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Requirements for PASSCAL Passive Experiments (SEED)

Data and format for archiving

In order to accept your passive-source data for archiving please comply with the procedures and standards below. PASSCAL staff are available to assist you with meeting the requirements of archiving your SEED data as stated in the PASSCAL Data Delivery Policy

Regarding the archiving of SEED data, the policy may be summarized in three points:

DAS for Year Round Polar Programs

Quanterra Q330

To record seismic data during the extremely cold Polar nights, the IRIS PASSCAL Polar Group relies on the Quanterra Q330 digitizer due to its exceedingly low temperature tolerance.   The Q330 is a 24 bit, 3 or 6 channel digitizer. In addition to its very low temperature tolerance, its very low power consumption makes it ideal for year round experiments in the Antarctic deep field.

 

DASes for Summer Only Polar Programs

Refraction Technology RT-130

The Reftek RT-130 is a 24bit, low power, robust and very portable seismic data recorder.  It is well suited for deployment in harsh climate environment and is easy to program and retrieve data in the field.  It can have 3 or 6 channels and records data on Compact Flash (CF) cards.

Programming Q330's

Q330 parameters are created using the Willard program.  Because the Q330 has a complicated and highly flexible parameter set, it should only be created by experienced users.  Contact PASSCAL staff for assistance in developing a Q330 parameter set for your application.

Programming a Q330 with Hocus

Q330 Lab Bench Testing

 

 

First Part of Q330 SET-UP.

 

***Disable Internet LAN connection 1 and Enable LAN connection 2.

 

Connect Ethernet cables to Qnet connection on Q330.

Run Hocus.

Enumerate. Refer to Figure 1. Note: if any Q330s will not enum., check IP/FW using Willard.

Programming a Q330 with Willard

Willard is Quanterra's program to program and control Q330's. It is a standalone Windows program which allows you to set parameters, monitor data acquisition, storage, gps power cycling, sensor control, and much more. It is a very powerful and complex program which does not lend itself to a brief 'walkthrough' via a webpage.

Due to its complexity and ability to control every aspect of a Q330, it is very easy to make a severe mistake which would make the Q330 not function as intended. We highly recommend that only experienced users of Willard program Q330 parameters. You should contact a PASSCAL staff member if you have any questions regarding using Willard to program a Q330.

During training at PASSCAL, users receive a walkthrough of Willard.

 

Programming a Q330 with a Clie

To program a Q330 with a Clié you need to use either the "Q330 B147" or "Q330 1.491t" program. These programs can be found on the main menu of any Clié received from PASSCAL. These programs are used to send or retrieve parameters/configurations, change station names, change IP addresses, and to send commands to a Q330.

Important note: To program a Q330S (which is different from a normal Q330) you MUST use the program "Q330 1.491t"

Updating Firmware For Q330's

Upgrading Q330 firmware is done with the program Willard.

 

Setup: Download the required firmware from http://q330.com/ Place the firmware into a folder with the name of the firmware (in this example the folder name would be "1.80"). Note: This is important because all Q330 firmware files are named identically. To keep them separated, they must be stored in separate folders.

 

Willard:

Power up the Q330 and connect it to computer via console cable.

Start Willard and select console registration.

 

Select "No" if asked to create a dataless station.

 

 

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