By Fran Ridge


As of this date (August 1), MADAR has 70 devices in various stages of deployment, with 47 running, 10 in foreign countries. It is estimated that we will have 30 more DataProbes in September and we should have our goal of hundred or more online by end of year. The latest  MADAR-III sites are operated by Bruce Sayer, Northbrook, IL; Grant House, Payson, IL (150 mi NNW of Scott AFB at Belleville, IL); Thomas Marshall Olsen, Phoenix, AZ; Chico Lopez, Phoenix, Arizona.

Besides the obvious individual MADAR site nodes that litter the MADAR Display, in particular the United States version, there are two other types of node dot registrations. The most obvious is the "Array" or cluster where numerous MADAR sites cover a small area or region. The best example of an Array is the cluster of 14 MADAR sites on the NE coast of the U.S., from New Jersey to Connecticut to Massachussetts to New Hampshire. Another good example of an Array, but with more separation, is the Pocket City Array in SW Indiana and SE Illinois. Going left to right, Norris City, Illiniois on into Indiana to Mt. Vernon, Newburgh and Santa Claus; all about 30 miles apart.The least obvious are the Merge Point Nodes where the sites are so close together that only one dot appears to be present but pumping up the screen image resolves another distinctly different node.  Examples of Merge Point Nodes are the two at Boise, Idaho, two at Northbrook, Illinois, and two on each side of the Mississippi River at Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, iowa. Important data may be obtained by these clusters if they go in to alert mode (turn red) at or about the same time, confirming an anomaly and possibly tracking its movement. In the works is a plan to have a "playback" feature on the MADAR Display similar to the one used by FlightRadar24. 

Sure to be an awesome addition to the MADAR program is the I-Phone/I-Pad App, available now at the App store. Search for "madar. Soon to follow will be the Android App. Some of the normal features include push notifications from MADAR Ops' MADAR-III DataProbes, but anybody will be able to view the LIVE MADAR Google Map of the world-wide MADAR Network. The App is free for anybody, and premium versions are in the works. These will be available free for Ops and a nominal price for others.

We hope to have one of our major goals up and running very soon, and that's our white paper plan to have alert text messages for immediately alerting MADAR Ops via their cell phones. Ops get an email alert as soon as the anomaly occurs but they may not be in a position to read that message until long after the event is over. Even if an Op has an alarm panel (DAS) they could be away from the facility at the time. This gives the Op an opportunity to observe the sky and gather other data if possible.

To see MADAR "hits" and potential monthly correlations one can go to the Project MATCH site at
Check out the full MADAR site or order a MADAR-III DataProbe at