Over the hump

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.

The sky has been incredibly blue every day out here - but today there were clouds! Time for some sky over dipole photos then.

The sky has been incredibly blue every day out here – but today there were clouds! Time for some sky over dipole photos then.

Clouds!

Clouds! (Photo Malcolm Whinfield)

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!)

I made it to 100 dipole turrets today!

I made it to 100 dipole turrets today! (Photo Malcolm Whinfield.)

We are venturing further and further afield to tiles that are not yet done, filling in the gaps on the map.

Clippity Clip.

Kim clipping some turrets onto a tile over near the airstrip. Clippity Clip. You can catch a glimpse of a ‘breakaway’ in the background.

Every now and again a dipole turret makes a break for it, and jumps off the trailer on the way to a tile.

We have an escapee!

We have an escapee! (Photo Teresa Slaven-Blair.)

So now we make sure to carry one around on the back seat of the Prado ‘just in case’.

This dipole is a backup, just in case one escapes off the trailer again!

Nothing more frustrating than driving cross country for 20 minutes to a tile, only to find you’re a dipole short!

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)

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About Kirsten Gottschalk

Outreach and Education Officer at The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). I was lucky enough to join our engineers and 'student army' to build a good share of the Murchison Widefield Array, the low frequency precursor to the Square Kilometre Array on the future SKA site in WA. All images and content on this blog are copyright, unless otherwise attributed. If you'd like to use any of my photos, send me an email and I'd be happy to help - kirsten.gottschalk@icrar.org

4 responses to “Over the hump

  1. Bob Steele

    Well done everyone and keep an eye open for those runaways aye 😉

    Way to go Mo, 10% and counting! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Pia Steele

    looking good guys 🙂 have fun!!!! If you need a hand just let me know, I’ll be on holidays after tomorrow 😀

  3. Jeff Rogers

    So now we know how X-Wings are made! With a production speed like that, it’s no wonder the Rebels won.
    Congrats on finishing, all!

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All images and content on this blog is copyright. I'd be happy to help you out if you want to use any text or images that I've produced, simply send me an email - kirsten.gottschalk@icrar.org - and we can chat about it.
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