Heard Island Expedition 1997 (Planning Documents)


Wes Lamboley W8FMG

A. Mission Statement

"To provide safe, reliable, uninterrupted 115/220 Volt/60 Hertz powe to the Heard Island (HI) Expedition at the locations specified by the Operations Manager during deployment on HI January/february, 1997".

B. Applicable Information

1. List of equipment requiring power during the HI deployment.

a. name of equipment
b. power requirement (peak watts)
c. voltage requirement (volts)
d. intended operating interval(s) per day
e. connector style on equipment
f. other special features of equipment as required

2. Site plan/layout of equipment locations
3. List of power generating equipment in current inventory
4. All manuals relative to power generating equipment in the inventory
5. List of wiring (length, size, etc) in current inventory

C. HI Power Requirements

1. Radio/Amplifier Power

a. list total power required, by location (ie-"cw tent")
b. list equipment connectors by location

2. Support Equipment Power (computers, keyers, lamps, etc)

a. list as in 1.a/b above

3. Supporting Facilities/Resources

a. power generators
b. power distribution equipment
c. fuel sources and distribution systems
d. safety equipment/grounding
e. spare parts

4. Personnel Training

5. Special Handling/Shipping

D. Organizational/Operational Concept

1. Power generating equipment will be located 100 feet (minimum) from radio operations tents.
2. All generators, wiring, pumps, syphons, distribution boxes, fuel containers, etc shall be checked out prior to shipping to HI.
3. Spare parts for generators shall be included per manufacturer's list of recommended spares (including oil).
4. Fire extinguishers shall be located with each generator.
5. Voltages shall be measured/verified prior to any equipment
"plug-in" on HI.
6. Generators will be fueled while running.
7. At least 1 Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) will be provided for the most critical computer location.

E. Approach to Satisfying Mission Statement

1. Compile equipment list by tent site.
2. Determine power/connector requirements by tent site.
3. Combine all tent power requirements for HI operations.
4. Generate power distribution schematic diagram(s) for site and tent(s).
5. Determine if existing power generating equipment/wiring/distribution resources are adequate.
6. Acquire additional resources as required.
7. Test all power equipment prior to packing/shipping from U.S.

a. voltage tests
b. load tests
c. distribution wiring/equipment tests
d. fuel pumps and fuel containers tests
e. safety equipment tests

8. Calculate worst-case fuel consumption; ensure adequate fuel is available at HI (in 55 gallon drums).
9. Pack equipment as required for salt air environment of 3 months.
10. Prepare information describing power system for team members.
Develop approach to fueling as a function of weather conditions, safety, etc.

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