Hello from the Great White North (Day 1-2 Update)
Its been a insane couple of days (as to be expected) getting up here to Arctic Watch and getting our solar satellite dish hooked up.
Flight up was amazing, since the new charter flight had a bathroom. High tech! Not much to see but a couple nice clean landings. Unfortunately I didn’t spot any whales in the bay from the flight.
The remainder of the first day was spent unpacking and discussing what the AW team had built for solar and satellite. (see attached pictures of the solar array). And discussing our contingency plans for if the whales came really really late (at this point they still hadn’t come)
Saturday kicked in and we jumped into high gear. I spent the morning configuring the new modem, and was pleasantly surprised by the announcement that Sven had spotted whales in the river. This meant we could get to work. Judging based on where the best shoreline would be during high tide and where the whales were, we started assembling the solar array tower. This of course was no simple feat. The platform alone weighed over 300 pounds, and had 600 pounds of batteries in it. But with some heavy lifting, and a few close calls, we got everything set up in the river.
That night I slept like a baby (not a newborn one though.. like a really tired sleepy baby)
That brings us to today. We are going to attempt to line up the satellite dish today and start receiving signal, and get the camera placed on a radio tower. We are hoping the whales settle into a good spot so we can get this puppy (caution: not really a puppy) up and running.
As the Inuit say: