The role of the communications technical officer (CTO)
The role of the Communications Technical Officer (CTO) on station involves maintaining the IT infrastructure and telecommunication equipment on station. Sometimes this involves climbing the radio masts. These masts are used for mounting antennas for communication purposes as well as scientific equipment and IT infrastructure like web cameras.
Recently the Casey CTO, Jukka, climbed the one of the radio masts located at the receiver site one kilometre southwest from Casey station. This was to retrieve a faulty web cam from the mast. Because of the height at which this work is carried out, it is necessary to have all the right safety equipment as well as making sure you take all the tools required to complete the job.