T-Site

David Huntsman, an IT project manager at Antarctic Support Contract, escorted me around T-Site, an area off limits to all but communications support people and utility techs. T-Site, which stands for transmitter or telecommunications site, I’ve heard both, is the communications hub of McMurdo Station, with many rhombic antennas and a building housing the comm equipment. My understanding is that this site handles most of the communication to and from McMurdo to sites around Antarctica. The site is near Crater Heights, and overlooks McMurdo Station, providing an excellent panorama of the station and Observation Hill.  We also visited a nearby NASA communications up-link site.  Click for larger images.

McMurdo Station on Dec 4, 2015 from the heights at T-Site, this image gives an idea of the amount of cargo that moves through the station
Observation Hill, fuel tanks, and the huge red vehicle at bottom is the Kress, used to transport scientists and techs to the LDB site each day out on the Ross Ice Shelf. The road on Ob Hill leads to the former site of PM-3A nuclear power plant run by the Navy from 1962 to 1972.
T Site and Observation Hill
T-Site and Observation Hill
T Site building 221
T-Site building 221
Comm equipment in building 221
Comm equipment in building 221
Comm equipment in building 221
Comm equipment in building 221
NASA satellite uplink
David at the NASA satellite up-link, Mount Terror beyond
Wind Turbines
Wind Turbines, Black Island and Mount Discovery beyond
David, and C-130 taking off from Willy Field
David, and a C-130 taking off from Willy Field
T-Site from the summit of Observation Hill
T-Site from the summit of Observation Hill
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