Taking the Pulse of the Ross Ice Shelf
Collaborators & Other Participants
Primary support for this project was provided by NSF Polar Programs.
California Dept. of Parks and Recreation provided additional support.
Media & Contacts
Media Contact: Dr. Peter Bromirski, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
- Researchers Look to Establish Ice Shelf 'State of Health', Sea Technology, 30 October 2014.
- From the Field: Seismic Network Will Measure the Effects of Ocean Waves on Antarctic Ice Shelves, Scripps News, 24 October 2014.
- The Economist Breaking waves: The coup de grace that shatters ice shelves is administered by ocean waves. Recommended.
- NBC Science News Storm "echoes" could break up ice shelves
HAM Radio Field Contact: Dr. Reinhard (Ron) Flick.
|2014 Dates||Location||Call Sign|
|30 Oct - 10 Nov||McMurdo||KC4USV|
|10 Nov - 1 Dec||Yesterday Camp (RIS)||KC4/K6REF|
Note: all dates approximate depending on conditions. Amateur radio operations are part of the outreach and education efforts of the "Dynamic Response of the Ross Ice Shelf to Wave-Induced Vibrations" expedition from late October to early December 2014. Between about October 30 and November 10, team member Dr. Reinhard (Ron) Flick, staff oceanographer for the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, will operate from the ham station at McMurdo, call sign KC4USV as work schedule and propagation conditions permit. For about three weeks starting November 10, Ron plans to operate from Yesterday Camp near the International Date Line using a 100-watt transceiver and wire dipole antennas on the 20, 15, and 10-meter amateur bands, again as time and conditions permit. Radio operations will be attempted in the afternoon and evening, local time, 12 hours from GMT. For example, 15:00 local is 03:00 GMT, or 22:00 Eastern and 19:00 Pacific time (after November 2 when Standard Time resumes in the US). Ron's call sign will be KC4/K6REF where KC4 designates Antarctica and K6REF is his personal call sign.