A few days ago we were receiving many cold temperature alarms and walked the 3/4 mile out to the radomes. Inside the larger dome is the Skynet and DSCS antennas with a heated RF shed for each. These RF sheds contained the associated tracking electronics equipment. As we opened each shed door it was very eerie as there was only system power - no utility power. It was like a scene out of Aliens hearing the hum of equipment inside the frozen iced racks and walls. The lights and heater power was off in the minus 70F sheds. Fortunately the equipment was still running as evidenced by the tiny red power lamps and humming. We contacted the station electrician who restored power. It took a few days to bring it all back to normal temperature. The antennas have individual heaters but inside the dome is the same temperature as outside.
|Beer is $6 a six pack. Wine about $12 per bottle.|
|Post Office only open in the summer - November to February.|
|A fine South Pole day.|
|A sequence of pictures of the daily balloon launch. Photo credit: Robert Schwarz.|
|Two of my sunset pictures from 2013.|
|I am presenting our world bicycle ride at the South Pole for the next four Sundays.|