After leaving the Murchison and this blog on a slightly incomplete note last month, it’s great to be back in the Murchison with a subset of the student army to finish what we started! We’ve come up with students Luke and Sammy, along with Commissioning Engineer Dave, Project Manager Tom and RRI Engineer Prabu (RRI is the Raman Research Institute in India, one of the partner organisations in the MWA) and of course me.
We all drove up from Perth today and reached the beautiful Murchison Shire (staying at Boolardy Station this time) about 5:30 this evening.
This morning we finished the last minute packing that always precedes a long trip and then hit the road.
Our goal this trip is to finish cabling those last 12 tiles (which I am understandably really excited for, I felt so bad leaving them behind last time) as well as install the remaining 68 beamformers and putting bricks under the 60 we’ve already installed. Engineer Dave insists it’s 19 days of work in only 4 days but, and I quote, ‘We’ll get it done in 2’ says Luke. I’m not so sure, but I think we’ve got a very good shot. The engineers and Tom will be laying out cable and installing receiver enclosures on the receiver pads for the Alpha part of the array.
As always, wish us luck for this short four day adventure into getting the MWA closer to completion!
Trip 2 Day 0 Summary
Antenna Count: 4096/4096 – Completed last trip
Completed MWA Tiles: 116/128
Beam formers installed: 60/128 (128 on site)
Beam formers with bricks: 0/128
Receivers on pads 1/16