This information is sourced from the RFC: 0005 previously in the RST RFC documentation that was written by R.J. Barnes.

Radar Identification Table


Format of the radar identification table (radar.dat)


The Radar Identification Table is a plain ASCII text file that lists the station identifiers for each radar in the network. The file is usually called "radar.dat" and is located in the superdarn sub-directory of the data tables.

Originally this file was just a simple table listing the station number and its associated identifier letter. Over the years more information has been added to the table.

Format for the Radar Identification Table

Lines beginning with the '#' character are treated as comments and ignored. All other lines represent an entry for a single radar.

The format of each line is as follows:

num status "name" "operator" "hardware" "id" ...
| *num*    | Radar station number (site id) |
| *status* | Status of radar: 0 under construction, 1 operational, -1 disused |
| *"name"* | Full name of the radar site |
| *"operator"* | Major operator of the facility |
| *"hardware"* | Name of the hardware configuration file |
| *"id" ...*   | One or more text strings used to identify the radar |

An entry in the table looks like this:

1 1 "Goose Bay" "Virginia Tech" "hdw.dat.gbr" "gbr" "g"
1 3 "Kapuskasing" "Virginia Tech" "hdw.dat.kap" "kap" "k"


History (from RFC)

  • 2004/06/14 Iniital Revision, RJB