The Rocky Mountain Institute of Advanced Studies
- Long, long ago
The Rocky Mountain Institute of Advanced Studies was formed in
the early 70's as an offshoot of the Radio telescope site somewhere
in the bush near Caroline,Alberta. Phd's were issued at a cost of
$3.00 each and meetings were held at late hours in local watering
holes. The Institute's main building was damaged in a mishap
involving a large person and the apparent collapse of the pole over
the pit,and has now passed into oblivion.
148k jpeg of
a typical meeting
- The 'Long Station Wagon' log: Here are some excerpts from the
log of the real Radio Telescope found while tidying up the lab.
"21 Jan '72 Grish,James,Harding,Vaneldik,etc.
(Technical stuff started here,they left the site Jan 22 at 1600
- Arrived at 20:30 hours,Route from ranger station to cabin not
plowed;four wheel chains and super low speed required to reach
- Vehicle was unstable on highway and when approaching Clearwater
bridge touched brakes and vehicle broke into oscillation and went
into the ditch. Tried to winch out of ditch but winch didn't work
so a passing truck hooked onto winch and started pulling out and
broke winch cable and motor. Finally the other truck used it's
winch to haul our vehicle out.
- Attempted to put the new modular system on the air____"
"3 Feb. 1972 Goddard-Holroyd
- Left Edmonton at 14:15 and arrived at site 19:30. No problems
- HEATER IN BUNKHOUSE OUT
- PILOT OUT
- ALL LIQUIDS FROZEN
- Ski-Doo wouldn't start.Battery sitting on Ski-Doo seat Friday
- Located side cutter and Crescent wrench missing from Big Blue
tool box. Located EMPTY jerry can.
- Lights in bunk-house did not want to start. (We need new
- Change batteries_____" (Four pages of technical stuff
There is a lot more but I don't have disk space for it. Some
notable incidents were the Dr. Hardings bagging a moose during
hunting season, lots of misadventures involving vehicles and the
temperamental Ski-Doo, and the chewing up of coax cables by a
The last log entry was August,1972.
- Papers The main purpose of the site was the testing of a three
mile long antenna array. Here are a few of many papers related to
- Chutte,Englefield,Harding,James & Routledge ,"Site-testing
for a proposed 12 Mhz. radio telescope in Alberta ,"J. Roy. Astron.
soc. Can.,vol 65,no.2, pp 49-59.
- D.A. Wynne ,"Physical tapering of large antenna arrays" ,Msc.
thesis, Dept. of electrical Engineering, Univ. of Alberta,
- J. Galt, C.R. Purton, and P.A.G. Scheuer, " A large 10 Mhz.
array for radio astronomy," Publ. Dominion Observatory, vol. 25,
No. 10 ,pppp 295-304, 1967.
- Barry David McLarnon, "A multiplexed feeder system for accurate
excitation of a large antenna array ", Msc. thesis, Dept. of
electrical Engineering, Univ. of Alberta, 1973.
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