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15 March 2014 MAIN SHELTERS TESTED SUCCESSFULLY
The local Facilities, Supplies, and Logistics team went through a full erection and evaluation of the candidate shelters for the expedition. The shelters are made for the U.S. Army, and are called AirBeam. They measure 20 x 20 ft. inside dimension, and are inflatable using an ordinatary air compressor. Two men can erect one of these shelters in less than 30 minutes. The great advantages over shelters used previously are the quick erection and the larger floor space, which means fewer shelters and faster erection, a distinct advantage in the possibly difficult weather on Heard Island. The shelter fits in a fiber container about 2x3x6 ft.
Pictured above: Jim Nicastro KI6SDF, Peter Hoffman W6DEI, Rich Holoch KY6R, Aaron Williamson, Jack Burris K6JEB. Photo: Bob Schmieder, KK6EK
7 March 2014 JACQUELYN GILL, PALEOECOLOGIST AND BIOGEOGRAPHER, JOINS THE TEAM
7 March 2014 JASMINE SAROS, PALEOLIMNOLOGIST AND ECOLOGIST, JOINS THE TEAM
5 March 2014 MICHAEL WASKIEWICZ, ICE DRILLER, JOINS THE TEAM
1 March 2014 GINO CASASSA, AUTHORITY ON GLACIERS, JOINS THE TEAM
21 Feb. 2014 PAUL MAYEWSKI, AUTHORITY ON CLIMATE CHANGE, JOINS THE TEAM
16 Feb. 2014 ERIC WOEHLER APPOINTED EXPLORATORY BIOLOGY GROUP LEADER
15 Feb. 2014 RESCHEDULING
After considerable discussion and planning, the team has decided to reschedule the Expedition for Jan. 2016. This decision resulted from several factors:
1. Many members of the team are committed to completing other projects (including expeditions) during 2014, so would be challenged to properly prepare for the Heard Island expedition during 2014.
2. Participants in academic institutions need an academic cycle to arrange support, and foundations and other major sponsors need at least one year to process requests for major grants.
This decision could not have been made earlier, because as the Project developed it was necessary to make a trip to Hobart, Tasmania, to discuss it with staff at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). That meeting, in Nov. 2013, enabled us to make decisions on the central theme, purpose, and goal of the Expedition, as described in the documents available on this website, as well as make commitments for the expedition vessel.
We are in a very vigorous growth portion of the Project, so we invite you to check in here often to see the current status.
8 Feb. 2014 COMMUNICATIONS TEAM MEETING
Over the past month we have been concentrating on building the Communications team (cf., Team). Today the local (San Francisco Bay Area) group assembled to welcome new team members and to develop plans. Adam Brown K2ARB, veteran of previous Antarctic expeditions, was appointed Assistant Expedition Leader (Communications). He will be responsible for ensuring that the expedition has full-capability local, satellite, and radio communications. Tom Schiller N6BT took responsiblity for designing and producing radio antennas. Rich KY6R took responsiblity for operations at Spit Bay; he will also develop a web discussion group for the team. Dean N6BV will do radio propagation calculations using his state-of-the-art High Frequency Terrain Assessment (HFTA) software. Benjamin Weiland took up team building for Field Assistants. Others in the group will work on fundraising, station design and operating strategy, logistics, and public relations.
Pictured above: (Front row) Adam Brown N2ARB, Rich Holoch KY6R, Tom Schiller N6BT, Jim Nicastro KI6SDF, Peter Hoffman W6DEI, Jack Burris K6JEB. (Back row) Eduardo Gonzales-Fuentes K6EGF, Rich Seifert KE1B, Jim Colletto N6TQ, Bob Schmieder KK6EK, Paul Ewing N6PSE, Benjamin Weiland. Not pictured: Dean Straw N6BV, John Miller K6MM, Jacob Brown KC2ACR, and Daniel Collins.
1 Feb. 2014 PROJECT DESCRIPTION v 2.3
Today we release the Project Description v 2.3 for the Heard Island Expedition. This revised version was developed after the meeting between Expedition Organizer/Leader Robert Schmieder and officials at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) in November, 2013. As anticipated, this revision was for the purpose of focusing the purpose and goals of the expedition. The following statement on p. 2 provides the precis of the Project:
We are in the process of building the team. Currently the communications team is almost complete, so now we will be developing the scientfiic team, the group that will search for unknown species. Concurrently, we are beginning to make contacts for major sponsorship.