The GOES antenna elevation drive motor failed recently and required replacement. The ambient temperature was -95 F and the windchill -135 F. The temperature inside the radome was the same as outside. We had three others helping us. It worked out well utilizing two teams. While one team was working the other was warming up in the heated GOES RF shack located inside the radome.
|The ice is pretty thick inside the radome.|
|The GOES antenna elevation motor and gear reducer drive the large greased jackscrew which then moves the elevation. The elevation only drives up to about 5.5 degrees for a pass. The motor to the right is for azimuth.|
|To remove the motor the 10 meter antenna had to be stabilized since there is no elevation brake. This was accomplished with two 6 ton cable pulley winches with each one attached to a strap and then to the antenna.|
|Both Pulleys set up. I'm on the right. Photo credit: Kris|
|Here the left cable and strap are attached to the antenna. Extremely difficult procedure even if it wasn't cold.|
|Two straps holding up the 6 ton load. The antenna end of the elevation jackscrew. Photo credit: Kris|
|The used replacement motor and gear reducer. The tag on it read "tested good 2008". It works great fortunately!|
The view out the radome door. Photo credit: Kris
The GOES antenna radome. Photo credit: Kris
The crane and bucket outside the station didn't get much use this winter.
|It was a long two days working out at the GOES radome. Internet is back up!|