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2nd March 2014 - Road trip!

Posted: 18 Mar 2014

So far we have been commissioning the telescope from HartRAO, outside Johannesburg. However, this is not C-BASS south's final resting place. In a few months we will be moving the receiver and digital back end from it's current dish to an identical one in the Karoo desert (circa 900km away)... a lovely dry spot with little interference from pesky mobile phone signals or wifi.

It was essential we check the site in the desert and begin preparations for the antenna's arrival. This required a 3 day road trip! So we took our tiny little hire car on an epic journey.

21st February 2014 - (Nearly) Final testing of the telescope

Posted: 18 Mar 2014

Luke, Mike and I have travelled back to South Africa to hopefully do the final testing of the C-BASS antenna. We want to try and test the response of the telescope to something we know - a transmitter on a hillside - so that we can then compare that to what we measure in the sky. It's a fairly tricky experiment to do as you need to transmit a signal that you know the brightness and angle of very accurately. You also want to make sure that you don't pick up reflections from everything around you.