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Arctic Research in Environmental Acoustics (AREA) Technical Report No. 2: Preliminary Radio Performance Predictions for the Arctic Environmental Buoy (AEB).
POLAR RESEARCH LAB INC SANTA BARBARA CALIF
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Consideration is being given to adapting the high-frequency ARctic Environmental Buoy AEB orginally developed for the Arctic Ice Dynamics Joint Experiment AIDJEX, to a new concept for long-term, wide-area environmental data collection in the Arctic Ocean. The AEB was originally applied to a small area under this new concept a number of small, widely dispersed drifting stations will be established on pack ice. The concept is called Manned-UnManned Multipurpose Environmental Research Station MUMMERS. Each station is equipped for short manned experiments and, when unmanned, automatically collects and relays synoptic oceanographic, meteorological, and geophysical environmental data to shore stations via the AEBs HF telemetry. A preliminary study was made of the expected performance of the AEBs HF link to determine its overall feasibility and to identify those AEB modifications and shore receiving sites needed to optimize performance. It was concluded that the addition of 8 MHz to the original 4 MHz would be a feasible AEB modification which would probably offer satisfactory performance during all seasons over most of the Arctic Ocean if two receiving sites located at Barrow, Alaska and Alert, Canada were used.
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