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WHAT IS MAVERIC?
MADAR Audio Video Environment Recorder Integrated Console


20200524, updated 20210126

Make no mistake, every MADAR site has a huge advantage over what original MADAR had. And any OP can go a step farther than just getting alerts and obtaining very important scientific data for the project. Getting cell phone alerts or a DAS (Delayed Alarm Signal) beeper provides the early warning system we need to flush out the covert actions of whoever is behind the UFO/UAP phenomena. Having extra hand-held equipment at the ready is a dream come true with today's affordable technology, even night vision cameras. And for those that want to go a step farther, they can have a manual system to record radar data, live skycam images, and even background radiation information.  And maybe not too far down the road, an automatic version. MAVERIC has been used at the MADAR Operations  Center for over a year.

For those of us who can work at home or have MADAR at our business, we all have to sleep sometime or be away for short periods. In our case at the MADAR Operations Center at Newburgh, Indiana, when an alert takes place we can activate manual recorders to collect additional scientific data. But the problem is that if the alert takes place and we are not at home, this additional data is not recordable. And if the alert occurs in the wee hours it takes us about a minute to get downstairs, and another minute or two to manually activate three recorders. MADAR does wonders all by itself but some of us, thirst for more.

Not counting the MADAR's microcomputer, we have three computers running 24/7, two of which are online. All three have OBS (Open Broadcast Software), a free program for displaying and recording and streaming (if desired) whatever is onscreen at the time.

Each night before we retire we put the live images from the four (4) skycams on the 32" monitor on the west wall, ready to be recorded with the OBS system. This is my main computer that I use for most of the work that I do every day.




Skycams



The skycams have microphones turned on to capture any sounds, dogs barking, jet or prop engines, or a sudden drop-off of crickets chirping, etc.

To my left on the L-shaped workstation, is a  42" monitor, also running 24/7 with the Gold version of Flight Radar 24 and the OBS system as well.  With this special version at the MADAR Operations Center there are no timeouts, no ads, no unwanted graphics, no delays.




Flight Radar 24

Note: FR24 has two Desktop Audio tracks. We use one at the present time for aircraft transmissions and they cover our region of Indianapolis Center, Kansas City Center, and Memphis Center.




GMC-300-E


We also have the geiger counter graphics on pc #3 which displays the last 60 seconds readings at a glance. This third computer gets its data from the GMC-300E geiger counter and doesn't have to be online except for maintenance. With Mineral Lab's software the data could be archived on the Radiation Network's site and show up as a node on their cool map.  The geiger counter even has the clicks recorded.

But with these three systems we have to manually activate them. If I am on-station and we have a MADAR alert, I have no problem handling it. However, if I am attending a birthday celebration somewhere, that's a different story. Most alerts first-phases are very brief, from 5 to 10 seconds. That's the period of seconds when the blue LED comes on, followed by an additional 180 seconds built in the alert software. I also refer to this as the "hub" phase. (See "Foul Eagle & the Ku-Band"). We use to be concerned with all the brief "hits" and occasional longer-duration events, but now that we have the information from "Foal Eagle" plus the MADAR/visual at Millerton, PA (April 23, 2020) with a 10 minute event after a 6-second disturbance, we can be confident that all may not be over.

The good news is, once the recorders are activated, the op and others onsite should move outside with their handheld equipment and be vigilant for at least 15 minutes.

Our technical consultant, Paul Browning, has taken a dream I have had for years closer to reality.  The problem we have always had is how to activate an analog video recorder or digital recorder using the relay contacts on the MADAR DataProbe. In the 70's it was easy to record geiger clicks, sensor pulses and police and aircraft transmissions because the cassette recorders had buttons set to record and waiting for the ac power to come on, and ran until the tape ran out. But today's recorders use micro switches and they don't allow a recording to start on power up. Paul has designed a way to do what we have needed for a long time.  It uses the computers' own recorders so the OBS is by-passed. The only problem we have encountered is Windows. But we haven't given up.

MAVERIC is the name I coined to describe the new system, whether it is manual or automatic. If you have a few old pcs lying around, you can put them to use. Have one with FR24 running 24/7. Have another with skycams, whatever you want to record and study. Paul Wright at Ceuse, France even has passive radar.

With FR24 you need to keep your area in the center of the OBS screen. At the right under controls there is a "Start Recording" button. At the bottom of the screen is a recording time counter. While you are on alert let the OBS record the FR24 radar screen for at least 15 minutes. When you wish to end the alert, go back to the controls and hit "Stopping Recording". The next day you can replay the recording, with aircraft audio transmissions, by going to your Libraries folder and Videos.

Browning's idea involves his software and an inexpensive Arduino that plugs into the USB port on the computer. A switch line from the MADAR relay which has been turning on a DAS alarm can now activate his controller, which also has its own choice of alarm signals. When MADAR triggers, the pc will record the data, sight and sound, and are set to record for as long as one chooses and automatically shut off. 


So if we have a UFO overflight and MADAR detects an anomaly, we are ready like never before. And very soon, if we can solve the Windows issues, MAVERIC will be taking over the operation so that no data will be lost. 

Fran Ridge
skyking42@gmx.com

Information on MADAR and how to order the MADAR-III DataProbe can be found at:
http://www.nicap.org/madar.htm