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TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1:  PRE-RELEASE SEQUENCE1

A.STARTUP OF THE RWS SOFTWARE AND WARM-UP OF THE TRS1

B.BALLOON INFLATION AND FLIGHT TRAIN PREPARATION2

C.RADIOSONDE PREPARATION6

D.RWS PREPARATION9

CHAPTER 2:  LAUNCH SEQUENCE13

A.ANTENNA ORIENTATION13

B.FINAL  PREPARATIONS13

C.LAUNCHING THE BALLOON15

CHAPTER 3:  DURING THE FLIGHT17

A.CHECKING RELEASE DATA17

B.CREATING A WORKSPACE17

C.DATA QUALITY CONTROL18

D.CODED MESSAGES19

CHAPTER 4:  POST-FLIGHT21

A.FLIGHT TERMINATION21

B.FLIGHT SUMMARY21

C.ARCHIVE FLIGHT22

D.UPLOAD TO NCDC22

E.CAPTURE A FLIGHT22

F.MIRS23

CHAPTER 5:  SECOND-RELEASE PROCEDURES24

A.FAILURE OF FLIGHT TO REACH 400MB24

B.NEW FREQUENCY24

C.LAUNCH WINDOW24

D.SEND NEW TAP25

CHAPTER 6:  TROUBLESHOOTING26

A.RADIOSONDE REJECTION PROCEDURES26

B.CHECK MESSAGES26

C.LIMITED SEARCH27

D.LOSS OF GPS PRIOR TO LAUNCH27

E.RRS HELPLINE27

F.MISSED OBSERVATIONS28

APPENDIX A:  REFERENCES29

APPENDIX B:  QUICK-REFERENCE GUIDE30

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