National Geographic : 1926 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE for saluting and a three-inch anti aircraft gun. THREE RADIO SETS CARRIED Our radio equipment is of par ticular interest. In addition to a Cz radio compass, there are three sets: one a 2-kilowatt vacuum-tube set, -° with which we can communicate c with the shore and with vessels U fitted with modern equipment; sec ond, a 2-kilowatt spark set, with which we can communicate with vessels carrying old-fashioned equipment; and, third, a 5o-watt short-wave vacuum-tube set, used for experimenting in code with amateurs and for telephoning to " the Modoc. Our radio duty is truly inter 0 national, for we speak in code to E ships of all nationalities. Two (lays out of Boston we broadcast an announcement that S. the Ice Patrol for 1925 is starting. 1 We ask for water temperatures and o send a query for any reports of icebergs. 0 rn A "How do you do" message , o goes to the Canadian land stations at Cape Race and at Chehucto ~ Head, near Halifax; to the French So station at St. Pierre, the United S, States Naval Station at Bar Har l or, and the station at Chatham, , Massachusetts. These stations an swer immediately, assuring whole hearted cooperation. S The cutter on duty is a busy place every day. To carry out the .f orders, "to locate the icebergs and = ice fields nearest the transatlantic steamship lanes, and to determine the southerly, easterly, and west • erly limits of the ice as it moves to the southward, and keep track of all ice seen or reported," is not an easy task. ' THE OCEANOGRAPHER BEGINS HIS DAY'S WARNINGS ." The oceanographer's day begins before the break of dawn, because he must get star sights for posi tion if the fog permits, the first of the series to be made and checked all during the day.