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Back from the wild blue yonder…

Saturday, September 12th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Training | 1 Comment »

I have returned (in fact I’ve been back a week) from a highly successful sortie into the wild blue yonder, a continuation of our essential winter training. Dave and I headed out last Monday in excellent weather which allowed ...

Camping in the Antarctic is not lightweight…

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica, Training | 7 Comments »

This week has been one of much variety here at Rothera, well for me anyway! Amongst all of my usual work type stuff with the computers and the radios I’ve done a bit of boat driving (which was rather nippy ...

A busy first week in the snow…

Saturday, November 8th, 2008 Posted in Antarctica, Training | 4 Comments »

It's been a massive first week for me down at Rothera! Let's see if I can remember all that's gone on...? After arriving on base last Friday, we had the Halloween party on Saturday night (Halloween was delayed for a ...

Training is over…

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

My last week in Cambridge, this week - quite a strange feeling! Since conference, the number of people to chat with around BAS HQ has dramatically increased and conversations often seem to end with a realisation that people won't see ...

At last, some exercise…

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 1 Comment »

A thorough mental and physical challenge this week! We've been back to Somerset with Western Power Distribution learning to climb and work on masts and towers. We don't have electricity pylons down South but Western Power run an excellent course ...

Nifty Lifting…

Saturday, September 27th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

Another good week this week - after a short break in Barcelona with the family and  Zoe, it was straight back to Cambridge for a MEWP course. Karen, Shaun (the new Rothera carpenter) and I were shown the way of ...

BAS Conference 2008…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

Well, as if the last few months haven't been crazy enough, things stepped up a notch with the arrival of this year's BAS Pre-Deployment Conference held at Girton College in Cambridge. I'm not sure where to start with all that's ...

“Speak like a geek”…

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 2 Comments »

Last week was spent on the Isle of Wight at the UK Sailing Academy in Cowes - the photo is the view from my room's window! It might seem rather strange to send the two new communications managers to ...

That’s a big 10-4 good buddy…

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 1 Comment »

...is how not to speak if you want to pass your Civil Aviation Authority Air-Ground Radio Operator's exams which is what we've been doing this week so that, once on base, we'll be qualified to operate the VHF radios and ...

“Your heads must be immense…”

Thursday, August 14th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | No Comments »

...which is apparently an Aberdonian expression and was fired at us this week to express something along the lines of "your brains must be swelling with all this new information" and seems particularly appropriate right now. That came from one ...

The two faces of Netware training…

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 3 Comments »

I won't lie to you, this training is tough. This week, we're being put through an intense course of Novell Netware and Linux training. The pace of the course is certainly at the limit of my brain's ability to ...

System tested, fault not found…

Monday, July 21st, 2008 Posted in Training, UK | 2 Comments »

Last week, Karen and I were at NSSL in Redhill, a satcom and marine radio firm where we were being trained how to pull apart, reassemble and (hopefully) fix some of the kit we'll have down on the bases. Jolly ...