Niel in Chili / Niel in Chile

Ek hoor jy was Chili toe. Hoe lank was jy daar?
Ja. Van 21 Oktober 2004 to 26 Januarie 2005.
I hear you've been working in Chile. When was that?
Between 21 October 2004 and 26 January 2005.
Wat het jy daar gedoen?
Ek was 'n radio-operateur.
What did you do there?
I worked as a radio operator
Vir wie het jy gewerk?
Vir 'n maatskappy met die naam Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE).
Who did you work for?
I worked for a company called Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE).
Wat doen ALE?
ALE is die enigste privaat maatskappy wat toerisme na die binneland van Antarktika aanbied. Dit word met vliegtuie gedoen.
What do they do?
ALE is the only private company that conducts tourism in the Antarctic interior, using air transport.
Watter vliegtuie gebruik hulle?
Die mense word na Antarktika geneem met 'n Ilyushin Il-76TD vragvliegtuig, en daar verder geneem met DHC-6 Twin Otter vliegtuie.
What aircraft do they use?
Tourists are transported to Antarctica in an Ilyushin Il-76TD cargo aircraft, and taken further using DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft.
Ilyushin Il-76TD Aircraft standing on ice.
Ilyushin

De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft landing on snow.
Twin Otter
Maar die Ilyushin is 'n groot vliegtuig! Kan dit op die sneeu land?
Nee, die enigste vragvliegtuig wat op sneeu kan land is die Amerikaanse lugmag se KC-130 Hercules vliegtuie wat met skis toegerus is. Die Ilyushin land op 'n blou-ys aanloopbaan.
Can an aircraft the size of the Ilyushin land on snow?
No, the only heavy cargo aircraft that can land on snow are the ski-equipped KC-130 aircraft of the US Air Force. The Ilyushin lands on a blue-ice runway.
Wat is blou ys?
Dit is harde ys soos ysblokkies, wat deur die wind vry van sneeu gehou word.
Wat is blue ice?
Blue ice is hard, homogeneous ice that is kept free of snow by wind action.
Is daar baie blou ys aanloopbane?
Daar is 'n paar op die kontinent. Die een by Patriot Hills is die een wat ALE gebruik.
Are there many blue-ice runways?
There are a number of blue ice areas on the continent. ALE uses the one at Patriot Hills.
Patriot Hills Camp
Blue ice runway and camp at Patriot Hills.
Die blou-ys aanloopbaan en kamp by Patriot Hills.
Wat is daar om te sien vir toeriste?
Die meerderheid van die kliënte is bergklimmers, wat die hoogste berg in Antarktika wil klim. Dan neem hulle ook mense na die Suidpool, en 'n groep om 'n kolonie Keiserpikkewyne te gaan besoek. Nog 'n populêre program is die 'Last Degree', waar mense die laaste 60 myl na die Suidpool ski. Gewoonlik is daar ook 'n aantal expedisies, mense wat van die rand van die kontinent af na die Suidpool to ski, of navorsing doen, en so aan.
What is there to see for tourists?
The majority of clients are mountaineers, coming to climb Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica. There are also visits to the South Pole and the American base there, and a camping expedition to an Emperor Penguin colony. Another popular program is the 'Last Degree', a ski trip from 89° S to the south pole. Usually there are also a number of expedtions, groups skiing from the edge of the continent to the South Pole, across the continent, or on research expeditions.
Hoeveel toeriste was daar?
Daar was 14 Ilyushin vlugte, wat altesaam 250 toeriste vervoer het. Die meeste hiervan was bergklimmers.
How many tourists were there?
The Ilyushin aircraft did 14 flights, carrying a total of 250 tourists.
Wat het die werk behels?
Hoofsaaklik kommunikasie tussen die kantoor in Punta Arenas en die kamp by Patriot Hills, en tydens vlugte met die Ilyushin.
What did you do in your job?
Maintained communications between the Punta Arenas office and the camp at Patriot Hills, and talking to the Ilyushin during flights.
Alles met die radio?
Nee; hoewel ons met radio gewerk het, is daar ook Inmarsat data en Iridium telefoonverbindings.
All by radio?
No; in addition to the radio we also had email via Inmarsat and Iridium telephone connection.
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Punta Arenas Radiokamer.
Punta Arenas Radio room.
Waar het jy gebly?
In 'n huis in Punta Arenas. Die kantore is op die grondvloer, en slaapkamers op die boonste vloer.
Where did you live?
In a house in Punta Arenas. The office was on the ground floor, and living area on the first floor.
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Arauco 935, Punta Arenas
Het jy ook 'n kans gekry om te vlieg?
Ja, ek het vir 'n week plekke geruil met die radio-operateur op Patriot Hills.
Did you have a chance to fly?
Yes, for a week I exchanged places with the radio operator at Patriot Hills.
Waar het jy geslaap op Patriot Hills?
In 'n tent.
Where did you sleep at Patriot Hills?
In a tent.
Slaaptent by Patriot Hills
Slaaptent.
Sleeping tent.
Hoe was die weer tydens die week wat jy in Patriot Hills was?
Nogal goed. Temperatuur -5°C tot -10°C, meestal sonskyn, een of twee winderige dae. Geen storms of so iets nie.
What were the weather conditions during your week at Patriot Hills?
Quite good. The temperature was between -5°C and -10°C, mostly sunshine, a day or two with wind. No storms or blizzards.
Gaan jy dit weer doen?
Nee. Ek het geen natuurlike aanleg vir dié soort werk nie.
Will you do it again?
No. I have no talent for this kind of work.