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SERF - High Frequency (HF) Radar System


 

Remote Sites

 

The Shoreline Environmental Research Facility currently operates six HF Radar stations along the Texas coast with more being planned. The existing system, as set up, allows for the real-time monitoring of offshore conditions from the Houston/Galveston area as well as bay and offshore conditions for the Corpus Christi area. SERF maintains four permanent sites along with two sites that are capable of rapid remote deployment. Specifications regarding the instrumentation/configurations are located on our website http://www.serf.tamus.edu/ResearchProjects/HFRadar/

Rollover

Located at Rollover Pass on the Bolivar Peninsula, this site is a 13-MHz system that is used in conjunction with the Bay Harbor site to provide coverage for the Houston/Galveston shipping area.  The HF Radar equipment is housed in an air-conditioned 6’x8’x8’ modified shipping container.  The site receives its power from the local electric provider, and access to the site for data transfer and control can be accomplished via VPN link through a DSL connection.

 

Bay Harbor

Located just north of San Luis pass in Bay Harbor, this site is the second half of the Houston/Galveston HF Radar system.  The site is a 13-MHz system and is housed in an air-conditioned 6’x8’x8’ modified shipping container.  The site receives its power from the local electric provider, and access to the site for data transfer and control can be accomplished via dial-in connection.

 

Matagorda

The northern site for the Corpus Christi offshore area is located on the southern end of Matagorda Island.  This 13-MHz CODAR unit is a new 24V DC system and is designed to operate on remote power.  The power plant for the system consists of a 5.5kW propane generator, two­ 1000-gallon propane tanks, a 24V 900 amp*hour battery bank, and a 5kW inverter/charger. The HF Radar equipment, generator, and battery bank is housed in an air-conditioned 10’x8’x8’ modified shipping container. Communication to the site for control and data transfer can be accomplished via a satellite Ethernet link.

 

Brisco King

The southern HF radar site for the Corpus Christi offshore area is located at the Brisco King pavilion. This is a traditional 13-MHz AC-powered system. The HF Radar equipment is housed in an air-conditioned 3’x3’x4’ stainless steel box. The site receives its power from the pavilion, and access to the site for data transfer and control can be accomplished via a wireless Ethernet link through the Portofino relay site.

 

Portofino

The initial southern HF radar site for the Corpus Christi offshore area was located next to the Portofino condominiums on Padre Island. This locations proved to be unusable due to the large amount of ferrous metal contained in the fill for the seawall. Currently this site is acting as a communication relay (wireless Ethernet) to the new site located at the Brisco King pavilion. The equipment is housed in an air-conditioned 6’x8’x8’ modified shipping container. The site receives its power from the condominiums, and access to the site for data transfer and control can be accomplished via a VPN link through a cable modem.

 

North Beach

One of the first HF Radar sites installed by SERF is located at Catamaran park at North Beach on the West side of Corpus Christi Bay.  This is a 25-MHz unit and is used primarily to provide cover for Corpus Christi Bay, but is also capable of being moved for remote rapid deployment.  The HF Radar equipment is housed in an air-conditioned wells cargo trailer.  The site receives its power from the local power grid, and access to the site for data transfer and control can be accomplished via a VPN link through a cable modem.  This site also acts as a gateway for a wireless Ethernet link to the University Beach site.

 

University Beach

The second HF Radar used to provide coverage for Corpus Christi Bay is located across the street from the TAMUCC at the University Beach. This is a 25-MHz unit and like the North Beach site, is also capable of being moved for remote rapid deployment. The HF Radar equipment is housed in an air-conditioned wells cargo trailer.  The site receives its power from the local power grid, and access to the site for data transfer and control can be accomplished via a VPN link through a wireless Ethernet link to the North Beach site.

Links

 

HF Radar Project Page


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Last Updated on November 4, 2005

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