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Authors: Baskaradas, J. A.* 
Bianchi, C.* 
Pezzopane, M.* 
Romano, V.* 
Sciacca, U.* 
Scotto, C.* 
Tutone, G.* 
Zuccheretti, E.* 
Title: New low power pulse compressed ionosonde at Gibilmanna Ionospheric Observatory
Issue Date: 2005
Series/Report no.: 3/48 (2005)
Keywords: ionosonde
automatic ionogram scaling
ionospheric data
vertical soundings
Subject Classification01. Atmosphere::01.02. Ionosphere::01.02.06. Instruments and techniques 
Abstract: A digital low power pulse compressed ionosonde was developed at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Rome, Italy. The aim of this Advanced Ionospheric Sounder, AIS-INGV, is to reduce the transmitted power and, consequently, weight, size, power consumption and hardware complexity. To compensate the power reduction the most advanced HF radar techniques such as the pulse compression and a phase coherent integration are used. The ionosonde is completely programmable and a PC supports the data acquisition, control, storage and on-line processing. The first prototype was installed at Gibilmanna Ionospheric Observatory (Sicily), an interesting location in the center of Mediterranean area. The new ionosonde will contribute to ionospheric database and real time knowledge of South European ionospheric conditions for space weather applications. In this work the first results (ionograms and autoscaled characteristics) are presented and briefly discussed.
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