The role of the communications technical officer (CTO)

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This week at Casey: 1 March 2013

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.

Jukka climbing radio mast
Jukka climbing radio mast
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Jukka further up the radio mast
Jukka further up the radio mast
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Jukka retrieving a faulty web camera
Jukka busy working away at height
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
Casey receiver site with three tall mast
Casey receiver site
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Receiver hut mast
Receiver hut mast
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Receiver hut mast with a red arrow points to the web camera
Red arrow shows the web camera
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
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This page was last modified on 1 March 2013.