Stray Photos - Taken But Not Yet Posted

Stray Photos

Here are some photos I've collected along the way, but weren't significant enough to create an entry. I've been busy helping to get ready for the ice town move from McMurdo to Pegasus. The ice will not be thick enough to support the air traffic in a few weeks, so they move operations out to Pegasus for the remainder of the season. The only problem is that we still have to go out there every day and it is about 15 miles away instead of two. That may not sound like much, but when you are going 15 to 25 miles an hour at the fastest, it takes forever.



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HI Tim - awesome photos - but what are you doing there?
Happy Holidays - bet you miss your family.
Hope all is well - sharon

Mattrack


Now that is one cool monster truck! How fast can that thing go?

Mattrack Speed


The manufacturer rates the tracks for 40 miles per hour tops. You can go that fast on any surface as long as it is less than 80 degrees. Over 80 degrees you can only go 15 minutes. Not a problem here of course. We can get ours up to about 13 miles per hour without overheating the transmission. Our mechanics have determined the tracks are hard on the transmissions so they have permanentely kept the transfer case in low range. All of our pickup trucks and vans are 1 ton versions. I don't understand why they didn't get diesel engines. The transmissions are so much heavier duty. Since the sites we go to are about 15 to 20 miles away on the average it takes most of the day just to drive there and back. By the way, the Piston Bully goes about the same speed, but hauls more people and has a rougher ride.

It's My Job


I am responsible for the airfield navigational aids, scientific camp meterological equipment, and air traffic control communications systems. We take care of things such as the TACAN, Microwave Landing System, HF, VHF, and UHF radios, PAPI lights, Runway End Indicator Lights, Portable Polar Meterological Kits, Atmospheric Weather System, AWS Webcam, The ATC VCCR (touchscreen voice communications console positions) and voice recorders. Because the airfields are located on the ice, they shift daily due to weather, tides, melting, etc. This means the shelters containing the equipment must be leveled on a per shift basis. Getting to the weather equipment out at remote locations are difficult to get to because of vehicle troubles and weather. I've already had two vehicle failures on the same trip attempt. The scary thing is thinking about being 20 or 30 miles out on the ice and have a breakdown. By the time they would get to you, you would have to be using the survival gear to stay warm. The coldest I've personally seen down here is -35F. The warmest I've noticed is +35F. The sun makes it feel about 30 degrees warmer if there is no wind. I've spent most of the time when I'm in town in a t-shirt and fleece. We have to have our heavy coat with us any time we work on the ice.

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