2011 September 30

Part of the 365 Days project.

Inside the dome of the Carnarvon node of the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network. Only two days to go until the end of the trip, so let’s hope nothing goes wrong!

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2011 September 28

Part of the 365 Days project.

The Carnarvon node of the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network on the left, with the historic structures in the background.

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2011 September 27

Part of the 365 Days project.

The ‘sugar scoop’, a ‘Casshorn’ Cassegrain-fed Folded-horn antenna, became operational on 29 October 1966 when Intelsat-2A, the first of the three satellites launched, gave OTC and the ABC a brief chance to test satellite TV communications as the satellite drifted to ignominious failure over the Indian Ocean. On 24 November 1966, test patterns for the first-ever live telecasts from Australia to England were successful. The next day, a live BBC television broadcast from a studio in London featured interviews linking UK families with their British migrant relatives standing in Robinson Street, Carnarvon.

The ‘sugar scoop’ became famous again on 21 July 1969, the day of the Apollo 11 moon landing, relaying Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon from NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, Canberra, to Perth’s TV audience via Moree earth station – the first live telecast into Western Australia.

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2011 September 26

Part of the 365 Days project.

The OTC station’s eight years of communications support for the Carnarvon Tracking Station began on 4 February 1967. This large parabolic antenna was commissioned in late 1969 to upgrade the support for later Apollo missions. OTC continued to provide communications support for NASA space programs until the NASA station closed early in 1975. Thereafter it tracked some NASA missions on its own account.

The station was decommissioned in April 1987, but the site is still ‘actively’ involved in solar scientific research, hosting a node of the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network.

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2011 September 25

Part of the 365 Days project.

New network camera installed. This one has pan and tilt control so that we can remotely look around the dome for faults.

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