As the field season progressed, the MIT team recorded and posted daily a record of their activities, along with a few selected photos.
The field site's logbook has been duplicated here.
July 17, 2005
Written by Matt Silver
Winds howled through last night shaking our tents violently and vibrating the guy lines on the Greenhouse windmill so strongly that it sounded like a twin otter plane was flying low over Tent-City. John Schutt, the camp manager, said that they have not had sustained winds like that since he's been coming here ten years ago. He estimated that there were sustained winds of 26 knots with gusts of up to 40 knots for most of the night. At about 3am I awoke to a particularly loud gust that jolted the tent, me, and all my gear, and I feared the outer tarp blown off. I exited the tent and checked the lines, which were thankfully secure.
The morning was a hit less windy and Mike and I made some good progress. We handed out RFID tags to everybody at breakfast, and began setting up the mess tent experiment. Mike encountered some problems trying to communicate with the reader, and worked much of the morning and early afternoon re-writing code. By mid he had solved the main issues and we set up three antennas and one reader at the mess tent door. Below are two pictures of Mike setting up the RFID system to the right and to the left of the door, respectively.
While Mike debugged the application I set up the RFID hardware at the doorway, finished copying other group's inventories into the database, and began to work on the ATV experiment. I met with Jean Marc to establish the hazards and perishability of medical supplies, and also walked with Hans to the top of Comm Hill to take inventory of the "pre-positioned" satellite communications equipment. In all, 245 communications-related items and 97 medical items were added to the excel database and catalogued.
It is now 8pm and the RFID system has been up and running for about 3 hours. Tomorrow will be our first day officially tracking and recording traffic near the mess tent door. Later we will add logic to determine whether people are entering or leaving the tent.