Photos from Jicamarca Radar Observatory 1959 - 1970

This page last modified on 18 August, 2003

Jicamarca Radar Observatory (JRO) is located in a normally dry gulch (quebrada in Spanish) about 20 km east of Lima, Peru.  The original purpose of the radar was to measure the density of the ionized upper atmosphere over the magnetic equator which passes close to Lima.  I was director, from 1959 until 1964, of a U.S. funded project which built and then operated JRO, with a lot of cooperation from the Instituto Geofisico del Peru (IGP).  Although I switched to computer science starting in 1968, JRO has continued to operate with participation of scientists from many countries.  Those currently participating, especially the IGP staff, will shortly hold a 40-th (more or less) anniversary celebration involving many folks who helped to establish JRO.

This section is directed mainly to people who worked at JRO in the 1959 - 1970 period, to current participants, and to people who otherwise have some interest in the forthcoming anniversary celebration.

The photos posted on this website and CD-Rom are by (or supplied by) several contributors:

There are brief descriptive "Notes" associated with most photos in this set.  I've indicated which photos are of uncertain origin in these Notes, and would appreciate it if anyone who recognizes these could let me know who took them, and if possible when. (3 months after most of these photos have been posted online on the Internet, I've had very few reactions to these questions. If you have the CD-Rom version, and find errors or answers to my questions, please let me know -

The format I'm using to present these photos is one I've evolved primarily for "slideshow" presentations from CD-Rom.  Display software should be a reasonably recent Internet Web browser.  I'm assuming  that your browser version is at least 4.  The Index files are based on small JavaScript programs designed to facilitate single-click stepping from photo to photo.  

The opening page is a menu, asking that you select the screen size on which you wish to display the photos.  If you have a 1024x768 (XGA) screen, you can use all three menu choices. If you have a 800x600 (SVGA) screen, choose SVGA or VGA. The VGA menu is just a list of simple links pointing to photos that will fill a 640x480 (VGA) screen.  You may find that you can use the VGA menu as a fast way to display a particular photo - since all of the descriptions of individual photos are listed there.  (Having found the desired photo in the VGA list, which is organized into sections, go to the XGA menu and select that section in the Index if you have an XGA screen.)

Saludos ... Ken Bowles