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The Sparsholt College-South Wonston water station radio links data describe signal levels of several links at a frequency of 54 Ghz, which covered a path of 5km from the South Wonston water tower near the A34 to Sparsholt College. The data were collected between October 2002 and April 2005. The radio link between Sparsholt college and the Wonston water tower is used to investigate the effects of rain and sleet on radio signals.
Radio propagation measurements at 20 GHz at Chilton, Oxfordshire for the ESA funded Large Scale Assessment of KA/Q band atmospheric channel using the ALPHASAT TDP5 Propagation beacon signal.
The Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire, have had a Vaisala CT75K lidar ceilometer deployed since 13th September 1996. This dataset contains measurements of the range of first, second, and third cloud base from the lidar and attenuated backscatter coefficients of aerosols within the atmosphere from 1996 to 2013. Plots of the attenuated backscatter coefficient at different heights are also available. The instrument has been regularly calibrated using the method described by O'Connor, Ewan J., Anthony J. Illingworth, Robin J. Hogan, 2004: A Technique for Auto-calibration of Cloud Lidar. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 21, 777–786. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/1520-0426(2004)021<0777:ATFAOC>2.0.CO;2 . Prior to April 2014 this technique had been applied manually, but from 2014 this was automated to provide a routine, automated application of O'Connor et al's calibration technique. This also highlighted an instrument calibration drift not previously spotted in earlier data and so a corrected data have been added to the archive for the following periods (denoted by "_cor1" in the filename): 1st July 2003 – 31st December 2003, January 2006 to December 2012 and February and March 2013. Users should see the data quality notes for further details. For post 2013 data please refer to the "all-years" dataset.
Measurements of tropospheric attenuation (excess and total) made at Sparsholt in Hampshire, UK using the ITALSAT satellite F1 beacon signal at 20 GHz.
Measurements of troposhperic attenuation (excess and total) made at Sparsholt in Hampshire, UK using the ITALSAT satellite F1 beacon signal at 50 GHz. ITALSAT F1 (owned and operated by the Italian Space Agency) was in geostationary orbit at 13 degrees east, and it could be seen from the receiving station at an elevation angle of 30 degrees. The received signal was vertically polarised and was sampled once a second. North-south tracking of the satellite with the beacon receiver maintained ~20dB of dynamic range thought of the measurement period. The method applied to remove the nonatmospheric changes of the beacon signal and to establish the reference level from which to measure the excess and total attenuation is described in [Ventouras et.al., Long-term statistics of tropospheric attenuation from the Ka/U band ITALSAT satellite experiment in the United Kingdom, Radio Sci.,41,RS2007,doi:10.1029/2005RS003252]. The accuracy of fade level retrieval is estimated to be ~+/-0.5dB
Sky images collected by a sky camera replacing the earlier JVC KYF55-BE digital camera deployed at the Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. These differ from the previous camera imagery by the use of a fish-eye lens to give complete sky imagery. These images have been captured from mid-2016 to the present.
Data were collected by the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Meteorological Sensor from 2001 to present at Chilbolton, Hampshire. The standard meteorological measurements are made at Chilbolton in support of all experiments at the Observatory. The data are automatically recorded every 10 seconds from a range of different sensors. The dataset contains measurements including temperature, dew point, pressure, wind speed and wind direction.
Data were collected by the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Present Weather Sensor from 28th of January 2005 to the 21st of May 2007 at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. The dataset contains reports of current weather conditions and those over the last hour using both NWS (National Weather Service)and WMO (World Meteorological Organistion) weather codes.
Data were collected by the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Direct Visible Radiometer from 27th Februrary 2013 to the present at Chilbolton, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of high accuracy direct solar radiation measurement research on a plane/level surface.
Measurements of tropospheric attenuation (excess and total) made at Sparsholt in Hampshire, UK using the ITALSAT satellite F1 beacon signal at 40 GHz.