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Sparky On Ice
The Coldest Podcast on the Internet

Sparky On Ice The Coldest Podcast on the Internet

By Robert Ray

Have you ever wondered what is is like to live and work at McMurdo station Antarctica?
Well wonder no more.
Hi, My name is Rob and I am an electrician and I get to see and do stuff most others don't get an opportunity to do.
Join me as I set up airfield lighting, take a snowmobile ride to the base of a volcano, or a helicopter ride to a remote island station.
It is not always glamorous here, but I love working here. So go ahead and subscribe and get to me and the most inhospitable place on the planet.
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Episode 18 Winfly

Sparky On Ice The Coldest Podcast on the Internet

Episode 31 Back in Yellow, Again
Well we are back in yellow and work still has to happen. I talk about the aquarium pumps and my some of the new stuff going on here.    In history I cover Shackelton's trip from Elephant Island to South Georgia Island.  If you have any questions just drop me an email Podcast@sparkyonice.xyx  Facebook
October 10, 2021
Episode 30 Fixing More Stuff
In this episode I talk a little about future plans for the show and some to the things we have to do to keep this station running properly. In history, we will go into part one of the Shackleton Imperial TransAntarcitic expedition.
September 19, 2021
Episode 29 Back on the Ice, Again
Well I am back on the Ice and it is WinFly.  It got off to a rough start, but we are here and doing our best to make thing happen. This is a catch up episode, so I go back to last year and quickly bring it to now. If you have any questions you can contact me on Twitter or Facebook with @sparkyonice or an email to The music used in this podcast is Cold Winter Blues by Lucille Hegamin And The Dixie Daisies and is used under Public Domain
September 5, 2021
Episode 28 Loneliness and Other Things
I got a little down the past couple of weeks, so I talk about that and our MCI drill from last week. In History I finish the Mawson expedition. If you have any questions just drop me an email Podcast@sparkyonice.xyx  Facebook  Twitter
December 17, 2020
Episode 27 A Room With a View
This week I went on a snowmobile trip. In History I cover Douglas Mawson part 1 Links Room with a view Wonderful Tonight
December 3, 2020
Episode 26 Getting the lights on
This week I talk about the rising temps and getting the lights on in more that one place. Link to Willy field lighting In History I talk about Scott's ill fated return from the Pole. Link to memorial video
November 24, 2020
Episode 25 A Busy Week
Well this was a crazy busy week for me.  A Halloween dance party, DnD night, a broken Karaoke. In history I cover part 2 of Scott's ill fated trip to the pole. Link to learning bass video Check out Davie504 If you have any questions just drop me an email Podcast@sparkyonice.xyx   Facebook  Twitter 
November 17, 2020
Episode 24 A Major Repair
In this episode I talk about an emergency repair to a building. In history I cover the first part of the Terra Nova expedition. If you have any questions just drop me an email Podcast@sparkyonice.xyx Facebook Twitter Reddit
November 8, 2020
Episode 23 Summer is Coming
This episode I talk about prepping for Summer and answer a few question about living on ice.   In history, I cover Roald Admundson, the first person to make it to the South Pole. If you have any questions just drop me an email or Follow me on Facebook and Twitterand Reddit
November 1, 2020
Episode 22 The New Normal
Well we are back in Covid Level yellow.  But we did have some fun while in green and I talk about some of that in this episode. In history, I talk about the Nimrod expedition on 1907. If you have any questions just drop me an email Podcast@sparkyonice.xyx Facebook Twitter Reddit
October 25, 2020
Episode 21 Super Green
We finally went Covid Level green and that means no masks and we can have some fun on station.  I talk about some of the fun and training I had this week. Then I go into the 4th French expedition and the forgotten Japanese one in the history segment. If you have any questions just drop me an email or Follow me on Facebook and Twitter
October 18, 2020
Episode 20 Finally on the Ice
On this Episode I finally make it out of isolation and onto the ice. Link to Davie504 YouTube Channel Follow me on Facebook and Twitter
October 12, 2020
Episode 19 The Return
Well I am on my way back to the Ice.  This episode I talk about the different process this year and isolation before hitting the Ice. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter at SparkyonIce.  And don't forget about my Youtube channel Sparky On Ice.
September 21, 2020
Episode 18 Winfly
Well I am back at home and restarting the show with some catch up episodes before I go back in September.This episode I talk about Winfly and getting ready for […]
September 14, 2020
Episode 17 Still no Plane
Another week and still no plane. We hit some Con 1 conditions this week and I did more karaoke. I am also going to start a DnD group soon. In […]
September 14, 2020
Episode 16 Con 1 and Winter's end
On this episode I talk about my first week as foreman. I also talk about the pinewood derby and a concert. We had some karaoke this week and it went […]
August 19, 2019
Episode 15 Derby and Films
This episode I welcome the sunlight and talk about fun and work events of the last few weeks.I have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks. Hopefully now I […]
August 11, 2019
Episode 14 Rise of the Phoenix
In this episode I talk about a trip to Phoenix airfield, and my new contract. History is about the first Scott Expedition and some really good questions at the end.
July 21, 2019
Episode 13 Christmas in July
Welcome back everyone. This episode I talk about the 4th of July Parade and picnic. I also cover the good and bad of plane arrival. WE GOT MAIL!I continue history […]
July 14, 2019
Episode 12 Baby It's cold outside
On this episode I talk about the cold, working outside in con2 and Mid Winter dinner.No history this week. I will do more next episode.I also answer some listener questions.
June 28, 2019
Episode 11 The Big Red One
This episode I talk about clothing and extreme cold weather gear.On history I go over the 1897 Belgian expedition.?I also received a few good questions for this show.
June 13, 2019
Episode 10 Water Crisis
On this episode I talk about our water shortage on station and the seating arrangements in the galley.On the history portion I cover the Heroic Age of Exploration.
May 31, 2019
Episode 9 NASA and Isolation
Thursday May 16.  Day 121 on ice.This episode I talk about my trip to the NASA part of the station and how it feels to be totally isolated from the world for a few days.On the history segment I cover the late 19th century and the seal industry.
May 16, 2019
Episode 8 Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon
This episode I announce our new biweekly schedule and a new history segment.  I also talk about the onset of the long night.  Then I answer a couple listener questions.—
May 2, 2019
Episode 7: A story of wind and electricity
This week I talk about an issue that came up at home.  Then I cover a little about dangers of old equipment and the wind.I finish out the regular segment with a little about personality traits here.We end the show with a couple of questions.You can submit a question via email podcast@sparkyonice.xyzYou can find me on Twitter @sparkyoniceFacebook at can also find my youtube channel with different content—
April 21, 2019
Episode 6 Black Holes and Planes
This week I talk about how the South Pole Telescope helped image a black hole and talk about plane troubles here on the ice.No questions this week.If you want your questions answered on the show contact me at one of these links.TwitterFacebookYouTube Website—
April 14, 2019
Episode 5 Flat Earth and Frustrations
This week is the first episode in real time.  I talk about some frustrations about living here and the news about the flat earth cruise.  I also answer listener questions about spoilers and auroras.Follow meTwitterFacebookYouTube Website—
April 7, 2019
Episode 4 Welcome winter and it's cold out there
This episode gets everyone caught up to the end of March.  Winter rules are in effect, and it gets cold.One of the questions was about jobs.  You can find them at this link can send me a voicemail on the Anchor app.  You can also email me Podcast@sparkyonice,xyz.  Be sure to check out our FaceBook, Twitter and Youtube pages as well.—
March 31, 2019
Episode 3 Having fun at Willie Field
On this episode I cover a little about weather conditions and my experience out at the airfield along with answering a couple of questions.You can ask a question via voicemail on the Anchor App.  You can also send me an email  You can like my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my Youtube channel.—This episode is sponsored by· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
March 31, 2019
Episode 2 Getting settled in and learning the ropes
This episode covers about the first month on the ice.  I talk about food, having to change rooms, Scott Hut,  and other issues that came up during that time frame.I also answer a few listener questions.  You can submit a question by voicemail on the anchor app or send me an email  you can also find the facebook page Sparky on Ice, the Youtube channel, or—This episode is sponsored by· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
March 31, 2019
Episode 1 The beginning of my trip to the end
Welcome to the first episode of Sparky on Ice, the coldest podcast on the internet.This being the first episode, I thought it would be a good idea to go back in time and talk about how I got here and the trip.Starting with the next episode I will be answering questions.  You can submit one by emailing me or using the anchor app to send a voicemail.Don't forget to check out my youtube and facebook channel or the website
March 30, 2019