Thursday, 14 November 2013

The reindeer fence

The reindeer fence is holding up well. Not only have we kept the reindeer out of the antenna fields, but it is also surviving well against the snow. The fence is of timber posts with open wire mesh. Because the antennas are up on a mound, the fence is below the ground plane in most places and therefore does not interfere with the radio signal.

Looking along the reindeer fence towards Norway. The HBA array
is on the mound up on the right. (Photo: D. McKay-Bukowski)

Alongside the lower part of the compound, there is the main snowmobile trail that runs from Finland to Norway. It runs just next to the fence and can be seen in places marked with a red diagonal cross.

The corner of the compound. Saana is in the background and the trail
leads off down past the customs station. (Photo: D. McKay-Bukowski)

We've now put up additional reflective markers  along this fence to ensure it is visible in the dark. We wouldn't want a snowmobile to accidentally run into it!

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