REAST Presentation – VK0PD Antarctic Adventure

00:01:30 – Paul Daniels VK0PD / VK2PAD gave us an illustrated discuss on his expertise spending the winter on the Australian Antarctic Division Casey station. Paul began with some background on his curiosity in radio and Antarctica.
00:04:00 – Paul did a web site survey as soon as down at Casey and the RF noise was not good however discovered a location for the antennas and operated from the Hobby Shack.
00:05:00 – Paul took a IC-7300, an IC-705 and HLA-305 PA and transformed ATX SMPSU.
00:08:00 – Paul outlined you may have a heat OR a dry constructing in Antarctica because of moisture and ice.
00:09:30 – Paul constructed a foot change from workshop garbage.
00:12:00 – Paul confirmed his working place within the passion hut.
00:15:50 – Servicing repeaters and cameras for monitoring fowl life is a serious expedition.
00:17:12 – Weather forecasts in Antarctica and the snow storms/blizzards engulfing the fan dipole. It emphasised that there are relentless wind and blizzard circumstances that saps your enthusiasm over time.
00:21:35 – As the constructing companies supervisor he visited the previous radio antenna set up nevertheless all of the V beams had been damaged and tower set up was condemned.
00:25:00 – The enjoyable stuff they stand up to is a sauna for 25m then into an ice tub for about 10m!
00:28:45 – Paul outlined an engineering job he undertook to enhance security and there’s fixed upkeep that’s required to fight the relentless climate and this included some RF engineering work on the tandem delta with the comms tech.
00:35:30 – Played a video of the primary airplane coming in together with the fog and it could not land. But then a RAAF C-17A got here into the following day and Paul received to come back again on a pleasant large RAAF transport airplane.
Paul then took questions.
00:43:00 – A job in Australia takes three to 10 time longer in Antarctica!
00:48:00 – Paul talks about working radio and the polar flutter and outlined that he was working radio down there to not make fast contacts however to function radio and have conversations.
00:54:00 – Paul talks concerning the interference from the Ionosonde.
01:01:00 – Paul describes the dimensions limits for the {hardware} which you can take right down to Antarctica and the necessity to take down issues to maintain you busy.
01:09:00 – Paul outlined the comms out there down on the base.
01:12:40 – Paul outlined the work circumstances down on base.
01:15:00 – Hayden VK7HH introduced Paul with a present for the presentation.
01:15:30 – Paul reply some late questions on heading south to work for the AAD and the alternatives that working for the AAD current. Paul completed with the remark that the AAD is a extremely support employer who is sweet to for.

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