UPDATE
By Fran Ridge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE

      The network of MADAR DataProbes is still growing. The latest additions to the network are as follows:  Node 65, operated by Kim Forett at West Chazy, New York; the third MADAR dataProbe in New York so far. Node 64, is being run by Scott Miller at Garrettsville, Ohio, the 7th MADAR site in that state. Ohio use to be ranked the highest reporting state after California. It appears that Florida and Arizona now outrank Ohio in UFO reporting but we have devices in those states as well.  Node 63, is monitored by Bryan Whately at Mobile, Alabama. This is our first site for that state. Our hopes of getting a hundred sites operating by end of 2019 was close enough in my view. We have 97 at present and had lost four sites during the year.
      Each day I get two reports. One I call the "offline report" and the other I refer to as the  "daily alertStart report". The former shows a node that dropped offline for some reason. Most of the time an op will move a device or sometimes a power outage may take it out, but a reboot is necessary. The op gets the same message I do so that we are able to get the node back online as quick as possible, which is better than finding out by accident days later. Ops should have a routine whereby when they walk into the site room each morning they look at the MADAR to see if the green LED is showing activity. The red LED is the Power Status Indicator which simply means the device is getting power, but if the green LED is off, the device is not communicating data to our server. And, by the way, the blue LED comes on only when the device is in alert mode, which usually is about 3-4 minutes.
      I want everyone to consider how important our effort is, and how 150+ instances of compass variations establishes the ability of MADAR to detect a true UFO anomaly. Our magnetometer is much more sensitive than a compass, so we will have many false targets. But we must also realize that real UFO events, the ones representative of the phenomena that have no explanation, are rare. Also think about all the cell phones with cameras that cover the globe, they only actually cover about 4% of the earth's surface, and how few good UFO photos/videos are available to study. But we have the edge. We also have the pitfalls. It's hard to get pictures of car crashes when they happen. It's relatively easy to get photos after the impacts. Recent events have suggested that MADAR could get a "hint" of a UFO without triggering, but could still provide valuable scientific data. This aspect depends heavily on researchers/ops looking at their data at times when UFOs were reported but MADAR didn't go into alertStart. An unusually high reading in milligaus (but under the threshold) in one or more of the one-minute status lines would be anomalistic and very important. But on alert (when the milligaus exceeds the threshold) the device is triggered and running at the alert rate (once-per-second). I can't stress how important it is to get local sightings at all costs. We are considering doing a special mailing to law enforcement where they would have ways to get UFO calls forwarded to ops via several sources, the same way Dr. J. Allen Hynek did when he set up CUFOS.

     To see MADAR "hits" and potential monthly correlations one can go to the Project MATCH site at
http://www.nicap.org/match/
Check out the full MADAR site or order a MADAR-III DataProbe at
http://www.nicap.org/madar.htm