This week at Mawson: 21 November 2008

This week's News brought to you by Jodi W, Supervising Communications Tech. Officer

This Week's Illustration

Cartoon by Mawson Station Expeditioner
Mawson's Own Version of Krill Cam
Photo: Nick C

Well, here we are at Mawson, and any day now we will see the helicopters. Just in case you are not sure what a S76 looks like, here is a sneek peek – something looking like this should be on the way very very soon.

Image of an S-76 helicopter
One of these should be heading this way.
Photo: Jodi W

In the meantime we have all been busy making sure the workshops and station remain in a clean tidy state ready for handover. I have never seen the Sparkies' workshop so clean.

Mawson Station Electricians workshop looking clean and tidy for the incoming Summer crew
A clean tidy Electricians workshop
Photo: Jodi W
Mawson Station Diesel Mechanics Workshop floor
Workshop floor ready to go for summer
Photo: Jodi W

Mawson Station PLumbers Workshop
And even the Plumbers have tidied up ready for the summer work to commence.
Photo: Jodi W
A clean Mawson Station trades office
A clean trades office
Photo: Jodi W

Work still goes on

While we wait work still goes on and finishing touches were being done on the sauna in the new mezzanine in the Green Store. Boj was happily testing it out and seeing if it was suitably comfortable.

Mawson Station Expeditioner preparing to enter the Station sauna
Boj ready to test that the Sauna is working appropriately
Photo: Jodi W
Mawson Station Expeditioner checking the Station sauna
Yep it appears comfortable enough
Photo: Jodi W

Sea ice drilling is still being conducted each week and, with the warmer weather, we have noticed the ice starting to decrease, but there is still plenty of ice over 1600 mm thick. The carpenters are continuing with their works program and have done up a collage of some of their year.

Mawson Station Expeditioner drilling sea ice to test thickness
Dave carrying out sea ice drilling
Photo: Jodi W
A collage of images of the 2008 Mawson Station Carpenters
A year at Mawson
Photo: Graeme F

Farewell to the 2008 Wintering Team

This could be our last news for this wintering crew. As we are all heading in different directions, some staying on at Mawson and others heading to Davis, I thought I would give a bit of an idea where each of us are headed once the changeover occurs.

Staying on at Mawson for the Summer:

Mawson Station Building Services Supervisor
Staying on for the summer as the BSS and Plumber
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Diesel Mechanic
Dieso for the Summer
Photo: Tony B

Heading off to Davis for the Summer:

Mawson Station Carpenter
Chippie heading to Davis
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Electrical Engineer
Engineer at Davis on various projects
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Plant Inspector
Swapping from PI at Mawson to AGSO at Davis
Photo: Tony B

Mawson Station Meteorological Senior Observer
Swapping to Davis BOM
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Electrician
Sparky at Davis for the Summer
Photo: Tony B

Heading back to Freemantle then home to family and friends:

Mawson Station Plumber
Mawson Plumber
Photo: Tony B
Biologist working on Emperor Penguin Project at Mawson Station
Emperor Penguin Project
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Meteorological Technical Officer
Mawson Met Tech
Photo: Tony B

Mawson STation Supervising Communications Technical Officer
SCTO Mawson
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Carpenter
Mawson Chippie
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Leader
Mawson SL
Photo: Tony B

Mawson Station Doctor
Mawson Doctor
Photo: Tony B
Biologist working on the Emperor Penguin Project at Mawson Station
Emperor penguin Project
Photo: Tony B

Mawson Station Communications Technical Officer
Mawson CTO
Photo: Tony B
Mawson Station Chef
Mawson Chef
Photo: Tony B

So from those of us here at Mawson for 2008 – best wishes to the incoming crew and we hope you have a great Year

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