Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Review article
02 Oct 2019
Review article |  | 02 Oct 2019

The early history of the Jicamarca Radio Observatory and the incoherent scatter technique

Ronald F. Woodman, Donald T. Farley, Ben B. Balsley, and Marco A. Milla

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The Jicamarca Radio Observatory is a research facility of the Geophysical Institute of Peru, located near the city of Lima, that has been conducting observations and studies of the equatorial ionosphere for more than 50 years. In these notes we focus to the period of its construction and roughly the first decade of its operation (1960–1974). We emphasize observational and instrumental developments that shaped the capabilities of one of the most powerful incoherent scatter radars in the world.