ISWI Newsletter - Vol.5 No.2
03 January 2013

Dear ISWI Participant:

If you live in a country where there is not much space weather research-and-education activity going on but you want to change that situation, I very much encourage you to read the attached invitation from the ISWI-famous CALLISTO Project conducted by the indefatigable Christian Monstein of Zurich, Switzerland.

The CALLISTO spectrometer is truly a low-cost yet high-performance scientific instrument. Morever, it is part of large network of similar instruments. So you do not just get one instrument in this deal -- you get access to the entire network of CALLISTO spectrometers. Think about the research possibilities.

Hence, it would be well worth your while to buy his airline ticket so that he can visit your institute and get you plugged into the fascinating world of CALLISTO data acquisition and space weather research. It is also an outstanding platform for teaching space weather to university students.

Accept his invitation while his supply of units last !

Best Wishes for the New Year,
and Best Wishes for the Year of the Snake,
George Maeda Editor of ISWI Newsletter

Webmaster Notes: In box below is the Invitation


(1) Christian Monstein CALLISTO solar burst radio spectrometer, e-Callisto network Invitation to connect CALLISTO network 681KB pdf, 1 page, (click link to document)

If you want to read the original newsletter, click here.

CALLISTO solar burst radio spectrometer,
e-Callisto network

During the last 10 years, within the framework of IHY2007 and ISWI, we produced more than 70 instruments and provided spectrometers to more than 30 locations in more than 20 countries to observe solar radio bursts, to do radio-monitoring and/or education.

For current instrument distribution, see this site Click Projects -> ISWI instrument distribution

Instrument-, travel- and accommodation-cost to support observatories in developing countries was mainly assumed by local institutions, UNO and NASA.

However, these funding sources are in no position to fund this project without end, and so these sources are no longer available to this project. On the other hand, there are still 7 tested instruments ready to be distributed and 5 more are in the current production pipeline.

Two ways of participation in the e-Callisto network are possible:
  • You simply buy an instrument, install it yourself and provide data to the network. In return you get full access to ALL data of the network. Quotation on request.
  • You provide funding for the instrument, for travel and for accommodation for me to cover 2-3 days at your location. In return I’ll help during installation, configuration, optimization, and I will train your people in observation issues, data analysis and will give a general talk about the instrument (hardware and software) and the network.

More information (including email address) here:

Christian Monstein
Institute for Astronomy
ETH Zurich, HIT G13.2
Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 27
CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland