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SuomiNet - Cost-Share Information

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NSF Cost-Share will be used to reduce university costs for acquiring the required, high-quality GPS receivers and computers configured for data collection and dissemination using well established methodologies for data distribution via the Internet.

The University Cost-Share (for atmospheric applications) includes a surface meteorological package, cabling, lightning protection, and a reliable power source. The estimated total cost of this equipment is less than $6,000. If a university decides to also use its SuomiNet site for geodetic applications, the university will be responsible for the additional costs of geodetic monumentation and related expenses. University cost share also includes in kind costs (faculty, staff and student time) for installation of the equipment, provision of Internet connection for the dedicated computer, and operation and upkeep of the SuomiNet site for five years. Participants purchase this equipment directly from the vendors and all warranty agreements are directly between the participant and vendor.

Equipment to be purchased with cost-share

NSF Provides:
Dual frequency GPS receiver, antenna, and system computer.

University Participant Must Purchase:

Required for All Sites
Qty Item Name Part Number Suggested Vendor Price
1 Surface meteorological sensor 3 options Paroscientific or Vaisala $3100-$5415
1 GPS Receiver Lightning Protector* APG-BNFNF-090
Huber Suhner 3402.17.K W/73z-0-0-48
Andrew Corporation
CW Swift & Associates
1 Lightning Protector Bracket* 243951 Andrew Corporation $20.00
1 Serial Surge Protector APC PS9-DCE MicroWarehouse $20.00
1 DB9 Male to Female Serial Cable      
*Not required for lightning free geographic locations.

Contact Information for CW Swift & Associates

C.W. Swift & Associates
15216 Burbank Blvd.
Van Nuys
CA 91411
(818) 989-1133

Required for Radio Modem Sites
Qty Item Part Number Suggested Vendor Unit Price
2 FreeWave 900 MHz radio modem DGR-115R FreeWave ~$1,170
  Includes: 110VAC power supply      
  Includes: DB9 serial cable      
2 Yagi directional antenna EAN0906YB FreeWave $67.50
2 N male - N male antenna cable various FreeWave contact FreeWave
1 DB9 null modem adapter      
1 DB9 male-male adapter      

FreeWave parts available from:

FreeWave Technologies, Inc.
1880 South Flatiron Court
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 444-3682
(303) 786-9948 fax

Options for Geodetic and Remote Sites
Two Hour Receiver/Computer Back-up Power Supply (110V) BP1400 MicroWarehouse $600.00

Last modified: 2019-12-27  16:36:35  America/Denver