AUT University operates the Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory, north of Auckland. Formerly a Telecom satellite communications dish, ownership was transferred to AUT in 2010 who upgraded it for radio astronomy use. 'First light' was in July 2014.
We describe our approach to the conversion of a former 100-foot (30-m) telecommunication antenna in New Zealand into a radio telescope. We provide the specifications of the Earth Station and identify the priorities for the conversion. We describe implementation of this plan with regards to mechanical and electrical components, as well as design of the telescope control system, telescope networking for VLBI, and telescope maintenance. Plans for RF, front-end and back-end developments based on radio astronomical priorities are outlined.
Locally cached PDF of paper: 1407.3346v1.pdf
Telescope puts NZ at science frontier (Radio NZ, 2014-07-04)