Last updated: Friday, 07. March 2014 00:58 UTC Local time GMT -3
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VP8CMH/MM is QRV, currently operating from Grid EC. Next grid FC Best periods of operation seems to be at about 20z on 18087kHZ and then at 00:00z on 14021kHz.
The excitement for Thursday was not the Safety Committee Meeting this morning but was the passing of Peter I ōy island, with our closest approach being at about half past twelve. The island is under Norwegian Sovereignty and was discovered by Bellingshausen in January 1821 and there is an historic monument there, which according to the Antarctic Pilot, is shown as FramnŽsodden, but then states that it is de-listed. From memory a group of radio amateurs where on the island the last time I was in Pine Island Bay, in 2008.
The first landings on the island did not take place until 1st February 1929 when the Norwegian research vessel Norvegia visited and did some work in the area. It does not have many sites suitable for making a landing and as we passed it today the sky and cloud cover cleared and we were given some excellent views, with towering ice covered faces and a few rocky outcrops.
The other exciting thing to happen today was the end of cruise dinner, with the scientists and Officers eating in the Bar in an informal but very enjoyable manner.
There has been some wildlife, mainly birds but a few whales were sighted but alas were not identified.
Without doubt the most exciting event of the day was the communications satellite appearing over the horizon. Initially it was teasing us, dropping in and out due to the slight motion of the ship and the extremely low elevation of the satellite. Ideally it should be about five degrees above the horizon for a strong and reliable link, to start off with it was a zero but climbing slowly as the ship headed east towards Rothera. I hope that by Friday morning it will be high enough not to drop out and allow for all the outstanding e-mail to start catching up. It may well take a few days before I see my mail, so if you are expecting a reply it may take a while.
All being well the James Clark Ross will arrive at Rothera on Saturday morning, although that depends on weather and ice conditions tonight and tomorrow night, but once alongside the departing scientists will waste no time getting their flight out to Punta Arenas (weather permitting).
Assuming that communications are back to normal by the weekend, then I hope to start posting a few of the pictures from the recent cruise. Hopefully the webcam will be up and running at the top of this page, it seems to be uploading images once again. Alas no satellite images just now as I have a fault on the antenna and am waiting on some spare parts to arrive before I can fix it.
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