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 VP8CMH/MM is QRV.  Current Grid GD. Next grids:   GE (early May after the ship sails from the Falkland Islands for Canada). I will post a list of grids that the ship will be passing through once we are heading north. Operating on 14038kHz or 18087kHz at about 20z and 00z daily.  Keep an eye on the DX cluster for latest operating periods.  On departure from the Falkland Islands I will be operating as GM0HCQ/MM for the journey north.  VP8CMH/MM will be back in late October or early November 2014.

Wednesday has been another full day of science,  with CTD and drifter work being carried out.  The weather has not been great,  dull and overcast throughout the period and at times the swell has caused a bit of rolling.

This morning we were joined by a very large pod of Pilot Whales,  with several dozens swimming fairly close to the ship.  They seemed to be swimming in a fairly lazy manner,  not in any sort of rush to go anywhere and remained with us whilst the ship was on station.  Once we moved off,  they did not seem to want to follow.  I did attempt to get some pictures,  but having looked at the results there are none that are good enough to publish.

One of the scientists has a GoPro camera with him and put it on the end of a long stick to get some underwater shots.  This is the view of the CTD gantry deployed as seen from sea-level.  Picture Mike Boniface

Another GoPro shot,  this time of the prop and rudder.  This is something that we would normally only get to see during the refit periods,  when the ship is in dry-dock.  Picture Mike Boniface

A slightly different view of the prop and rudder.  Picture Mike Boniface

The above images were taken from video footage,  and it was interesting to watch the prop turning,  stop and then turn in the opposite direction as the Dynamic Position System on the Bridge keeps the ship in position for the duration of the science station.

If all goes to plan the James Clark Ross will be alongside FIPASS,  Stanley,  Falkland Islands for 09:00 on Sunday morning.

Snapshot of the NavMet image from the Underway Instruments on board the James Clark Ross.

For those of you who enjoyed the Podcast interview I gave in the summer,  there has been an addition.  A few weeks ago,  whilst still in Antarctica I gave a second interview and this can be heard HERE

The scientist on board just now are writing a blog and this can be found HERE.   This blog will also hopefully give a better insight to the science work that is being carried out during the cruise.

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Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com

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