Ice Penetrating Radar Systems

Icefield Instruments Inc. manufactures pulse radar transmitters based on the Narod transmitter (Narod, 1994). This transmitter is very small and portable, consumes little power, yet is capable of measuring ice thicknesses of 300m (temperate ice) to 800m (cold ice).


Icefield Instruments Inc. can provide impulse radar systems consisting of any or all of the following components:




All prices are in Canadian dollars (USD), FOB Whitehorse, Canada. Prices do not include shipping, duty, or taxes. The harmonized commodity codes for radar transmitters is 8526.10.00.90 and for aerials and accessories is 8529.10.00.91.

NOTE: This page may be printed and used for formal quotation purposes. Prices are provided here for that purpose, and to save us time and effort better spent on other tasks. Prices are guaranteed to be current. If your institution insists on a formal price proposal, we charge an additional $50 documentation fee. Delivery times and estimated shipping costs are quoted without cost via email. We can email you the operations manual if you need more information (available in English and Spanish).

Transmitter Specifications

Receiver Options

Software Oscilloscope

Blue System Integration Ltd. has developed a software oscilloscope solution that includes software to produce and display radar sections in the field. Please contact Laurent Mingo for pricing information and support. Radar components may also be purchased through Blue System Integration.

Hardware Oscilloscope

We recommend that users choose one of the following portable oscilloscopes as receivers. Although Icefield Instruments may be able to provide customers with these units, we suggest that you contact local suppliers. If you cannot find any scopes on this list (several are obsolete), look for a scope that can provide 2-5mV/division on time scales of 500ns/div to 2µs/div. Since the radar signal is repetitive, the ability to average signals (available on digital scopes) is an advantage.


  1. Antennas are constructed of rubber test lead wire with excellent cold-weather properties.
  2. For improved handling, antennas may be sheathed in 25mm colour-coded military-grade tubular webbing. This sheath is not recommended for wet environments because the antenna may be damaged should it be handled when the sheath is frozen. This option costs an additional $150 per antenna set.
  3. Power supply for the transmitter and optical pulser is a nominal 12VDC. 30cm-long power leads without termination are provided.

Product packing lists


Jones, F.M.H., Narod, B.B., and Clarke, G.K.C., 1989. Design and operation of a portable, digital impulse radar, J. Glac., 35(119), p.143-148.

Narod, B.B. and Clarke, G.K.C., 1994. Miniature high-power impulse transmitter for radio-echo sounding, J. Glac., 40(134), p.190-194.

Shen, L.C. and King, R.W.P., 1965. Correction to the Cylindrical Antenna With Nonreflecting Resistive Loading by Wu and King, IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagation, AP-13, No. 6, p.998.

Wu, T.T. and King, R.W.P., 1965. The Cylindrical Antenna With Nonreflecting Resistive Loading, IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagation, AP-13, No. 3, p.369-373.

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