The conversion of a former 100-foot (30-m) telecommunications antenna (Earth Station) in New Zealand into a radio telescope is described. A specification of the antenna and the priorities for its actual conversion are initially presented. In describing the actual conversion, particular emphasis is given to mechanical and electrical components, as well as to the design of the telescope control system, telescope networking for VLBI operations, and telescope maintenance. Plans for RF, front-and back-end developments based upon radio astronomical priorities are outlined.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Feb 2015|
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