I recently had a bunch of antennas profiles in .msi format, which is the Planet format for storing antenna radiation patterns, but I’m working in Forsk Atoll, so I needed to convert them,
To load these into Atoll, you need to create a .txt file with each of the MSI files in each of the directories, I could do this by hand, but instead I put together a simple Python script you point at the folder full of your MSI files, and it creates the index .txt file containing a list of files, with the directory name.txt, just replace path with the path to your folder full of MSI files,
#Atoll Index Generator
path = "C:\Users\Nick\Desktop\Antennas\ODV-065R15E-G"
antenna_folder = path.split('\\')[-1]
f = open(path + '\\' + 'index_' + str(antenna_folder) + '.txt', 'w+')
files = os.listdir(path)
for individual_file in files:
if individual_file[-4:] == ".msi":
f.write(individual_file + "\n")
The Australian Government publishes elevation data online that’s freely available for anyone to use. There’s a catch – If you’re using Forsk Atoll, it won’t import without a fair bit of monkeying around with the data…
I fired it up, and imported the elevation tiff file we’d downloaded.
Selected “Elevation” waited a few seconds and presto!
We can export from here in the PNG 16 bit grayscale format Atoll takes, but there’s a catch, negative elevation values and blank data will show up as giant spikes which will totally mess with your propagation modeling.
So I found an option to remove elevation data from a set range, but it won’t deal with negative values…
So I found another option in the elevation menu to offset elevation vertically, I added 100 ft (It’s all in ft for some reason) to everything which meant my elevation data that was previously negative was now just under 100.
So if an area was -1ft before it was now 99ft.
Now I was able to use the remove range for anything from 0 100 ft (previously sea level)
Now my map only shows data above sea level
Now I offset the elevation vertically again and remove 100ft so we get back to real values
Now I was able to export the elevation data from the Elevation -> Export to menu
Atoll seems to like PNG 16 bit greyscale so that’s what we’ll feed it.
In Atoll we’ll select File -> Import and open the PNG we just generated.
Data type will be Altitude, Pixel size is 5m (as denoted in email / dataset metadata).
Next question is offset, which took me a while to work out…
The email has the Lat & Long but Atoll deals in WGS co-ordinates,
Luckily the GeoPlanner website allows you to enter the lat & long of the top corner and get the equivalent West and North values for the UTM dataum.
Enter these values as your coordinates and you’re sorted.
I can even able a Map layer and confirm it lines up: