Communications in the field

Expeditioner in cold weather gear speaks into a hand-held radio
Martin conducting a radio check before heading out on the sea ice (Photo: E. Bell)

When you are out in the field you will normally be required to make twice-daily radio scheds.

All long term field huts are fitted with VHF radios, and in some cases, HF antennas, for communications to the main station. Portable VHF and HF radios for use in the field are available from the station, or in the case of long-term field parties, from AAD Head Office. These are allocated on a priority basis by the Telecommunications Section.

Certain longer term field groups may be allocated Iridium or INMARSAT M suitcase satellite phones prior to departure from Australia. Again, these are allocated on a priority basis by the AAD Telecommunications Section. The cost of calls on these satellite phones will be charged to the group or person to whom the phone has been allocated.

If you have been allocated a satellite terminal, you can use it to access your Australian or foreign email account, but you will require a suitable PC to do so. If required, instructions on how to do this will be provided. Data transmission facilities to and from remote field camps vary with the locality, and the cost of calls from this equipment will be charged to the supervisor(s) responsible for the field parties.

This page was last modified on 12 August 2010.