We have just passed the six month mark on station and it’s time for another tradie update by Antarctica’s favourite (only?) purple-haired sparky chick.
Important things first - the station continues its fantastic good fortune with two incredibly maintained and fully operational treadmills.
After a pitch blade motor replacement, a motor winding fix and then three days in a row up the tower fault finding, the wind turbine is back online and pumping out the kilowatts! The wind turbine energy is mainly used for the stations heating and it reduces the amount of diesel required to be burnt . At almost 20 years old, the turbine is still going strong. A very big thanks to the previous sparkies who have spent hours in the cold, cramped and very greasy tower to keep it so well maintained. With renewable technology advancing so quickly it will be interesting to see how Mawson is powered in the future - I would love to see more turbines down here (I’m a big fan!).
Other works from August include:
- New cable run for the ionosonde (science project that ‘pings’ ionosphere to determine the effectiveness of radiowaves)
- Anemometer replacement (wind sensor) after it blew off
- Second open heart surgery on the dish washer (pump replacement)
- Covid ward installed complete with Covid proof installation
- 1000 hour service on Generator 4 (with the station's new dieso Bec taking charge)
- Lots of love given to the waste treatment plant. New disks are cleaning the water up sparkling clear and new float sensor keeps her running in auto
- Station's first igloo complete (with the plan for many more)
- New photocopier installed in the workshop
- Stations control and monitoring system repaired (PCB died)
- Maintenance party out to Colbeck hut to exchange gas bottles, fuel and safety checks
- Station wide treasure hunt for new batteries and spare parts was a success
- Construction of 3rd WTG complete (Thanks chippy Davo - not sure how the timber will last in the weather though)
- Station incinerator repaired (picky eater, did not like metal cans)
- Generator exhaust leak repaired (crack welded up)
See ya next time