Working on the 2013 base station

Here you can see the new shape of the 2013 base station - without wind generator (extra solar panels instead), new panel Wifi antenna on the top, new camera just below that and Topcon dGPS on the very top now. The structure has been reinforced with recovered parts from the damaged and decommissioned GPS pyramid.

Here you can see the new shape of the 2013 base station – without wind generator (extra solar panels instead), new panel Wifi antenna on the top, new camera just below that and Topcon dGPS on the very top now. The structure has been reinforced with recovered parts from the damaged and decommissioned GPS pyramid.

Adding Wifi to the moraine camera

Here Phil is installing a new Wifi link to the moraine smart-camera system. Incredibly this "cantenna" can link directly to the Holmur Wifi 16km away! We don't expect perfect connectivity but even occasional link-up will push the images to the web server in the UK.

Here Phil is installing a new Wifi link to the moraine smart-camera system. Incredibly this “cantenna” can link directly to the Holmur Wifi 16km away! We don’t expect perfect connectivity but even occasional link-up will push the images to the web server in the UK.

2008 Wired probe recovered

For the last few years we have seen more and more of the lead for the 2008 wired probe be exposed due to surface melt.  We were hoping that this year for the first time in Iceland we’d be able to recover it.  When we arrived this year we found the lead going into a stream on the surface of the glacier, and with a bit of wiggling Graeme (shown below) was able to extract the probe.

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Graeme with a wired probe from 2008 which has been recovered.

We’re looking forward to being able to open it up and see how well it has survived.

 

Camera node deployed

A couple of weeks ago we deployed our first prototype dedicated camera node.  This node is set up to take a picture every day and store them locally.  This prototype was put together quickly so doesn’t have the full range of functionality that the final versions will have.

Prototype camera node deployment

Wifi Range Test

We just carried out a quick range test on our new waveguide Wifi antenna. Kirk drove the 4×4 away from the house with Phil holding an antena out the window whilst Alex aimed the directional Wifi at the car.

It’s easy when the car is only a few hundred meters away.

By the time the car was 1.3 Km it was impossible to see it from the house but we were still picking up good signal! It should be more than good enough for communicating between the Jöklasel Cafe and the glacier.

When the car is 1.3 Km away, aiming it through the driving rain isn’t so simple…

 

 

 

Camera monitoring a success

automatic image taken on Aug 10th 2012 – these daily images taken with a usb webcam are useful to monitor the state of the base station, measure snow levels and observe conditions.