Hi Keith, welcome to the Cool Antarctica forum.
My time in the mid 80's was similar to yours, though we had a whole 200 words per month - how things had progressed in the decade and a bit!
Like you say things are so much different these days with emails and internet access.
I still vividly recall one night in winter on night watch when I heard the clattering of the telex machine, I was so excited, the outside world was coming to us! I rushed down the corridor to see what was happening, it was a ship's SOS from thousands of miles away and not really to do with us at all. The world shrunk inwards again...