We’re over halfway! Today we fully completed our 64th tile, making us more than halfway through constructing the MWA tiles. We’re also on day 7 of 12 out here in the Murchison. It’s all downhill from here.
We continued as per the rest of the trip, building and laying out turrets and cabling up the tiles. We’ve had incredible weather the past few days with gorgeous blue skies, but today there were a few interesting wispy clouds around. This meant we took the opportunity to enjoy the view whilst getting about our work.
Another big achievement – I reached my 100th dipole turret. Kim pointed out to me this was 5% of the MWA dipoles that I’d constructed with my own two hands! (Of course, she’s built 10% but never mind!)
We are venturing further and further afield to tiles that are not yet done, filling in the gaps on the map.
Every now and again a dipole turret makes a break for it, and jumps off the trailer on the way to a tile.
So now we make sure to carry one around on the back seat of the Prado ‘just in case’.
Tomorrow is a day of dipole making. Our goal is to get a good way towards the 75% mark on the dipoles so we can start concentrating on cabling on the weekend.
As always wish us luck. We’ll leave you with a frenzied view of our dipole making factory, sped up by 1500%.
Day 7 Summary
Antenna Count: 2436/4096
Completed MWA Tiles: 73/128
Beam formers installed: 0/128 (0 on site)