At the start of each check experiment
N.B. For hybrid setups and checking coherence see the separate notes at Mopra setup notes . Some of the software setup described below may also be needed for this hardware testing.
If starting up from scratch, follow these notes.
The following software needs to be run for setup and running an experiment:
The integration time already setup is shown in the camon window (use /mopra-x in camon to see all bands). If it needs to be reset use: > newcain cycle <sec> - to setup the integration cycle time in secs. Default cycle time has been 10s but mm observers often use ~2sec. For VLBI 5sec may be more appropriate. To see what else “newcain” can do just type “newcain” without any parameters and it will give you a list of commands. CAUTION: Please only use “newcain” if you really understand what you are changing.
attest can be used to set attenuation, focus the receiver and stow the antenna. Run
attest by logging into bigrock as observer and running
> attest &
Generally automatic attenuation in vlobs should be turned off. It often gets the wrong value and SDO measurements saturate, giving no Tsys values. Select the “atten” tab in attest.
Coarse attenuators should be set to “
0 0 0 0” for L and S band, “
0 1 0 0” for 7mm and perhaps “
1 1 1 1” for everything else (may need updating). To adjust the fine attenuators, check the current settings show in camon (attest does not display the current settings) and choose the appropriate values. Then click “go”. If the attenuators are set to an appropriate value, the DAS IF selev and offset should be roughly midrange, GTP should be ~1.0-4.0 and SDO should be similar to GTP, if the Tsys value seen by vlobs are not zero.
For the 22 GHz receiver with the quarter-wave plate for circular polarisation the setup has mm-attenuators at “
7 4” (check in Monica that the C26 levels are below 15 V), the coarse attenuators are set at “
2 2 2 2” and the fine attenuators are adjusted for the right GTP and SDO levels as described above (Aug'08 that was “
4 1 2 2”).
Each frequency has a separate focus setting. To set this, choose the “focus” tab in attest and move the slide to the correct value and click “Go”.
To stow the antenna exit vlobs and choose the “stow” tab in attest. Then click the “go” button.
Mopra is run by the program
vlobs. This points the antenna, sets up the frequency and logs Tsys.
TCS should not be run at the same time as
vlobs. Before starting vlobs for the first time, run
Copy the sched input file from the atnf ftp area for this experiment, e.g. v001a_Mp.com. This needs to be converted into a vlobs file. Normally these should be copied onto bigrock at ~atcaobs/sched_vlbi.
atcasched is used to do the conversion. E.g.
atcasched @v001a_Mp.com write exit
To run vlobs log into bigrock as observer and run “vlobs”. There is a startup bug, it can take dozens of times before it actually starts. If your terminal is full of garbage characters, use the “reset” function of the terminal (middle mouse button on an xterm, or a menu option on fancy terms (e.g. Unsed “terminal” on gnome-terms.
The main vlobs commands are:
| ||Load the selection schedule, e.g. file v001a|
| ||Start the schedule running|
| ||Stop the currently running schedule|
| ||Turn off attenuation servo loop (default)|
| ||Disable setting of frequency chain (not usually done)|
| ||Enable setting of frequency chain (default)|
| ||Stow the antenna, but better to quit vlobs and use attest (usually at end or incoming storm)|
Go to DAS guis. Click 'Start Monitoring'. Select
File → Load to select the correct DAS profile. DASPro will tell you which to use or else run:
lo_setup Mopra 2 32094 64 (or whatever your central freq. and bandwidth are) 32094 64
If Inversion after sampler is 'EVEN' then choose _n profile. If it is 'ODD' then choose _f profile (or vsop).
Usually Mopra data is recorded remotely to Narrabri, onto cavsi2.
Run cdisko as normal but make the following changes:
Remote Disk Recordingin the recording mode selection
Configure→Show eVLBI settingsmenu item to get the eVLBI dialog
|TCP Port #||9999|
|TCP Window size||400|
Record as normal
At the end of the session (or during as well if required) you need to copy the mopra logs down to Sydney. Log onto any machine in Epping as “vlbi” and run the command mopralog.sh
This will invoke rsync to copy down the logs directory.