Thursday, May 6, 2010


One of the consequences of various tasks being ahead or behind the schedule is that the folks at Chilbolton have been forced to deploy all the HBA cables before the RF-Container was ready to accept them. This has been good in that they have been able to get the cables laid into the trenches without incurring further delays. On the other hand, they now need to sort out these cables to feed them in the correct order into the RF-container. Quite a task as you will see!

A bundle of cables... thankfully all electronically labelled. A barcode reader and some home-built software will quickly identify the antenna position associated with each cable.

Stuart Lynn, (our "All in the Gutter" live tweeter) Izabela Bukowska and Cristina Fernandes trace a cable in preparation for its deployment into the final trench to the RF-container.

The first cable pair reach the patch panel (Y & X polarisations for HBA antenna #95).

Alejo Martinez-Sansigre, Dave King and Mike Willis continue work on patching cables into the RF-container

Some more of the day's cable-team (left-to-right): Roger Deane, Cristina Fernandes, Alejo Martinez-Sansigre and Stuart Lynn.


  1. This is great to read and view - takes me back to my BBC transmitter days. Wish I could help out in some way.