Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Carols

On Christmas Day, I participated in a long standing tradition.  Before the days of iridium and regular telephones, those stationed in Antarctica communicated using the HF radio.  We still have and use the HF radio in comms, but in addition to other means of communication.

On Christmas day, all of the field camps, as well as McMurdo station, get together at a designated time and take turns singing carols over the HF radio.  It was a memory from here I'll never forget.  It was especially magical this year, because the Norwegian tourists (some of those who skied to the Pole, and are now camping outside our station) came in to join us.  They sang 2 Christmas carols in their native language.

It made Christmas day for me!

The Norwegians, singing...

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