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Module Swaps in CONT14 and AUST Marathon

Module swaps should be coordinated with local staff at the observatories and should only occur at the start of a System Check period. Remember that not all System Check periods require a module swap. Before a module is swapped, you and the local person must agree, on the phone, that both modules are idle.


  • Confirm with the local person that the four disk activity lights are NOT flashing on either module
  • Wait for one minute and again confirm with the local person that the four disk activity lights are NOT flashing.
  • Ask the local person to turn the key on the used module and swap it with a blank one of the correct size.
  • Wait for three green lights above the new module to indicate it is powered up and ready.
  • You will want to continue with the old, partially filled module, so confirm you have the right one with a

    and if it isn't, change to the correct one with a


    , wait about 10 sec, then do and another

  • Make a note in the log that a new module has been inserted into Bank A or B, and say which bank is currently active. Please include VSN codes in the message and in the table on the Module usage page page.
  • Send an email to so that we know what's happened

Note that you can view the Mark5 recorder and the status of the modules remotely using the control room Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) web cameras:

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