Today was a great success – so much so I’ve got barely any photos to share – we were all far too busy building dipoles and laying out cable on the tiles! There have been lots of groans brought on by engineer Dave’s terrible puns (such as ‘2 B’s or not to B’s’ when I request two B labels) and some healthy competition between students to see who can build the most dipoles (Jarrod is on 51 something and Luke is winning by a bare margin at 55.) Jarrod’s target for tomorrow is 50 dipoles, we think he can reach it – he’s become very very fast!
We’ve finished 19 tiles, 13 today, which means we’ve made a big dent in the ‘alpha’ section of the whole MWA – the bit that the astronomers will come along and do ‘science commissioning’ on first. I’m going to try pin down exactly what science commissioning is tomorrow! I’ll report back here.
On the way in this morning we drove past ASKAP, which just recently celebrated the construction of all 36 dishes! It’s great to be up here and see the progress CSIRO is making on finishing ASKAP, and how great the MRO is looking with telescopes all over the place (springing up at an alarming rate over here on the MWA site).
The video I promised today of dipole construction will have to be tomorrow, too busy cabling and building dipoles today!
Day 3 Summary
Antenna Count: 612/4096
Completed MWA Tiles: 19/128
Beam formers installed: 0/128 (0 on site)