Stokkseyri, Iceland (63.86 N, -21.031 E)

The SuperDARN radar at Stokkseyri was built by Jean-Paul Villain and colleagues from CNRS, France and saw first light in June, 1994. Hardware from the dismantled SuperDARN radar at Schefferville was used to support construction. One of the longest-running SuperDARN radars, the transmitters and other electronics were refurbished in 2010 with support from the Radio and Space Plasma Physics group at the University of Leicester.

After the passing of Jean-Paul, Dr. Aurélie Marchaudon assumed the PI-ship of the Stokkseyri and Kerguelen radars in 2008. Aurélie moved to IRAP (Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie) in 2012. In 2014, radar ownership and operations were formally transferred from CNRS to the Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group at Lancaster University in the UK, with Jim Wild assuming the role of Principal Investigator.

At the SuperDARN Workshop in Leicester in June 1-5, 2015, Jim reported the following errors in the Stokkseyri hdw.dat file: (i) in position, where longitude was stated as -22.020E but should have been -21.031E (ii) in the specification of the interferometer array which is behind the main array so its Y position should have been listed as negative (not positive)

On May 17, 2021 Jim announced that the radar has been off the air since March 2019 and was being handed over to a group of Icelandic ham radio entusiasts in lieu of decommisioning. The committment of Lancaster University to the site ended with the signing of paperwork to complete the transfer. It is hoped that the capabilities of the Stokkseyri radar will be largely recovered with the construction of a new dual radar at the Þykkvibaer site. Antenna drone view:
Stokkseyri Radar Field of View Map


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