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Radio Phoenix
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Radio Phoenix (radio version of Phoenix project) as a live astronomy program in radio observation area is include of 2 stages. Each of these stages has its special missions:
International Meteor Organization (IMO) introduced Radio Phoenix(1) in its world projects links (More details).

Radio Meteor Observation is the first stage of Radio Phoenix. HRC amateur astronomers are working on meteors detection to obtaining some of their features. So, they used a 6 meters Yagi antenna, a MHz receiver and some suitable softwares to detection and analyze the meteors. Most of these equipments have been designed and made by HRC engineers. This project receives the reflected waves from meteors. Hajar Vakili as project manager and theoretical researcher and Hakimeh Majidifard (designer of antenna, receiving hardware and software), have worked regularly since November 2004. They studied many scientific and technical references to search for suitable techniques. Then they tested some softwares.

Dr Rafieinia as astronomy department manager has leaded this project since the first days. He believed if this project combined with live webcast, the new generation of radio meteor  observation will be borne. Finally, after 1.5 year, this project has been run at K1 observatory.
The antenna receive the reflected waves from meteor on FM. The receiver detect and amplify the waves and send them to the PC sound card. Then some softwares record and analyze receiving waves and data, simultaneously. Finally the final results send to HRC website for all around the world. All of this remote control actions are done automatically. Observers only turn on the computers and other hardware. They can leave observatory and transfer data from observatory to HRC office each time they want.
The second project for Radio Phoenix(1) is designing and programming a master software which receive, record and analyze waves and data and then send the results to the website. This project will be done completely in HRC. The 3rd stage is designing an array of antennas around Iran to cover great area of Iran sky at terms of meteor showers. Installing similar array of antennas at other countries is final stage of Radio Phoenix(1). These Ideas are so great but with our good national and international friends we can run this project completely. HRC will collaborate with astronomical groups around Iran and world to design and run the system of radio observation and will connect them to unit communication system. We will transfer the technical maps or some equipments to active small astronomical groups which are ready to contribute.
Solar radio observation is an important subject at solar researches area. Radio Phoenix (2) will be active on IV-A type of solar flares waves with 3-6 GHz wave length. Of curse it use 3-meters dish, LMB, receiver, amplifier,  A/D card, spectrum analyzer and some softwares.
Antenna follow the sun and receive IV-A type flares waves at 3-6 GHz. These wave come from chromosphere. The waves will be converted and stored in PC via A/D card and softwares and simultaneously analyzed by spectrum analyzer . Hakimeh Majidifard as project manager and Mohammad Akoochekian as theoretical researcher are working on this project since 2005, Although some technical problem decline the project development speed.
The data were analyzed by different softwares and will be published at observatory website for all of researchers. All of these processes are remote control. Observers only turn on the systems. They can leave the observatory and transfer data to HRC office every time they want.
This project is a start point for another great projects and will target sun and center core of Milky Way.

Phoenix Program / Hedayatgaran Research Center
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