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Technical Implementation Notice 14-44

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1253 AM EDT Wed Aug 20 2014


To:       Subscribers

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


          -Other NWS Partners and Employees


From:     Terrance J. Clark

          Acting Director, Radar Operations Center


Subject:  Beta Test of WSR-88D Software Build 15 Changes and Beta

          Test Sites beginning on or about September 22, 2014 at five

          WSR-88D locations


The NEXRAD Program will conduct a Beta Test of the Radar Data

Acquisition/Radar Product Generator (RDA/RPG) Build 15.0 software

and hardware upgrade beginning on or about September 22, 2014 at

five WSR-88D locations. The Beta Test locations and approximate

start dates are as follows:


SITE                          APPROXIMATE START DATE

-----------------             ----------------------

Amarillo, TX (KAMA)           September 22, 2014

Reno, NV (KRGX)                  October 6, 2014

Ft. Polk, LA (KPOE)           October 14, 2014

Kenai, AK (PAHG)              October 20, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA (KPBZ)         October 27, 2014


The content impacting external users will be limited. These

changes include:


1. Tuning the RPG Initial PhiDP estimate with the option to use

in RPG algorithms


2. Adding ability for site modification of the dual polarization

rainfall rates to address tropical and continental drop size



3. Adding the Supplemental Adaptive Intra-volume Low-Level Scan

(SAILS) location within the volume scan to the General Status

Message (GSM)


For more information, visit the Radar Operations Center website:


For questions or comments, please contact:


Jessica Schultz

NWS Radar Focal Point

Radar Operations Center


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