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S-Band Radar

Discussion in 'The Weather Lab' started by TennTV1983, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. TennTV1983

    TennTV1983 Primary Anchor

    Nov 29, 2006
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    A few days ago, WREG in Memphis began using a new radar system known as S-band doppler (dubbing theirs as Storm Tracker 3S), which is supposed to be more accurate and precise than other radar systems currently being used by other television stations. One of the meteorologists explained it as a system that until now was only being used by the military and the National Weather Service.

    I guess the only two questions I have to ask are these:
    • Have other stations started using this system or are in the process of doing so?
    • Is S-band really worth the investment for TV stations?
  2. Ramona

    Ramona Fluffy Fox Girl
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    Oct 27, 2010
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    In terms of other stations, KXAS is, but they seem to have been alone until this week. At the time that launched, it was just the third S-band radar to be running in the US by a broadcaster. The others were apparently WLS and WHO, with the latter being first.

    KXAS concurs on the recent availability of S-band for broadcast radar and notes that the signal is less affected by rain.

    It's probably only a worthwhile investment at this time for stations in areas known to have severe weather, particularly of the thunderstorm and tornado type.
  3. TampaBowler

    TampaBowler Assignment Editor

    Jun 4, 2013
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    WFLA has an S-Band Radar. S-Band operates at a longer wavelength than C-Band radar, which most commercial entities utilize. S-Band reduces attenuation, the degrading of the radar signal as it moves away from the radar. It's like a near-sighted person putting on glasses. You can see farther with greater clarity.
  4. Eat News

    Eat News Station Group CEO

    Apr 29, 2015
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    KBEX Tv has "S" Radar...

    AS in piece of Sh&t Radar....

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    KBEX Studios
    Surfridge, Ca.
    rkolsen and Spectrum27 like this.

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