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Site Evaluation and RFI spectrum measurements in Portugal at the frequency range 0.408-10 GHz for a GEM polarized galactic radio emission experiment

Barbosa , D. ; Cupido, L. ; Santos, D. ; Tello, C. T.

New Astronomy Vol. 11, Nº 11, pp. 551 - 556, January, 2006.

ISSN (print): 1384-1076
ISSN (online): 1384-1076

Journal Impact Factor: 1,784 (in 2008)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.newast.2006.02.002

Abstract
We probed for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) for the three potential Galactic Emission Mapping Experiment (GEM) sites at Portugal using custom made omnidirectional disconic antennas. For the installation of a 10-meter dish dedicated to the mapping of Polarized Galactic Emission foreground planned for 2005-2007 in the 5-10 GHz band, the three sites chosen as suitable to host the antenna were surveyed for local radio pollution in the frequency range [0.01-10] GHz. Tests were done to look for radio broadcasting and mobile phone emission lines in the radio spectrum. The results show one of the sites to be almost entirely RFI clean and showing good conditions to host the experiment.