Tech Staff Meeting Notes July 19, 2005

Current Top Priorities are:Station Maintenance, Broadband Upgrade, I40 Bridge

There are four levels of priority.
PrioritiesWish to try to get these done (or make progress on) before the next meeting (yeah right)
Second TierFit this in too if an opportunity arises. May be good to do instead of priorities but check with Mitch. Likely to be a priority in a previous and/or subsequent month
As Time PermitsFit these in when you can but not instead of first or second priorities
OtherStuff we hope to get to and don't want to forget about


BB network upgrade.
Qualtron radios arrived. There is a great deal of planning (e.g. telemetry paths) and testing (e.g. new DM24 digitizer caps) to do. But we can get started now.

James needs to focus on his thesis for the next several weeks.
Reelfoot. Now on solar. Have permission to run a trench with AC power (and data?). Could do this with or without building remod.
Bob will acquire 4 raydomes to replace damaged ones. Done and installed
Chris will integrate routine maintenance trip to all GPS sites for visual check, kudzu control, battery check, repaint masts, etc. Also check them out for best way to build/install a cover to help control temperature. Much of the routine work done; still need to paint masts. Davis came up with a good, cost-effective cooling solution.
Steele and Charleston are still dialup. What's the best way to get them real-time? Charleston might be line of site to NMAD. At 1sps they generate about 32M/day. Internet at NWCU and RLAP is about to go away. There is a local tower. Need to come up with a communications scheme for these two also. All this could be done keeping in mind Bob's intention to submit a proposal to make the network more dense.

Began swapping all sensors; Filipcic is taking the lead and keeping records.
Need to get HDAR integrated into aztnworm real-time. Needs upgrade to year3 hardware and need to add telemetry.
MVKY needs attention. Brackman will visit and replace MSS100 if necessary.
Made some progress on TRSC. Brewer will get with the IT guy there (John Ryan) to reconfigure the mss100 to conform to there new firewall/network.

Routine Maintenance. Mitch needs to make sure he leaves few weeks this summer to hit all stations. Working on the couple stations that have problems.

Tracked down and repaired 3 of 4 lines between Richardson and CERI. Mitch spoke with Mark Reavis at Network Services and was assured these lines would remain intact.

Tracked down and repaired problem with PWLA/EBZ/SFTN telemetry.

Working on low snr problem with channels on SCA.

CWPT got hit by lightning and damaged the borehole casing. Need to drill a new hole and reinstall. Can't get access with the giddings while crops are in so this will need to wait several months.

RSCM was destroyed by vandals. This is the third time. It is a quiet and optimally located within the network. Need to replace and/or move if a suitable alternative can be found within a few kilometers.

I-40 Bridge.
There are several problems remaining. Mysterious glitches, 3 dead sensors, problem with borehole sensor at W28. Brewer made much additional progress on the digital side of things though there is still work to do. Not yet declared operational.
We will be installing sensors in two boreholes near HDBT. Greg will look into permission. Mitch will contact NSMP for specs.

Second Tier Priorities

P-plant person responsible for maintaining the generators no longer works there. Mac will check into who is replacing and alternatively, do it himself. Should we consider landscaping to cut down on grass trimmings getting all over the place including AC coils? Might be easier just to wash em off once a month.

GA Tech guys will be here August 7-13. Bollwerk is coordinating. They wish to visit GNAR, HBAR, LPAR, PARM, UTMT and possibly PVMO. They already have contact info for UTMT.

FDL. John purchased containers and Ting-Li is providing a list from which John will create multi-channel "tool boxes" containing all necessary cables, hardware, etc to run an experiment.
Bodin came back from Austin with a ton of stuff to do. We'll start keeping fdl notes in a separate fdl section.

CVTN and ASAR optical isolation. Need to upgrade to year 3 hardware. Hardware ready. Filipcic needs to install.

Steiner McGoldrick are going to ET first week in August to help John and to recon proposed STAR improvements. McGoldrick will pick up the camera for Star Mountain from Betty while he's there. Then we can mock it up here and figure out exactly how we're going to install it.

As Time Permits

Battery charging station. Done. ES&H blessed and tagged the new shower and said we aren't charging sufficient batteries to make a hood necessary.

Pressure wash and paint MKTA equipment hut. Done.


Currently on hold. Greg contacted Kester (did I get the name right?) and he's willing to provide alot of assistance. Hester will be coming down at some point to discuss details he can take to the Foundation to secure funding for a DSL connection at the granary.

Greg provided a todo list that is integrated into this list but for reference, the original is here.

MPHB. Withers needs to determine current orientation so we can pull it and orient correctly. Helicorders look strange. Need to verify the data.

Timing. Steiner has an easy way to generate a datastream that goes high when lock is lost. Need a mask to decide what streams to use. Need mechanism to produce alarms. BB stations more difficult. How do we automate the status stream or even get it back to Memphis for logging? (Save it to file with Scream?). Note, new version of firmware sends status to both flash and stream. Hence, information will be in gcf2ew logs, but how do we monitor that? Maybe not a huge deal with broadbands since both Bollwerk and Brewer regularly monitor. Would still be good to have a record though.

North Carolina station refurbish. Keep node at LRNC. Modify to be the same as a New Madrid node and minimize internet bandwidth required. Discussed some other possibilities for this. Mitch does not want a second node.

VBMS. New vault will be used. Submitted modified proposal to IRIS.

GAI. (aka BB-13's from Gainesville). Done.

Langston student projects

Both of these are more or less complete from our perspective and they have been handed off to the respective students.

McNamara PDF. Filipcic acquired the software and is installing.