This week Ryan gets into some switchboard project work and reflects on great times spent with a good mate

Electrical work on station

We are waiting patiently, as another blizzard engulfs the station, for our first plane to arrive from Davis. It will bring us some supplies, including a much needed Hägglund transmission, and pick up Station Leader Jason. These past three weeks have been a juggling act by the weather gods; one day Davis has the 'no fly' weather, the next it is us. Only time can tell when the small plane will appear from the east and another milestone can be ticked off the list. Hopefully the plane is also packed full of prawns and oysters!

Apart from awaiting the plane, I have been installing three new switchboards in the Sleeping and Medical Quarters (SMQ) building. It’s a great change from doing the monthly tasks and always a rewarding feeling when you finish and know you have made a big improvement. The new switchboards are much safer for electricians, as well as more practical and modern.

Earlier in the year the Antarctic community, particularly those of the 72nd ANARE 2018/2019 at Davis, were devastated by the news of the passing of electrician Joe Burton, taken in a tragic accident. Joe returned home to England just before Covid-19 took over the world. He had spent roughly 5 years away from home living in Australia, South East Asia and Antarctica, both with the British for a year and a half, and with us at Davis.

Once back home he soon started work again and rekindled his romantic relationship with Anna. In May this year he married Anna, was happier than ever and loving life back home. He was an outstanding tradesman and an enthusiastic and hardworking man. He never took a short cut and his attention to detail was impeccable. In the field Joe was equally as good, he was competent and smart but also adventurous. He loved the outdoors and truly understood the significance of Antarctica and why we are here. Sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Your mate Ryno