Completing the Cabling

The receivers (and us) have arrived back on site. The office 'donga' was in a much much tidier state than when we'd last left it - then we'd shoved everything we could find inside out of the rain and driven off!

The receivers (and us) have arrived back on site. The office ‘donga’ was in a much tidier state than when we’d last left it – last time we’d shoved everything we could find inside out of the rain and driven off!

We had a busy and productive day today and got heaps done.

Today our job was to finish off the final 12 tiles by laying out and tying down their cables. Sammy, Luke and I were quickly back in the swing of it and Project Manager Tom joined us for the last few tiles.

Today our job was to finish off the final 12 tiles by laying out and tying down their cables. Sammy, Luke and I were quickly back in the swing of it and Project Manager Tom joined us for the last few tiles.

Wildflowers are certainly out, but you have to look carefully to spot some of them. This tiny gem is seen all over some of the tile - for scale the mesh square is 5cm wide! Anyone know what this one is?

Wildflowers are certainly out, but you have to look carefully to spot some of them. This tiny gem is seen all over some of the tiles – for scale the mesh square is 5cm wide! Anyone know what this one is?

We caught our first glimpse of a Bungara (did I spell that right?) It was feasting on some kangaroo when we happened past it on the way to our last tile.

We caught our first glimpse of a Bungarra (did I spell that right?) It was feasting on some kangaroo when we happened past it on the way to our last tile.

Sammy and Luke working on the cabling coiling for the very last tile. This one was an adventure to get to through the bush. It's a good feeling - we've finished everything we were tasked with last trip!

Sammy and Luke working on the cabling coiling for the very last tile. This one was an adventure to get to through the bush. It’s a good feeling – we’ve finished everything we were tasked with last trip!

While we were busy getting all this work done, Engineers Dave and Prabu were even busier putting receiver enclosures out onto their pads throughout the site, and Prabu has spent a lot of the day working on the ‘guts’ (or brains) of one of the receivers.

The plan for tomorrow is beamformer installation and adjustments on the existing 60 beamformers for us and Dave, Tom and Prabu will be working on the communications hut, office work and more work on receiver brains.

Trip 2 Day 1 Summary

Antenna Count: 4096/4096 – Completed last trip
Completed MWA Tiles: 128/128
Beam formers installed: 60/128 (128 on site)
Beam formers with bricks: 11/128
Receivers on pads 1/16

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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

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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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