Meeting Information

  • 1600 UT (1000 MDT)
  • AOC 317; IP:; phone: +1 575-835-7370


News, Travel, Visitors (McMullin)

  • Overall status: In D configuration (all antennas moved as of the 26th; end of D is 27 December). Some issues in data acquisition (new phenomenology for missing scans; sleuthed out but not resolved); focus of testing is on resolving this and 3-bit testing.
  • Key dates:
    • 26 Sep - 27 Dec: D configuration
  • Visitors:
    • Michiel Brentjens: 11 Jun - 11 Nov (Holography; characterizing polarized beams)

Hardware status and updates (Langley, Perley, Rupen)

  • Array (Perley/Langley):
    • Antennas: EA25 returns to array this week; EA19 is next in.
    • Receivers:
      • EA24 for first L-band solar capable Rx - pushed to 26 Oct.
      • Perley: RF Switch testing ongoing.
      • Calibration (Perley): Gain compression/expansion ongoing (Hayward).
    • Holography (Brentjens): Notes: Update last week; final testing this week before campaign.
  • WIDAR (Rupen):
    • Notes (Rupen/Sowinski): Problems with BlBs (X1Y2 LTA has a firmware update; will put in on Wed). Missing scans associated with changing configurations with varying integration times (seen most often in high frequency observing in switching to reference pointing). Sundry issues recovered from with the new CBE-lustre switch last week. No attenuator problems seen at Ka band after detailed testing.
  • Computing (Robnett):
    • Notes:

Software status and updates (Butler)

Commissioning Group Reports and Test Planning

  • NOTE: Please cc me on submitted tests so that it can be assigned the appropriate priority!

Commissioning priorities for the week (McMullin, Chandler); Note: Change for Mondays in D configuration - dedicated to science operations/planned commissioning tests.

  • Mon
    • 1000-1700: Testing/software development time
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Tue:
    • 0900-1700: Testing/software development time
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Wed: Maintenance day
    • 0630-1700: Maintenance operations
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Thu:
    • 0900-1700: Testing/software development time
    • 1800-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Fri (not-yet-a-holiday):
    • 0900-0900: Science operations and testing
  • Sat-Sun
    • Science operations + planned testing

Issues Affecting Science Observing:

  • Correlator: [Rupen/Carlson w/ Momjian/Sault] V stokes issues.Status - next week.
  • Correlator: [Pokorny/Rupen/McMullin] time mislabeling in SDM data (non-synchronous operation between correlator dumps and CBE can require additional 1/2 integration time padding for online flags). .Needs close-out testing (Michael-update activation time testing).
  • Correlator: [Clark/Carlson] Delay rocking across bands. (October)
    • Array: [All] Zoo of other effects (some data are very good, some still seeing antenna-based IF/Polarization issue).

Testing This week/soon

  • 3-bit sampler testing
  • Holography
  • RSRO D configuration tests (principally data rate; recirc, solar).
  • Planetary tracking tests.
  • OTF test.
  • Subarrays: cleanup.
  • Stage 2 mixer testing to relax sub 128 MHz BW grids
  • Correlator: Rupen: S-band shadow testing
  • Baseband edge/filter rolloff.
  • Sub-band dependent fshifts.
  • Array: *; Individual issue sleuthing.

Commissioning Groups


RSRO A configuration status:

Individual reports (updates)


Demo Science Status


-- JosephMcMullin - 2011-10-11
Topic revision: r1 - 2011-10-11, JosephMcMullin
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