Working at the British Antarctic Survey was very exciting for me. It was my first time working for a large scientific and technical organisation. I met some great engineers there - some of whom I am certain helped foster my love for electronics. 

I was employed as an electronics technician tasked with building and testing equipment that would be used to measure the air-earth current and Earth's geo-electric field. I also built and tested the power generation equipment that would keep the test instruments operating in the harsh Antarctic environment. 

Unfortunately for me, I didn't have the opportunity to go to the Antarctic myself. 

Below is a photograph of part of the air-earth current meter instrumentation. The "floating" sphere contains a trans-conductance amplifier that measures current in the pico Amp range. 


Below is a photograph showing the power generation equipment that was used for the project. The solar panel to the left of the picture was positioned with its face almost perfectly perpendicular to the ground so that it could make most use of the suns low trajectory over the horizon.