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Monday 11 October 2010

Payphone at the Antarctica

Although B155 primarily serves as the nerve center for McMurdo Station (houses administration, the galley, and our base store) there are some quarters. And in a hallway on the second floor are two card operated Telecom New Zealand payphones.

It never occurred to me that we'd have them as everyone has phones in their rooms. Now that I think about it, though, we do need to cater to the dozen or so Kiwis who work here during the summer. It would also make sense to be able to make a local call to Christchurch for making plans once we get off the ice. All phone calls from private and office phones downlink to the US mainland, putting a hamper on someone making a cheap call to NZ.

Many thanks to Bipolar Dave and Tom Fletcher for this great addition to the site.