Ice 08 wkg Mac Center reporting SNIPT at time 0426, FL310, estimates BOENZ at 0510 and JEHOO at 0521. McMurdo Weather comes up and gives Ice 08 their PSR forecast for their estimated arrival at 0545 – reports few clouds at 1,500, scattered at 8,000, broken at 15,0000, visibility unrestricted with drifting snow, grid wind 240 at 15, temperature -25 and altimeter of 2925.
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261.725 PAC: Ice 09 wkg Mac Center reporting position URROA at time 2324, FL310, estimates SNIPT at 0011 and JIPIG next. Mac Center requests Ice 09 to disregard JIPIG report and to give their estimates for BOENZ and JEHOO when crossing SNIPT. McMurdo Weather then comes up and gave latest forecast report to Ice 09 for their arrival. Reach 982 also heard wkg Ice Ops for radio check and advised they had departed Hickam with 9 1/2 hours to Christchurch.
Caught an interesting exchange between Ice 31 while they were attempting to land at McMurdo. Ice 31 ends up having to RTB back to Christchurch due to poor weather conditions.
Ice 22 wkg Charleston Remote Operations Facility regarding question about the TAF they received for the McMurdo Pegasus Ice Runway.
Operation Deep Freeze activity continues on 261.725. This time we have Polar 01 wkg Deep Freeze Ops with off deck report. Flight heading to NZIR (McMurdo Sea ice runway Airport)
Found some old Operation Deep Freeze scanner recordings that I had taken around 2001 or 2002. I think they were using the old FLTSATCOM freq 261.750 at the time. Believe it or not, these were recorded using nothing more than a discone antenna in the attic of my apartment when I was living in San Diego.
Base Ops giving weather report for NZIR – McMurdo Station.
Ice 09 forced to cancel mission due to poor weather and visibility.
261.825: Charleston Weather wkg Ice 11 with WX update at NZIR McMurdo Station (Ice Runway) in Antarctica. Nice springtime temp of -22 degrees.
Ice 50 wkg Mac Center for a UHF SATCOM radio check on the usual frequency of 263.625. Ice 50 was just starting their return leg back to New Zealand after making a trip to the Pegasus Ice Runway at McMurdo Station.