MADAR Command Center Tour
Night view of SW corner of Command Center
Friday is a free day as far as Project MATCH goes, but can be used for catch-up. So let's just take a MADAR tour. MADAR-III came into being in 2016 and the cell-phone sized device has been phenomenal in what it can do. So when we moved the project from Mt. Vernon, Indiana to Newburgh, Indiana (30 mi) in October of 2017 we rebuilt MADAR-II to provide a more thorough Command Center to support the whole project. One involves the use of geiger counter which will someday soon be part of MADAR-III.
A computerized DataLog of all the readings is kept updated on a daily basis.
WHAT IS RECORDED AND WHY?
South monitor view
This is a night close-up of the Quad Select and Quad monitors. From the Quad Processor one can select one of four images from the Quad to enlarge the view. The QS view here is Camera 1. A close-up of Camera 4 would be of the geiger graphic, etc. The wall-mounted monitor above all this is for the room camera view.
The four-screen surveillance output or Quad feed is fed into a TLC (Time Lapse Recorder) at 180 hours per week or about 38 frames a minute. Ten weeks of data are archived before the tapes are re-used, but not before they are permanently archived to a DVD.
Camera One view
Camera One provides 24/7 surveillance of an actual magnetic compass so that any anomaly recorded on the MADAR-III can also be compared. MADAR-III uses the milligaus reading from the onboard sensor to trigger the new system, and this could at times show up in the compass headings in BOTH the MADAR-II and III.
With this handy view you can hold a supermagnet or other E-M source a certain distance away to see what effect it has on the compass. Remember, a compass points north so here 200 degrees (20+180) is the bezel or heading. Then, if you hold the same E-M source the same distance from the MADAR-III DataProbe the readings should be close. But the EMF reading in milligaus is something else. The EM reading can vary with an anomaly without there being much change in the compass heading. Such is the difference in sensitivity between the magnetometer and the compass although one drives the other.
Camera Two monitors an Accurite lightning detector. The readings and the flashes display lightning hits within 25 miles which could provide information on a reported anomaly or a possible false alarm.
Camera Three monitors the E-M device so we can monitor the EMF readings in milligaus several feet away from the MADAR-III.
Camera Four, geiger counter
Camera Four is the visual display of the GMC-300E geiger counter. The graph shows the pips or a one minute graphic display.
The new MADAR-III upgrade will have a relay switch to activate a power strip. When the device goes into AlertStart the power strip will lock on and at least two things will happen:
The North wall has a dedicated computer for the geiger counter, its own monitor, and an the aircraft scanner.
The south wall has the dedicated computer for the MADAR Map and other toggled uses. Top center shows the Quad, QS, and room camera monitors.
1) An alarm siren will alert personnel of an event
2) Two dual cassette recorders set to record will be activated and data from various other devices will be recorded. Geiger clicks and aircraft transmissions are the desired sources and had been used on MADAR-I and the early MADAR-II before the move from Mt. Vernon to Newburgh.
With the new upgrade there will be numerous data acquisition possibilities.