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What do I Need to set up a SID Monitor? - Space Weather Monitors

What do I Need to set up a SID Monitor?

If you are interested in setting up a SID monitor at your high school or community college, you will need the following:
  • Access to power
  • A SID monitor from Stanford, plus instructions on how to install it
  • A PC with the following minimal specifications:


    Serial port -or- USB port + USB-to-serial adapter
    Ethernet port -or- means to transfer data manually*
    (This may not be optional)
    Standard keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc.
    CPU: Sufficient to run windows.

    MS Windows (Windows 98 or up)
    Excel -or- an equivalent data plotting tool
    An internet browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.)

  • An inexpensive antenna that you build yourself (see SID Antenna Manual)
  • A location that is relatively free of electric interference; could be indoors or out
  • An internet connection is helpful, but not necessary to run the monitor
  • To check your monitor, it might be useful to have access to information about when sunrise and sunset are for your location. Sometimes the newspapers give these. Or, you can use a sunrise sunset calculator or you can observe and time them for yourself!