Meteorological
Satellites
-JMA-

DCS (Data Collection System)

For potential DCP operating organizations

Key technical specifications of DCPs for MTSAT-DCS

DCPs are expected to transmit their data with a fixed time-interval. MTSAT-DCS employs a time-sharing system to accommodate many DCPs per channel.
  • Radio frequency channels
    Radio frequency channels for DCPs are allocated by JMA within the frequency band 402.1 - 402.4 MHz.
  • Mode
    Time-sequential mode (time slots are typically two minutes each)
  • Data transmission rate
    100 bps (or 300 bps)
  • Bandwidth
    1.8 kHz for 100 bps (4 kHz for 300 bps)
  • Typical equipment required in addition to observing instruments
    A transmitter with 5, 10 or 20Watts of output and a directional antenna

Arrangements for operating a new DCP

Those wishing to use MTSAT-DCS to collect meteorological or tide/tsunami data from their stations should read the Guide to the Use of the Data Collection System of Multi-functional Transport Satellites (MTSAT-DCS) along with its annexes, and follow the instructions for applying to JMA to use the system. Please note that not all applications can be accepted due to the radio frequency channel availability limitations of MTSAT-DCS.

Download the relevant documents here

Guide to the Use of the Data Collection System of the Multi-functional Transport Satellite (MTSAT-DCS)
(04 December, 2008) - PDF 22kB -
Annex1 Arrangements for Operating a New Regional Data Collection Platform
(31 March, 2006) - PDF 23kB -
Annex2 Application Form for a New Regional Data Collection Platform for MTSAT-DCS (04 December, 2008)- MS Excel file 85kB -
Annex3 Technical Requirements of Regional Data Collection Platforms for using the Data Collection System of the Multi-functional Transport Satellite (MTSAT-DCS) (04 December, 2008) - PDF 57kB -