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.
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 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!
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