|15 October 2018; updated 21 March 2022
almost 50 years the sole MADAR site was at Mt.
Vernon, Indiana, and was relocated in November of
2017 to 30 miles east at Newburgh. Presently the
MADAR Operations Center there controls over a
hundred and forty MADAR sites or "nodes" as
they are called, located in the United States and a
dozen foreign countries.
The MADAR Project, with a half century of work in the UAP anomaly detection area, and thousands of dollars invested over the years, has produced numerous ideas that developed as technology improved: MADAR (1970-1992) was the first detection and recording system for anomalies in the geomagnetic field and background radiation. MADAR-II (2014-2016) added a fluxgate magnetometer for anomalies in the local E-M field, a mode control panel, two computers, four surveillance cameras, five monitors, a quad video multiplexer, a surveillance camera recorder, a geiger counter also connected to Mineral Labs Radiation Network's live Map, and three data recorders covering five channels, all data time-stamped with the Universal Time Code. In April of 2016 a new idea was conceived to create a network of affordable devices. After a costly false start in the fall, by early 2017, longtime MADAR member Rich Vitello and his ARUFON Team jumped in to rescue the project with their hardware and software expertise. By April of 2018 the MADAR-III DataProbe system was operational. With the support of over 50 members, all this time the MADAR Project has had only one detection station. Until now! Now anyone can be a part of a world-wide network! The system is now affordable and small enough go almost anywhere!
MADAR-III's DataProbe device uses the newest breakthrough technology that provides a basic unit that doesn't require any of the things mentioned above to work. The special software took over two years to create and the DataProbe has additional capabilities, but even more will soon be added in the future for those that want to participate at higher levels. But a detection and alerting system by cell phone/SMS and documented via email is basic equipment. And over 30% of the devices in the field have gone to Level II and have a DAS or audio alarm system to shake the hardier team members out of bed, and that feature has now become almost standard equipment.
The MADAR-III DataProbe device has an onboard 1.2 GHz computer with 16 gigabyte hard drive, a sending unit connected to a vast world-wide system of such units in the MADAR Network with dedicated servers running 24/7. Setup is easy and the device can be ready to operate in minutes. The unit is connected to the router/ internet via an Ethernet cable.
The sensor looks at the data background levels at 15x's per second but records data on a spreadsheet every 60 seconds. When the device detects an anomaly, the software algorithm puts the MADAR DataProbe into alert mode. The device, begins sending data much faster, beginning with the line called alertStart which logs data 60 times faster at once per second during an event plus an additional three minutes.
All operators are alerted via email that provides a hard copy of the event, and most Ops get SMS Alerts on their cell phones. But the newest model has an even better alerting feature. Not only does it have a relay switch that can activate other equipment, but special software was added that made it possible to sound an instantaneous audio alarm. Data is transmitted to the dedicated server and recorded by the device gives the Node number, changes in compass heading, geomagnetic field reading in milligaus, the threshold setting, and an accelerometer reading (which replaced the original barometer) - all date/time-stamped in UTC. Data is stored on the server, and by comparing readings during and after an anomaly, one can establish the magnitude and duration of the initial event.
If you wish to monitor what is going on (on a map of the United States for example) you can use any computer or laptop or Iphone to check in on your device, and zoom in on ANY OTHER DEVICE NEAR YOU. And just like any other professional surveillance company, the MADAR Operations Center is monitoring and storing data at several of its dedicated servers. The live screen MADAR Display (or Map) shows device locations all over the U.S. and other parts of the world. When a device goes into alert status the light blue node dot icon turns red and, if the alert "Sound On" box is checked, the pc begins a series of "red alert sweeps" every 30 seconds.
To read special papers and training information series reports about MADAR, go to our file folder at
COOPERATION WITH NUFORC AND MUFON
In April of 2018 the MADAR Director was able to establish a method to reduce the workload to have sighting data available to state MADAR operators. Previous MADAR used a personal database in the local area to spot correlations. The current plan uses the National UFO Reporting Center at Seattle, Washington to input basic MADAR alert data. And since NUFORC deals with more "raw" reports it becomes important to improve or enrich the database with selected cases from the MUFON Case Management files. The MADAR Operations Director has that responsibility and transmits the data he or his MATCH UFO Officer (Jeramy Haslam) finds to NUFORC.
Any part of the world can be displayed
When you left-click on a "node" dot, the pop-up shows the last one-minute line of data. When you look at the spreadsheet the normal "status" (or armed) mode line shows readings one minute apart, all time-dated.
The spreadsheet shows readings every minute, with the last one on top.
Part of an an alert printout with one-second data
updates for the device are automatic and free. The
only additional cost would be add-on devices which
are optional and not needed for standard operation
of the DataProbe, such as a geiger counter
setting up these small base stations should try to
get others nearby to put in their own devices in
order to provide a local SKYNET for a Rapid
Response Team equipped with handheld equipment,
still and video cameras, binoculars, night vision
goggles, audio recorders, etc.
MADAR OPERATIONS CENTER
Francis L. Ridge
5847 River Walk Circle
Newburgh, IN 47630