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Old 05-31-2013, 03:47 AM   #76
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How does one get into this line of work?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:52 AM   #77
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Spot on!! That is the main reason. Also at times you also cant see because of the snow thrown up by the Hagg in front, would be a bitch to run into the back of one at 50km/h. We also overlay the radar with the GPS map so we can see icebergs and land in whiteout conditions.
It's amazing to me that (what appears to be) a basic Furuno radar can operate in those conditions. Quite an endorsement.

How much of your equipment has to be custom built or modified vs. commercial off the shelf? It sounds like the way that engines work down there is by having a lot of mechanics who have a talent for cold starts, but things like electronics and such which are a little less tolerant of direct human intervention must also suffer from the conditions.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:16 AM   #78
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How does one get into this line of work?
Im not sure if your Australian? But if Australian you can apply to the AAD which is an Australian Government department. For people in other countries I guess there would be the some sort of thing. There is also a lot of hoops you need to get through before being selected, you need a lot of experience in your select field. Everyone down here are the top guys in there field. "Or so we think"

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It's amazing to me that (what appears to be) a basic Furuno radar can operate in those conditions. Quite an endorsement.

How much of your equipment has to be custom built or modified vs. commercial off the shelf? It sounds like the way that engines work down there is by having a lot of mechanics who have a talent for cold starts, but things like electronics and such which are a little less tolerant of direct human intervention must also suffer from the conditions.
Most of the equipment we use is commercial. Our Hagglunds are custom made. They are based on the old BV206 Hagg made in Switzerland. We have modified them for the use down here. Electrical equipment in the vehicles are one area that fail a lot. The problem we had the other day was a computer that failed. Which ment it did not talk to the transmission, we had to hot wire and by passed the system to get it back to base. We then spent most of yesterday trying to fault find the problem which we did. As diesel mechanics we all have to adapt to the conditions and all of us had an extra steep learning cerve when we came down here. Nothing likes to start in these temps. At times it can take hours to get a machine to fire up but we know most of the tricks needed to do that. We have been chosen for this position because we all have done very well in our select field. I have been lucky to have worked in remote places all over the world and seen all sorts of different problems. You never stop learning and this job is also a learning cerve. I love the job because of the challenge we face each day. The environment is like nothing I have ever experienced. North Canada was probably the closest I have come to these conditions.
The radar does at times play up in the most extreme temps, but is still very reliable.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:51 AM   #79
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I am a former quad tard and a lover of all things extreme, especially extremely cold and what it does to equipment. I guess I’m a bit of a mechanical sadist. Please post more quad pics as well as other equipment you punish in those super cold conditions. Are the 420’s air or liquid cooled? I could never keep the Hondas straight.
The Hondas are water cooled.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:52 PM   #80
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Simply awesome thread and pictures!

Thanks, mate!
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:37 PM   #81
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Simply awesome thread and pictures!

Thanks, mate!

Thanks, I'll try keep the pictures coming. Will be busy for the next couple weeks getting gear ready for this traverse so might not have as much time to upload pictures. But they will come.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:51 PM   #82
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I hadn't dropped by this thread for a while. Like quite a few others, I find it fascinating. Sure the adventures may be on four wheels, or tracks, but the OP owns a two wheeler, and is an adventure biker at heart. Thanks again for pictures of day trips and daily life from where few get to venture..... Keep them coming when you have the time to post.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:13 AM   #83
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Look what came in my parents post today!!

Just received an email from my parents. More parts have arrived for my RTW bike. Can't wait to build it when I get home.











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Old 06-02-2013, 07:48 AM   #84
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Clear night's

Had a beautiful clear night tonight so I braved the cold and grabbed some pictures.







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Old 06-02-2013, 07:54 AM   #85
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Thanks for reminding me...

Of the frozen south.

Wintered '83 - '84 at McMurdo.

Once in a lifetime adventure, wish I had more & better pics.

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Old 06-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #86
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Of the frozen south.

Wintered '83 - '84 at McMurdo.

Once in a lifetime adventure, wish I had more & better pics.

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No problems glad you like the pictures. You were down in Antarctica the same year my father worked down here. Just at different sides of the continent.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:08 PM   #87
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Hey Mate,
Great posts Keep them coming. You are a lucky man. Be safe, and may Gods angels watch over you and your co workers
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:05 PM   #88
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one question

does al gore know your down there with those bikes???
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:36 AM   #89
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Mid Winter's Swim

Tomorrow is mid winter's. For us and most Antarctic base's there will be some sort of celebrations to mark the longest day of night. As today is my birthday the station agreed to do the mid winters swim a day early so I could take the plunge. Yesterday we spent the afternoon cutting a hole into the sea ice which was just over a meter thick ready for the swim today. I was first up being the birthday boy. If you look closely the water has a layer of grease ice. We were having to scrape the surface after each jump.

The pictures were taken by one of the other expeditioners.









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Old 06-20-2013, 01:43 AM   #90
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Jeez. Bet the extremities shrunk a bit!!
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