The Model 6500 Thunderstorm Detector, detects electrical discharges associated with thunderstorms within a 200 nautical mile radius of the system. The Model 6500 is a passive sensor that listens for electromagnetic signals with a receiving antenna. There is no transmitter, and therefore no harmful transmissions.
The Model 6500's antenna is a combined crossed-loop and sense antenna, which can correlate the electric and magnetic signatures of lightning strikes better than other systems due to its patented sense channel technology. The antenna has been designed to help filter out pulsed noise from sources other than atmospheric electrical discharges to ensure accurate readings.
The processor in the Model 6500 houses the data acquisition circuitry, along with circuitry to process strike data and communicate with the AWOS Data Collection Platform (DCP). The lightning detection processor digitizes, analyses, and converts the discharge signal into range and bearing data, then stores the data in memory.
The Model 6500 is Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified, meeting the most current regulatory requirements. For a detailed product data sheet, click here.