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day2_PatternMeasurements_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day2_WaveIntro_2014.pdf
Click  Here
Day3_CombineOverview_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day3_ProcessingTotals_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day3_RadialWebServer_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day3_TotalGridCreation_2014.pdf Click  Here
Day3_Using_Timbuktu_2014.pdf Click  Here
     
     Video Tutorials

Hardware Setup
   
How Do I Setup a 13MHz SeaSonde T/R Dome Antenna? (512MB)
Click  Here
Download: 13MHz Setup Dialog.pdf Click  Here
   

Configuring a Site
   

How do I configure a new SeaSonde radial site?
Click  Here

How do I make a RadialDisplay site file map?
Click  Here

Show me how to install an RSA key using the install script.
Click  Here

How do I create a radial filter (AngSeg.txt) file for my Ideal Pattern radials?
Click  Here
Note: You'll need an older version of RadialDisplay (5.1.8a) to create an AngSeg.txt file. You'll need an old version of SeaDisplaySetup and MapDatabase to create a site file in "SeaDisplay_Site_XXXX" format.

Creating an Antenna Pattern (APM)
   

How do I program a SeaSonde Transponder?
Click  Here

How do I create a TRAK file of my APM?
Click  Here

How do I create a LOOP file of my APM?
Click  Here

PART I (hardware setup): How do I set up to bench test a transponder for proper signal?
Click  Here

PART 2 (signal check): How do I set up to bench test a transponder for proper signal?
Click  Here

Using Timbuktu
   

How do I open a Timbuktu session and exchange files between computers?
Click  Here

Viewing Data
   

How I plot antenna patterns on radial distributions using SeaDisplay v5.1.8a?
Click  Here

Reprocessing Data
   

How do I reprocess small quantities of CSS files into radials using SeaSonde tools?
Click  Here

How do I reprocess range files into radials using SeaSonde tools?
Click  Here

How do I reprocess large quantities of CSS files with custom PERL scripts (C. Whalen)?
Click  Here
Download (requires Release5 with Update 4): PERL BatchReprocessingScripts.zip Click  Here

Training Course Lecture Movie Tutorials
   

Day2.0_Setting_Phases_with_DiagDisplay (18.5 Minutes)
Click  Here
Download: Day2.0_Setting_Phases_with_DiagDisplay Dialog.rtf Click  Here .rtf

Day3.3 Configuring Wave Software for Wave Processing
Click  Here
     
     MANUALS & DOCUMENTATION
      Informative
New_Style_SS_Antenna_Dimensions.pdf Click  Here
Old_Style_SS_Antenna_Dimensions.pdf Click  Here
Baseline_Interpolation.pdf Click  Here
Combining_Radials.pdf Click  Here
CSPro.pdf Click  Here
Directional_Waves.pdf Click  Here
FirstOrder_Settings.pdf Click  Here
GDOSA_Definition.pdf Click  Here
HFRadarSpecCalcsVer2.pdf Click  Here
Ionospheric_Interference.pdf Click  Here
Mystery of Phases.pdf Click  Here
RadHazard_5to42.pdf Click  Here
RadialProcessing_FlowDiagram.pdf Click  Here
Report_SpectraShortener.pdf Click  Here
SeaSonde_Radial_Merging.pdf Click  Here
SeaSonde_Radial_Processing.pdf Click  Here
SecondOrder_ShallowWater.pdf Click  Here
SitePrepGuide.pdf Click  Here
Total_Velocity_Uncertainties.pdf Click  Here
     Inside SeaSonde
ISS_About.pdf Click  Here
ISS_CH1_GPSTiming.pdf Click  Here
ISS_CH2_ArchivingRadsTots.pdf Click  Here
ISS_CH4_SpectraToRadials.pdf Click  Here
ISS_CH6_USBExtension.pdf Click  Here
ISS_CH7_RxTxLeds.pdf Click  Here
ISS_CH8_DiagDisplay.pdf Click  Here
     Guides to the Applications
Guide_Archivalist.pdf Click  Here
Guide_CrossLoopPatterner.pdf Click  Here
Guide_FileExchange.pdf Click  Here
Guide_FileExchange_SSH.pdf Click  Here
Guide_FileExchange_T2.pdf Click  Here
Guide_RadialAdjuster.pdf Click  Here
Guide_SeaDisplay.pdf Click  Here
Guide_SeaDisplaySetup.pdf Click  Here
Guide_SeaSondeController.pdf Click  Here
Guide_SpectraShortener.pdf Click  Here
     Guides to File Formats
File_AngSegFilter.pdf Click  Here
File_AntennaPattern.pdf Click  Here
File_CodarTableFormat.pdf Click  Here
File_CrossSpectra.pdf Click  Here
File_CrossSpectraReduced.pdf Click  Here
File_Diagnostic_Hardware.pdf Click  Here
File_Diagnostic_Radials.pdf Click  Here
File_LonLatUV_RDL_TOT_ELP.pdf Click  Here
File_RadialConfigs.pdf Click  Here
File_RangeSeries.pdf Click  Here
File_TimeSeries.pdf Click  Here
File_VectorIndicatorFlag.pdf Click  Here
File_Waves.pdf Click  Here
     Guides to the Hardware
Hardware_Guides.pdf Click  Here
HW1_What_Is_A_SeaSonde.pdf Click  Here
HW2_Operating_Theory.pdf Click  Here
HW3_Radial_Site_Selection.pdf Click  Here
HW4_Radial_Antenna_Assembly.pdf Click  Here
HW5_Radial_Site_Assembly.pdf Click  Here
HW6_Antenna_Pattern_Measure.pdf Click  Here
Long_Range_Tx_Antenna_Install.pdf Click  Here
     Licensing & Support
Communication_Support.pdf Click  Here
SeaSonde_Site_Licenses.pdf Click  Here
     Misc.
ExtendingAnalyzeSpectra.rtf Click  Here
SeaDisplaySetup_Keyboard_Guide.rtf Click  Here
SSR6-Leopard-Setup.pdf Click  Here
SSR6-Radial-Install.pdf Click  Here
SSR6-Radial-Operator-Manual.pdf Click  Here
SSR6-Radial-Suite.pdf Click  Here
Suite_Combine_Install.pdf Click  Here
Suite_Combine_Software.pdf Click  Here



  
                                                                      


 

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