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Standard VHF Scan Request

We would like to collect data covering the VHF band (30-300 MHz) in 0.1 MHz steps in the Wideband FM (WFM) receiver mode. This is the band of frequencies that the LOFAR telescope (that Australia is bidding to host) will (mostly) cover. Signatures are expected to be found in this frequency range from the ionisation of neutral hydrogen gas by the first stars and galaxies to form in the universe. It will be interesting to see where the strong human-generated signals are in this frequency range, where there are quiet spots in the spectrum and how the results vary from place to place.

To download the Spectrum Scanner Settings file for the SEARFE Spectrum Scanner program for this scan, right-click on this link: VHF Band-Baseline Scan 30-300(0.1) MHz x 1-WFM.sss, select "Save target as..." or "Save link target as..." and save or transfer the file into the "My Documents/SpectrumScanner/data" folder (i.e. the "data" folder in the "SpectrumScanner" folder in the "My Documents" folder) on the computer running the SEARFE Spectrum Scanner program. When saving the file on a computer running Windows XP ensure "Save as type" is set to "All Files" instead of "XML Document", otherwise ".xml" will be added to the end of the filename and the file will not be recognised by the SEARFE Spectrum Scanner software. The Spectrum Scanner Settings (.sss) file can be opened from within the Spectrum Scanner program, and "Start Scan" pressed to collect the data for the standard VHF band scan. After this, simply post your data to the SEARFE data archive as described below.

If you have a little more time, try the 3 scans of the same band VHF Band-Variablity Check 30-300(0.1) MHz x 3-WFM.sss or the overnight 24-hour, once an hour VHF Band-24 Hours 30-300(0.1) MHz x 24-WFM.sss scan, to see if there is any variablity in the signals. Post your results to SEARFE Data and compare them with other schools to see how the VHF band is being used across Australia. Communicate your findings with other students using SEARFE Chat.

Posting Data to SEARFE Data

Click on post your data to post data into the SEARFE Data archive. A username and password are required to post data into the archive. These can be obtained from your teacher or by contacting the SEARFE Project Coordinator.

SEARFE Data Archive

To download a file from the SEARFE Data archive click on it with the right mouse button and select "Save target as..." or "Save link target as..." and choose the directory in which you want to save the file. On computers running Windows XP, when saving the file, ensure "Save as type" is set to "All Files" rather than "WinZip File", otherwise ".zip" will be added to the end of the filename and the file will not be recognised by the SEARFE Spectrum Scanner software as a Spectrum Scanner Data (.ssd) file. On computers running the SEARFE Spectrum Scanner software, to make the data easily accessible in the Spectrum Scanner program, you may want to save the data into the "My Documents/SpectrumScanner/data" folder (i.e. the "data" folder in the "SpectrumScanner" folder in the "My Documents" folder).

SEARFE Data Archive
Narrabri H... 2003-04-23 18-33-00 +1000 130-200(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Abbotsleig... 2003-06-18 15-44-25 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1-WFM.ssd
Newington ... 2003-05-21 12-35-40 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Armidale H... 2003-06-30 09-42-51 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Nowra High... 2003-06-11 10-25-33 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Batemans B... 2003-06-10 09-51-43 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Nowra High... 2003-06-11 10-27-39 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Batemans B... 2003-06-10 09-52-24 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Nowra High... 2003-06-11 11-56-39 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Batemans B... 2003-06-10 10-52-29 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Port Macqu... 2003-06-25 12-55-31 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Bathurst H... 2003-06-16 15-59-47 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
South Sydn... 2003-05-30 11-04-32 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Bathurst H... 2003-06-16 18-11-18 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Narrabri H... 2003-03-26 12-48-21 +1100 30-110(0.1)MHzx3-WFM.ssd
CSIRO Radi... 2003-07-07 17-14-53 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx2-WFM.ssd
South Sydn... 2003-05-30 11-45-47 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Catherine ... 2003-05-01 12-19-18 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Tamworth H... 2003-07-02 10-05-54 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Coffs Harb... 2003-06-27 12-13-05 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Tamworth H... 2003-07-02 12-51-10 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Coffs Harb... 2003-06-27 15-32-11 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Taree High... 2003-06-23 10-04-06 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Cowra High... 2003-06-23 10-28-12 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Taree High... 2003-06-23 11-18-55 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Cowra High... 2003-06-23 11-23-54 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Taree High... 2003-06-23 13-25-56 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Dubbo Seni...2003-06-20 10-43-02 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
UNSW (Kens... 2003-06-04 19-26-55 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Goulburn H... 2003-06-13 12-20-41 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
UNSW (Kens... 2003-06-04 19-55-28 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Goulburn H... 2003-06-13 15-55-21 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Kelso High... 2003-06-17 10-02-06 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Kelso High... 2003-06-17 11-01-50 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Kelso High... 2003-06-17 12-30-43 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Wenona Gir... 2003-05-05 16-44-01 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Kemps Cree... 2003-05-08 11-52-56 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Narrabri H... 2003-04-23 18-35-12 +1000 180-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Kimba Area... 2003-06-02 09-12-21 +0930 30-300(0.1)MHzx1-WFM.ssd
Lithgow Hi... 2003-06-26 13-34-38 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Mudgee Hig... 2003-06-18 11-58-32 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Nagle Cath... 2003-03-13 14-02-42 +0800 30-110(0.1)MHzx1-WFM.ssd
Port Macqu... 2003-06-25 13-25-40 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd
Port Macqu... 2003-06-25 14-59-45 +1000 30-300(0.1)MHzx1.ssd

Older SEARFE Data

Initially a hypermail email archive was used for posting and archiving SEARFE data. This old data and hypermail archive can be accessed by clicking this link: Old SEARFE Data Hypermail Archive.

Important Notes


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