Hokkaido East, Japan (43.33 N, 143.61 E)

The first SuperDARN radar on Hokkaido began operations in November 2006. It was the second midlatitude radar constructed in the northern hemisphere (after Wallops). The electronics were purchased from Leicester University. A second radar (Hokkaido West) also using Leicester electronics was constructed nearby to look to the northwest in 2014. These two radars are easily at the lowest geomagnetic latitude (37 deg) of all the SuperDARN radars. Both radars are administered as part of the Rikubetsu Observatory under the Center for International Collaborative Research of Nagoya University.

Dr. Nozomu Nishitani of the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research or ISEE (formerly Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory or STEL), Nagoya University is the PI for both Hokkaido radars.

As of a visit to the site by Nishitani-san and Mike Ruohoniemi in March 2016 the radar has only one receiver and is running in mono (single channel) mode. The radars share common air space by exchanging blanking signals.

Hokkaido Radar Field of View Map


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