NICEro - Amateur Decametric RadioAstronomy
Updated: September 2009
The NICEro Amateur RadioAstronomy Observatory
is located near Nice (France) in Berthemont-les-Bains, (Latitude 44°3'
N, Longitude 7°19' E, Altitude 900 meters) in the Alpes Maritimes .
This observatory participates to the NASA
Radio JOVE Project. monitoring Solar and Jovian activity on 20.2 MHz
and 22.4 MHz.
2-elements Yagi antenna
for 20.2 MHz , using 25 meters of RG-213 cable .
for 22.4 MHz, using 8.3 meters of RG-8 cable
Both cables are connected to an antenna
switch box to easily connect any antenna to any receiver
Icom IC-R75, IC-R70 and a Software Defined
Receiver (PERSEUS), The latter is used as a wideband spectrum analyzer,
show a 1600 kHz wide RF spectrum in a
waterfall display and record it for later processing it is
used to see the shifting in frequency of Jovian and solar bursts.
Two programs are here available for free Download
You will also find in this site:
The Sun is also oserved on 12GHz
using a very simple and inexpensive equipment.
RF-2020S calibrated noise generator. A calibrated
noise generator is needed for quantitative measurements of the intensity
of the bursts. It is connected to the antenna switch box.
Radio-SkyPipe Pro software fom Radio-Sky
Publishing to stripchart the observations and to record the audio.
Radio-Jupiter Pro software fom Radio-Sky
Publishing for the predictions of Jovian storms.
SpectraVue software for the analysis of the
specrograms produced by the Perseus receiver
This picture shows the small back-yard
where the 2-elements Yagi (in the background) and the MOXON antenna are
installed. The small dish is used for Sun observations at 12GHz.
(click the photos
Two views of the Yagi , Look at cow "under"
you want to come here and spend few days in the calm, you will find
a nice "gite rural" not
far from the observatory
You can also enjoy the Mercantour National
Park, one of the most beautiful National Parks centred in the Alpes Maritimes
have a look at Spacebetween