The AAVSO SID section provides a number of options for data logging, data reduction and report generation. You may or may not use one or all of these methods. How you monitor SIDs and how you generate a report is up to you and left open to personal preference. The only constraint imposed by the SID Program as a requirement for submitting data is the format of that data. Two requirements must be met. One is the internal format and the second is the file name convention of the formatted report.
The many monthly reports submitted to the SID program are processed by a data analysis program. This program assumes a certain format that consists of one data line per SID event with a set number of data fields on each line. Each data field must begin in a pre-defined column. The Required format is detailed at the following link:
Data files must be named according to the observer and the station monitored
Each observer has an ID code. i.e. A87
Each observer monitors a VLF station with a 3 letter call sign. i.e. NAA
The file name should reflect these two pieces of information.
Sample data file contents:
AAVSO Sudden Ionoshperic Disturbance Report Observer: A87 10/04 40 041004 1120 1134 1124 1- 5AA24 A87 40 041004 1136 1149 1138 1- 3AA24 A87 40 041006 1826 1910 1836 2 5AA24 A87 40 041019 1426 1457 1430 1+ 5AA24 A87 -- end report --