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Cheese Shop – Globe Trotting Frisbee!

The Cheese Shop Frisbee travels the world – Here it is making an appearance at McMurdo for 10 days only! Next stop on the 2014 Antarctica Tour is the Ross Ice Shelf for a three-week special engagement at Yesterday Camp.


We’re grateful to John, son Phil, and grandson John for over four decades of tasty sandwiches and other treats served in La Jolla Shores! Wish you were here!

Sensors in the Hole!

Got the first two seismic stations installed today! Only 32 more to go!

Dr. Flick waiting at the shuttle stop with the team for transport to Willy Field. ‘Nuff said…



Team waiting in the Willy Field First Class transit lounge for cargo manifest problems to be resolved.



Baggage and cargo handling is done with snow-machine.



Cargo and crew cozy aboard Twin Otter enroute to Station RIS 02.



Garage Sale on the ice unloading the Twin Otter!



Dr. Flick secures wiring at bottom of solar panel “lampshade” array that will power the station through the summer months.



Doug carefully arranges and levels the seismic sensor in the bottom of the instrument well dug about 6 feet deep in the snow of the Ross Ice Shelf.



Sensor RIS02 in the hole! Conduit has wires that connect sensor to instrument case.



Instrument case with batteries and data recorder in a separate 4 ft by 6 ft hole in the snow. This will record 100 samples per second on three channels for over a year!



All done, crew is back on the Twin Otter and the station is buried with only flagpoles and solar lampshade showing. See you next year!




McMurdo is Warm!!

Official temperature at MacTown is 14 degrees F today with one of the thermometers at Derelict Junction shuttle stop reading about 28 degrees this morning! It’s warm here, so come on down!


Ham Radio Public Outreach KC4USV McMurdo

Worked about 180 stations so far from the McMurdo hamshack, which is the checkered shipping container box in the photo. We have been spreading the word about out RIS seismic work via contacts from Japan to Argentina, Australia, Italy, England, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and Russia and dozens of states and provinces!

Radio propagation has been good using 100 Watts on the 15 m and 20 m amateur bands. We even made two contacts with stations from California that were only using 5 Watts! Amazing!

Lead tech Jakob Conner AK4NP from Mack Comms is trying hard to bring the station back to life. The tri-band 7-element Yagi antenna functions well, but the winter winds have turned it so it is less than optimal.


First Looks


Cracks in the sea ice from 39,000 ft about 1.5 hours north of McMurdo.

LC-17 Globemaster and Mt Erebus in the background

LC-17 Globemaster after landing at Pegasus Field with Mt Erebus in the right background.


Co-Principal Investigator Dr Peter Gerstoft is enjoying the mild weather!