I’m very glad to report that there was no unexpected disaster (like the weather setting in, or a flat tire) that stopped us from achieving our goal. We finished the beamformers and now the MWA is ready to be plugged in to its receivers and then science commissioning to start! Phew, what a week we’ve had.
After our exciting morning (which featured ‘celebration cake’ after working on the last two beamformers) we took the trip back to Geraldton with Tom, who dropped us at the airport. On our way through town we ran into David Pollock from Wooleen with two of his temporary staff members, Amy and Maxi, who were also getting dropped off. Amy was even on the same flight as us! It was great to run into them and catch up a little – Wooleen now has its own MWA tile made from spare parts and prototypes. Tourist attraction for sure!
Now we’re all back in Perth nursing the sore spots you get when finger tightening over 2,000 cables and screwing in over 2,000 screws in four days. It’s another bittersweet feeling to have left the Murchison and hopefully we’ll get to go back again some time in the (not too distant) future.
The first round of science commissioning starts in the next few weeks, so I’m going to try get one of the scientists to give us a guest blog or two, but for now see you later – I’m off to bed for some well earned rest.
Trip 2 Day 5 Summary
Antenna Count: 4096/4096 – Completed last trip
Completed MWA Tiles: 128/128
Beam formers assembled: 128/128
Beam formers installed: 128/128
Beam formers with bricks: 60/128
Receivers on pads ?/16 (I’ll find out from Dave how many they got to and update this ASAP)