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Field Notes 2005

Unfortunately, you need bare hands to operate a lot of this stuff.

For some reason, helicopter pilots love to drop XCPs.

Once the radio and recorder are running, here we go ...

After 45 seconds, the probe begins to free-fall through the water trailing a very fine wire. It has enough wire to reach 1500 meters.

The top float transmitter is designed to float in open water, radioing the data signal to a ship or aircraft.

You can often hear the probe hit the bottom through the recorder.

On the day of the second helicopter flight, the Switchyard Twin Otter was driven south by fog and few landing sites, and managed to land to in the helicopter survey area to attempt a station.

Well, well, well. What have we here?

The Lamontians have the tent up over the Twin Otter door to cover the winch operation.

Hi guys! We're going two miles that way.

That day, both aircraft got home to Alert at the same time.

The door to Andy's truck wouldn't stay closed, so he found a high tech solution.

At Alert, several Arctic Wolves hang around the station.

The last day we hoped to fly, there blew in a Condition 1 windstorm. By evening, it relented a little, enough to allow us to walk from the base down to the runway.

Fortunately, when the wind comes up, the temperature usually does too.

Loading a Herc pallet for the flight south ...

and right on schedule is a C-130 of the 109th New York Air National Guard, to take the Switchyard teams south to New York, via Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.

Happy Switchyard campers ready to go south with data and samples.

Andy confers with the aircraft commander.

It's loud, cramped, and long in a Herc. Dale, with his sound-canceling headphones, has a high tech solution for every situation.

They can even get a little work done.

Home for the 109th NYANG is Stratton Air Guard Base at Scotia, New York near Schenectady.

Project's end brings a moment, at least, to smell the flowers.

Wendy, Andy, Kelly, Dale, and Roger wait for flights home at the Albany Airport.


 
     
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