The antenna construction was completed in the beginning of September. The transmitter / receiver system was delivered on 21 October from Leicester University.

Hokkaido West is the second SuperDARN radar on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido and extends the coverage of the mid-latitude SuperDARN chain into northeast Asia. The site lies 1.1 km from the site of the first Hokkaido radar. Both Hokkaido radars are outfitted with electronics from the University of Leicester.

For more information on the the Hokkaido radar project at STELab, see link)