Welcome to the dipole factory

Today was dipole factory day, and i’d say we succeeded. As evidence, I present today’s dipoles in all their stop motion video glory!

We didn’t actually cable any tiles today, and probably wont tomorrow.  We plan to finish all of the dipoles by Sunday morning (crossing our fingers we can make it) and then do a final cabling push on Sunday through Tuesday.

We’re expecting the elusive beam formers to arrive on Sunday, so we’ll be hooking those up too.

Just some of the dipole turrets we created today.

Just some of the dipole turrets we created today.

Morale is still high, but I think this time in the outback is starting to get to some of the students…

Sue was in a box, I don't know why, but I think the students have finally cracked! (Photo Kim Steele.)

Sue was in a box, don’t ask me, I don’t know why! I think the students have finally cracked. (Photo Kim Steele.)

The food, as always, has been amazing.  Wooleen Station send us off with an incredible lunch box every day with homemade bread, soup and sandwiches.  Unfortunately, the thing that excited us today? The Cheese and Bacon Balls. (Well, not really.  I distinctly remember a student jumping with excitement when they found out there was three thermoses full of soup!)

One of our lovely hosts at Wooleen Station, Francis, ordered us Cheese and Bacon Balls in her stores order last night! Thanks Francis.

One of our lovely hosts at Wooleen Station, Frances, ordered us Cheese and Bacon Balls in her stores order last night! Thanks Frances. (Photo Kim Steele.)

Dipole decoration has reached new heights! (Don’t worry, only a select few get this kind of treatment over break times.)

Teresa is either the world's biggest Lord of the Rings fan, or the world's most bored dipole creator.

Teresa is either the world’s biggest Lord of the Rings fan, or the world’s most bored dipole creator. (Photo Kim Steele.)

It really was a creative day – don’t look any further until you’ve watched our stop motion!

Taking a break to make a stop motion horror movie. (Photo Kim Steele.)

Taking a break to make a stop motion horror movie. (Photo Kim Steele.)

A final shot, actually from yesterday. The lengths I go to to get you all some pretty photos to look at!

The lengths I had to go to for a good photo of the clouds yesterday... (Photo Brian Crosse)

The lengths I had to go to for a good photo of the clouds yesterday… (Photo Brian Crosse)

Day 8 Summary

Antenna Count: 3144/4096
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 “Welcome to the dipole factory

  1. Bob Steele

    Brilliant… turrets eating people!! And it is funny 🙂 Those numbers are starting get really big and impressive, well done to all of you!

  2. Randall Wayth

    So do we get a translation of what was written on the “one dipole”? If the array doesn’t work, do we have to throw it into the fires of Mount Doom?

  3. Teresa Slaven-Blair

    It reads:
    “One Ring to rule them all
    One Ring to find them
    One Ring to bring them all
    And in the Darkness bind them”
    Unfortunately I don’t know what “turret” or “dipole” is in the language of Mordor…

    And if my youthful LOTR obsession is any indication, I’m more of the huge LOTR fan than the bored dipole maker. I’ve been wanting to write that on the turrets for some time now 🙂

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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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