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Warning Decision Training Division

Office of Chief Learning Officer

RDA/RPG Build 16.0 Training


The Warning Decision Training Division has developed operator training to support the Radar Data Acquisition Unit/Radar Product Generator (RDA/RPG) Build 16.0 deployment. This build is primarily a RPG hardware update, but there are some changes at the RPG which have operational relevance, including:

  • Supplemental Adaptive Intra-Volume Low-Level Scan (SAILS) updates:
    • RPG HCI main page SAILS cut indicator
    • Dual Pol products generated for SAILS cut
    • Multiple Elevation Scan Option (MESO) SAILS Field Test
  • Last elevation on RPG HCI main page
  • For Dual Pol Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (QPE):
    • Editable multiplier for Dry Snow (DS) below the top of the melting layer
    • Reflectivity threshold for use of R(KDP) with Heavy Rain
    • Maximum precipitation rate editable
    • Digital Accumulation Array (DAA) generated at the top of each hour
  • ZDR bias estimator based on Bragg scatter
  • Automated Microburst Detection Algorithm
  • RPG GUI changes for sites with wideband backup service

The operator training for RDA/RPG Build 16.0 includes an on-line Articulate module and a document.


To view the on-line presentation, use the links below. You have the option of launching the presentation directly from our web site or downloading a copy for local viewing.

Launch Web Version | LMS Version | Download Local Copy


WDTD has created a training document (2.1 MB PDF) for the Build 16 deployment. If you want a hard copy, please download the PDF file and print the document locally.


WDTD welcomes your feedback on how well this training supported your understanding of the operational changes with RDA/RPG Build 16.0. Please send us your comments! Thanks!