RX6A/MM  on air from onboard Academik Tryoshnikov

Eugene RZ3EC informs WAP that  Alexei RX6A is actually operating /MM form on board of  the Russian scientific research icebreaker  “Akademik Treshnikov” (aka Akademik Tryoshnikov) on the way to Antarctica.

DX Clusters alteady report activities on FT8 & SSB on 10, 12 and 30 mts

Icebreaker AKADEMIK TRYOSHNIKOV (IMO 9548536, MMSI 273359440,  Callsign UBXH3) was reported two days ago by MarinecTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System as sailing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The current position reported of AKADEMIK TRYOSHNIKOV is at 12° 25′ 49.152″ North, 19° 26′ 12.876″ West off the coasts of West Africa. The vessel is en route to the port of Cape Town, sailing at a speed of 14.4 knots and expected to arrive there on Dec 14, 08:00. as on 2020-12-02 06:45 UTC .

Akademik Tryoshnikov sailing under the flag of was built in 2012. It’s carrying capacity is 6634 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 8.6 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 133.53 meters and her width is 23.25 meters.

This vessel is equipped by tech laboratories able to process results of oceanographic researches, atmospheric soundings and other scientific experiments on research and development projects, studying natural processes and phenomena in the ocean as well as delivering consignments and rotating the personnel of Antarctic Stations; removing trash and waste from the Antarctic.

For those interested,  Akademik Tryoshnikov can be tracked by: https://www.myshiptracking.com/vessels/akademik-tryoshnikov-mmsi-273359440-imo-9548536 or on  http://www.vesseltracking.net/ship/akademik-tryoshnikov-9548536

Akademik Treshnikov” (aka Akademik Tryoshnikov) is valid  for WAP WADA & WAP WACA Awards program as well as for Polar Challenge.

61 years of Antarctica Treaty signature. December 1st, Antarctica day

UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) remind us that, today is Antarctica Day, marking 61 years since the Antarctic Treaty was signed by 12 countries, to set aside the Antarctic continent for peaceful, international scientific cooperation. The Antarctic Treaty is the world’s most successful international agreement and in its time the Treaty has endorsed the Protocol on Environmental Protection, designating Antarctica as a nature reserve and committing signatories to the protection of the environment and its ecosystem.

This day falls in what is already a very special year with UKAHT celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica through our Antarctica In Sight program. Whilst many of our planned events this year

Along with our Podcast series A Voyage To Antarctica which has received over 6K listens so far, we’ve created three short films in response to the programme themes of Human endeavour: courage and exploration; Climate: scientific legacy; and Geopolitics: exploitation to preservation.

We spoke to Antarctic Photography Guide, Neill Drake, Climate Scientist and Explorer, Felicity Aston and UN Patron for Oceans, Lewis Pugh, about their experience of working in Antarctica and how they have been inspired by the history of the white continent.

From Antarctic explorer and photographer Frank Hurley’s extreme efforts to capture the mood of the moment, scientific breakthroughs in Ozone layer research in the 1980’s to chilling reminders of the destruction of the whaling industry in the early 20th Century.

With each film under 2 minutes, we think this is the perfect break time escape. Find out more on our Antarctica in Sight page at:  https://www.ukaht.org/antarctica-in-sight/

RX6A/MM and RIØ1ANT expected to be on air

Oleg UA6GG has just forwarded WAP an information coming from RX6A, Alexey Romov ( ex: 4K1B,4K1C,4K1K,4K1L)

As part of the seasonal work of RAE 66 (66th Russian Antarctic Expedition) Alexey P. Romov, RX6A will be part of the Russian Team in the Antarctic . Alexey plans to operate  (tentatively) as RX6A/ММ from  07 through 25 December.

From 25 December 2020 through 30 May 2021 (tentatively) Alexey could be active as RIØ1ANT from Progress Station, WAP RUS-11 (pic aside) and Vostok Base (WAP RUS-13) .

Alexey will work preferably CW and FT8 mostly on 7 MHz.

TNX Oleg UA6GG
www.dxtrophy.com

 

Russia is also planning to reopen Russkaya Station (WAP RUS-12)

About $4.6 million to be invested in Russkaya Station in Antarctica by 2021. The Russian Antarctic Expedition has obtained about 300 million rubles for the purpose. The decision to reopen the station was made mostly at the initiative of the space corporation Roscosmos.  Russkaya Station (WAP RUS-12) was set up in the 1970s. Starting from 1980 it operated as a seasonal field base. Budget constraints forced its suspension in 1990.

For a long time the Russian Antarctic Expedition pressed for its reactivation. A group of researchers visited it in 2008 to install distance monitoring equipment.

Source: https://tass.com/economy/1059721

Antarctica, the continent with no language.

Antarctica has been called “the continent without language”. True languages are spoken only by human beings, and although there are many visiting scientists and support workers in Antarctica these days, this is a modern situation: the continent has never had indigenous languages because it has never had an indigenous human population.

When at school, we all learnt about the glorious British failure of the Scott expedition to the South Pole. A party consisting of Robert Scott and four others from his 60-strong team arrived at the South Pole on the January 17, 1912, only to discover that a Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it by over a month, arriving on December 14. In anticipation of Scott’s arrival, and in case the Norwegians did not make it back alive, Amundsen had left a tent at the Pole with a letter in it. Amundsen had written it in his very individualistic polar-explorer kind of Dano-Norwegian, but it was addressed, in English, to “HM King of Norway”.

The Scott expedition’s tragedy was that, not only did they fail to become the first humans to reach the South Pole, as they had aspired to be, but all five of them died on their ghastly 900-mile trek on foot back towards their base.

Thanks and credit to Peter Trudgill on Antarctica, and its most famous story
Read more at: https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/peter-trudgill-antarctica-language-4808928

DPØPOL/MM  shortly on the way to Antarctica

Organizing an Antarctic expedition in the times of COVID19 is quite a challenge, so the German Polar Institute (AWI) had to find a different approach to the logistics for the upcoming Antarctic summer season. All transports will be carried out by ship directly from Germany. There is only a small team of about 20 technicians and scientists travelling to Neumayer III  Station (WAP DEU-Ø8), this year. YL Theresa,  DC1TH and Felix, DL5XL will be part of that group.

During the voyage, from December 20 for about one month, Felix will operate as DPØPOL/MM from the Icebreaker R/V Polarstern, mainly in CW and digital modes.

From mid-January to mid-March 2021, DL5XL expects to be active from the research station “Neumayer III” signing DP1POL. More information about Neumayer Station III,  are available at the station’s official web site

The Ham station in Antarctica is equipped for HF and QO-100 satellite. Club call DPØGVN may also be used at times by other operators.

QSL manager for DPØPOL/MM and DPØGVN is Dominik DL5EBE.

QSL cards for DP1POL will be handled by Ray DL1ZBO (direct, bureau or LotW for all call signs).

WAP wish good luck  to the whole crew on the way to Antarctica, hope to catch you on the air!

TNX Volker DL8JDX

 

About the recent DPØPOL/MM operation from the Arctic, DL5EBE says:
QSLs for QSOs made with DPØPOL/mm icebreaker R/V POLARSTERN during the MOSAIC International Arctic Drift Expedition are printed. Requests received will be answered the same way as they came in.

TNX Dominik DL5EBE

Live from Antarctica in connection with Concordia Base- Novembre 27-2020. Live visit to the Base

While the French Minister of Research greets the new coming personnel involved in the new Antarctic season at the French-Italian Station, the winter-over did end at Concordia (WAP MNB-Ø3) with the arrival of the first flight from MZS (WAP ITA-Ø1).

Live from Antarctica, connection with the Concordia Base November 27 at 08,30 UTC

The audience will have the opportunity to make a “Live” visit to the Concordia Base in Antarctica, to interact with the logistic and scientific staff of the 2020/2021 summer campaign and get to know the Chief of the 36th Italian Scientific Expedition.

Located on the Antarctic plateau, at 3,233 m of altitude, in the site called “Dome C“ (75 ° 06 ‘South and 123 ° 21’East), Concordia is one of the three permanent stations currently operating in the Continental Antarctica.

It is managed by two countries, Italy and France, through their respective Antarctic National Programs.

During the Live connection, the public will  learn about all the activities that are carried out in such an inhospitable place and understand Italy’s contribution to research in Antarctica.

Moderator: Luca Carra – Journalist

Introduces: Guido Di Donfranceso – Antarctica Technical Unit, ENEA

Speaker:  Rocco Ascione – Chief of 36th Italian Scientific Expedition to Concordia
Register yourself for the event at: https://futuroremoto2020.it/contatti/ (Registration code A227)

More at:  http://www.uta.enea.it/

Volker, DL8JDX wrote: By the way the name Concordia reminds me that in 2018 the Austrian medical doctor Carmen Possnig did participate at an overwintering expedition on the international Antarctic Research Station Concordia Dome-C (operated by France and Italy).

There was an radio interview by the German broadcast station Bayern 1 with her at Oct.29, 2020.
See and hear: https://www.br.de/mediathek/podcast/blaue-couch/carmen-possnig-medizinerin-und-antarktisforscherin/1808511

She also did write a book “Südlich vom Ende der Welt“ (South from the end of the world) about her impressions on the icy continent.

See: https://wwwrandomhouse.de/Buch/Suedlich-vom-Ende-der-Welt/Carmen-Possnig/Ludwig/e574614.rhd

and

https://durchdieantarktischenacht.com/author/underantarcticskies/

TNX Volker, DL8JDX

Ham Radio community mourn the death of RU1ZC Valentin Mykitenko

WAP has been informed about the death  of RU1ZC Valentin Mykitenko  at the age of 70.

It’s a real sad news. Another friend, another Polar veteran, another wonderful radio operator  passing away.

Valentin has been active Ham from the Arctic and Antarctica. He did visit and operate from almost all the Russian stations  and always coming on the air with his solid signal, CW & SSB.

We are feeling sad, when reviewing his QSL always sent regularly. We have lost  a great expeditioner, We’ll miss him very much.

Our deepest condolences to his family and friends

Today, Ham radio community mourn Valentin Mykitenko’s passing, we pray for him. May Lord give Valentin the eternal peace.

Giant berg on collision course with South Georgia

The colossus iceberg that split from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf on 12 July 2017 is on a collision course with South Georgia.

Over the last three years, satellite missions such as Copernicus Sentinel-1 have been used to track the berg as it has drifted in the Southern Ocean. For the first two years, it remained close to its parent ice sheet, impeded by sea ice. But now, as the map shows, the main chunk of the A-68 berg, known as A-68A, is heading rapidly for South Georgia. It is now about 350 km from the island.

About the same size as the South Atlantic island, it could ground in the shallow waters offshore and cause real problems for the island wildlife and seafloor-dwelling life. Penguins and seals need access to the sea to feed so the iceberg could easily block their foraging routes and life on the seafloor could be crushed if the berg grounds. The fear is that if the berg does anchor against the South Georgia coast, it could remain there for up to 10 years. When the A38 grounded here in 2004, many dead penguin chicks and seal pups were found along the shoreline.

Thanks and credit ESA.   Read more at:

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/11/Giant_berg_on_collision_course_with_South_Georgia

TNX Volker DL8JDX

RRS Sir David Attenborough New Britain’s Icebreaker

Sir David Attenborough (IMO: 9798222, Callsign ZDLQ3 ) is a Research Vessel registered and sailing under the flag of Falkland Islands. Her gross tonnage is 15000 and deadweight is 5000. Sir David Attenborough was built in 2018/2020.. Her container capacity is 0 TEU. The ship is operated by British Antarctic Survey .

 RRS Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s new polar ship, heads out for the open seas
The state-of-the-art polar research vessel will carry out ice trials in the Arctic in early 2021, before a maiden voyage to the Antarctic in November later that year
Britain’s new polar ship, the Sir David Attenborough, headed for the open seas on 3 November to start trials after a storm delay, before making its maiden voyage to Antarctica next year for climate change research.
The 200 million pound ($260 million), state-of-the-art, polar research vessel, with its red hull and a bright yellow crane on its stern, sailed past Liverpool’s historic docks and out into the sea, headed for north Wales. Officially the ship is named after the veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough, but to many Britons it will always be known as “Boaty McBoatface”, after that suggestion topped a public poll to name the vessel in 2016.
Its departure from Liverpool was delayed by around a week due to stormy weather, a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) spokeswoman told Reuters, with calm seas preferred to test and calibrate its specialist equipment for the first time. It will remain at sea for just under a week before berthing in Holyhead, Wales, once the current Welsh coronavirus lockdown ends on November 9, the spokeswoman added.
Watch a short video by clicking the red button:

Read more at:
https://lifestyle.livemint.com/smart-living/environment/rrs-sir-david-attenborough-britain-s-new-polar-ship-heads-out-for-the-open-seas-111604474377367.html

Antarctica radio Ham on TV

Southgate Amateur Radio News reports that, on November 3, 2020, German TV broadcaster WDR aired a news story about radio amateur Theresa DC1TH who is part of the Neumayer-III Base 2021/22 overwintering crew.

She is expected to be on-the-air from Antarctica with the callsign DPØGVN using the QO-100 geostationary satellite amateur radio transponder.
Theresa DC1TH visited AMSAT-DL at the amateur radio facility at the Bochum radio observatory for some brief training in the use of QO-100 before traveling to the Neumayer III Station.

AMSAT-DL provided the QO-100 satellite ground station for DPØGVN nearly a year ago, it has been operated by Roman HB9HCF.

You can watch the WDR news item at
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1036866973482808

Further information on QO-100 can be found at
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

Source: http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2020/november/antarctica-radio-ham-on-tv.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AmateurRadioNews+%28Southgate+Amateur+Radio+News%29#.X6bTsdHsbyB

TNX Bob, K4MZU

November 6th , Chilean Antarctic Day

On   November 6th, Chile has celebrated the “Chilean Antarctic Day”. WAP join the event  and share it  with all the women and all the men who love Antarctica and dream of the White Continent.

It was 80 years since the historic date when President Pedro Aguirre Cerda set the limits of the Chilean Antarctic territory in 1940. Only seven years later, the Chilean presence on said land became effective, with the installation of the first base, baptized as Arturo Prat (WAP CHL-Ø1). Chile today has 12 facilities in its Antarctic territory.

As a way to celebrate such a visionary act, in 1965, November 6 was decreed as the Chilean Antarctic Day, during the presidency of Eduardo Frei Montalva and as Chancellor Gabriel Valdés.

Each year Chilean Antarctica is explored and studied intensely by a growing group of researchers belonging to the National Antarctic Science Program. Almost 30 universities and research centers throughout the country sponsor these projects financed by INACH (61.2%) and Conicyt (34%), mainly. In this way, the country complies with the principles enshrined in the Antarctic Treaty of dedicating this continent to peace and science in a framework of intense international collaboration.

Read more at: https://laprensaaustral.cl/2020/11/07/dia-de-la-antartica-chilena/

Rasmussen Hut, WAP GBR-NEW

Also known as Rasmussen Point, this Hut is located at 65°15’South,  64°06’West on Rasmussen Island in the North part of Waddington Bay, Graham Coast in Antarctica.

Building did start 29 Mar 1984, completed early 1985 and occasionally used from Mar 1984 through 6 Feb 1996. Now the Hut is used as emergency refuge and recreational shelter.

Rasmussen Hut is occasionally used by Ukrainian personnel from Vernadsky Station (WAP UKR-Ø1) a Ukrainian Antarctic Station located at Marina Point on Galindez Island of Argentine Islands, not far from Kiev Peninsula. Vernadsky Research Base is situated 8 km west of Rasmussen Island.
WAP does not have evidence of Ham Radio activity from this site which is listed on WAP-WADA Directory as GBR-NEW

The AMF2 deployment site at McMurdo Station

McMurdo Station (WAP USA-22), where the ARM Facility’s most advanced cloud and aerosol instrumentation, has a meteorological relationship with the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) via circulation patterns in the Ross and Amundsen seas.

From McMurdo, the second ARM Mobile Facility (AMF2) gathered sophisticated data with cloud radars, high-spectral-resolution lidar, and a complete aerosol suite with relevance to the WAIS Divide Camp (WAP USA-34) as well.

Figure aside. The “skip container” housing the AWARE Extended Facility instruments at the WAIS Divide Ice Camp (WAP USA-34)

Read more at: https://www.arm.gov/publications/programdocs/doe-sc-arm-17-028.pdf 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility maintains field sites in the Southern Great Plains, the North Slope of Alaska and the Tropical Western Pacific, plus an aerial facility, to obtain continuous measurements of cloud and radiative properties for improving climate models. In addition to these fixed sites, two mobile facilities provide flexible instrument platforms for conducting atmospheric experiments lasting from 6 to 12 months, anywhere in the world.

The purpose of the AMF Is to collect essential Information about cloudy and clear atmospheres in under-sampled climatically important regions. In some of these regions even the macroscopic deed structure is relatively unknown. The AMF produces data sets for use by the atmospheric community to test and improve parametrizations in global climate models.

Data from the AMF are processed and evaluated for overall quality by scientific staff. Algorithms may be developed to create higher-level data products for specific science needs. Data from the AMF are made available to the community in near real time

Each deployment is the result of a competitive process based upon scientific proposals submitted by learns of scientists. The ARM Climate Research Facility’s Science Board reviews proposals for using the AMF in order to maximize the science return within the budget allotted to the program. All data collected by ARM are freely available from the data archive at: www.archive.arm.gov

Thanks and credit to: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM)
Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility.

DS4NMJ leaving for King Sejong Station

In a message just received, Lee Sang-hoon says that after 15 days of self-isolation, he will ride I/B Araon tomorrow.

Lee wrote: Fortunately, I got a chance to be back to King Sejong Station.  It is last day for self-quarantine today, I will be on ARAON the Korean Icebreaker.

We will leave here on 31 oct 2020 and drop by Jangbogo station (WAP KOR-Ø2) for a while  and then King Sejong station (WAP KOR-Ø1).
I will be at King Sejong station  around  January 15th 2021. I’ll keep in touch.

TNX Lee Sang-hon DS4NMJ
Lee, return for the 6th time in Antarctica … our congrats!  Take care Lee, we’ll be looking for you though!

King Sejong Station,
62° 13’ 22” South, 58° 47’ 18” West,   is located on the coast of Maxwell Bay, surrounded by King George Island and Nelson Island in the South Shetland Islands, parallel to
the Antarctic Peninsula of West Antarctica.

The King Sejong Station (WAP KOR-Ø1) was inaugurated in February 1988 as year-round station. Overwinter party, consisting of around 17 crew members, is on duty for the operation and maintenance of station.

In the Austral summer season, approximately 100 international researchers visit the station to conduct various scientific research activities.

Thanks and credit: https://eng.kopri.re.kr/eng/html/infra/02010101.html where you can get lots more

Antarctic Philately, more than a simple hobby!

Become familiar with philatelic terms is not an hard task.  WAP is proposing some of the most common definitions to help the novices, in particular those who enjoy Antarctic philately.

Cachet: A commemorative marking, illustration or description on an envelope which explains the commemorative purpose when it was mailed and is usually applied by a rubber stamp.

In particular, the ones from Antarctica are tracking the story of the scientific expedition in the Icy continent

Cancellation: An authorized mark applied to a stamp to prevent its reuse by defacing it surface

Cover: Philatelic cover is an envelope prepared with a stamp(s) and address and sent through the mail delivery system for the purpose of creating a collectible item. Stamp collectors began to send mail to each other and to themselves early on, and philatelic mail is known from the late 19th century onward. The Antarctic philatelic covers are the most wanted ones among collectors.

Ship Cover: In philately, a “ship cover” is a cover that was mailed aboard a ship, while a “naval cover is one posted on a Navy vessel. Shipboard postal facilities are ubiquitous on ships of any size, although the “Post Office” may consist only of an alcove and a sailor working it part-time.

Postmark: Any markings on a postal item, such as a cancellation, which records the date and/or origin of its connection with the postal service and its transit through the mail system

Paquebot, what does it means?
Ship covers usually carry a Paquebot postmark and/or a postmark unique to the vessel. Collectors of ship covers will look for different types used at different periods, as well as for covers indicating routing through particular ports, and so forth.

Beginners may have noticed, some cover with a handstamp of “PAQUEBOT” . For those who don’t know what it means, here is a brief explanation: «The word in French, translates literally to “ship”. A letter, a postcard on an envelope  that has that postmark PAQUEBOT handstamped on it, means that it has been posted at sea».

Read more at:https://www.warwickandwarwick.com/news/guides/philatelic-terms

Recently I have received a big folder full of Antarctic envelopes, sent by a well known Antarctic veteran, DL8JDX Volker (ex Y24LN, Y88POL). My collection of Antarctic philatelic matters has increased a lot, but thanks to Volker we’ve been happy to use some of these envelopes to explain a few items.

TNX DL8JDX

Antarctica. Next Ham radio activity from the Icy Continent

Korea’s Antarctic Scientific Base King Se-Jong (WAP KOR-Ø1).  on King George Island,  South Shetlands 62°13′ 26″ South, 58°47′ 27″ West

After almost 3 years  from his previous  stay,  Sang Hoon Lee, DS4NMJ is going to return at KSJ Base, as part of the next Korean scientific Team. Call sign will be again DT8A. Lee,  hopes to be active from late December to the  beginning of  January 2021.  QRV on FT8, CW & SSB, 100w.

QSL via DS5TOS (DIRECT with  SASE + 2-3$ )

Halley VI (a) WAP GBR-40

Seba SQ1SGB will sail to Halley VI(a) Base next December. He hopes to be active for 5 weeks, starting beginning of January 2021.

Callsign SQ1SGB/VP8  if that VP8 will not be allowed due to the new strange rules of the Falklands authorities, Seba will use in alternative SQ1SGB/A or maybe /ANT or /P. WAP did ask him to  check if some others Huts or Refuges have been set nearby  Halley in the last 10 years. Perhaps there could be some  not yet listed into the WAP-WADA Directory. We know that there are 2 potential new entries:

Bob-Pi hut was erected in the hinge zone on 6 November 1962. It was used as a depot and staging post for journeys into Coats Land as well as for recreational purposes.

Coats Station, established in Coats Land, at Lat. 77° 54′ S, Long. 24° 08′ W, 200 miles south of Halley Station on 30 November 1964. It was positioned to allow the triangulation of ionospheric measurements to be taken in conjunction with Halley Station and the Argentine General Belgrano Station. It was manned until 18 March 1965 when it was removed (?)

If ruins may exist,  that will be a place valid for WAP.

TNX Gabry IK1NEG

R/V Polarstern is back to her home port

For a year the German icebreaker  “Polarstern” was on a MOSAiC expedition in the Arctic to study the effects of climate change. In the early morning of October 12th,  R/V Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research is finally back in its home port of Bremerhaven.

This ends the most extensive expedition in the history of North polar research.
Andreas, DL3LRM, did arrive on board for the last leg of the MOSAiC expedition. He  was occasionally active onboard under the callsign DPØPOL/MM. The greatest chance of contact with the international expedition and it was really a great deal of pleasure to work DPØPOL/MM  on CW when operatedHF by from the ship. QSL Via DL5EBE.

TNX DL5XL Felix, DL1AX Harald and DL8JDX Volker

https://www.funkamateur.de/nachrichtendetails/items/MOSAiC-Ende.html

Research vessel Polarstern (IMO 8013132 , MMSI 211202460, Type Ice breaker), was first commissioned in 1982. Since then, the ship has completed almost 270 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Specially designed for working in polar seas, Polarstern is currently one of the most sophisticated polar research and supply vessels in the world.

Read more at: https://www.research-in-germany.org/en/research-landscape/research-organisations/research-infrastructures/research-vessel-polarstern.html

 

Ace Lake Refuge Hut (WAP AUS-NEW)

The Hut, 68°28’18”South,  78°11’16”East, is temporarily moved to the sea ice near the Plough Island skiway for up to 2 months in summer, then returned back to Ace lake.

This refuge (pic below to the Right) consists of 1 Apple type Hut, and provides accommodation for 2 people. The hut is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut’s fittings and contents. A radio is available at this location. Ace Lake Refuge Hut (WAP AUS-NEW) is located near the north-western extremity of Long Fjord, 0.5 hours by quad from Davis Base (WAP AUS-Ø3). Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. The refuge was established in summer 2004/05 to support research projects at Ace Lake.

Tech features: Apple huts,  such as the one at Ace lake, are constructed from eight basic curved wall sections and four floor panels, with an access door and clear windowpanes. The market approach of this product is to offer a ‘rigid tent’ rather than a sophisticated accommodation module. The hut are fitted with a circular ventilation/escape hatch at the apex of the dome.

The fibreglass fabrication is designed to allow erection in the field with minimal logistical requirements for deployment, limited cold-paths for improved thermal performance, including 6mm thick fire retardant polyurethane spray foam insulation.
Apple huts have been used by the AAD since the mid-1980s.

For the above pics of Ace Lake Refuge Hut, thanks and credit to AAD (Australian Antarctic Division)

KØGVB/MM USS Burton Island (AGB-1)

A rare old QSL of KØGVB/MM forced us to know a bit more about USS Burton Island (AGB-1), an icebreaker with a long and intense story. It could be that some Old Timers did work  KØGVB/MM from 1967 and up, that was a great time to contact such a rare ones!

Starting in 1967 through 1978, I/B USS Burton Island went on eight different Deep Freeze operations to the Antarctic. In the operations, I/B USS Burton Island was responsible for creating and maintaining aids to navigation, clearing channels through the ice for supply vessels, laying cables, delivering and dispatching the U.S. Mail at remote stations and vessels, search and rescue, fisheries patrol, law enforcement.

In addition to Deep Freeze operations, Burton Island served as a floating platform for scientific surveys and research around Alaska and other isolated polar areas. Burton Island also conducted numerous search and rescue (SAR) missions. In early 1964 I/B USS Burton Island was at Cape Hallett, Antarctica, bringing supplies to the scientific station.

Rigs on board for Ham radio purpose were: HT-32A, GSB 101, SX 101. Antenna 14AVS vertical 80-10 mts, modes AM/SSB/CW

From 9 July 1977 to 8 September 1977 I/B Burton Island undertook a cruise to the Arctic, during which time her crew constructed several radar navigation towers along the north coast of Alaska and conducted gravity surveys of the Arctic Ocean.

She was decommissioned on 9 May 1978.

To know more, check : http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/08/0801.htm?fbclid=IwAR3l7Sp0ZpJQgu5KRXMyY4JQeR1qWAIthhnf2gIf9_EBXtnZdfVv3kEUWVM

TNX the Antarctic veteran Dr. Volker Stecke DL8JDX, the attached QSL comes from his collection

Browning Peninsula Refuge (WAP AUS-NEW)

The Browning Peninsula Refuge (66°28’10” South, 110°33’00” East) is 21 km due south of Casey Station (WAP AUS-Ø2).

The 60 km inland route for all vehicles is hard. Vehicles may become bogged or stuck; deadmen, planks and winches must be carried. Browning Peninsula may be accessible across the sea ice from Robinson’s Ridge during winter, and depends upon prior measurement of the ice thickness.

Browning is the furthest of the huts around Casey Station at about 60 km from station by GPS route. The area around Browning is spectacular with lots of hills, rocks and lakes. The Hut can sleep 6 people.

Browning Refuge is a custom-built sled-mounted hut made from AANBUS panel and accommodates 4 people, equipped with a radio, food, fuel, cooking facilities and comprehensive first aid  kit and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents.. The Refuge is used in summer to support field personnel, and for recreation.

Who knows if someday a willing Ham could set in and operate HF from there?

Thanks and credit: AAD (Australian Antarctic Division) and https://eies.ats.aq/Ats.IE/ieGenRpt.aspx?idParty=2&period=1&idYear=2019

Australia icebreaker “Aurora Australis” will be gifted to Argentina

Australia’s Aurora Australis is going to be gifted to Argentina to work on their Antarctic program, and will be sailed  to South America by an Australian crew before the end of this year.

In November the ship will be brought from Australia by sailors from that country,  to Ushuaia, where Argentine personnel will embark. Then both teams will sail  to Buenos Aires, where the transfer ceremony will take place.

An article by Adrian Luciani reported on Argenports.com ,   Adrian says that  before the end of the year 2020, quite possibly next November, Argentina will add another icebreaker ship to accompany its  “Admiral Irízar” in the Antarctic campaigns. The Argentine  I/B Irizar,  was launched in 1977, although she was out of service for 10 years for maintenance works after a fire onboard  (2007/2017), she’s actually back in employ.

Aurora Australis”, is a used unit that was deactivated by Australia and that will be transferred free of charge to the Argentine Navy.

The Australian “Aurora Australis” is a 30 years old vessel that until recently, was in e service of the Australian Antarctic Program and is now being replaced by the “I/B Nuyina”.

Read more at: http://argenports.com/…/argentina-suma-al-rompehielos…

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake in Antarctica.

A new earthquake of significant magnitude occurred on Monday afternoon (oct. 5, 2020) in Argentina’s Antarctica, reported the National Institute for Seismic Prevention (INPRES) based in San Juan.

It was reported at 16:01 local time (19:01 GMT) with its epicenter near Base Carlini  5.2 degrees on the Richter scale at a depth of 7 and 11 kilometers. At the moment, there are no reports of damages or people affected.

Scientific Base Carlini (WAP ARG-2Ø) lies 1019 kilometers southeast of Ushuaia TdF (WAP ARG-23)

Source:  https://www.infofueguina.com/tu-ciudad/2020/10/5/sismo-en-la-antartida-de-52-grados-de-magnitud-51156.html?fbclid=IwAR0Ts22NhfJodR9pUhzyqw7c6i0Jdn8bSY4AtA27oVN5Y-xrczFOiYF3HTo

DDR Huts at Schirmacher Oasis-Antarctica

Thanks to Dr. Volker Strecke DL8JDX (ex Y88POL) a well known German Antarctic veteran (pic aside), WAP is now able to retrace the history of two unknown Huts, later joined and became a Refuge.

These two forgotten Huts  and a Refuge will be inserted into WAP-WADA Directory which, day by day becomes more and more accurate.  Even if these Huts and Refuge have been dismantled and removed, it will be great to document their existence.

Lake Podprudnoye Hut, (WAP DDR-NEW) Built in 1987, this Hut  shown on the right, was a living container which was placed at that site as,  at that time it was considered to build a new Georg Forster  Station nearby. Later this plan was cancelled.
The Hut was located at  70°46′ South,  11°37′ East,  close to  Podprudnoye Lake.
(the two Pics to the Right,  show the hut on its positions on Podprudnoye.  The man  near the hut is Volker. Pictures were taken from different angles)

Lake Prilednikovoye Hut, (WAP DDR-NEW)  located at  70°46′ South,  11°36′ East , (see picture below to the Left)  was built in 1985 and remained in operation till 1988. It was located close to Prilednikovoye Lake.

A decision decision to join Lake Podprudnoye Hut with the other hut moved from Lake Prilednikovoye was taken in the Antarctic summer season 1988-1989 .

Old hut from the Lake Prilednikovoye was relocated and combined with the hut existing at the northern coast of the Lake Podprudnoye.  Both Huts together were called “Domik” (hut in Russian language) , they were set at  70°46′ South,  11°37′ East..

Both Lake Prilednikovoye Hut   and Lake Podprudnoye Hut were about 9 km west from the site of Georg Forster Station (WAP DDR-Ø1)

Picture aside shows both huts together.

Lake Podprudnoye Hut (at his second  and last setup) was though formed by both  the huts present in that area:  the one  moved from Lake Prilednikovoye  and  the Hut already  in place at Lake Podprudnoye.

This Refuge did remain on place  from 1988 through 1993 when it was dismantled

A detailed map below,  show the locations of both Lake Podprudnoye and Lake Prilednikovoye

Volker DL8JDX wrote: «These huts  were used as small support base for the scientific activities in the western part of the Schirmacher Oasis. Because this area of the Oasis could be explored only by foot,  it was good to have a shelter to work and sleep apart of the main Station».
Volker said that there were no Hamradio activities from these two huts, just VHF and HF radio traffic to the Georg Forster main station and neighboured bases even if  «I was myself working and sleeping in the “Domik” at lake Podprudnoye between 1988 and 1992 several times».

TNX Volker Strecke, DL8JDX (info@strecke.de)

Tierra del Fuego National Park’s Award

Radio Club Ushuaia is  very grateful to the Hams  that have operated from September 25 to 30 in a special radio event to celebrate  60 years anniversary of the creation of   “Tierra del Fuego National Park”  together with a  tribute to the people who work every day to conserve and beautify this beloved national park Tierra del Fuego.

Tierra del Fuego National Park (Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego) is a national park on the Argentine part of the island of Tierra del Fuego, within Tierra del Fuego province (WAP ARG-23) in the ecoregion of Patagonic Forest and Altos Andes, a part of the sub antarctic forest. Established on 15 October 1960 and expanded in 1966, it was the first shoreline national park to be established in Argentina.

A special Certificate “60 Years of the foundation of  the Tierra Del Fuego National Park”  is available to Hams that made  the required contacts . To get more info send a mail to lu8xw@lu8xw.com.ar  or visit the page of Radio Club Ushuaia at:

http://www.lu8xw.com.ar/site/323-60-anos-del-parque-nacional-tierra-del-fuego

Bunger Oasis Station, WAP RUS-NEW

Oasis Research Station 66°12’28” South, 100°45’00”East,  was built by the Soviet Antarctic Expedition  in 1956 and named Oazis (Оазис). The station has been visited periodically by Polish and other research teams. Official classification of the station is “inactive”. The station is only occasionally visited by tourists.
Picture aside shows the Research Station Oasis photographed in 1958 during the 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition of 1957-59.

The station was located in the east of Antarctica on the edge of a dry valley. Photographed in 1958.

As far as we know, nobody has been active for this old epic Russian Station. It will be interesting to know if someone have evidence of Ham radio operation from there, in this case a WAP reference will be given for sure.

The Station has been  handed over to Poland in 1959, who renamed the facility as  A.B. Dobrowolski Polar Station.

Refuge Cape Reclus, Antarctica, WAP GBR-36

Also known as Reclus hut or Portal Point this Refuge was located at 64°30’ South, 61°46’ West , at Portal Point, Reclus Peninsula, Danco Coast, with  survey and geology purposes.

It was occupied from 13 Dec 1956 to 25 Apr 1958.

Party from Danco Island (Station “O” WAP GBR-11) wintered there 1957 to continue local survey work. 4 man party, led by Wally Herbert, completed the first traverse from Hope Bay to Cape Reclus from 9 Oct through 30 Dec 1957.

Pic on the right shows Cape Reclus refuge, 1957-58. (Photographer: Richard Foster; Archives ref: AD6/19/2/O3/2)

Thanks and credit to:  https://www.bas.ac.uk/about/about-bas/history/british-research-stations-and-refuges/cape-reclus-refuge/

Cape Reclus Refuge has been dismantled in Mar 1996 and transported to the Falkland Islands Museum, Stanley, Falkland Islands. (Erected as an exhibit Dec 1998, refurbished Nov 2007, re-built inside the new Museum 2014.)
Only concrete foundations remain at Portal Point. The ruins will anyway considered valid for WAP-WADA & WAP-WACA Award program.

On 14-15 march 2011, during his Antarctica Expedition, VP8DLM operated by Mehdi, F5PFP did activate this rare location to which a WAP reference number has been given as WAP GBR-36.

17th WAP Meeting 18-21 Sept. 2020

For 17 years now, without interruption, Hams from Italy and few others coming from neighboring European Countries have joined a Multi Program Meeting  in Northen Italy at the foot of the Alps.

This strange 2020 with lots of problems connected to the Covid 19 did not stopped the enthusiasm of the organizers so that the 19th DCI Meeting (Italian Castles) among the  11th  IFFA (Flora and Fauna) and 17th Worldwide Antarctic Program (WAP) was held  last 18-21 September in the nice frame of  “Hotel Restaurant Commercio” Roccaforte Mondovì, at the foot of the Alps in another historical site in the province of Cuneo.

Perfect organization well managed by the group of ARI-Mondovì (Italian Amateur Radio Association) with several speakers who debated some of the most interesting topics of  DXing and the spasmodic search for the “New One”.
Antarctica and WAP have been carried on by Max IK1GPG and Betty IKQFM who shown the results obtained in terms of rankings and diplomas awarded to Ham radio fans of Antarctica from all over the world.
Since 40 years WAP continue to achieve success, thanks to a large group of  Hams and Chasers, Students and Antarctic followers. This make us very happy and  motivates us to continue despite our commitments and our work. WAP Awards, Antarctic bulletins, Directories, regular information posted on WAP website, are just some of the goals to which we are proud also because everything has been put online for free. Our passion to the Icy Continent  makes us forget the fatigue and we are always comforted by the satisfaction of knowing that there are many of us in the world with the same passion. Thanks to the hundreds radio amateurs  and friends who have collaborated and continue to collaborate with us, providing news and information.

(Pictures above show the authority in front of the 2010’s banner of the Meeting and the intervention by the Mayor of the city.).

Thanks to IK1QFM Betty, IK1GPG Max, KK3Q Floyd  and last but not least I1HYW Gianni

Thanks everyone WW for keeping the Antarctic  passion always alive.
Enjoy Antarctica as much as we do!

18 Sept. Chile celebrates its Independence Day

Happy National Holiday Chile … and Happy celebration to the personnel at Chilean Antarctic Bases in Antarctica!

This public holiday is always celebrated in Chile on September 18th and marks the date when the Chilean people declared the independence from Spain in 1810.

Chile’s National Day,  along with Christmas, are the most important holidays time in the year in Chile.

Chile is one of 12 nations that first signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.
Picture on top shows the Scientific Research Station O’Higgins (WAP CHL-Ø2) , named after Chile’s independence leader, on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Station V (View Point) WAP GBR-NEW

View Point 63°33’ South, 57°21’ West, is a 150m long eastern tip of a promontory on Antarctica.

It was the location of the British research Station “V”, which was active intermittently from June 3, 1953 to November 25, 1963 and called Seal-catcher’s Arms or View Point Hut, with the intention of searching in the survey, meteorology and geology. Established as a satellite base for Hope Bay (Station D) WAP GBR-Ø4 , the construction of the first hut started on June 3, 1953, the second was established on March 20, 1956.

On July 29, 1996 the “Station V” was transferred to  Chile who renamed it General Ramon Cañas Montalva Sub Base (WAP CHL NEW … never been activated). In reality, this is a small Chilean shelter, actually known as General Jorge Boonen Rivera Base (formally General Ramon Cañas Montalva) administered by the Chilean Army.

View Point, situated 6.79 km east of Skomlya Hill and 6.45 km southeast of Boil Point  was discovered by a party under J. Gunnar Andersson of the Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-04. So named by the Falklands Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) following their survey of the area in 1945 because from this promontory, good panoramic photographs were obtained.
Picture aside (1956) shows  interior of old Base “V”  hut at View PointThanks and creditBAS archive (Photographer: Hugh Simpson, medical officer; Archives ref: AD6/19/3/D25)

Source: https://www.bas.ac.uk/about/about-bas/history/british-research-stations-and-refuges/view-point-v/ 

Keeping Antarctica free of COVID-19 means longer stay for Aussies

The battle to keep Antarctica free of coronavirus will see Australian expeditioners spend up to an extra four months on the ice-covered wilderness.
Antarctica is the only continent without a single recorded COVID-19 case.
Members of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) are based at isolated stations and sub stations around the South Pole. Stringent precautions taken by the AAD and the 28 other nations with polar bases have stopped the pandemic reaching Antarctica.

Read more at:
https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-keeping-antarctica-covid19-free-means-longer-stay-for-australian-expeditioners/87b4a867-0a2e-48ac-9268-20933dd426a8

Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut , a  virtual reality tour  by NZAHT

WAP suggests the Antarctic hunters and followers  to visit and join the  Antarctic Heritage Trust https://nzaht.org/ and sign in to receive the always interesting monthly newsletters.

On the recent september issue, NZAHT is delighted to officially launch a unique virtual reality (VR) experience of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut. Developed in partnership with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) the VR was recently launched in person by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, who described the experience as “deeply moving”.
Donning a headset, people are invited to step inside Hillary’s Hut and to explore the first building at what is now New Zealand’s Scott Base (WAP NZL-Ø1, picture aside).

A fully immersive experience, which includes a guided tour through ‘A’ hut, it celebrates New Zealand’s first presence in Antarctica as part of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition and International Geophysical Year.
As part of our commitment to sharing the world’s greatest polar exploration stories the Trust is utilizing virtual reality. It is a powerful medium to allow people to access Antarctica’s remarkable history of exploration and the legacy of the expedition bases, which the Trust cares for on behalf of the international community.
It is a ground-breaking project in terms of its scale and approach with more than a dozen AUT students and staff contributing over 4000 hours to the project.  AUT Associate Professor Barbara Bollard, who helped collect the data to create the experience, says it was a privilege to be involved in bringing the hut to life.  “It’s one thing to read about a place or see photos, but to interactively walk around and experience it as if you are there, really cements the connection. It creates a greater awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of these places.”

Read more at: https://nzaht.org/the-explorer-september-2020/

Nuclear-powered «Sevmorput» gears up for Antarctica voyage

The world’s only civilian nuclear-powered cargo ship will later this year bring construction material to the coast of Antarctic aimed for Russia’s Research Station Vostok II (WAP RUS-NEW) in inland Princess Elizabeth Land.

Polar  I/B  “Sevmorput”. Photo credit: Thomas Nilsen

Later this year, the Sevmorput is due to sail to Antarctica with a shipment of construction material for this brand new Base which will be called Vostok II Station

Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear corporation, informs in a Facebook update that the «Sevmorput» later this year will sail across the globe with construction materials aimed for the country’s Vostok II Research Station in inland Antarctica

Founded by the Soviet Union in 1957, the old Vostok station (WAP RUS-13) is the place on earth with the lowest ever reliably measured temperature with −89.2 °C. The station is 1,253 km from the South Pole. The «Sevmorput» will deliver the cargo on the coast from where it will be transported into the frozen continent. 

Thanks and credit to: https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/industry-and-energy/2020/02/nuclear-powered-container-ship-sevmorput-gears-antarctica-voyage

It will be great to have a chance to contact  I/B Sevmorput on HF bands,  during his way down to Antarctica. The ship will enter on WAP WADA Directory if it will be put on the air. Russian radio amateurs did never disappoint us. They know how to operate professionally at any latitude and with even modest means . The world of radio amateurs trusts in them, hoping they can operate HF  on board!

ALE 2020, Antarctic Season cancellation

With more than 30 years of experience, ALE (Antarctic Logistic & Expedition)  is the leader in polar expeditions and the premier provider of deep-field experiences, private retreats & logistical services supporting responsible tourism in Antarctica.

In a press release signed by David Rootes on behalf of ALE’s Partners, the Company regrets  to announce that after careful deliberation of the issues and uncertainty from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel their  2020-21 Antarctic season.

ALE feels that the  correct action now is to cancel our season, limiting the potential spread of the virus, ensuring our most vulnerable populations are kept safe, and ensuring we do not inadvertently bring COVID-19 into Antarctica.

Ale is now looking into  2021-22 schedule to identify ways to accommodate guests who may wish to carry over as well and those who are already planning to travel with us during the 2021-22 season. Revised 2021-22. Dates & Rates will be released on September 18, 2020.

 TNX Adam Brown K2ARB for the information.

Read the full statement at: https://antarctic-logistics.com/

Deep grief for Dr. Vilas Jogdand

NCPOR condoles the death of  Dr. Vilas Jogdand, Leader of  Maitri Station during the 35th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (2015-16).

He was a meteorologist with the India Meteorological Department, posted at Pune, Maharashtra.

Born, 10 Dec 1970 died on 02 September 2020

Vilas Jogdand, a meteorologist with the Weather Forecasting Division of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, died of suspected coronavirus infection on Wednesday. He was 50 years old.

Jogdand had last reported to duty 10 days ago.

He had been undergoing treatment at YCM Hospital, a dedicated Covid hospital, in Pimpri. Jogdand had undergone a Covid-19 test, the results of which are awaited.

With his rich experience in meteorology, Jogdand was among the recommended experts to participate in the upcoming Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (ISEA).

He had earlier represented IMD at the 31st and 35th ISEA expeditions, in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015, respectively. He was the Leader of the expedition in 2015–2016.

During these expeditions, organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, scientists visit and stay at the Maitri station  (WAPO IND-Ø3) in the South Pole and carry out scientific experiments.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/newsindia/vilas-jogdand-meteorologist-and-former-leader-of-indias-antarctica-expedition-dies/ar-BB18GzF9

WAP and Antarctic community join the family’s condolences for the premature loss of Dr. Vilas Jogdand

Ernest Shackleton’s Cross

Hope Point, 54° 17′ South,  36° 29′ 15″ West,  is a rocky bluff,  20 meters (70 ft) high, which forms the north side of the entrance to King Edward Cove.

Hope Point (South Georgia) is the site of a monument erected by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s men, the memorial cairn and cross at the end of King Edward Point, beyond the British Base (WAP GBR-24),  face the Cove since 1922.

The cairn and cross in memory of Sir Ernest Shackleton  at King Edward Point was erected by the crew of the Quest Expedition on their return from the South. They were unable to attend Shackleton’s funeral as they had set off on the expedition thinking the body was bound for England.

Photo: The Wilkins Collection (c) Ohio State University

British Antarctic Survey research Station “M” King Edward Point (WAP GBR-24) is located on Hope Point, the cove’s northernmost headland. Abandoned whaling station Grytviken (WAP GBR-29) is located on the cove’s western shore.

Reconstruction of the New Russian Vostok station in Antarctica

Reconstruction of the Vostok II Station,  the only inland Antarctic station used by Russia,  is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

At present, work is being completed on the design of residential modules with working rooms for laboratories, engineering modules and a garage, which will be manufactured and delivered to St. Petersburg at the expense of private funds. In the future, at the expense of federal funds, the modules will be delivered to the Progress station, and from there,  across the territory of Antarctica to the destination for assembly. The last section of the route will be about 1500 kilometers and will be covered by a sledge-caterpillar train. This is the only way to reach the station by land – nine months a year it is cut off from the rest of the world ” commented Sergei Khrushchev, Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in Hydrometeorology, Arctic, Antarctic and World Ocean Studies of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources .

Recall that the first experimental flight to the station took place in 2019. As a result, the specialists completed the revision of the sled, which will deliver the component parts of modules weighing up to 60 tons.

The delivery of fuel to Progress and the compaction of the site for the placement of facilities at the Vostok station is in full swing. After its reconstruction on an area of ​​2500 square meters.  will accommodate residential modules, laboratories, a medical unit, a power plant, garages for equipment. In the Antarctic summer, 35 people will work at the station, 15 will remain for the winter.

The 65th seasonal expedition is currently underway. It involves 110 winterers who spend about a year in Antarctica and 120 seasonal employees. The scientific expedition vessels “Akademik Treshnikov” and “Akademik Fedorov”, as well as the research vessel “Akademik Alexander Karpinsky” are involved in the work.

Source: http://www.mnr.gov.ru/press/news/rekonstruktsiyu_rossiyskoy_stantsii_vostok_v_antarktide_planiruetsya_zavershit_do_2024_goda/

Photo are coming from the official website of the Russian Antarctic Expedition

In addition, it is reported that, last Jan. the snow surface at the site was being compacted to accommodate the future facilities & fuel loads were being delivered in advance at the coastal Base Progress II (WAP RUS-11). With a post on FB, Alexey Loginov informs   that new building of Vostok II station is ready for transportation to Antarctica!

The project of the new station was performed by a  German company, while bilders are from Novatec company (specialized on LNG at Arctica), and all constructions will reach Antarctica this season. All material  load on Polar ships will land at Progress II Base (WAP RUS-11), then  will be transported on site by huge sledge with over 1000 km traverse

A training of аssembly will be performed in St. Petersburg, then the building will be disassembled, loaded on ship, heading the Antarctic coast, pre-assembled blocks will move on a huge sled.

The Polar Ship Sevmorput, the world’s only nuclear-powered cargo ship, is currently preparing for a voyage to Antarctica to supply the new Russia’s Vostok II Research station.
When ready, the Antarctic hunters will be looking forward a Radio contact on HF as for sure, the New Vostok Station (Vostok II) will be a brand NEW WAP WADA  reference.

Cristo Redentor Refuge (WAP ARG-NEW)

Refuge Cristo Redentor is an Antarctic refuge located at 63°33′ South, 57°22′ West at the western access to Duse Bay in the Trinity Peninsula, 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Esperanza Base (WAP  ARG-Ø4). It is administered by the Argentine Army and was inaugurated on May 25, 1955.
The Refuge, is one of the 18 shelters that are under the responsibility of Esperanza, which is responsible for the maintenance and the care. It has capacity for 12 people, food for two months, fuel, gas and first aid kit. It has been used in some Argentine scientific campaigns and ordinary patrolling. The main scientific observations are the geology and topography of the area, the sea ice and survey on the Crabeater seal and the Weddel seal.

Between September 1956 and January 1957, the assistant Sergeant Domingo Avila and Sergeant Telmo Buonomo, officiating as commissioners in the refuge area, were isolated by an early melting of the sea in the Duse Bay. They survived four months until were rescued by ARA General San Martìn icebreaker’s helicopter.

Salute to the Sun at  Concordia Station (WAP MNB-Ø3)

After four months of darkness, the sun finally rises on 11 August at  Concordia Research Station (WAP MNB-Ø3) in Antarctica. The crew are understandably reverent.

For nine months, researchers  are holding down the base in one of the most isolated, confined and extreme environments on Earth, with no way in or out of the Station.

They run experiments in human physiology and biology, atmospheric physics, meteorology and astronomy, among other disciplines, as well as maintain the base,  one of only three to run year-round in the Antarctic.

Read more at:
https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/08/Salute_to_the_Sun

Funkamateur magazine, talks about  Antarctica

From page 789 and ahead, the newest Edition of the Funkamateur includes four Antarctic-related articles

One is about the Radio Broadcast Station LRA36 from Esperanza Base (WAP ARG-Ø4) which seems to thrill the readers who are playing to catch this Antarctic broadcaster transmitting also on USB mode!

The second one is about the most successful Antarctic and Sub Antarctic  DXpeditions of the last 30 years and the last 20 years. These include VK0IR, VK0EK, 3Y5X, 3Y0X, 3Y0PI, FT5ZM, VP8STI, VP8SGI. See https://www.dx-world.net/the-dxpedition-of-the-last-30-years/

The third one is about new videos from VKØIR (Heard Island WAP AUS-Ø7) , see  http://www.cordell.org/HI/index.html

and http://www.funkamateur.de/nachrichtendetails/items/VK0IR_1997.html

The fourth one is about the Fire in Mirny Station (WAP RUS-Ø7).

Info kindly forwarded by  Dr. Volker Strecke DL8JDX

Where Did Penguins Originate? Hint: It’s Not Antarctica

Penguin populations are usually associated with the polar ice caps, most likely originating from Antarctica. A team of scientists from Berkley University of California  has determined that penguins first lived in Australia and New Zealand nearly 22 million years ago.
The new study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. Collaborating with several other universities and museums, the team analyzed the origins of 18 penguin species.
According to the paper, “the penguin crown-group originated during the Miocene period. Penguins first occupied temperate environments and then radiated to cold Antarctic waters.”
Blood and tissue samples allowed scientists to trace back how penguins became diverse throughout millions of years, and how they moved south to Antarctica. They believe that the emperor and king penguins left their ancestors and migrated to Antarctica due to the abundant supply of food available. These two specific penguin species have caused experts to debate about where they fit in the penguin family tree and are believed to belong to a ‘sister group

Read more at:
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26941/20200819/penguin-populations-originate-antarctica.htm

Colbeck Hut Refuge at Mawson Base. (WAP AUS-NEW)

Colbeck Hut 67°24’51” South, 61°00’18” East, is located 100 km west of Mawson Base (WAP AUS-Ø4) and 5 km north-east of Taylor Glacier on an island in the Colbeck Archipelago. Established in 1988, it is used as shelter for visitors to the Taylor Glacier area, including to monitor the Taylor Glacier emperor penguin colony in ASPA 101. It can only be accessed over fast ice or via rotary wing aircraft. The refuge  can accommodate four persons.  It contains medical facilities such as comprehensive first aid  kit, food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG)

Thanks and credit: https://eies.ats.aq/Ats.IE/ieGenRpt.aspx?idParty=2&period=1&idYear=2019

Colbeck Hut Refuge (WAP AUS-NEW) is one of the several Antarctic sites never been operated by Hams. This makes these locations very interesting:
1) because they are rare and not so popular
2) because the Ham world always hope someone will operate from there one day or another!
3) By now, we are satisfied  to know that these places exist and are listed on WAP-WADA Directory.

74th  Independence Day celebrations at India’s Maitri Station (WAP IND-Ø3)

The 74th  India Independence Day celebrations  has been a great moment  at Maitri Indian Research Base in Antarctica (WAP IND-Ø3).

Mr. Deepak Gajbhiye,  Leader of the 39th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (ISEA) has been the head of  the Flag Hoisting Ceremony together with Mr. Kailash Bhindwar (Deputy Leader) and the whole  Maitri Team overwintering in Antarctica. Guests of honor, Mr. Vladimir Bondarchuk, chief of the nearby Russian Novolazarevskaya Station (WAP RUS-Ø9) and it’s  team.

Unfortunately, the Ham community worldwide is missing HF contacts with both Antarctic stations Maitri and Novo. Too bad, in this year’s Antarctic Campaign there aren’t Ham radio operators active among the personnel at  the Bases.

DPØPOL/MM, R/V Polarstern sailing the Arctic

DPØPOL/mm is going to be active shortly. So far, the call sign has only been used on FT8 and PACTOR, so there is some real radio operation now!

Felix, DL5XL has just informed WAP that in spite of the fact that there  has not been much to report in the past months, now there is some ham radio related news: Andreas, DL3LRM, has arrived on board of  R/V Polarstern for the last leg of the MOSAiC expedition.
Here a short note of the mission:
Embark on the largest polar expedition in history: in September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern has set sail from Tromsø, Norway, to spend a year drifting through the Arctic Ocean – trapped in ice.

The goal of the MOSAiC expedition is to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming and to gain fundamental insights that are key to better understand global climate change. Hundreds of researchers from 20 countries are involved in this exceptional endeavour. Following in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen’s ground-breaking expedition with his wooden sailing ship Fram in 1893-1896, the MOSAiC expedition will bring a modern research icebreaker close to the north pole for a full year including for the first time in polar winter. The data gathered will be used by scientists around the globe to take climate research to a completely new level. Led by atmospheric scientist Markus Rex, and co-led by Klaus Dethloff and Matthew Shupe, MOSAiC is spearheaded by Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).

Thanks and credit: https://mosaic-expedition.org/

Going back to Felix  report, the Ham Radio Station is up and running,  so Andreas, DL3LRM,   will be active in CW signing DP0POL/MM  on 40m, 30m, and 20m from various locations near the North Pole. QSL via DL5EBE
Felix DL5XL assures the Ham Community  that they might be able to set up a sked once Andreas  makes the first contacts.  -I am in regular contact with him through our office- Felix said.

And about the upcoming Antarctic season, we have no idea yet – Felix said-  The virus really makes things very difficult!

TNX Felix Riess DL5XL

R/V Polarstern is valid for WAP WADA and for the French Polar DX Challenge. Good luck to hunt  DPØPOL/MM in the next weeks

Christchurch (New Zealand) one of five Antarctic Gateway cities in the world.

Christchurch is the world’s main gateway to Antarctica. Around 100 direct flights a year leave its airport, carrying more than 5,500 passengers and 1,400 tons of cargo, including fresh food.

Antarctic connection began in 1955 with Operation Deep Freeze, when eight US Air Force aircraft made the 14-hour flight from Harewood Airfield to McMurdo Station. Operation Deep Freeze continues today, and with the arrival of the International Antarctic Centre in 1992, Christchurch continues to embrace its Antarctic connection.

Christchurch’s Acting Mayor Andrew Turner is welcoming news that international workers bound for Antarctica will be allowed to stop-over in the city on their way to the ice.

The Government has announced it is granting essential staff from various international Antarctic programs an exemption from the current border closures.

The international staff arriving in New Zealand will need to spend time in managed isolation before they are allowed to travel onto Antarctica to resupply bases and change-over team members who have been stationed on the ice through the winter.

The first of the workers will arrive in Christchurch on Friday 7 August to begin their two weeks isolation.

“I’m pleased to see Christchurch playing its key role as an Antarctic Gateway City by being able to welcome and safely host these international visitors in this way’’,  said Turner.

More at: https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-christchurch/christchurch-welcomes-international-antarctic-workers?fbclid=IwAR3t2hiklzDZCzcazfVurP-gjP-mJ1cP_RfMrkuM-48L85mSX3iaFXTif4U

Read also: https://defpost.com/new-zealand-defence-force-begins-its-annual-airlift-mission-to-support-scientific-research-in-antarctica/
WAP pays credit to both websites

Climate change: Satellites find new colonies of Emperor penguins

Satellite observations have found a raft of new Emperor penguin breeding sites in the Antarctic. The locations were identified from the way the birds’ poo, or guano, had stained large patches of sea-ice.
The discovery lifts the global Emperor population by 5-10%, to perhaps as many as 278,500 breeding pairs.
It’s a welcome development given that this iconic species is likely to come under severe pressure this century as the White Continent warms.

The Emperors’ whole life cycle is centered around the availability of sea-ice, and if this is diminished in the decades ahead – as the climate models project – then the animals’ numbers will be hit hard.
One forecast suggested the global population could crash by a half or more under certain conditions come 2100.

Thanks and credit to: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53549299

Spaulding Pond Field Camp  WAP MNB-NEW

Field camp at Spaulding Pond, is located at  77° 39’ South, 163° 7’ East is a pond 0.3 nautical miles (0.6 km) northeast of the terminal ice cliff of Howard Glacier in Taylor Valley, Victoria Land, Antarctica.

The name was suggested by Diane McKnight, leader of United States Geological Survey (USGS) field teams, which studied the hydrology and geochemistry of streams and ponds in the Lake Fryxell basin, Taylor Valley, 1987–94. Named after USGS hydrologist Sarah Ann Spaulding, a member of the team during two seasons, 1988–89 and 1991–92, who studied the pond.

Spaulding Pond Field Camp,  77° 39’ South, 163° 7’ East,   will be add to the WAP-WADA Directory under MNB-NEW.

A WAP number will be given if and when an HF operation will put this “new entry”  on the air.

Thanks and credit to: Anthony Powell (A Year on Ice https://www.facebook.com/AntarcticaAYearOnIce/ ) See the spot pubblished at “Antarctica- A Year On Ice” by  Anthony Powell’s page on June 9th.

The Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory,  WAP NLD-NEW

Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory (WAP NLD-NEW) is a Dutch research facility in Antarctica, located at 67°34’07.1’’South 68°07’27.8’’West near the British  Rothera Research station (WAP GBR-12).

Officially opened January 2013, is composed by four flexible high tech mobile labs built in standard ISO 20 feet high cube containers. All four housed in a specially designed docking station.

The lab is named after the sixteenth-century Dutch merchant, Dirck Gerritsz, who is said to to be probably one of the discoverer of Antarctica.

The Netherlands is a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty and has observer status on the Arctic Council. As a participant, the country undertakes to invest in research at the poles. This is the reason behind the Netherlands’ Polar Research Program.

NWO and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) developed a design for a laboratory in conjunction with BAS. An arrangement with four separate laboratories made from sea containers placed in a ‘docking station’ was chosen. It supplies the labs with electricity, Internet and water and protects them from the severe weather conditions. BAS built the docking station and NIOZ built the mobile laboratories, each with funding from the Netherlands Polar Program (NPP). Main science disciplines studied at Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory are:

Climate change, Climatology, Ecology, Environmental sciences, Glaciology, Isotopic chemistry, Marine biology, Microbiology, Oceanography and Terrestrial biology.

The history tells about five ships set off for South America in 1598 to look for a trading route to Asia. One of these ships, called the ‘Blijde Boodschap‘ (or Annunciation) was blown south. There, Captain Dirck Gerritsz saw “high mountainous country”  that reminded him of Norway. This is cautiously assumed to be the Southern Shetland Islands, which would make him the first person to describe Antarctica. The entire Dutch laboratory is named after this Dutch merchant and explorer. The four mobile laboratories are named after four of the five ships: Blijde Boodschap (Annunciation), Liefde (Love),  Geloof (Faith) and Hoop (Hope). The name of the fifth ship was  Trouw (Loyalty).

More at: https://www.comnap.aq/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/COMNAP_Antarctic_Station_Catalogue.pdf

Caillet-Bois Refuge WAP ARG-NEW  

Trinity,  24 km long, 10 km wide is one of the 59 islands of Palmer Archipelago. It was charted by the French Antarctic Expedition 1908-1910, under Jean Baptiste Charcot, and named by the sixth Chilean Antarctic Expedition (1952) for Lieutenant Ladislao D’Hainaut.

Refuge Caillet-Bois (WAP ARG-NEW) is an Argentine refuge in Antarctica located on D’Hainaut Island (63º54´00″ South , 60º47´00″ West). The refuge was inaugurated by the Argentine Navy on December 10th  1954. Originally it took the name of Refuge Port Mikkelsen referred to the name of the Danish arctic explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen. The refuge with its current name, which pays tribute to the Argentine naval Captain and historian Teodoro Caillet Bois, was given in December 1977 by the icebreaker ARA General San Martin (Q-4). Then it was closed and evacuated on January 17 of the following year by the icebreaker personnel.

The ARA Petty Officer Castillo visited the shelter in early 2000 during the Antarctic campaign of 1999-2000 and the ARA Almirante Irizar inspected the refuge in April of the same year. The refuge was renovated in March 2017 by the personnel of the transport ARA Bahia San Blas

D’Hainaut Island is a small island largely flat, rocky island (less than 1 sq km), lying in Mikkelsen Harbour, a 3km wide bay, lined with ice cliffs, indenting the south side of Trinity Island between Skottsberg and Borge Point. The island is often snow covered until late in the season and there are a number of shallow reefs in the waters surrounding the island.

http://www.travellingminions.com/tbt-mikkelsen-harbour/

A report from Mehdi F5PFP says:
Yes we anchored at Mikkelsen Harbour and I remember very well of Caillet Bois refuge on its islet. At Mikkelsen harbor apparently remain the ruins of an old whaling station/depot but I didn’t see them. Mehdi F5PFP did operate as VP8DLM (on 16 march 2011) from a neighboring but different bay of Trinity island, more or less 3km from Mikkelsen harbor according to the map he just read.
TNX Mehdi, F5PFP 

A reference number will be given as soon as someone will put Caillet-Bois Refuge  on the air … the game is open!

Museo Maritimo y Antarctico,  Ushuaia-TdF, Argentina

Ushuaia has grown by the sea but also under the watchful gaze of the prison. Both the Maritime, Antarctica and the Prison Museums bear witness to the passing of time in this southern land. While one tells the great adventures of seafarers, the other narrates the lives of those condemned to reclusion.

Facing the bay, within the Argentinian Navy venue, the building housing the Navy Museum was once the Recidivist Prison. Granted National Historical Monument by Congress in 1997, it bears witness to the origins of Ushuaia City.

At present, Marine and Antarctic Museum is directed by Dr. Carlos Pedro Vairo  of a  non-profit civil association with support from the local authorities and the Navy. It opens its doors to visitors who wish to know more about the history of the city.

A brochure with the location of the different rooms is handed out at the entrance. Guided visits are highly recommended and, while waiting for them to begin, visitors can walk through the first rooms devoted to the naval past of Tierra del Fuego. Just like the other southern islands, its development is closely tied to the sea, the only means of communication to the continent until 1948.

Created in 1994, the Museum has revalued the building of the former Presidio of Ushuaia. It began as a Maritime Museum, exhibiting a complete collection of naval models. It also houses an interesting collection on Antarctic Expeditions. It was declared National Historical Monument in April 1997. It was a good way to understand the early history of Ushuaia: the maritime history is very informative, particularly the Antarctic history; the penal colony and conditions of prisoners and the important native history of Tierra del Fuego and this is very well captured in the Yamana native exhibits.
The old prison itself is very well kept and is formatted in a very interesting way. Each cell containing a separate piece of history. Once stepping into the cell,  the information begins. One can feel the hardship that the prisoners experienced in that cold place. The maritime exhibits are excellent as are the postal exhibits. The Antarctic exhibits are particularly gripping,  bringing the rescue missions back to life.

Read more at:  https://www.welcomeargentina.com/ushuaia/maritime-museum.html

Antarctic Nations Trophy & Antarctica 2020 Trophy

Two  interesting Plaques  for the Antarctic Trophies collectors!

Some details about Antarctica 2020 Trophy  was already published last march 4th 2020 here on the WAP pages: http://www.waponline.it/antarctica-2020-trophy/

Now, Volker DL8JDX is pleased to show both Trophies he has just received: Antarctic Nations Trophy and Antarctica 2020 Trophy

Information on the Antarctic Nations Trophy, are available at https://www.dxtrophy.com/antarctica, more info can be requested by e-mail to: mydxtrophy@gmail.com

To get more on the Antarctica 2020 Trophy, issued to celebrate the 200 years of discovering Antarctica, see https://www.dxtrophy.com/200-antarctic

 Oleg UA6GG, www.dxtrophy.com wrote:
In honor of 200 years of the discovery of Antarctica “DX TROPHY Awards Group” is  ready to present the conditions for another  special trophy: ANTARCTICA CUP,  small trophy cups will be for true hunters of Antarctica, and for sure  the activators of Antarctica will not be forgotten-

Congrats and  TNX  Volker, DL8JDX, Antarctic veteran for sharing them with us