Interview of Thomas T. Montgomery by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of Thomas T. Montgomery by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Montgomery, Thomas T.
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy -- Radiomen -- Interviews
Operation Deep Freeze
Oral history
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Polar regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Issue Date: 2009-04-23
Publisher: Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program
Series/Report no.: Antarctic Deep Freeze Oral History Project
Abstract: Radioman "Monty" Montgomery, who never went to radio school, was ordered to the staff of Task Force 43 as soon as he volunteered for Antarctica and, after helping to write plans and orders and select amateur radio equipment, to MCB (Special). He was a member of the advance party at McMurdo in Deep Freeze I, where he operated from a tent at first to relay communications between ship and shore. He discussed radio schedules, atmospheric radio blackouts, and fast exchanges in Morse code with Russian and French radiomen to receive their synoptic weather observations, code lingo overcoming normal language barriers. After his official Navy communications shift, Montgomery spent hours on ham radio, contacting US radio amateurs who would patch through to Antarcticans' families. The following summer he was one of two radiomen in the South Pole advance party.
Description: The Antarctic Deep Freeze oral history project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and supported by the Antarctic Deep Freeze Association. The original paper copies and unaltered tapes have been deposited in the library of the National Science Foundation.
Other Identifiers: Record Group Number: 56.179
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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