During the special time, the older QNX4 style radars provided data that was quickly and easily visualized. However, the QNX6 style radars’ data was not as easily visualized and processed in real-time. Some changes to software at the Virginia Tech lab led to the processing and visualizing of this data which is seen to the right. Note the remarkable definition of fine structure resulting from the heightened range resolution.

In the weeks after the special time, much has been debated about the process of developing a new control program and requesting special time on a SuperDARN radar. Also, several ongoing discussions have occurred on the scientific merits of the data from the special mode as well as problems encountered during the special time.

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