Black Island, Antarctica, Station Interior / by Shaun O'Boyle

I spent Nov 5th on Black Island, located about 25 miles South of McMurdo. While there I walked to my furthest south yet at 78 deg 7 min 54 sec! It also marked my first helicopter ride, which was a pretty amazing experience. Just myself and the pilot, so he took me on a little boondoggle to check out a few sights on the way, Pegasus airfield, a wrecked airplane (thanks for that), and we did a couple loops around Black Island before landing. Very cool. The weather was clear and calm, which is unusual for Black Island, known for high winds that throw gravel and roll rocks around. The day before I arrived winds were 60 knots which is pretty typical. Black Island is the communications hub for McMurdo, all satellite signals come through here through large microwave dishes. The helicopter landing pad is painted with a large skull and cross bones. I went right to work because I only had 8 hours on the island and wanted to get as much done as I could. Here are some shots of the station interior, I'll get to post some exterior shots later. It was an excellent day out there and Tony and Karyn were great hosts. Kathy and Scott in the Black Island station building

Tony the station manager (standing) and Scot

The very comfortable living area

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Ken Kloppenborg Sattelite Communications Engineer at work

Bob Croke, IT Project Engineer and Manager at work next to the huge battery array used to store power from the wind turbines and the solar panels.

The central nervous system for communications at Black Island

Karyn Martin making our excellent lunch

Check out my other posts about Black island here:

https://popantarctica.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/black-island/

and

https://popantarctica.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/black-island-panoramas/