Leaving to Iceland

Well, the day has finally arrived! Today we head off to Iceland for deployment.

What a roller-coaster the last few weeks have been! No time to do anything except eat, sleep and breath probes, geophones, gps’s, radios and antennas! I still have to build a hardware SSN this morning, and once thats done we head off on a jetplane.

So last week we packed the Landrover and a little funny VW bus – which looked a little like a teddy bear. By the time it was filled it definitely was a fat little teddy bear packed full with GPSs, jetwash and allsorts. Just some of the things ready for packing

Alex and Phil drove the two cars up to Immingham with the geography support guy Peter driving another car to bring them back in.
Landy ready to go
Kirk and I meanwhile tried to get some understanding on the antenna side of things with a quick tour of the VNA (Vector Network Analyser) with Reuben. We discovered quite a few ineresting things about what we believed were good antennas, and what really were good antennas. Afterwards, Dennis Nicole helped Kirk with a little mini-VNA device which we are luckily taking with us to test antennas in the Ice.

The rest of the week we rapidly built and tested portions of the code to ensure low power sleep, scheduling and other funny things…