After lunch I had a moon bounce sked with Hal in the States and John in SA. Unfortunately I wasn't successful with either of them but degradation was rather high at 4dB. I did manage to finally have a chat with Antti in Finland using Olivia. It was nice to catch up after three years. In the afternoon I got a heap of gear together to take to Macey. I want to change the hut antenna to a 3dB collinear and also replace the hut radio to a newer model while I’m there. The plan is to have a lazy drive up checking out all the islands and bergs along the way and visiting Auster on Wednesday. This could be in reverse depending on the weather.
At Auster there is a tide crack where the penguins and seals are coming in and out of so Jeremy is going to drill a hole through the sea ice and lower his Go-pro under the ice to film the penguins swimming and coming in and out of the hole while I will setup my Contour on a tripod next to the hole to film them coming out and going into the hole and Luc will have balloon cam on a weather balloon a couple of hundred meters above the whole rookery. So I think we will have all bases covered while we’re taking photos and enjoying the action.
Tonight I also had a meeting to discuss my plan for the upcoming Colbeck trip I have organised. As soon as we get a nice three day weather break we’re off for five days. Also this week Thursday and Friday are looking promising to visit the Russian aircraft. It’s shaping up to be a busy week.
Our new excavator
Cathy, our D7 Traverse dozer