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19th March 2013 - Back home, but not for long

Posted: 19 Mar 2013

So after a busy trip, Jamie and I had to come back to the UK to cover our teaching commitments but most importantly to try and recruit a new research student to work with us on C-BASS.

2nd - 9th March - testing, testing, testing ... hippos and food poisoning

Posted: 19 Mar 2013

Testing carried on all week and Charlie also got all the electronics in the lab working again too.

1st March 2013 - When it rains, it really rains

Posted: 19 Mar 2013

I spoke too soon about the weather! It does rain here...

26th - 28th February 2013 - Unpacking and re-building C-BASS

Posted: 02 Mar 2013

It been a busy few days as we slowly unpacked all the crates and start to put C-BASS back together again.

25th February 2013 - C-BASS has landed

Posted: 02 Mar 2013

Jamie and I landed in Johannesberg at 10am this morning and were met by Charles at the airport. We drove over to the observtory and by complete chance arrived at the exact same time as C-BASS was being delivered.

24th February 2013 - The last C-BASS supper

Posted: 02 Mar 2013

So the C-BASS shipping crates flew over the weekend and arrived in Johannesberg on the 19th February. It took a couple of days for them to get cleared through customs but they made it and are due to be delivered to the observatory on Monday.

12th February 2013 - time to pack

Posted: 02 Mar 2013

The day has finally arrived to pack everything up. Charles has already left for South Africa and Mike is away at a meeting in Australia, so it's left to Jamie and I to pack everything up (with a bit of help from the shipping company and our helpful colleagues in the Physics workshop and stores).

8th February 2013 - Shipping crates arrive

Posted: 01 Mar 2013

Our shipping crates arrived today. Not long until we ship, which means we really need to finish testing everything and make sure that we've made a list of everything that needs to go.

6th February 2013 - Gluing the foam cone

Posted: 01 Mar 2013

It's time to do one of the stranger jobs on C-BASS today, and that involves us wearing white lab coats like proper scientists. We have to glue together a large block of foam (zotefoam) on top of which we will glue the C-BASS secondary mirror.

31st January 2013 - Final Testing in Oxford

Posted: 01 Mar 2013

Only a week or two to go before we want to ship the CBASS-S receiver out to South Africa and time for some final testing to check that all is well.

31st January 2013 - Introduction

Posted: 01 Mar 2013

Welcome to our blog! For the past year we've been building a new radio telescope receiver to form part of a new radio telescope in South Africa. All the building so far has been done in our labs in Oxford, but in the next few weeks we'll be ready to take it out to its new home at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory, near Johannesburg in South Africa. We thought it might be interesting to write a blog about what we are up to - so here we go.