LU4AAO/D WAP-286

Following the Nov. 4th activation of the Antarctic Museum Marambio by the Radio CLUB QRM Belgrano hereby some datas coming from Raul Bobn Foster LU5AR, Secretary of the RC:- Se ha completado la información en la página de la actividad. Toda la información en general y el log en particular, está listo. Se hicieron más de 300 QSOs-.

So LU4AAO/D made over 300 QSO; hereby the list of the Countries with which, contacts were made.

  1. Argentina
  2. Uruguay
  3. Brasil
  4. Chile.
  5. Romania
  6. Finland
  7. Germany
  8. Italy
  9. Spain

Not so many DX have been made as the 86% of the QSOs were made within Argentina. The information is fully available at http://lu4aao.org/Activacion_Museo_Antartico.htm and it contains pics and details.

LU4AAO/D as WAP-286 remains therefore a brand new one for all the WAP Chasers; let’s hope that on their next activity during the Dias de la Antartida Argentina and Antarctic Activity Week 2018 they can improve antennas & power in order to give a chance to many more hams worldwide to log WAP-286.

TNX LU5AR, Raul Bon Foster, LU5AG, Secretary of  Radio Club QRM Belgrano (LU4AAO)

Events at King George Island-Antarctica

Now that the Antarctic Campaign 2017-2018 is almost open, it’s time to make presentations and get to know the neighbors.

Polish Vernadski Research Station  (WAP POL-Ø1) was opened on 26 February 1977.

A commemorative plaque for this year’s 40th anniversary of Vernadski Station has been given , with a big surprise,  to the Polish team by the Chilean neighbors of  Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva (WAP CHL-Ø5).

Chile’s independence was officially declared on February 12, 1818, so 2017 marks their  99th anniversary of independence a good way to celebrate both events with 2 joint plaquest on the Antarctic soil.

 

Personnel from Arctowski did get a first meeting with Brazilians  from Comandante Ferraz Station (WAP BRA-Ø2) to mark the good relations of friendship between the two research units in Antarctica.

 

TNX Arctowsky Polar Antarctic Station

Follow the Polish Team at:  https://www.facebook.com/arctowski/

15th AAW 2018 (Antarctic Activity Week)

Just to inform the readers, Antarctic lovers and followers  that,  it’s time  to meditate about the 15th Antarctic Activity Week which will be on air from 17 through 25 Febr. 2018.

From now and ahead,  everyone can start to think to which “Special Callsign”  a Ham have to apply for, getting a WAP reference and be ready to the 2018 schedule.  AAW is the unique event WW, where the Ham community is asked to share and promote initiatives to arise attention to the Icy Continent, a land of study and research, a land of peace and environment protection.

 

A page has been opened here on  WAP website wherte follow the 2018′ esntries. Check: http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week-end/news-information/

Join us and enjoy it!

Animals in the Antarctic Ice

The wildlife of Antarctica are extremophiles, having to adapt to the dryness, low temperatures, and high exposure common in Antartica. Enjoy this 7′ video!

The extreme weather of the interior contrasts to the relatively mild conditions on the Antarctic Peninsula and the subantarctic islands, which have warmer temperatures

Antarctic research station wind turbine collapse

Part of a wind turbine at Australia’s Mawson research station (WAP AUS-Ø4) in Antarctica has collapsed overnight, no one was injured in the incident. The head of the turbine fell to the ground about 9 pm Mawson Station time last night.

General Manager of Support and Operations Dr Rob Wooding, said all expeditioners on station were safely inside the living quarters at the time. “While Mawson can experience regular blizzards, the conditions over the last few days have been moderate, with wind gusts of up to 40 knots,” Dr Wooding said. “We have a regular maintenance schedule for all the wind turbines. The cause of the incident is unknown and will be fully investigated.”

The Enercon E30 turbine is 30 metres high and is one of two on station which came into operation in 2003.

Read more at: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2017/antarctic-research-station-wind-turbine-collapse

 

Picture show part of the wind turbine in the foreground collapsed overnight. (Photo: Chris Wilson/Australian Antarctic Division) 8th November 2017

Antarctica: Inside the southernmost Russian Orthodox Church

Members of the Antarctic Uruguayan ARTIGAS Base (WAP URY-Ø1), journalists and other guests visited the Trinity Church in Russia’s Bellinsghausen Polar Station (WAP RUS-Ø1) on King George Island, Antarctica, during the first week of December 2015. The priest explained to guest how the church was built as well as delivered a speech about the Orthodox and Christian churches in the twenty-first century. (see a video by cicking the gif aside

The head of the largest of the world’s Eastern Orthodox churches, Patriarch Kirill, has become the first Orthodox leader to visit Antarctica.

A week after meeting Pope Francis to smooth over centuries of tensions with the Roman Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill has reached out to another historically non-Orthodox congregation: penguins.

 

The Patriarch, who heads the largest of the world’s various eastern Orthodox churches, arrived at Russia’s Bellingshausen research station on King George Island, just off the coast of Antarctica, on Febr. 18, 2016.

(see a video by cicking the gif aside)

 

 

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia prayed at the Trinity Church at the Russian Antarctic Station Bellingshausen on the island of Waterloo (aka King George Island). -You are here on the top of the planetWhen I sanctified the water in Antarctica today, I thought about the whole globe below us, and prayed for God’s creation. Praying  in this temple for relatives and all  who works here in Antarctica, for their Countries and the whole world– said the Patriarch.

He took a walk with penguins on the island’s rocky shore before delivering a service for scientists at the Station’s Holy Trinity Church, the southernmost Russian Orthodox chapel on the planet.(see another video by cicking the gif aside)

 

 

 

 

«Ubi sunt duo vel tres congregati in nomine meo, ibi sum in medio eorum» (Matthew’s Gospel Mt 18,20)

In the last century, the Pontiffs have crossed the boundaries and the Oceans to bring the blessing of God to all peoples, but none have thought of going to Antarctica, a place at the end of the world as Pope Francis says to come from !  Perhaps this possibility could be a goal to him … if he wants it.

The blessing of a vast Earth larger  than Europe, occupied by hundreds of scientific Stations and thousands of people engaged in research, needs the blessing of a Church witnessing to those latitudes the love of God and of the Blessed Mother, His Most Holy Mother.

 

The above message has been delivered by WAP, 4 years ago to Pope Francis, after having sent the same one  to Pope Benedict XVI few years before. That was given among the  WAP proposal to build a Catholic Churh at the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station following the idea launched in the year 2004.

 

When does Italy break the fear and do something like that?

Halley VI Station (WAP GBR-37)

British Antarctic research station to shut for second winter as cracks in ice grow

Having changed location earlier this year to avoid being cut off, the Halley VI station will close again over fears that the ice shelf it stands on may break

A British research station in Antarctica is being shut down for the second winter in a row following concerns over growing cracks in the 150-metre thick ice shelf on which it stands.

The Halley VI station, which is parked on the Brunt ice shelf, will be shut down between March and November 2018, with the 14-strong staff who had been gearing up for the winter stint redeployed elsewhere in Antarctica or brought home to the UK.

The director of the British Antarctic Survey, Professor Dame Jane Francis, said the decision was down to the difficulties of rescuing researchers in the winter months, should there be a break in the ice shelf –an event known as calving.

Source: The Guardian

Read more athttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/31/british-antarctic-research-station-to-shut-for-second-winter-as-cracks-in-ice-grow

RI1ANL Novolazarevskaya Station (WAP RUS-Ø9)

Nikolay Zinin, RW6ACM will be active from Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica as RI1ANL, March 2018 – March 2019. He will operate on HF Bands CW, SSB, Digital Modes.
Novolazarevskaya Station is located at the extreme southeastern tip of the Schirmacher Oasis approximately in 80 km from the Lazarev Sea coast. An ice shelf with a slightly undulating surface resting against an ice cap extends north of the Station in the vicinity of Leningradsky Bay. From the south, there is a continental ice sheet slope. The station was opened on January 18, 1961. First constructions included service space, a living house, a mess-room and a power station, as well as glaciological, magnetic and actinometric pavilions and auxiliary space. There is a runway (1200 m x 60 m dimensions and the landing course of 114°) in the station area for ski- and wheeled aircraft located in 15 km south of the station on the ice sheet surface at the 500 m elevation above sea level.

 

Even if R1ANL has been active in the past, RI1ANL is  a brand new call for WAP Chasers. However, it’s necessary to know little bit more about R1ANL just to avoid confusion.

If you check  QRZ.com  you will notice that R1ANL is reported to be a call being active from  Leningradskaya Base;  a good explanation is kindly given by Dominik Weiel DL5EBE (aka R3/DL5EBE).

Dominik wrote: -The entry of R1ANL in QRZ.COM was wrong;  the mistake  has been corrected by RN1ON and now (Nov. 1st 2017) all has been fixed .  TNX RN1ON & DL5EBE

R1ANL was activated by Nikolay Zinin (RW6ACM) from Novolazarevskaya Base.  Being a member of the 43rd Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE), Nikolay “Nick” Zinin made about 13.961 QSOs as R1ANL from 27.05.1997 – 28.04.1999.  QSL was first requested via UA6AH who never answered the requests. I met Nikolay in Bremerhaven after his wintering on board of Ak. Fedorov (see attached photo) and I offered him to take care about the R1ANL QSL cards. A few months later I received the original handwritten R1ANL logs. I manually entered all QSOs into my computer and created ADIF files which I uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and I also printed paper cards which are available via DL5EBE (buro and direct)-.

Now Nikolay, RW6ACM, will be again overwintering on Novolazarevskaya this upcoming wintering season as published by Aleksej, RN1ON, on https://www.qrz.com/lookup/RI1ANL   QSLs this time will be handled by RN1ON..
Picture aside shows Dominik R3/DL5EBE, Nikolay Zinin RW6ACM and Oleg Sakharov UA1PBA/R1ANF.

TNX Dominik   DL5EBE

Base Marambio (WAP ARG-21) Happy 48th Anniversary

In 1969 the “Patrulla Soberania”, living in small tents, and with picks, shovels and much efforts,  managed to give shape to the first airstrip in an Argentinean Antarctic Base. Thus was born the Marambio Base: gateway of large aircraft to the white continent.

Patrulla Soberania was a group of military members of the Antarctic crew of the Argentine Air Force 1968/69 (Winter 1969) who founded the Marambio base on Seymour Island in Antarctica on October 29, 1969.
See a video of Marambio Base now,  by cliking the gif aside

 

Austrian Researcher at Concordia Station (WAP MNB-Ø3)

Concordia Station (aka Dome “C” Station, WAP MNB-Ø3)  is 1000 kilometers from the coast, 13 flight hours from  New Zealand. The next inhabited place is the Russian Antarctic Station “Vostok” (WAQP RUS-13),  600 kilometers far away.

A nice article written by Claudio Trevisan has been published on a magazine in Austria, is telling about Dr. Carmen Possnig a young 28yrs old Astronaut; from November 20th she will stay at Concordia Station involved in the ESA (European Space Agency) projects; in other world isolated for a year to get used to  live flight to Mars.

“Concerning isolation the location provides similar conditions as a space ship. The life there can be in many ways compared with a manned longtime mission in space ” said the Austrian Dr. Carmen Possnig.

60 scientists from all over the World, among them Mechanic, installer,  Electrical engineer, surgeon, Astronomer, seismologist, climate and glacier researcher. “Contact the world” is only available by Internet … and unfortunately, no Hams there!

TNX Gus OE3SGA for information

Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be active as  LU4AAO/D (WAP-286)

On the day of “The Night of Museums”, Hams of the  “Radio Club QRM Belgrano” will be active as LU4AAO/D operating from the Marambio Antarctic Museum located in the town of Villa Adelina, Buenos Aires Province, next November 4th, 2017.

This will be a special event to spread the activities of Marambio Foundation, this time from one of the well known Argentinean Antarctic Museum.

LU4AAO/D has been given a WAP reference as WAP-286.

The Antarctic Museum will keep its doors open  Saturday, November 4th, 2017 between 8:00 to 24:00  and the Ham Radio operation will start approximately at 10:00 o’clock LU time (14:00 GMT), until tanout 04:00 GMT (24:00 LU). QSL via LU4AAO

“Radio Club QRM Belgrano” has just add the entry of LU4AAO/D as WAP-286 on the activation page at: http://lu4aao.org/Activacion_Museo_Antartico.htm  confirming on the mean time, the validity of LU4AAO/D as WAP-286  for the the WAP-WACA and WAP-WADA Certificates.

Check also https://qrz.com/db/lu4aao

In addition Radio Club QRM Belgrano will operate on next 21-23 Febr. 2018 in the occasion of the “Dia de la Antartida Argentina” which falls  in the middle of the 15th Antarctic Activity Week .More at:  www.marambio.aq/radioaficionadosmuseo2017.html

210 researchers and 50 projects; the new Italian expedition to Antarctica starts now

Mario Zucchelli station

Fifty research projects on ecosystems and climate and 210 national and international technicians and researchers will be the protagonists of the XXXIII Summer Campaign of the  Italian National Research Program in Antarctica (PNRA), which officially starts with the opening of Mario Zucchelli Station, Terranova Bay, Antarctica.

 

The 2017-18 Campaign, funded with € 23 million from the Ministry of Education, University and Research and implemented by Enea for Logistics and CNR for Scientific Programming and Coordination, will last 4 months and will see the participation of researchers who will also carry out research activities at other Antarctic bases, in the climate of international collaboration that characterizes science in one of the most remote places in the Earth.

More at: https://www.cnr.it/it/comunicato-stampa/7719/ambiente-al-via-la-nuova-spedizione-italiana-in-antartide-210-ricercatori-e-50-progetti-di-ricerca-su-ecosistemi-e-clima and  http://www.italiantartide.it/

See a 7’ video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw8jGKWvxZM

WAP have exceeded 100,000 visits, what a great achievement!

WAPonline is the only Antarctic site dedicated especially to the Hams worldwide, but also a way to increase the interest around Antarctic Continent and its related  matters; to give students and chasers, the opportunity to share our passion, with the aim to stay close to the researchers and personnel  who are spending their time away from home and families.

189 different Countries did visit WAP site and yesterday we did break the wall of 100,000 vivits.  The top 10 Countries are:

USA               20,1%

Italy               16,3%

Germany       9,3%

France           5,2%

Canada          4%

Spain             3%

India              3%

Russia           3%

UK                  2,8%

Belgium         2,1&

Thanks for following WAP, with its Awards, Photo Galleries, the huge Antarctic QSL Gallery and lots more!

Stay with us and enjoy Antarctica as much as we do!

Vanda Station (WAP NZL-NEW): History of an Antarctic Outpost 

Vanda Station was an Antarctic Research Base in the western highlands (Victoria Land) of the Ross Dependency, specifically on the shore of Lake Vanda, at the mouth of Onyx River, in the Wright Valley. The four original station buildings were constructed in the summers of 1967–1968 and 1968–1969, just prior to the first winter-over by a five-man team from January to October 1969.

Subsequent wintering parties occupied the station in 1970 and 1974. During summer seasons, Vanda Station was fully staffed until 1991.

Scientific programs principally included meteorology, hydrology, seismology, earth currents, and magnetics. The station was administered by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), and was supported logistically by the permanent New Zealand research Scott Base  (WAP NZL-Ø1) on Ross Island.

In 1995, environment concerns resulted in the base being closed. Various activities associated with the station’s occupation, including excavations, the erection of buildings, disturbances caused by vehicle movements, the storage of consumables, waste disposal, and accidental spills, led to the effort to remove the station.

Today, an Automatic Weather Station is at the site of former Vanda Station, and Lake Vanda Hut, a shelter that is periodically (summer only) occupied by 2 to 8 New Zealand stream researchers

Vanda Station: History of an Antarctic Outpost 1968-1995,  is a 52 pages book written by  Dr David Harrowfield pubblished  by  New Zealand Antarctic Society, 1999

The book is Available in the National Library of Australia collection, and through the N.Z. Antarctic Society, PO Box 404, Christchurch, N.Z.

 

Vanda Station is listed on WAP-WADA directory as WAP NZL-NEW, waiting someone to put it on the air!

Museum of the Marambio Foundation at Villa Adelina-Argentina

One of the most important Argentine  Antarctic Museum did open its doors on the occasion of the Anniversary of Marambio Base foundation .

The Antarctic Museum of the Marambio Foundation located in Cerrito street 4092/4, Villa Adelina, Buenos Aires  province,  is  opened to the public every Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from  2:00 to 6:00PMm, during the whole month of October and until Wednesday, November 15,  with free admission, offering  special visits to educational institutions, retired or tourist groups and others.

It’s a great importance for teachers,  students and the public in general; it has illustrations on the history and general subjects related to the Argentina Antarctic sector and testimonies on the foundation of Base Marambio  (WAP ARG-21)  , fact that is included in the School Calendar.

More  at: www.marambio.aq/museovillaadelina.html

Photo gallery at: https://spark.adobe.com/page/GVFXhtmajdfIc/

RI5ØANO, Bellingshausen Base 50th Anniversary

Alex Ushakov, UA1OJL (picture aside) is actually operating as RI1ANO. He will be there till march 2018 from the Russian Bellingshausen Station (WAP RUS-Ø1) and he’s supposed to be back home by April 2018.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary  of  Bellingshausen Base (22-Febr.1968—22 Febr. 2018), Alex will operate a new special call  RI5ØANO starting from 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018. QRV all bands CW, SSB & Digi. For this event, a special Award is going to be planned.

QSL via:  RN1ON Alexei V. Kuz’menko
P.O. Box 599
163000, Arkhangelsk, Russia

 

 

RI15ØANO will fall in the middle of the 2018’s WAP Antarctic Activity Week, a great chance,   a good opportunity not to pass away

Arctic and Antarctic Museum did open in France

As global warming reshapes the Arctic and Antarctic, a new designed Museum  like a giant iceberg,  dedicated to the Poles has been opened last march 2017. The Museum built by the son of a renowned French explorer aims to show “the beauty of polar landscapes” and illustrate the consequences of climate change. The new museum dedicated entirely to the Arctic and the Antarctic has opened in Prémanon, France.

Just like a frozen floe, over 60% of the Espace des Mondes Polaires Paul-Emile Victor museum is actually located beneath the surface. Much of the museum’s collection is made up of documents and objects that belonged to the great French explorer Paul-Emile Victor who travelled extensively across both Polar regions. It includes an assortment of notes, manuscripts and expedition reports as well as footage shot in the Arctic. Other objects on show include Inuit art, kayaks, pottery and stuffed animals such as polar bears and wolves.

Founded by Victor’s son, Jean-Christophe, one of the key objectives of the museum is to highlight the changes both regions are currently undergoing. As well as a permanent exhibition, the museum will host a number of temporary displays regarding the Arctic and Antarctic. It also has an ice rink and a restaurant.

Others important Museums are:  The Polar Museum in Cambridge, Englandthe Arctic & Antarctic Museum in St Petersburg Russia;   André expedition Polarcenter Museum in Gränna, Sweden; the Polarship Fram Museum Museum in Oslo; Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide Felice Ippolito located in 3 sites in Italy:  Trieste (http://www.mna.it/trieste/trieste-sede-espositiva , Genova (http://www.mna.it/genova/genova-sede-espositiva) and Siena (http://www.mna.it/siena/siena-sede-espositiva). Famous is also the Antarctic Museum in Buenos Aires-Argentina (http://www.antartidaurbana.com/museo-antartico-en-buenos-aires/?lang=en  and  http://cruncho.com/buenos-aires/visit/museo-de-la-direccion-antartica-gral-hernan-pujato-2781689/)

WAP Antarctic QSL Gallery

Finally we did find a time to upload another batch of Antarctic QSLs into the WAP Antarctic QSL Gallery. Some of the cards are Old and rare, some are New to confirm last activities and new callsigns showed up recently from Antarctica.

These “New Entries”  are bringing the total quantity nearly to 2800 cards loaded in different albums; one for each Country. Now a day  WAP Antarctic QSL Gallery is the largest one WW, and it includes several real ancient cards loaded in a specific Album. Thanks to  the great help of several Hams worldwide who did send us their cards.

Once again a request: If you know some Old Timers having ancient or rare Antarctic cards, please ask to scan them and forward to WAP, Our Dbase of QSL card is like a glass coffin, where everybody can enjoy watching the jewels inside… and they will never get lost.

If you are Ham DXers, please scan your Antarctic & Sub Antarctic QSLs if they are missing on the Gallery and send them on. We will be more than pleased to join them to the existing collection and share them on, all the way.

Just a couple of suggestion to surf the Gallery:
Enter the page by clicking WAP Antarctic QSL Gallery on the main page, then click on enter. Now you are on the Gallery; always remember to click the red square with a ”+” inside and you will open the Country list,  one county by one and you can see all the cards loaded- There are several galleries on the Album:

Antarctic QSL Gallery

Sub-Antarctic Territories

Special Events QSL Gallery

Polar Ship Gallery

Antarctic Philatelic Gallery

Marconi QSL Gallery

To enter each one of them, just click on ”+” inside the small red square aside to the left.

IPSSIA Project (Institution of the First Italian Antarctic Historical Site)

Last 24 & 25 sept. Prof Ph D Julius Fabbri went to  MAECI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) in Rome for a second time, to discuss the progress of its  IPSSIA Project.

It was a fruitful time  and a chance to access the historical-diplomat archive of the “Farnesina”,  the headquarters of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.
I thank infinitely S.E. Amb. Ferdinando Nelli Feroci and Mr. Min. Armando Barucco together with the staff of the Archives and library for their invaluable contribution – said Prof. Ph D Julius Fabbri.

An envelope has been delivered “own hands” to Tomas Ferrari‘s new Argentina ambassador in Italy. –Open Argentina to the world’ – was the choice of Ferrari when he was nominated  as Argentina’s representative to Rome, and this is certainly a good wish.

 

-We strongly hope in the help of Argentina to complete the collection of the necessary material for the definition of the IPSSIA project and finally have the first Italian Antarctic historical site where, time ago the Giacomo Bove Base was built by Renato Cepparo 1976’s Expedition- declared Prof. Ph D Julius Fabbri.

The Netherlands in Antarctica: Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory (WAP NLD-NEW)

Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science took the decision in 2010 to make the sum of six million euro available for research in Antarctica. On Sunday 27 January 2013, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) opened the first Dutch Laboratory in Antarctica and it  has been placed near the British Rothera Research Station.

The lab is named after the sixteenth-century Dutch merchant, Dirck Gerritsz, probably the discoverer of Antarctica. The Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory (WAP NLD–NEW) consists of four sea containers that have been converted into laboratories and placed in a docking station.

In the laboratory Dutch scientists carry out research into Algae, Traces of iron in the warming Antarctic seawater, Freshwater flow and climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula, study the  influence of glacier melt water on marine microbial communities in Ryder Bay and  Greenhouse gases.

The Netherlands is a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty and this is the reason behind the Netherlands’ Polar research program.

The South Pole is a unique research environment where the consequences of climate change can be measured in detail, without any human disruptions. The first five research projects did start at the Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory in the Antarctic summer of 2012-2013.

 

At the light of this evidence, the Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory Lat. 67°35’8″S, Long. 68°7’59″W  on Adelaide Island, will be add to the WAP-WADA Directory (next issue

Dutch Gerritsz Lab

Jan. 2018) under WAP NLD-NEW.

 

As soon as some Hams will be active HF from there, a WAP reference will be issue.

VU3LBP/P Bharati Research Station WAP IND-Ø4

The 36th ISEA Team (Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica) at Bharati Station is almost at the end of its overwintering task, after a successful winter at 69° 24’ 28” South, 76° 11’ 14” East.

Snow is melting up and the austral summer is slowly coming.
(Picture aside,  taken by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Mr. Rajesh Dabral  (VU3LBP) who did replace  Bhagwati Prasad (VU3BPZ-8T2BH) as Communication Officer at the Base, is trying to be QRV mostly on 20 mts band.

In the last couple of days he made several contacts with VKs, ZLs and ZSs but still no Europeans on his log.

Raj, who is signing VU3BPZ/P is normally on 14.183 MHz +/- QRM  in the morning from 05:00 UTC and ahead.

Two more months before  he leaves and returning back home so two more months … last chance to work him at Bharati Research Station, Antarctica.

 

Let’s hope propagation can improve a bit otherwise it will be hard for EU to work VU3BPZ/P.

Port Lockroy WAP GBR-Ø1 (a UK Antarctic Heritage)

 Port Lockroy, Base ‘A’ (WAP GBR-Ø1) , is a British historic Base situated on Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula.

It was established in 1944 and operated as a British Research Station until it closed in 1962. The abandoned Base was designated a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty and in 1996 restored as a  “living’ museum”.

Base A now welcomes visitors to the site every Austral summer, in order to promote the work of the UKAHT on the Peninsula and in the UK and to give visitors a taste of base life from the early days of British occupation.

It is visited each Austral summer by approximately 18,000 ship-borne visitors, amounting to one to two ship visits per day.

In the photos you can see the three buildings at Port Lockroy: Bransfield House, the Boat Shed and the Nissen Hut. In the distance you can also see the anemometer tower as well as the antenna mast (in 1957 Port Lockroy used to have eight antenna masts which were used for high frequency radio communication).

Read more at: http://www.ukaht.org/discover/port-lockroy/ 

 

Davis Station Airdrop

In a first for the Australian Antarctic Program, nine tonnes of cargo was parachuted from the back of a Royal Australian Airforce C-17A Globemaster III and on to the sea ice near Davis Research Station (WAP AUS-Ø3) on Sept.20-2017

The C-17A was refuelled by a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport – high above the Southern Ocean – half-way through the 10,000km round trip mission.

The cargo was predominately food based, including fresh lemons and carrots, and also included medical supplies and telecommunications equipment. The pallets were ripped by the Australian Army’s 176 Air Dispatch Squadron.

photos were captured from the sea ice by Barry Becker.

Source: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2017/mid-air-refuel-extends-reach-of-australian-antarctic-program#v208710
There is a nice video at the bottom of the article, don’t  miss it!

Other videos provided by Australian Antarctic Division are available here:

 

VK2FR … one of the Antarctic chasers

John S. Sharpe, VK2FR from Bowraville, NSW , Australia, is one of the very active Antarctic chasers. John is also active during the Antarctic Activity Weeks as VK2ANT  (WAP-232) and a proud owner of the WAP Awards including the Honor Roll, as shown on the wall of his shack!

John, who seems to have enjoyed the new look of the WAP website,  wrote: Greetings to the Antarcticians  from New South Wales.  Congratulations to you and staff for a fantastic job with the new WAP web site, it looks terrific!.   Please count me in for 15th AAW!

Many thanks John, and  welcome on board again , you will be add to the list of participants  of next AAW 2018.

 

 

 

To the Hams readers: it’s time to apply for your special call and join the next 15th AAW,  from 17 to 25 Febr. 2018.

 

Enjoy Antarctica as much as we do!

14th WAP Meeting-Mondovì Italy-16 & 17 Sept.2017

Great time this morning at the  14th WAP Meeting managed by ARI section of Mondovì in the North West side of Italy, not too far away the French border. Held in the frame of Vicoforte, a wonderful site at the foot of the Alpes, we were inside an architectural gem just aside the Vicoforte Basilica, known for having the largest elliptical cupola in the world.

(Read more at:  https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santuario_di_Vicoforte )

Clik the gif  aside to see a video

Over here we did talk about DX, Italian Castles and Antarctica.  Nearly 40  years of Antarctic passion  … 40 years of continuous work is a long time,  and undoubtedly  this is a great goal.

(on the 2nd pic aside, L to R:  the President of ARI Mondovì IW1EVQ Prof. Edo Ambrassa, IK1GPG Max, I1HYW Gianni).
This year,  on the lecture, we have officially presented WAP 2.Ø our brand new looking Web site fully dedicate to Antarctica; presentation has been done by  Gianni I1HYW and Massimo IK1GPG. Guests from almost all the Italian call areas, and Hams from some EU Countries..

 

Authorities present: Luca Robaldo,  Councilor of  Mondovi City, Dr. Marco Botto President of an  important local Company, Graziano Sartori, ARI Vice President.

 

At the end of the meeting,   the restaurant of the ancient Cistercian monastery hosted the participants

Swedish Kirvanveggen Camp – Antarctica WAP SWE-Ø1

Kirvanveggen Camp is listed on our WAP-WADA Directory and it was activated by Radio amateur (Callsign 7S8AAA) in the 90ties.

We did involved the Polarforskningssekretariatet in Sweden, to know if they could have archived some more information.
The answer from Ida Edlund, Registrator, Administrativ handläggare/Registry Clerk, Administration Officer at  Polarforskningssekretariatet/Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, P.O. Box 50003, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden (ida.edlund@polar.sewww.polar.se ) was prompt and kind: -We believe that what you are referring to may be a temporary camp from a project in the 1990’s. However there is no Swedish camp there anymore and we unfortunately do not have any more information about this-.

Swedish Antarctic Research Program (SWEDARP) was assigned the call 7S8AAA, and early in 1988 a group of 12 geology researchers spent a few months in the Antarctic. Kent SM7DSE, a University of Lund professor, was the one who made amateur radio a part of the expedition. He planned to work CW, SSB. RTTY, AMTOR, and HF Packet. QSL cards was requested to be sent via SK0MT, Club Taby Sandaramatorer.
Looks like that, Swedish Kirvanveggen Camp – Antarctica was set close to the site where  the Swedish SVEA Base, was built during the 1987/88 expedition. 

Once again Ida Edlund wrote: -After your previous mail with the picture, we started to look at the research expeditions from the late 1980’s (instead of the 1990’s) and found that Kent Larsson, of the University of Lund, was one of the participants in the 1988/89 expedition at Vestfjella and Heimefrontfjella, close to Kirvanveggen. Kent is a radio amateur and now I see that you already have that information. Kent Larsson is still affiliated with Lund University as Professor emeritus.

His contact information is available here: http://portal.research.lu.se/portal/en/persons/kent-larsson(a62088e5-db40-4c9a-a88a-c78cb023119c).html

We are now trying  to get in  touch with Prof. Kent Larsson (Ham call SM7DSE) to ask him if he did keep some pictures of the camp and eventually if he can send some personal memories of the time been down there at  Kirvanveggen Camp let’s see …

Stay tuned and follow us. WAP is always on the front line of the Antarctic matters.

Just few notes about SVEA (WAP SVE-Ø2)
Svea is located in the Scharffenbergbotnen valley in the Heimefrontfjella mountain range, about 400 km from the coast. It was built during the 1987/88 Antarctic expedition and was the first Swedish research station in Antarctica since the Snow Hill station in 1901 and Maudheim in 1949.

Svea is a satellite station to Wasa and is an excellent base for small, transient research teams performing fieldwork in the area. The station, comprising two joined fibreglass modules, is about 12 m2 and has four beds and one pantry.

The station is currently the home base for two permanent monitoring projects: continual geodetic measurement using GPS technology, run by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and a seismograph that records movements in the earth’s crust, run by the German Alfred Wegener Institute.

Belgian King Baudouin Base WAP BEL-Ø1

The third International Polar Year of 1958-1959 heralded the second important phase of the Belgian presence in Antarctica. This year was also known as the International Geophysical Year (IGY), in which not less than sixty-four nations signalled their commitment to study the physical characteristics of the earth.

In that period a massive scientific offensive was launched in all the unexplored areas of the planet. And, because hardly any real, systematic scientific observation had been done in the Antarctic, the South Pole became one of the central objectives.

Twelve nations – of which Belgium – decided to establish more than fifty bases on the Pole with the principle aim of studying our planet’s relationship with the sun. The Americans built the Amundsen-Scott Base at its theoretically most important point : the geographical South Pole, the Russians set up their Vostok Base at its least accessible point, the middle of the East-Antarctic icecap.

On  the initiative of Adrien de Gerlache’s son Gaston de Gerlache (captain of the 1897-1899 ‘Belgica’ expedition), the Belgians confirmed their scientific interest in the continent by establishing the King Baudouin Base on a floating ice shelf off the coast of Dronning Maud Land.  The Belgian base, established in 1958 by the 1958 Belgian Antarctic Expedition under Gaston de Gerlache was named for Baudouin, King of the Belgians from 1951-1993.

It was built at 70° 25′ South,  24°19′ East  on an ice shelf south of Breid Bay on Princess Ragnhild Coast.  King Baudouin Base  has been reconstructed in 1964 and closed in February 1967.

A new station  Princess Elisabeth Station (WAP BEL-Ø2) is now the only Belgian Research Base in Antarctica

Actually King Baudouin Base  is fully covered in the snow, but thanks to Roger Vanmarcke, ON4TX who kindly sent us some pics of the Belgian epic, we have some very rare images to share with the readers.

Roger Vanmarcke, ON4TX- OR4TX (here in the pic aside /MM with ON4KR-OR4KR and ON4TZ-OR4TZ) is now 80 and he was one of the seven operators who have alternated their presence in Antarctica  and being active from King Baudouin Base  from 1958 through 1968 (they were: OR4KR, OR4OR, OR4RW, OR4TX, OR4TZ, OR4VN and OR5RK).

During the first expedition OR4HG was also QRV; OR4HG was ON4HG, Gene Hoogewys, who wrote a book about the Expedition:

Op de golven van het gevaar” in Dutch, or  “Par delà les ondes” in French.

Here aside the Shack at King Baudouin Base (1959-1960) .

Furthermore, Roger recalls – while he was at the base- that  there was an Italian scientific Team of the Pisa University. They have been drilling more then 100m deep in the ice.This was in cooperation with Professor Picciotto of the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

Full information here:

https://www.igsoc.org/journal/4/31/igs_journal_vol04_issue031_pg101-110.pdf

 

Our good friend Ghis ON5NT, went to see ON4TX/OR4TX personally  at his Radioclub in Waterloo, near Brussels and Roger was extremely kind to give him the reminds that are part of his life. Pictures are from the 1960 Belgian expedition. (pic on the right: Roger ON4TX and Ghis ON5NT)

 

We are so grateful to Roger Vanmarcke, ON4TX- OR4TX to share his huge recalls with the Antarctic chasers through WAP.

HFØARC Henryk Arctowski Station, WAP POL-Ø1

On the last 3 weeks Sebastian Gleich, SQ1SGB has been reported active from the  Polish Antarctic Station Henryk  Arctowski  (WAP POL-Ø1) as HFØARC on 20 & 40 mts.

HFØARC it’s a new call sign  issued in place of the old historical HFØPOL that, until March 2016, was associated with the Polish Arctowski Antarctic Base.

 

HF0POL’s  operators have been  active during various campaigns and winter expeditions. Here below  is a list of such operations with years of activity, operators callsigns and  QSL managers :

 

1978: op. LA2HFA, ex SP2BHZ, via SP2BBD (SK) (unknown status)

1986, February: via SP5EKZ or SP5PWK

1988-1989: op. SP3FRV via SP3FXG

1989-1990: op. SP5FLC via SP5FLC (SK)

1990, May: via AE5CK, ex KB6GWX

1990-1991: op. SP3FYM via SP3HLM

1991-1992: op. SP9DWT via SP9DWT

1997: op. SP3GVX via SP3FYM (hardly possible to receive a card)

1998: op. SP3BGD via SP3BGD, direct only (e-qsl & LotW), see SP3BGD at QRZ.com

2000: ops. SP3GVX & SQ5EWQ via SP3WVL, direct only. Log uploaded to e-QSL.

2002: op. SP7JKW, direct only to SP7JKW (See QRZ.com)

2004: op. SP2GOW via SP2GOW, direct only, see QRZ.com

2004, 3/4 April: op. SP5QF via SP7IWA, direct only, see SP7IWA’s website

2005: op. SP3GVX via SP3WVL, direct only

2008: op. SP3GVX via SP3WVL, direct only

2008: HF0POL/LH, op. SP3GVX via SP3WVL, direct only. Lighthouse WAP POL-LH-001

2008 – 2009 op. Janusz SP9YI (XXXIII Polish Arctic Expedition) , QSL direct only via SP9YI

 

Sebastian SQ1SGB will end his overwintering contract next October 23rd 2017,  so one more month and a half to try to put him in the Log. He’s  working  with a Delta Mini antenna sponsored by SP1BKS

QSL cards direct only to:

Sebastian Gleich,

76-039 Biesiekierz 65 

Poland

Phoenix Airfield Antarctica  (WAP USA-NEW)

Phoenix Airfield (ICAO: NZFX) 77°57’23″South, 166°46’00″East did  start to be operational last February 2017. This compacted snow runway (WAP USA-NEW) has replaced Pegasus Field  (WAP USA-42).  This runway is capable of handling wheeled aircraft, that have included to date: Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, Lockheed C-141 Starlifter, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Lockheed P-3 Orion.

 

The other runways in the area are :

The Ice Runway (ICAO: NZIR (Mc Murdo Aerodrome, Airfield  Airport)

77° 51’ 14”South, 166° 28’ 08” East. Ice Runway is the principal runway for the US Antarctic Program during the summer Antarctic field season due to its proximity to McMurdo Station (WAP USA-22).

 

Ex Pegasus Field Runway (ICAO: NZPG) WAP USA-42

77°57’48″South   166°31’29″East was an airstrip in Antarctica, the southernmost of three airfields serving Mc Murdo Station. It closed due to excessive melting in the summer season caused by warmer temperatures combined with dust and dirt blown in from nearby Black Island. The last flight was on December 8, 2016

In the early 1990’s, the Pegasus Airfield was seen as the facility that would facilitate all-season wheeled aircraft operations at McMurdo. That was the promise…it was developed originally as a “blue ice” runway (meaning that it consisted of long-term ice that was neither accumulating nor ablating). That condition is more actually applied to colder land-based inland locations such as Patriot Hills, rather than a warmer location on shelf ice.

Development of Pegasus took place in the early 1990s, near a site which had formerly been used/known as Outer Williams Field. Construction started in 1991-92, the following year an initial 6,000-foot runway was used by wheeled C-130’s, and in January 1994 it was certified for use by C-141 aircraft (early history and links). Initially the runway was only used at the end of the austral summer seasons and was then allowed to accumulate snow cover which would preserve it through much of the following summer season until it was reactivated. Although Pegasus was originally conceived as part of a “blue ice runway” survey, it actually came to be more properly known as a “white ice runway” as the base was not a permanent glacier, but rather a 100-foot-thick permanent sea ice shelf. The surface came to be maintained with a perhaps 5-inch layer of processed and leveled snow.

 

Williams Field (NZWD) WAP USA-25

77°52’02″South, 167°03’24″East is the principal runway for the US Antarctic Program during the summer Antarctic field season due to its proximity to McMurdo Station. It is actually inactive but maintained as a backup for ski-equipped aircraft.. In 2008-09 the program switched from using 3 airfields; the annual Ice runway (Mc Murdo Station) in early season, Williams Field for ski aircraft, and Pegasus in late season.

Source: http://www.southpolestation.com/mcm/1617/phoenix.html

Juan Manuel Pereda, LU4CJM and his great Ham Antarctic Operation

At the beginning of 2017, Juan Manuel Pereda, LU4CJM has been part of the Argentinean Team operating from Base Carlini (WAP ARG-2Ø) in Antarctica.. During his stay he did operate Ham radio (mostly CW) as LU4CJM/Z from Albatros Refuge (WAP ARG-27), Gurruchaga Refuge (WAP ARG-28) and of course, from Carlini BaseLU1ZI, as follow:

22 Jan. to 09 March. 2017 Carlini Station WAP ARG-2Ø and Camara LH  WAP ARG-LH-ØØ2 (ARLHS SSI-004).

Carlini is a permanent Antarctic Scientific Station, located at 25 de Mayo Is. (aka King George Is.), in the South Shetland Islands. It is operated and administrated by the National Antarctic Division (DNA) of the Foreing Affairs Ministry of Argentina.

The Argentinean Antarctic Institute (IAA) develops and supervises all scientific programs. The base was established on February 12th 1982 under its former name, Estación Científica Teniente Jubany, after the primary shelter built in 1953.

At Potter Cove, near the base, are located the Albatros and Elephant Refuges; both depend on Carlini Base.

Three Brothers Hill (210 m), Yámana nunatak and Fourcade glacier can be seen from the base. Climate at South Shetland is a little less tough than the rest of the Antarctica. In summer temperatures are around -2°C and 3°C; and in winter are between -10°C and  -20°C. In 2007, a temperature of -26ºC was registered.

You can see a picture of Carlini at Google Earth, coordinates  62°14′18″S 58°40′05″W.

08 Jan to 22 Jan. 2017 Gurruchaga Refuge. WAP ARG-28

Francisco de Gurruchaga Antarctic Refuge (62°14′ 03″ South,  59°10′ 02″ West)  built on Dec. 15, 1954 is placed in Harmony Point, Nelson Island, South Shetland Island. The administration depends on the Argentinian Naval Army.  Proposed by Argentina, this area was originally designated as Site of Special Scientific Interest No. 14 under Antarctic ATCM Recommendation XIII-8 (1985),  because the Area is an excellent example of the maritime Antarctic communities of birds and land ecosystems present in South Shetland Islands, making possibilities to carry out long-term research programs without damage or harmful interference.

 

05 Febr. to 06 Febr. 2017 Refugio Albatros. WAP ARG-27

Antarctic Refuges are facilities open to all countries, to be used in emergencies or to support activities in the field. They are equipped with provisions, fuel, generators and communications equipment, accommodation facilities and other logistics.

Albatros refuge (62°15′ 09” South 58°39′ 23″ West) depends to Carlini Base; it  is located on Potter Peninsula at 3 km from the Base .

The shelter houses analogue/digital VHF repeater with a coverage of more than 35km. Powered by solar energy provides telecommunication support to all scientific and logistic personnel in the field, allowing the geolocation in real time.

Thanks to Juan Manuel Pereda, LU4CJM/Z for his great operation and thanks to LU4AA (Radio Club Argentino) for such a nice QSL cards just received and the excellent QSL Service.

Antarctica Cruise Preparations  by KA4RXP

Plans appear to be melding together for a Maritime Mobile Expedition to the shores of Antarctica in February 2018.

John Landrigan KA4RXP wrote: Many thanks to those of you that took time to respond or comment on my upcoming  Maritime Mobile visit to McMurdo Station next February. I’ll be communicating with Heritage Expeditions and both the owner and operations manager of the M/V Enderby about antenna and  radio equipment installation aboard the ship.

 

I spoke with Bob Hardie  at Expert Linears America and was overwhelmed with his enthusiasm about the SPE line of solid state amps (www.ExpertLinears.com). He offered me the SPE 1.3 Amp for a brother in law price and I will see him at the Huntsville Ham Fest this Saturday. I am expecting to let anyone who will listen know that this amp is why they are hearing me.

Bob Hardie (pic aside) and his wife Melva, were at the Huntsville Hamfest last week and I picked up the SPE 1.3KW amplifier from them. These are really fine folks and its great to do business with them.

Also present in Huntsville was Richard Stubbs and the group from MFJ. I am going to get the MFJ 998RT tuner from them. Likewise, MFJ is the easiest place in the world to go ham radio shopping. The weight of both of these things is going to fit and fill one large suitcase but I think it will be worth it to have a signal that will make it a productive endeavor to participate in the Antarctic Awareness Week event (waponline.it) next February. A new addition to the MFJ inventory is Messi and Paoloni Coaxial Cable. I am going to use the Airborne 10 coax because it has a very rugged polyethylene covering and it is so lightweight I can carry gobs of it in the suitcase instead of a couple pairs of socks

This is getting about as exciting as the lead up to the eclipse last Monday.

73, John Landrigan KA4RXP

Belgian Utsteinen camp (WAP BEL-NEW?)

When we went across some notes, we found that, while studying a best location site to install its New Antarctic Station, a Belgian Team, went to Antarctica and set a Base Camp called Utsteinen camp which was fully operational for few months.

It should have been interesting to know if some of the Team Members did operate Ham radio in the time, while they were there. Perhaps   OR4TN can give us more details. If there was an operation  from there, we will give Utsteinen camp a new WAP reference.

Then, the  answer from our friend Ghis ON5NT, kill up any doubts:

200% sure, ON5TN/OR4TN never operated from Utsteinen, only from PES, never any other place. He told me he visited a couple of other bases (like Novo) but never operated from there neither.  I am sure nobody operated from this Utsteinen place. Operations only took place from PES.

Actually Belgian Utsteinen camp have been probably dismantled, so nothing to do with it anymore,

 

By clicking the gif aside, a deep report is still available to get some more information about the Belgian Utsteinen Camp.

Belarusian Antarctic Research Vechernyaya Station (WAP BLR-New)

A brief history: The Republic of Belarus joined the Antarctic Treaty in 2006 and, in that same year, approved the National program for Polar research which is called “Monitoring of Earth’s Polar areas” ensuring activity of the Arctic and Antarctic expeditions for 2007­­-­2010 and for the period until 2015. Soon after, in 2008, it ratified the Environmental Protocol.

In 2015, the National Antarctic Program of the Republic of Belarus was accepted as the  30th  Member of COMNAP and  Belarus did receive a residence permit in the Antarctic.

According to the head  of the Belarusian Antarctic Expedition Alexey Gaydashov, research vessel Akademik Fedorov approached the icy continent at the end of December 2016.

 

On December 27-29th, 2016 personnel, material support and structures of the Belarusian Antarctic Station were successfully delivered by air transport from the ship to the location of the Belarusian expedition at Mount Vechernyaya, Enderby Land, East Antarctica. At the end of  January 2016, the first portion of the national research station, a three-section module for control, communication and navigation, was assembled in Antarctica at a geographic position of 67°39” South, 46°09’ East.

The main principles of activity of the Republic of Belarus in Antarctica are a system approach to the creation of the national Antarctic infrastructure and the organization of research, orientation of works for integration to international research programs, development of international cooperation in order to strengthen the Antarctic Treaty System, as well as development, consideration and recommendation to their Government of actions assisting in realization of principles and objects of the Antarctic Treaty.

The deployment of the Belarusian Antarctic station is part of a subprogram of the government program on new and high technologies and machines in 2016-2020. The subprogram provides for monitoring polar regions of the Earth, creating the Belarusian Antarctic Station, and enabling the operation of polar expeditions.

 

On last  January  6th 2017, Belarusian polar explorers have assembled part of the second structure of the Belarusian Antarctic Station. The works are not completed yet, but now , Belorussians intend to erect a chapel at Vechernyaya Station, as they plan to open their B ase in Antarctica by this year.

St. Volodymyr Chapel at Ukrainian Vernadsky Base 

“When we send polar explorers to the South Pole we don’t ask about their confession, but every person can have a wish to be alone, to pray. Why don’t we build a church?” said  Director of the National Ukrainian Antarctic Scientific Center,  Valery Litvinov .

The St. Volodymyr Chapel, named after Vladimir the Great, is a Ukrainian Orthodox chapel located in the Ukrainian Antarctic Station of Vernadsky Research Base. It is not the first Orthodox church on the ice continent: Russian carpenters built a 15-meter Orthodox church from Siberian cedar in 2004 that is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

“When you pray there you get unspeakable impressions. It is zero altitude, but you have such a feeling that the church almost flies above Earth,” said Archbishop Augustine of Lvov and Galicia who did consecrate the Ukrainian chapel.

The chapel is small but its work is excellent. It has been  sent to Antarctica while a new group of polar explorers was there. The building and installation of the chapel has been paid by philanthropists. The church is located on Galindez Island at the site of the Ukrainian  research Base. It was built in 2011 and it’s the latest addition to the base buildings.

A wonderful virtual tour, including outside and inside views of St. Volodymyr Chapel,  is available by clicking the gif here aside

 

Buromskiy Island burial ground (HSM 9 and HSM 7) WAP RUS-NEW

Buromskiy, 66°  32’South, 93° 0’ East is a small island lying 0.6 km (0.37 mi) south of Haswell Island in the Haswell Islands group in Antarctica. About 1.2 km long and 0.9 km wide, it was discovered and mapped by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition under Douglas Mawson (1911–14). It was photographed by the Soviet expedition of 1958 and named for N.I. Buromskiy, expedition hydrographer who lost his life in the Antarctic in 1957. It lies 2.7 km north of Marbus Point, the site of Russia’s Mirny Station.

Buromskiy Island holds a Cemetery for several citizens of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic and Switzerland who died in the performance of their duties while serving as members of Soviet and Russian Antarctic expeditions. It has been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 9) following a proposal by Russia to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

The site includes Ivan Khmara’s Stone, with an inscribed plaque commemorates Ivan Khmara, a driver-mechanic with the first Soviet Antarctic Expedition, who died while performing his duties on fast ice on 21 January 1956. The stone was originally erected at nearby Mabus Point, but was moved to Buromskiy Island in 1974 because of construction activity at Mirny. Ivan Khmara’s Stone has been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 7) following a proposal by Russia to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

 

The Haswell Islands are a group of rocky coastal islands lying off Marbus Point, Antarctica, and extending about 3 kilometres (1.5 nmi) seaward. Douglas Mawson did apply the name “Rookery Islands” because of a large emperor penguin rookery on Haswell Island, the largest and seaward island in the group. In 1955 the Antarctic Names Committee of Australia proposed that the name Haswell be extended to the entire Group. Read more at: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Religion_in_Antarctica

Buromskiy Island burial ground (HSM 9 and HSM 7)

66° 32’South, 93° 0’ East , North of Marbus Point, Haswell Islands will be add to WAP-WADA Directory as WAP RUS-NEW. As soon as some Hams, maybe from Mirny Base will operate from there, a reference number will be given.

India 71st Independence Day celebration in Antarctica

India celebrates its 71st Independence Day with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisting the tricolour from Red Fort. A huge Indian national flag has brought on a bridge across river Sabarmati to celebrate Independence Day in Ahmadabad, but what do they do in Antarctica?

Bharati Station is the last Indian research Base built by India in Antarctica. Located at 69° 24’ 28” South, 76° 11’ 14” East, Bharati Station is one of the most modern Scientific Base in the Icy Continent. Actually a Radioamateur VU3LPL Rajesh Dabral is overwintering at Bharati Base, acting as Communication Officer.

The arrival of the nieighboring Russian and Chinese station members and the friendship among the three stations reveals that Antarctica is a place for peace and friendship. I invite everyone of you to join us in the celebration.

Full coverage of celebration of 71st Indian Independence Day at Bharati Research Station , Antarctica on 15, august 2017 is here, enjoy the view.
WAP Staff, wish a very Happy Indipendence day to our Indian friends in Antarctica.

WAP Antarctic Activity Week (17-25 Febr. 2018)

John Landrigan KA4RXP will be active as KA4RXP/MM from on board of M/V Spirit of Enderby from Febr. 8 through March 8 sailing Antarctica. The operation time falls in between the 15th Antarctic Activity Week.

Considering that John is going to operate from Antarctica, on board of a Polar ship listed on the WAP-WACA directory (therefore equated to an Antarctic base) a new reference WAP-283 has been issued to KA4RXP/MM.

 

 

Just wish to remind the Chasers to book now, and get your WAP special Callsign. Join the very atractive yearly event, the unique WW since 2004!

The St. Ivan Rilski Chapel (St. John of Rila Chapel) at the Bulgarian Base

The Orthodox presence in Antarctica arises as parts of various expeditions from major Orthodox Christian Nations to the continent as there is not permanent population in Antarctica.

St. Ivan Rilski Chapel at St Kliment Ohridski Station (Livingston Island in the South Shetlands) is the first Eastern Ortodox edifice in Antarctica, the southernmost Eastern Orthodox building of worship in the world

The chapel, was named after patron of the Bulgarians, St.Ivan Ritski. It was built in the year 2003 with the assistance of the Bulgarian Antarctic scientific team.

The foundation stones of the chapel were laid down on December 9, 2001, at that time, the base employs a total of between 12 and 15 people, geologists, biologists, doctors, meteorologists, botanists and others .

A Spanish ship transported the parts that were used to build the chapel and it was completed on 2003. The chapel features include  a bell, a cross, and icons of St. Ivan Rilski, and Jesus Christ the Bridegroom.

The Christian chapel is located on the Livingston Island’s Bulgarian Base of St. Kliment Ohridski.

Recently (year 2012) a new building (see picture aside) was erected on a small slope; it gives the impression to protect the Base from above.

Cruising Antarctica-K4RXP on board M/V Spirit of Enderby

John Landrigan KA4RXP is planning the ultimate of all cruises; leaving New Zealand on Feb 8, 2018 going to McMurdo Station on the Ross Sea and returning on March 8 ; he will join the 15th Antarctic Activity Week.

John wrote: -The 50-passenger M/V Spirit of Enderby is described as an ‘intimate’ exploration vessel with a reinforced hull. It apparently is pretty cramped and the bathroom is down the hall. The Captain and crew are Russian and I was advised to bring a potent surge protector .

I have the Company’s permission to operate and they are going to allow me unrestricted access to the former Radio Room on the ship so that I can set up my Yaesu 897 and Pactor modem.

I’m going to pay for them to install a used, I hope, marine HF antenna.  I’ll bring an antenna of a type and brand to be determined.

Few Questions from John:

The ship’s generator is subject to severe fluctuations due to lights and equipment being turned on and off. I need suggestions for 220 volt surge protection/Uninterruptible power supply devices to protect my radio and computer equipment. I don’t know how frequently they blow light bulbs but it sounds like a potent damping system may be required.

I am thinking the experts at this are probably in Invercargill, New Zealand where the ship departs from. I know that propagation is inversely proportional to one’s distance from the North or South Pole. I am thinking that a HF vertical and tuner would be significantly better than just my magnetically mounted Little Tarheel Screwdriver.

What about some type of dipole as you often see on models and photos of old ships with a wire going from bow to stern masts?  The ship’s manager did say I would need about 100 feet of coax from the antenna to the Radio Room. I am wondering if they were thinking of stringing up that type of antenna and running coax down a mast to the Radio Room.

Anyone with marine HF experience is earnestly solicited to respond (ka4rxp@gmail.com )

This cruise will be right at the time of the 15th Antarctic Activity Week and John KA4RXP/MM will be the first to operate maritime mobile during an AAW ! He will be on 40 through 10 meters if propagation will permit.John sais.

TNX John Landrigan KA4RXP

LU4ZS, Base Marambio WAP ARG-21

On last March 11, the Radio station LU4ZS at Base Marambio did start the 2016 Ham Activation, promoting the continuity of successful Radio-Amateur operation of the past 2013/14 Antarctic campaign, in which hundreds of Shortwave contacts were made worldwide. This year 2017, it has been planned to carry out another activation.

Putting LU4ZS on the air from Marambio has as an additional motivation:  the memory of the 50th anniversary of the First Transpolar Flight of Argentina. In 1965, the Air Force accomplished “Operation South”, designed and led by then-commander Mario Luis Olezza, in which a squadron formed by a Douglas C-47 and two Beaver single-engineers landed in the South Pole, and later the C-47 Continued flight to Mc Murdo Base, USA, completing the first double transpolar flight in Argentina. This operation opened the route that Aerolineas Argentinas used between 1980 and 2014 to fly to Oceania.

The operator of the station LU4ZS Marambio, is Juan C. Benavente (Picture aside), in charge of the Press Section and collaborator of the Technical Section of the DAA, with Ham license LU8DBS r, teacher and Graduate in Social Communication in the National University of Quilmes (UNQ).

Video taken by a member of the “Uniendo Voices” Tam during his stay in Antarctica. The UV project has incorporated the radio amateur work area, and a teacher of the project, Juan C. Benavente, carries out radio activations from Antarctica as the University Extension Project (PEU).

Read more at: http://www.unq.edu.ar/noticias/1950-marambio-en-el-aire.php

Giacomo Bove Station-Antarctica (WAP ITA-Ø2)

Soon the formal designation of the new Historic Site (HSMs) under the Antarctic Treaty.
Another small step towards the creation of a new visitor center and a new plaque in Trieste (Italy), in view of the completion of the IPSSIA project (the institution of the first Antarctic Italian Historical Site).

This is briefly, the story of the first independent Italian expedition in Antarctica dated 1976, and of the man who made it possible. The Polishs, who have a nearby science base, still call the site as Italy Valley.

December 1975: 15 Italians  did challenge the climatic conditions, economic difficulties and political inertia to build a Base in the coldest and inhospitable site of the planet, with temperatures that in the “hot” months reach 19 degrees below zero and during the long winter of the sub-southern hemisphere go down to -50°C. The Expedition arrives before the accession of Italy to the Antarctic Treaty, before the PNRA, the National Research Program at the South Pole.

Renato Cepparo officially donate the newly founded Base to the Italian state. But the answer that comes from the cabinet secretary of the the Foreign Affairs holder, Minister Arnaldo Forlani, is as formal and cold as the wind of Italia Valley  on a January day!

“While I express the greatest appreciation of the On. Minister of Foreign Affairs, I would like to inform you that the Italian Government intends to give the Base to the Argentine Government”. The reason “Guarantees for Future Research and Exploration Programs in Antarctica or Other Italian Scientific Missions”, did sound  incomprehensible for Cepparo and that decision was difficult to accept. It was paradoxical –did comment Roberto Cepparo– Forlani proved himself to be a very small man, because to solve the problem with the Argentinians gave them the Base. Two years later, Flavio Barbiero, deputy leader of the company in 1975-76, returns to Italia Valley and makes the dramatic discovery: “Only the perimeter wall supporting the building remained in place. Everything else has disappeared in nothing” wrote Renato Cepparo in his memories.

Actually, a young reasearchr Prof. PHD Julius Fabbri  (Pic aside) is strongly working to ensure that the status of Antarctic Heritage could be recognized to the site where Renato Cepparo built the first Italian research station dedicated to the explorer Giacomo Bove

Stanislaw Miranski SP3BGD, send us a picture taken in April 1998. Here is the remains of Italian Antarctic Station “Giacomo Bove” – Italia Valley on King George island.

 

Cambridge petition: Historic Site for ‘Giacomo Bove Station’ destroyed by Argentine Navy – Read more at: http://giacomobovestation.blogspot.it/2017/04/cambridge-petition-historic-site-for.html

Polish Station Dobrowolsky, WAP POL-NEW

Polish Antarctic Stations Antoni B. Dobrowolski is located an Bunger Hills, 66° 16′ 30″ South, 100° 45′ 00″ East.

The Station with two buildings able to guest 8 people, was originally built by the Soviet Antarctic Expeditions the Oct. 16th  1956 and named Oazis  then, on 23rd January 1959, it has been handed over to the Academy of Sciences of the Polish People’s Republic by the Soviet Academy. The Polish named it Dobrowolski Station in memory of  Antoni B. Dobrowolski (1872-1954), geophysicist and glaciologist, who participated in the Belgica Antarctic Expedition (1877-79). 

Unfortunately,  just few weeks later the Station has been closed. On February 22, 1979 (with preparations starting February 18) the station was reactivated for a short time, but an overwintering attempt failed, and the occupants had to be evacuated to Mirny Station (350 km to the west) on March 17 1979.

The Soviet Union became interested in the Bunger Hills again in the late 1980s, and built a new station – Oazis-2 – a few hundred meters to the west of Dobrowolski. The station was used for summer visits up to the mid-1990s (Bunger Oasis Station WAP RUS-NEW)

About 7 kilometres from Dobrowolski, Australia has maintained the summer-only station Edgeworth David Base,   named after Edgeworth David, since 1986.

The concrete pillar erected by the First Polish Antarctic Expedition at Dobrowolski Station in January 1959 for gravity measurements, and the magnetic observatory at the station with plaque in memory of the opening of Oazis Station in 1956, are recognized as Antarctic Historic Sites Nr.10.

DP1POL/p Novolazarevskaya Station-Antarctica

Felix Riess  (DL5XL) has been active as DP1POL/p  for a short period of time from the Russian Station Novolazarevskaya  (WAP RUS-Ø9) while waiting the ALCI flight from Novo Runway (WAP MNB-Ø6) to Cape Town.

Novolazarevskaya ( 70° 47’ South, 11°49’ East) located at the extreme southeastern tip of the Schirmacher Oasis approximately in 80 km from the Lazarev Sea coast,  is one of the most efficient Antarctic Stations operating from Dronning Maud Land Estern Antarctica and serving by its Novo Runway almost all the scientific operations from the Bases located in that area. An ice shelf with a slightly undulating surface resting against an ice cap extends north of the station in the vicinity of Leningradsky Bay. From the south, there is a continental ice sheet slope.

 

DP1POL/p is though one of the new callsigns to be add to the WAP-WACA list.

Thanks to Felix for this new one and thanks to DL1ZBO for his fast QSL service.

RESCUE IN ANTARCTICA

In an unprecedented operation, the Argentinean Armed Forces planned a medical evacuation of the second officer, electrician Héctor Bulacio, from the Orcadas Base to the hospital in Ushuaia. The 38-year-old man was in danger if thye did not move him; he had suffered fractures in his legs. A Rescue by sea was impossible because in winter time the Base is surrounded by 110 kilometers of ice field.

After a videoconference with the naval hospital of Buenos Aires, his air evacuation was decided.

A C130 Hercules aircraft took off from Río Gallegos, overflew  Orcadas Base and  by parachutes release medical supplies while a glaceologist of the Naval Hydrography Service was studying  the best surface in which personnel could improvise an emergency landing strip for a Twin Otter. From Marambio Base then took off the Twin Otter  that flew 720 kilometers from Marambio to Orcadas Base and,  in an unprecedented event, did land on top of a glacier on an improvised runway.

The Twin Otter transferred the non-commissioned officer to Marambio and from there the Hercules took him to Tierra del Fuego. The joint work and successful flights of the Twin Otter and the Hercules despite the climatic difficulties at this time of year, allowed the Sub-official Bulacio to be conscious and stabilized in the Hospital of Ushuaia where he is  “out of danger”.

More at: https://www.eldiariodelfindelmundo.com/noticias/2017/07/31/73203-increible-hazana-aerea-para-salvarle-la-vida-a-un-militar-herido-en-la-base-orcadas-de-la-antartida

More pics are available at the same link

Brief History of the Antarctic, seen from the Ham Radio Communication’s world

Written by Bhagwati Prasad Semwal VU3BPZ-8T2BH

Antarctic Epic did start long ago with no way to communicate from Antarctica to the rest of the world, then Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of radio telegraph system, show the world the power of Radio transmission.

Later one after WW1 & WW2 the Nations signed the Antarctic Treaty and the Antarctic Adventure begun. From that time, in the 50thies, the Radio was the unique way to be in touch from the newly built Antarctic Research Stations and therest of the world.

From that time,  being a licensed Radio Amateur was a privilege of few technicians involved in the  Antarctic Campaigns and being Radio Amateur, they were mostly communication officers. After the commercial duties and communication with their country’s Antarctic Departments, they had time to use the Base Equipments to talk to the family using other Ham fellows with Phone Patch to talk to their families, and to other Ham radio men, all over the world.

A new era did start: DX with Antarctica and yes,  a contact using a simple Radio transceiver  from Antarctica to the rest of the world was,  and is still amazing. The interest did grow  fast and became a fever, a real excitement a real passion.

At that time every Antarctic Base, every Refuge, every remote camp was equipped with  Transceiver for HF communications, antenna, generator or other power supply sources.

Most of the Bases did install big towers and rotary antenna system, using amplifiers to allow more chance to send robust signals on the air. On the other side, the worldwide Ham community, hunting contacts with Antarctica, did the same; all involved in a kind of passion for the so called  very long distance call, known as DX.

QSL confirmation for a contact with an Antarctic Station was, and still is something to exhibit. On the meantime the first websites dedicated to the Antarctic Chasers did start to be online, as for example WAP-Worldwide Antarctic Program www.waponline.it since 1979. On it several features  such as the most accurate Dbase (WAP-WADA) of Antarctic Stations, Remote Camps, Refuges, Huts and permanent settlements sorted by Country, Lat & Long and exact location.

Another huge Dbase (WAP-WACA) has been built; it  lists over 4500 different callsigns in use or used in the past in Antarctica, Sub & Peri Antarctic areas, all available for free on line.

Time goes fast and we did enter quickly in the era of Internet. Very few young  boys are still excited or fascinated by Ham radio, even if in Antarctica HF & VHF communications are still important and very much used to keep and establish contacts with remote field camps, with the researchers working outside, and with the helicopters or aircrafts to the main Stations or Bases.

Radio is probably considered by the young generation somewhat obsolete, something surpassed, something out of fashion … nothing could be more wrong! Radio remains a safe option in case of emergency, when internet black out, when other communication devises may fail, the radio remains, it does not need repeaters, as the radio waves propagate in space!

HF transmissions are therefore subjected to the Propagation condition which is influenced by the solar activity and in particular periods of the year,  operators must know the MUF (Maximum Usable Frequency) and check Propagation Prediction tables in order to know when and in which direction looking for to make some possible contacts

Bhagwati Prasad Semwal is a good experienced Ham Radio Operator, licensed as VU3BPZ, and operating from Antarctica since 2001. Bagwati Prasad (Ex-20,24,29th, Maitri & 31th,Bharati, WOT )has been active from several Antarctic sites as VU3BPZ/P, VU3BPZ/RI1, AT1ØBP, VU3BPZ/MM and actually he is part of the 35th ISEA (2015-2016) based at  Bharati Station (69°S, 076°E), Larsemann Hills, Antarctica where he operates as 8T2BH.

Worldwide Ham Radio Community is grateful to the Indian Antarctic Dept. for putting licensed Ham radio operators among the Teams overwintering in Antarctica; India did a real great job with the Hams involved in Antarctica up to now; a mention has to be given to:

ATØA operating from Daskshin Gangotry Base in the 8Øties, AT3D, VU3HKQ, VU2AXA, VU2JBK, VU3RAY, VU2DMT who have been active from Maitri Base, Indian Bay and Bharati Stations giving a huge number of Antarctic chasers worldwide, a chance  to log all the 3 main  Indian Scientific Stations in their log with different callsigns.

Actually propagation is not in a good shape; solar flux, sunspot and A index are at a low level, but taking care of the rare openings on different bands, is possible to establish good contacts with a range of 10-15.000 km.

What is actually missed in the Indian Bases is a rotating Log periodic beam antenna, able to cover all HF bands in case of internet black out or emergency, a liner amplifier in order to ensure a robust signal in case of lack of propagation.

In addition another tool is available for Hams,  and that is the VOACAP Prediction available online at:

http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html .

This web site gives an idea to a Radio operator  which band of the HF Band plan is the best one to be used  and percentage of chances to make good contacts. Actually conditions are very low and infact just the bands  from 18 to 24 MHz offer 40% of possibility to make contacts.

During the 35th Indian Antarctic Scientific Expedition (2015-2016) we did a lot of propagation testing on different bands from 10 mts through 40 mts SSB and we noticed a very fast changing conditions and so far only about 100 QSOs have been made as 8T2BH from Bharati Station, even if with 15 different Countries. Nothing to compare with 2011-2012’s season when the QSOs made were over 1000, or from Maitri Station where conditions were so much favorable.

Now  it could be propagation will change, no more Auroras or magnetic storms which are causing terrific noise on the band. I hope to be able to keep uphold the Indian pride and using the privilege to be here in Antarctica for the 5th time  as Ham Radio and Communication Officer to fulfill the many requests for QSOs by Radio amateurs operators around the world.

Polish “Henryk Arctowski” Station WAP POL-Ø1

The station was established on 26 February 1977.
It is managed by the Polish Academy of Sciences, and its main research areas include marine biology, oceanography, geology, geomorphology, glaciology,  meteorology, climatology, seismology, magnetism and ecology.

Here, just a couple of nice  pics posted on Facebook page today

If you wish to see more, go to:   https://www.facebook.com/arctowski/?hc_ref=ARStEccV8QfpVV7boSs6EsLGB55pSF-fzssR981ZH8OOu9g_AHpbr6MzV-gMMcwpLGg

 

To know more about Henryk Arctowski Station, see also:  http://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/dab/

New WAP WACA & WADA Directory just released

The sixteenth edition (release 1.30) of WAP WACA & WADA Directories are available to download. Just go to the “Download Section”  and feel free to save them both on your PC.

WACA Directory contains a list of more than 4091 callsigns used in Antarctica & Sub Antarctic territories since 1945,

WADA Directory lists 887 Baes, Camps, Huts, Refuges and  Stations in Antarctica since 1945.

Also a new release of the Antarctic & Peri Antarctic Lighthouses has been issued on July 31 and it’s available to download as well; just go to the Lighthouse page.

Don’t forget to check the Antarctic Bulletin Nr. 274 issued on last July 24 (Check News & Information page)

Enjoy Antarctica!

73 from WAP Staff

Antarctica: Stronger Ocean circulation

Notorious Ocean current is far stronger than previously thought

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the only ocean current to circle the planet and the largest wind-driven current on Earth. It’s also 30% more powerful than scientists realized.

Source: Geophysical Research Letters

An ocean circulation model shows the Antarctic Circumpolar Current swirling around Antarctica, with slow-moving water in blue and warmer colors indicating faster speeds (red represents speeds above 1 mile per hour). But how much water is really flowing through the current?
Recent fieldwork provides unexpected results.

Credit: M. Mazloff, MIT; Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

 

More at: https://eos.org/research-spotlights/notorious-ocean-current-is-far-stronger-than-previously-thought

DP1POL Neumayer III Station (WAP DEU-Ø8)

Felix Riess DL5XL (aka N5BC) is operating DP1POL callsign from Antarctica since 2002.
Every time he was there, he did visit some very rare and difficult locations, from which he was able to so set a /P operation  and jumping on the air as well .
Neumayer III Station , is located  at 70° 40’ South, 8° 17’ West, Dronning Maud Land (Grid Loc. IB59UH).

 

 

Double folded QSL for his last operation did come fast through his QSL Manager DL1ZBO. Nice card, another good piece in our Antarctic QSL collection!

 

TNX Felix DL5XL & TNX Ray DL1ZBO

Call for journalists to follow next Antarctic campaign

PNRA (Italian National Research Program in Antarctica) via CNR and ENEA, is managing  the Italian Bases in Antarctica. There is a  call for journalists to participate the XXXIII Italian Expedition in Antarctica.

The XXXIII Italian Expedition, will take place from October 2017 through  February 2018. PNRA offers hospitality at the Italian Bases to a journalist whose reports  might  have extensive media coverage related to the Italian scientific research activities in Antarctica. The selected journalist will be engaged in November 2017, for a period of approximately 15 days, travels to/from Italy included.

Participation is subject to availability confirmation by the PNRA.

More at:  http://www.enea.it/it/Stampa/news/call-per-giornalisti-al-seguito-dei-ricercatori-in-antartide/

RI1ANC Vostok Base “WAP RUS-13”

Alex Turkeev, RD1AV,  the actual Chief and radio operator at the Russian Vostok Station is still overwintering  at Vostok where he will remain till February 10, 2018.

He is active ,taking advantages of the openings in the actual low level propagation. It’s not hard to find him  on all bands CW, SSB and digital modes.

Do not loose the chance to work him.  Antarctica is always something special in the DX scenery!

 

QSL for RI1ANC has to be requested  through  RN1ON – Bureau or Direct

Argentine Icebreaker Irizar readying for Antarctica sailing

Argentina’s Navy icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar is back on sea and next September will be ready to sail to Antarctica following almost ten years of recovery and refurbishing after she caught fire in 2007 when returning from Antarctica and was considered almost a wreck given the magnitude of the damages experienced.

According to Argentine defense reports the “new” Irizar has state of the art technology, has doubled its Antarctic Gas Oil (fuel) capacity and has increased six fold the area dedicated to labs and other scientific activities, as well as the cabins and beds for research staff.

The pre-accident Irizar was mainly involved in logistics and support for the Antarctic bases and stations, but the refurbished version is geared to scientific research. Likewise the icebreaker will be able to access the most austral of Argentine bases, Belgrano II, and the Argentine navy can again operate with helicopters.

All these years Argentina contracted mostly Russian icebreakers and helicopters to service and supply its bases.

More at:  http://www.marambio.aq/infoprensa/julio2017.html   

RI1ANO, Bellingshausen Base WAP RUS-Ø1

Another “new one” WACA in our Antarctic QSL collection and a WAP RUS-Ø1 for WADA

RI1ANO is a  a brand new callsign,  operated by Alexandr A. Ushakov, UA1OJL, at Bellingshausen Base (WAP RUS-Ø1) on King George Island, South Shetland Islands. Alex, UA1OJL is  active from Bellingshausen station, since April 2017 and will be on till March 2018 operating all bands CW, SSB & Digi  on his  spare time.

Info for  QSL collectors: Contacts from June 2017 and ahead will be confirmed by a different QSL cards (see the sample aside), so do not loose the chance.

QSL for RI1ANO has to be requested to RN1ON (Alexei V. Kuz’manko, P.O.Box 500, Arkangelsk 173000-Russia)

40th ATCM – Beijing, China

The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) is the annual meeting for all parties of the Antarctic Treaty to discuss pressing Antarctic issues. Only consultative parties – parties that have demonstrated their interest in Antarctica by ‘conducting substantial research activity there’ – are allowed to take part in decision-making processes. This is the first time that China hosts the ATCM, which attracted a lot of attention both within and outside China.

Picture show Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli addresses the opening ceremony of the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in Beijing, capital of China.

Read more at: http://blogs.adelaide.edu.au/law/2017/07/06/40th-antarctic-treaty-consultative-meeting-beijing-china/

Church in Antarctica

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Getting married in Antarctica

Polar field guides Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester got married in sub-zero temperatures in a two-day celebration.

The wedding guests included the couple’s 18 colleagues who live and work at the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) largest research station during the winter months.  It is the first official wedding to take place on the territory in Adelaide Island.
Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/in-a-stunning-first-couple-marries-in-antarctica-in-sub-zero-temperatures-1726174

Antarctica’s ice-free areas to increase

Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail. If emissions of greenhouse gasses are not reduced, projected warming and changes in snowfall will cause ice-free areas – which currently make up about 1% of  Antarctica and are home to all of the continent’s terrestrial plants and animals – to increase by as much as 17,000 square kilometres.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/antarcticas-ice-free-areas-to-increase-by-up-to-a-quarter-by-2100-study-says

VU2VP Silent Key

 Ved Prakash Sandlas, VU2VP, destingushed Scientist & former Cheif controller R&D DRDO did  pass away on 6th July 2017. He was good promoter of Ham radio & sent Ham Radio Rigs to Antarctica.

He was Vice Presendent of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT- India), a real Senior Old Timer. He has been QSL manager for AT3D, operated by VU3DEN in 1994 from Maitri Base, Antarctica.

Our deepest condolences to his family from the whole HAM & Scientists  as well as the Antarctic community !

Base Belgrano II (WAP ARG-Ø6)

Twenty-one Argentine experts who will investigate climate change are actually working  at the country’s southernmost Antarctic Belgrano II Base.

The scientific and military experts are facing a four-month long polar night after landing more than 4,500 kilometers away from Buenos Aires and less than 1,700 from the South Pole.

With temperatures that can reach around or below – 35° Celsius,  Belgrano II is the southernmost of the Argentine bases and is located to the east of the Weddell Sea, so the newly arrived staff will not have contact with people outside the group until they are relieved in December 2017.
Click on the pic aside to be rederected to the website where the information comes from.

Chapel of Santa Maria Reina de la Paz at Chilean Base Pte Eduardo Frei

On Thursday 25 September 2014, the Commander in Chief of the IV Air Brigade, General Aviation Brigade  Manuel Sainz Salas, did visit the Antarctic Air Base President Eduardo Frei Montalva and attended, with the Commander of the Air Base Group Commander (DA) Gonzalo Opazo, to the reopening  ceremony of the Chapel of Santa Maria Reina de la Paz located  at Villa Las Estrellas, the largest Chilean town in Antarctica. The Chaplain of the Unity Group Commander (SR) Juan Fuentes, blessed the new premises.
The Chapel restored by the Repair Squadron, using existing materials in the unit, gave a new facade to the Institutional Chapel. Among the works undertaken is the construction of a new bell tower and strengthening the foundations of the entrance.
Source: https://prensaantartica.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/reinauguran-capilla-de-villa-las-estrellas-en-la-antartica/
TNX Prensaantartica, Credit to FACH

Bellingshausen Base and its church

Interesting article pubblished on the New York Times by Ernesto Molina, a Chilean scientist, walking above the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, overlooking the Russian Antarctic base.
On a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia.

Read more at:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/world/countries-rush-for-upper-hand-antarctica.html?_r=0

The Seven Churches of Antarctica

Thanks to   for posting this very interesting review of the Churches in Antarctica.
Nice pictures and great reportage!
Antarctica is officially considered a desert, thus making it the largest desert in the world. But even in this icy barren landscape, the explorers and scientists braving the harshest of climates have still found time for religion. With at least seven churches used for religious practice in Antarctica, these are the Southernmost places of worship in the world…

Click on the Church aside and enjoy reading

Priests ‘not needed’ on Antarctic missions (?)

There’s a saying about there being no God in Antarctica but from this summer there will also be fewer priests. America’s National Science Foundation has told Christchurch’s Catholic Diocese in NZ it no longer needs local priests on the ice. It was a sad development, but inevitable, says Father Dan Doyle (pic aside),  who had been to Antarctica himself 14 times since 1984, and it was an amazing experience for the clergy.
Fewer staff are now working at the US stations in Antarctica.
Better communications and internet connections meant people were less isolated while working in Antarctica and the drop-off was noticeable in the past five or six years. When I first went there 30 years ago there was no outside contact except ham radio or a two-minute phone call every few months,  Father Doyle said
The Christchurch diocese has been sending priests to McMurdo since 1957, with five priests going each summer and working out of the base’s Chapel of the Snows.
More at:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/priests-not-needed-on-antarctic-missions/story-fn3dxix6-1227454991197

Drawn from personal experiences in Antarctica…

Lieutenant Colonel Franco Colombo, tell us  about his four past seasons in Antarctica in the wake of the Italian Expedition campaigns.

Franco said: At some stage in my four assignments, I  have always noticed the lack of a place of worship, and I have constantly tried someway to overcome it. The attached picture shows how, the devotion of our Team at MZS to the small  “Madonnina”  is real and heartfelt and on the day of the Immaculate Conception (8th December) a small procession is set till the place where the Virgin  stands in a small  altar beneath a rocky outcrop (though not all on the Base share it  …. but this is normal)
TNX Lieutenant Colonel Franco Colombo

An important “Event” to think about…

Our website and in particular this page dedicated to the Churches in Antarctica is now home of a very special reportage from a very special guest, the Mayor of Uvarovo City,  Tambov Oblast, Russia.
Alexander Kuznetsov is also a famous Ham Radio operator (callsign RW3RN) and, on his way to Antarctica we have got a pleasure to contact him directly by HF Radio communication.

Today  we are grateful to Alex for his exclusive short report for the WAP pages.  As the mayor of this City, Alexander Kuznetsov  did bring with him, on his way to Antarctica, the Tambov “Mother of God” and  “St. Pitirim” icons to be presented  to the Holy Trinity Church, the only Russian Orthodox Church in Antarctica.
Alex wrote:   I have got a very great impression of the form of the temple and the conversation with the priest I had. We climbed up a small hill on which stands the temple, in a deep snow, and it was not easy. While the Church bells were ringing. It was very symbolic  that we, overcoming the hard way, were in front  to this miracle. The “Rector”  invited us to the bell tower and allowed supervised also ring the bell.
After a couple of hours I go on,  to serve in our City temple in honor  of our Orthodox Christmas and I will give the Church an icon of the Venerable Herman of Alaska, which I brought from Alaska from the island of Kodiak and consecrated on his relics. I  was very glad in such special minutes.

The pictures shown on this reportage, have been sent us by Alex to  show some very important moments of his journey at the Trinity Church.

While Italy, one of the centers of world Christianity,  is still waiting a small Chapel at his Antarctic Station down in the Icy Continent,  we’re really looking for the day where, we can also be proud to celebrate something like this!

Thanks to Alexander Kuznetsov,  for his great sign of holy spirituality. God bless you and your City,  as well as the Russians who have built such a great Church in Antarctica.

Christmas time at MZS; a moment of spirituality

Thanks to Max IAØMZ who has taken a break to walk to the site where the statue of the Virgin is looking at the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station (MZS). We wish some better location for the Mother of Lord, perhaps one day …who knows, someone will turn our dream into a reality and we’ll have a small Chapel  at the Italian Scientific site in Antarctica, where to  thank God  for protecting us.

Historical Note:
… more than 20 years ado, the Alpini Corp, when the chief of operations in Antarctica was the ex-Colonel (now General Retd) Mauro Spreafico,  made a small altar beneath a rocky outcrop where they put a small statue of the Virgin  who had brought from Italy and there,  used to meet the Madonna in prayer …. She is always there, for many years now, under a rock.

Pictures show the the Virgin on a hand made cavity at MZS and the Italian Antarctic Base shown from the rocky outcrop where the Virgin stands.
TNX IØJBL & IAØMZ
, Merry Christmas

Amsterdam Island – The little chapel “Notre Dame de l’Ocean”

On the TAAF territories administered by the French authorities , freed from any religious affiliation, it is easily surprised to see a chapel present on each Base. This one on Amsterdam Island is tiny but charming, the Virgin Mary stands on her throne on a small altar. It is regularly frequented on Sunday. A few meters away, a bench invites to rest in the wind looking at the sea, and the bench of the chapel is the best observatory based, one could find.

Consecration ceremony of Marambio Base to the Virgin of Lujan

Last Jan. 3rd 2013, with the presence of the priest Marcelo Lopez, and the whole Team of the 44th overwintering campaign,

Argentinean Base Marambio-Antarctica Argentina has been consecrated to the Virgin of Lujan; it was a great ceremony  that has been reported on the Base diary.

Attendees did pray with eyes and hearts the image of the Virgin of Luján, patron of Argentina, with a commitment

of faith and love.

Source:

A “Special” Church built at Concordia “Dome C”

Daniele Karlicek did visit our web site and our  space on Facebook at:
(http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47507792668) and did post his comment:
Beautiful initiative, the one of building a Church in Antarctica! I did it myself, by reproducing with ice, the Dome Church of my town (Muggia, in the Province of Trieste) at Base Concordia “Dome C” during my overwintering stay on last 2010-2011 Antartic Campaign.
Here is the pictures.
Daniele Kalicek is a young Italian Researcher; he works for the Department of Geosciences at the University of Trieste, specifically in the laboratory of isotopic Geochemistry.
Daniele  did winter over at Concordia “Dome C”, the French-Italian Multinational Base in Antarctica where he was involved in the maintenance of the equipments used to make aerosol analysis, collecting samples for scientific studies. He follows several plans in the field of glaciology that involve several Universities and agencies. Another of his task down there was to carry out every day, aerosol atmospheric samplings, snow and precipitations, observing and record data weather.
Daniele said: The nearest Base is the Russian Vostok, about 600 km from Concordia “Dome C” so we must be able to take care of ourselves, particularly during the winter over time. The insulated atmosphere and the extreme conditions did fascinate to me, and perhaps, this one is one of the more extreme adventures that a man can make.
Thanks Daniele, you did great… it was a nice way to say a prayer, Lord will be be certainly grateful of your job!

Antarctic Chapels in philately

While WAP hasn’t lost the hope, about the project of building a small Chapel at the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station in the settlement of Terra Nova Bay-Antarctica, we are pleased to see that other Countries  are honoring their Antarctic sites of cult with polar emission and covers.

It is the case of USA Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo, already well shown through the page of this dedicate Church in Antarctica’s Section here on WAP website.

This is also a nice oportunity to wish all our readers and supporters a very  Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2011.
Thanks to Francois, F8DVD for sending us this nice envelopes and covers

The Chapel of Base Marambio, Antarctica

It was the 16th of April 1996 at Marambio Base when his Reverend Excellence the Military Bishop of the Argentine Republic,  Monsignor D. Norberto Eugene Martina in solemn Pontifical, came to this Antarctic Station to bless and inaugurate the Oratory of the Chapel dedicated to the Santísima Virgen de Luján.

This solemn ceremony was presided over by the  Air Operations Commander, Brigadier Rubén Mario Montenegro, while  Military administrations, civil and special guests did attend the rite as well.
Godfathers of this ceremony were the Head of Argentina Air Force’s General staff, General Brigadier Juan Daniel Paulik and his wife Maria del Carmen Luxardo Garcia de Paulik.

The Antarctic Chaplain Father Nicholas Daniel Julian (picture here to the left) did participate in the construction and he builds of the oratorical.
More information and photographs, are available at:
http://www.marambio.aq/oratoriomarambio.html 

This, is one of the Churches built in Antarctica by the faith of people involved and it’s certainly a good sign to recall Lord and the Virgin in the white desert.

Thanks to you all!

Mail from our readers

by Kathi Kennedy Smith from USA (kathikennedysmith@comcast.net)
Are their different religions in  Antarctica? All of the churches from your site appear to be Catholic. Are there conflicts or cults of any kind established in Antarctica?
Here is the answer from WAP:
Hello Kathi,
some Church is multi-confessional, so that is the case of the Chapel of the snow at US McMurdo Base, other are Ortodox as the St. Kliment at the Bulgarian Base or the Russian Ortodox Trinity Church at Bellinghausen Base.
Antarctica is a peaceful place and for sure there are no conflicts of any kind also because it seems ridiculous to  fight  because of the religion … if I am not wrong,  all religions are preacing peace and reciprocal respect!
Regards Gianni I1HYW
..the reply from Mrs.Kathi Kennedy Smith was:
Dear Gianni,
That is so wonderful to hear! I hope to visit some of those beautiful churches one day. Thank you for responding so quickly and for working to keep the peace and the beauty of Antarctica intact. Sincerely, Kathi
…this is another way to love Antarctica!
Support WAP Pproject to build a small church to MZS Station at Terranova Bay!

A possible dream that have difficulty in materializing!

This is the title appeared on one of the oldest  and most popular newspaper of the Province of Cuneo, Northen Italy. Corriere di Saluzzo has just published an article about the Chapel in Antarctica, following an initiative launched seven years ago  by Gianni Varetto I1HYW (journalist and Ham radio operator), one of the founders of WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program). The idea of building a chapel in the area of the Italian Research Base Mario Zuchelli Station  in Antarctica is still waiting the permission from the Italian Antarctic Dept. (PNRA) even if Pope Benedictus XVI has blessed it during a recent visit at Madonna della Guardia” Sanctuary in the city of Genova.

It
is hard to believe that a little Chapel with a crucifix could be something that have to take years to be approved by the competent authorities, specially if founds are not necessary as donations have already been proposed by the Companies which have propose to donate it.

So Italy, the Country of the Roman empire, the site of the Vatican State, the cradle of the Christianity is so lazy to accept a donation of a little Chapel to be built on  the Icy Continent in an area where, several people are spending months away their families without a support of a spiritual place where going for a prayer!

We are keeping this  goal as a kind of challenge to achieve, by the Bless of Lord!

Church dedicated to “Notre Dame des Vents” at Kerguelen Island

“Notre Dame des Vents” is the most southern France Church in the world.
It hosts some religious services throughout the year on the occasion of major events and is a place of contemplation and meditation for wintering.

Kerguelen, a Sub-Antarctic island of volcanic origin, is located in the South Indian Ocean, approximately 3,300 mi. (5,310 km) southeast of the southern tip of Africa. Also known as Desolation Island, it is the largest of the 300 islands, islets and reefs in the Kerguelen Archipelago, which lie between 48° to 50°S and 68° to 70°E.

 

On August 6, 1955, a French law was passed, creating the new autonomous territory of Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF), which also includes Terre Adélie (Antarctica), Crozet Archipelago, and the tiny islands of Amsterdam/St-Paul and Kerguelen, where during 1956-1957 the TAAF established at Port-aux-Français a geophysical station for observations in meteorology, geomagnetism, aurora and airglow, ionospheric physics, cosmic rays and seismology. The lone chapel on the island is called Notre Dame des Vents” and the statue of Notre-Dame is well shown at Mount Ross dominating the ocean down on.

There is a Gold Book inside of the Chapel, which tell the visitor the story of its construction. Being a carefully Mother, “Our Lady of the Wind”  at Kerguelen, awakes over the waters of the Southern Ocean to protect sealers and personnel at the Base! The stained glass give a beautiful light that invites to stay calm and safe in this place warm and inhabited. The large cross Christ was particularly impressive on his legs folded, it has an unconventional attitude. The good condition of the chapel very well maintained, is remarkable and to it we have to recognize the sensibility of TAAF Management to whom we’ll be alway grateful.

Church in Ice Cave at Belgrano 2 Station, Antarctica.

Uruguayan photographer Amado Becquer Casaballe spent a month on the Almirante Irizar Argentine icebreaker, traveling through the most southern seas of the planet (past the Polar Antarctic Circle) until the Argentinean Belgrano 2 Base, the
country’s permanent scientific base in Antarctica. It’s a trip the icebreaker makes only once a year to change the base’s personnel. During his voyage, Becquer Casaballe lived eternal days, trespassed ice seas, saw white crosses cemeteries that remembered the fallen in the area, and managed to manipulate his camera with huge gloves.

That way, he could photograph the ice desert capturing images that show its peacefulness and beauty, now endangered for the world’s warming. The above shot shows a Church inside an ice cave at the Belgrano 2 base.

As our readers know, WAP is collecting information and pictures to document what important is, for the people in Antarctica, to have a place to pray Lord, an holy place to free one’s spirit and thank Lord for his magnificence.

In the year 2003, WAP did propose to the italian authorities build a little Church at the Italian Base “Mario Zucchelli Station” at Terra Nova Bay… our proposal is still alive waiting the wall of bureaucracy to fall down!
TNX Amado Becquer Casaballe for the pic.

 

Stella Maris Chapel at Cape Horn Island.

Capilla-Stella Maris.jpgWe have already seen several testimonies by the presence of buildings set up in honor and devotion of Lord and Mary the Virgin, in Antarctica and Sub Antarctic Territories.

A small rustic wooden Chapel Stella Maris “Star of the Seas” belonging to Mar’s Mayoralty of Cape Horn, is another sign of devotion in the Antarctic territories. It
lies near the light keepers house, its doors open for those who wish to
pay their respect to all the seamen who’s lives were lost in these
waters.

It is in fact  dedicated to those captains and crews from all over the world, who have made the long journey around Cape Chapel inside.jpgHorn, and who have lost theiCapilla-Stella-Maris_2.jpgr lives down there.

Cape Horn is widely considered to be the southernmost tip of South America, on Horn Island, one of Chile’s Wollaston Islands, which are part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The Dutch navigators Jakob Le Maire and Willem Schouten were the first to sail through Cape Horn, in 1616 (died 1625). Schouten named the point “Cape Hoorn” after the town of Hoorn in Holland, where he was born. Cape Horn is located on Isla Hornos, the most southerly of the Hermite Islands.
Map-Williams.jpgTierra del Fuego is separated from the South America mainland by the Strait of Magellan.

Horn Island 55°59′00″ South, 67°16′00″ West, marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage the strait between South America and Antarctica, it is notorious for its storms and heavy seas.

The cape lies within Chilean territorial waters, and the Chilean Navy maintains an operational  station up there.

This
report is part of the huge documentation collected by WAP in support of
the project to build a Chapel at the Italian Base MZS in Antarctica
…God willing!

The Chapel of “Notre Dame des Oiseaux” on Possession Island, Crozet Archipelago (TAAF)

We would like to discover an aspect of the life in a Sub-Antarctic Base, I mean the one connected with Spirituality. Chapel-Crozet.jpgWell we have to assume that, not everybody know that on Possession Island (Crozet Archipelago) French Austral  Territories, there is a Chapel called “Notre Dame des Oiseaux” (Our Lady of Birds).

Before talking about this little Church in such a remote place, I would like to use what Father Emmanuel Duche (thanks so much) did report after his visit to TAAF on last July-August 2000, to introduce the subject.

Father Duche wrote: It is certainly the rare privilege to find oneself for a month,  the priest of the vastest parish of the world. This privilege was mine as I had the opportunity to accompany the trip of the M/V Marion Dufresne between July 18th and August 16th, 2000. As chaplain of the French Navy, I am doubtless in the habit of visiting the oceans but until now, no mission had driven me so much to the South…. then Father Duche did end his notes with a  great consideration: It’s the honor of our Country  to
guarantee the freedom of conscience and also to allow a priest to visit
every year these territories at the end of the world where manifestly,
the wind of the Spirit blows in abundance.FT5W-Chapel.jpg

The Chapel of Crozet, is located not too far away Alfred Faure Base. It’s a small sober cubic building, built on the winter season of 1984 in memory of Pierre Frigola,  a young researcher tragically perished here, the year before. It was the 1993 when the 31st Mission to Crozet (TNX Jean-Luc Verselin MD) found the Chapel
in poor conditions. Thanks to the ability and generosity of the members
of the mission, little by little they did restore it and its small bell
wooden tower just over the building and  made it a real place of prayer.

TAAF-CrozetThe Chapel now offers  itself
to the overwintering personnel as a place of silence and peace. A
useful refuge able to reveal and relish the depth advantage of the
experience lived in this archipelago at the end of the world, where the
wind mingles with the Sea and all the birds of the sky. 

A nice Philatelic emission of 1997 did show all the Chapels located on Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam Islands of the French Antarctic Territories (TAAF). WAP wish also to praise the French Government and Ecclesiastic Authorities, for taking care of this particular aspect of the life: the Faith. 

It is a great honor  for WAP to guest histories like this. We are still fighting with the Italian bureaucracy to find out a solution about our proposal to build a little Chapel  at the Italian Antarctic Station MZS. Italy, the place where the Roman Church was born, the place where the Pope lives … Italy that have a huge Research Base in Antarctica, does not have a small place to allow a propitious recollection! Our hope will never  get lost.

We catch what Father Duche said as a good hope:  It
will be the honor of our Country  to guarantee at the end of the
world as well, the freedom of conscience and having a little place to
pray, to thank Lord to allow the wind of the Spirit blowing in abundance over the world in a peaceful life. Thanks and credit to:

 

http://lafrancedesclochers.xooit.com/t88-Clochers-des-Iles-Kerguelen.htm

Chapel of “San Francesco de Asis” at Esperanza Base, Antarctica


Capilla San Francesco de Asis_Esperanza.jpgContinuing our virtual tour of the Antarctic Bases, speaded alla round the Icy Continent, we stop today at Esperanza Base, a nice Argentinean Station at Hope Bay. Thanks to Mr. Peter Sinke, a german friend who did sent this interesting pictures of a Chapel locater right here at 63° 32′ 42” South, 56° 59′ 46” West. Inside view-r.jpg
If visiting Antarctic Peninsula, it is a great landing if you can go to Base Esperanza (WAP ARG-04).
This Argentinean Station, is a year-round base that is the home for several families with children. The base has family-friendly facilities not found on most Antarctic bases. There is a chapel used for worship, a community center and a school. Base Esperanza-Capilla de San Francesco de Asis.jpgThe Post Office sells stamps, and mail sent from here will reach any parts of the world in a relatively short time. When walking on the gravel roads through the base, one feels like to be really in a small town. The base has also a little Museum, an infirmary, 13 housing buildings, and a graveyard. The Chapel shown in the pictures is the one at Esperanza Base, and it is dedicated to San Francesco de Asis. It may not be the smallest chapel in the world but must be one of the most remote, and for sure it is the most Sothern one dedicated to S. Francesco. TNX Peter Sinke

A Catholic Church in Antarctica

PPio-1.jpgIt was 5 years ago when WAP did launch the idea to build a Catholic Church in the area of the Italian Base MZS, at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica.
Recently during a pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo at the grave of  San Padre Pio, I noticed something that captured my attention. On the chapel at third floor of  “Casa di Sollievo della Sofferenza” (this huge Hospital is one of the Miracles done by Padre Pio the holy Friar  with the stigmata), there is al Altar surmounted by a big white wafer, which recalls Antarctica!Ant_ppio.gif
Compare the two images in this article: the one at left (the Altar at 3rs floor of the Casa di Sollievo della Sofferenza) and the one at right (Antarctica) and see how similar they are. Is it a sign? .. maybe it is…
We have never lost our hope , but I did pry San Padre Pio to help this dream to be materialized.
We strongly believe that one day, a great Cross will, stand up on our Catholic Church in Antarctica.
Read all the previous articles on this section to follow the story of our project.

Flat pack Church for Russian workers

Trinity Church r.jpgThe Russian Orthodox Church is so concerned about the spiritual well-being of workers in Antarctica that it is sending them a flat pack church and a priest. Here is the story:
– “In early 2002, the Chief of the Russian Antarctic Expedition was received by the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexis II. During the discussion they decided to commemorate all the Russians who gave their lives for the sake of study and exploration of the Antarctic. Arch Peter Anisiforov 1st L, project of the church_r.jpgSo the Patriarch proposed to build a Russian orthodox church at one of the Russian Antarctic stations. This choice was in full conformity with the Russian historical traditions. The place for construction of the church was selected at Bellingshausen station on King George Island. The Creative workshop of the Architect Anisiforov (First Left at the B&W pic on the R) designed the church.  A group of Siberian architects won a national competition to design the church. They built it out of Altay cedar wood, which is considered a precious material, and incorporated 30 types of timber into it – a feature of old Russian churches.
On August 18, 2003, the Patriarch of Russia issued a decree on establishing a Patriarchy podvorie at the Orthodox Temple in Antarctica. The Temple was placed under the Confessor of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra. The Bishop of Sergiev Posad, Deputy of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra was requested to designate a priest who will be the father of the temple in the Antarctic.Bellinghausen-Church_r.jpg
The church was then dismantled and its different parts numbered and transported to the Kaliningrad port. It took five cars nine days to reach the port, and the parts are now being loaded onto a ship bound for the Antarctic.
It will be more than two months before it reaches its final destination, the Bellingshausen research station on King George Island.The church’s architects will then fly there to help put it back together. Yevgeniy Morozov, who is heading the expedition to the south, said the church would provide extra support for workers there, who usually have only themselves to rely on. He said up to 64 people working in the area have died since Russia started occupying the region “So the Orthodox Church has decided to show some concern for their souls and build this little church.”
Aleksiy II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, has given the project his blessing and Father Georgy, who has 20 years of experience in the Polar regions, will conduct the services in Antarctica.
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3154956.stm .
The Russians did certainly a great good job, with the bless of the Patriarch Aleksiy II. When the Catholic Roman Church will do the same at the Italian Base MZS in Antarctica?
Our hope and our prayers are always in that direction, sure that this dream will materialize one day.

From Diocese of San Jose, Silicon valley, California

Posted by Kimberley Ledwell

Church Banner.jpgMy name is Kim Ledwell and I am the IT Director for the Diocese of San Jose, in Silicon Valley California.
I found your website while I was looking for a Church I could contact
and ask for prayer requests.  I see that you are trying to get a
Church built and wanted to see if the efforts have been successful and
if so if the church has a website or e-mail address.
Thank you so much, Kim

Here is the reply from WAP side:
HI Kim,

I’m Gianni Varetto I1HYW,  the content Manager for WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program). Thanks for writing and happy you found our proposal to build a Church in Antarctica something interesting for you and for our brothers at the Diocese of San Jose. Your prayer is always welcome.

If you are reading all the spots put on “Church in Antarctica” since the beginning,  you can have a full picture of the whole situation. Actually we have:

an Italian Architect who did make the project

an Italian building Company which did offer to build and donate the hardware.

a German shipping Company which did offer to transport the hardware in Antarctica at zero cost.

a young Italian artist who did offer to paint (for free), holy pictures for the Church.Church at Exhibition hall.jpg

What is still missed is the permission which has to be given by the Italian Antarctic Dept. (PNRA-Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide), that actually have the responsibility of the Italian Scientific Base at Terra Nova Bay (Antarctica) which is not too far away the US Base of Mc Murdo. 

We did involve several politics,  the Vatican State, the Pope Benedict XVI, and the Secretary of Vatican State Card. Tarcisio Bertone as well as the President of CEI Card. Angelo Bagnasco, but unfortunately so far we have got nothing back.

We are still hoping that the bless of Lord
will help the burocraters to take a decision and of course any help
from  anyone WW will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

With best regards 

Gianni Varetto I1HYW

 

Project of the WAP Church for Antarctica

Church_Project_at_MARC-2008.jpgShown at MARC-2008, Genova, Italy

Last May 17 & 18, WAP was present at the MARC Fair Exhibition in the City of Genova and there,  we did show the project WAP_&_Church_Project_MARC-2008.jpg for a Church to be built down in Antarctica in the area of the Italian Scientific Base.

Next week a group of pilgrims will go to Rome  to meet Pope Benedict XVI. They will bring His Holyness a letter with the up date of the situation, which actually, seems to be blocked into some bureaucracy !

Hope  Pope Benedict XVI will bless our initiative and the blessing can help to break the bureaucracy wall!

BIO-TECHNOLOGY and our CHURCH in Antarctica

La_Pancalera_febbraio_08_r.jpgThe use of bio-technology is more a modern need rather than a nowadays fashion. The project of building a New Church  in Antarctica is a proposal launched by WAP back in the year 2003, which unfortunately has not been approved yet by the Italian National Antarctic Dept. called PNRA.

On a local Italian Newspaper (la Pancalera www.lapancalera.it ) in its February 2008 issue, there is an interesting article  explaining about the characteristic of this kind of  bio-building material, well explained by Ing. Sebastiano Bertero, the man who will donate the building to the Italian Base MZS in Antarctica as soon as the PNRA will accept this donation. The Church will be fully built according to the bio-building techniques.

Help us to do it…. It is not an easy task but I’m sure we will accomplish it!

A Church in the icy Continent

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Father João Sartori is a priest that lives in Coimbra, Portugal. I met him last April 2007 at Fatima during a pilgrimage and we did talk about the project of build a Church in Antarctica.

He is one of editor of the Famous Magazine called  “Messenger of San Antonio” ; he did share the initiative and written a great article about it.

Thanks though to Father João Sartori, the “Mensageiro de Santo Antonio” did publish in its January 2008 issue,  3 pages about the project of build a Church in Antarctica at the Italian base Mario Zucchelli.

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Father João, said the “Mensageiro deMensageiro4.jpg Santo Antonio”
is published in 10 different languages, let’s hope it will be retaken
in other Countries and let’s hope the dream comes trough the bureaucracy
and became one day a reality!

On page 15, 16 and 17 of the magazine also are the pictures of the Chapel of the snows at McMurdo, the Trinity Church at Bellinghausen and Capilla Reina de la Paz  at the Chilean base Presidente Frei.

Thanks  to Father João .

Help us to reach the goal, stay with us and follow our dream!

Mc MURDO BASE, ANTARCTICA

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The Chapel of the Snows and its history.

Part 2

 

To replace the chapel, volunteers converted a Quonset hut near the station’s main building. While they worked to complete this temporary
chapel, the Chalet served as the site for the community’s religious services. However, this building, which normally houses NSF and contractor offices, could not accommodate both Sunday morning services and daily administrative activities during the summer season. On Easter Sunday 1979, the temporary chapel was dedicated.

The current chapel was constructed over four summers and completed in 1989. Volunteers using salvaged material built the only know house of worship in Antarctica.

bluechapel1r.jpgThe McMurdo Station Chapel of the Snows sits on a knoll overlooking McMurdo Sound, the peaks and glaciers of the Transantarctic Mountains, across the bay from Mount Discovery. It is the world’s southernmost building constructed for religious services.

From the March, 1989 Antarctic Journal..

New Chapel of the Snows dedicated at McMurdo Base

McMurdo Station once again has a permanent place of worship.

To commemorate this occasion, approximately 80 people gathered on Sunday, 29 January 1989 to dedicate the new Chapel of the Snows, which is the third chapel to be raised at the station. Just 840 miles from the South Pole, the Chapel of the Snows is the world’s southernmost building erected primarily for religious services. It also is the only known house of worship in Antarctica.
Situated on a knoll overlooking McMurdo Sound and the peaks and glaciers of the Transantarctic Mountains, the new chapel replaces the temporary building, a makeshift hut, that has been used for religious services and related activities for 11 years.

Chapel r.jpgPicture on the left

Stained glass window inside the Chapel of the Snows. The window overlooks McMurdo Sound. The Transantarctic Mountain Range can be seen in the distance on a clear day.

Dedication ceremony

The hour-long dedication ceremony attracted an overflow crowd from McMurdo Station and Scott Base, the nearby research station operated by New Zealand. The service included piano music, hymns, and readings from the Bible.

Lt. M. Brad Yorton, chaplain of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Support Force Antarctica, whose support includes religious services at the station, presided. Also participating in the ceremony were Ronald R. La Count, the senior U. S. representative in Antarctica at the time of the dedication; Captain Dwight Fisher and Commander John V. Smith, the commanding officers of the Naval Support Force Antarctica (NSFA) and the Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6); Neal Terry, personnel coordinator for ITT/ Antarctic Services, Inc, (NSF’s support contractor); and guest speaker Father Gerard Creagh from Hoon Hay Parish in Christchurch, New Zealand.

ChapelOfTheSnows at US Base Mc Murdo r.jpgMr. La Count described for the group the construction of the new chapel and recalled how volunteers had erected the station’s earlier Chapels
in their space time. He also cited official reports that documented over the years the significance of worship for those at the station, whose work took them far from their families and their home communities.
This service marked the second time that Father Creagh had participated in a ceremony to dedicate a site for religious services at McMurdo Station, as he was the invited speaker in 1979 when the community gathered for a similar service recognizing the makeshift chapel that has been replaced by the new structure.

In his address he praised those who built the chapel in just 4 months. “The result is truly deserving of the accolade found in the twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelation: This is God’s dwelling among people.

Continuing, he noted that “Another chapter in the history of a unique operation is about to begin-a unique operation in peaceful cooperation and coexistence on the only continent that has no weapons, has known no class struggles or wars, and from which nuclear explosions and waste are banned by treaty.”

Although the original chapel and the temporary building were built entirely by volunteers, the new building was constructed as part of the National
Science Foundation’s plan to refurbish the McMurdo Station.
The 2,016-square-foot wood structure contains office space, a central worship area that normally seats 63, and McMurdo’s only organ.

Materials to complete the building were salvaged from older structures that were ripped down during the several-year rebuilding of the station.

Thanks and credit to the following web sites and to the writers of this articles from which we did take part of this notes.

http://www.geocities.com/~kcdreher/chapel.html
http://www.zondra.org/
http://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/history/chapel.html

Mc MURDO BASE – ANTARCTICA

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The Chapel of the Snows and its history – Part 1- .
Antarctica’s first church in this site, was built in 1956 by volunteers using surplus materials. This building was destroyed by fire in 1978. The only things rescued were the chapel bell, two stained glass windows, and various small religious items. In 1979 a Quonset hut was remodelled to serve as chapel, and the building was dedicated in December. By 1982 another Chapel of the Snows had been built close to the original site (again with volunteer labour using salvaged material).


chapel11 r.jpgEarlier chapels

The
Chapel of the Snows had not appeared in the 1956 plans for McMurdo
Station. Religious services were to be held in the mess hall. In
preparation for Antarctic research to be conducted during the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958), U.S. Naval Construction Battalion personnel (Seabees) began building McMurdo Station during the 1955-1956 austral summer.
The
original plans for the station did not include a chapel; instead,
religious services were to be held in the station mess hall. However,
according to Admiral George Dufek, who commanded Deep Freeze I, “As
the construction of the buildings at McMurdo progressed a mysterious
pile of lumber, planks, nails, Quonset hut sections, and assorted
materials began to accumulate on a knoll overlooking the camp.”

The Chaplain, Father John C. Condit, and volunteers from the construction battalion gradually gathered enough materials to build what was to become the first Church ever erected in Antarctica. All of the work was done by volunteers after their daily duties were finished.
Admiral Dufek  noted: “The
men, after a hard day’s work, would drift over to the church site.
Before the main camp was finished a tidy neat church with a steeple was
to stand on a ridge overlooking the camp. Later it even had a bell,
procured from a small gasoline tanker.”

builditr.jpgWhen the Chapel of the Snows was
completed, Father Condit had the world’s most southern parish. For 22
years this simple building provided a place of worship for personnel not
only at McMurdo Station but also from nearby Scott Base.

Two
excellent Antarctic Journal articles document the history of this
structure, and its replacement after the 1978 fire that destroyed it… (From the December, 1978 issue…

Chapel of the Snows destroyed).

On 22 August 1978, a
fire, believed to have begun in one of the buildings heaters, broke
out. The fire began in the rear heater room of the building about 5 a.m.
The fire crew fought the blaze successfully in the interior of the
chapel, but a sudden flare-up indicated that the fire had spread between
the interior and exterior shells along the top of the building. The
crew moved outside, but despite their efforts, fire soon engulfed the
structure, the flames covered the entire chapel.

Fearing
that the fire would spread to the adjacent structure, Building 108, or
destroy the communications cables strung between poles near the front of
the chapel, the crew brought a bulldozer to the building and pushed in
its front. With the bulldozer, they isolated sections that were still
burning and dumped snow on them to keep sparks from flying in the
breeze.
By 7:40 a.m.
the fire was under control but the chapel was destroyed. When the roof
of Building 108, adjacent to the chapel, began to smoulder, volunteers
shovelled snow onto the roof and sides of the building to protect it
from damage. A front-end loader finally knocked down the rest of the
chapel and pushed the rubble away from the cables and Building 108.
Only
a few religious objects , all damaged, along with the chapel bell were
recovered from the rubble, otherwise the building and all its contents,
including historic memorabilia from Deep Freeze One and subsequent
winter crews, were a total loss.

Thanks and credit to the following web sites and to the writers of this articles from which we did take part of this notes.

http://www.geocities.com/~kcdreher/chapel.html
http://www.zondra.org/
http://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/history/chapel.html

Going on, through the long and hard way, with the Bless of Lord!

Church at Exhibition hall.jpgOur project for a Church in Antarctica is shown at the famous “Restructura Exhibition” , held till Dec. 2nd 2007, at the large “Lingotto Fiere Hall” in the city of Turin, Italy.

Biotechnology and Bio-building materials are shown on a large scale  in this yearly exhibition and among that, there was our sponsors: the Companies who did chose to build and donate a Church in Antarctica to be assembled at the Italian Base Mario Zucchelli Station.

Saint Gobain & Bertero Technology, represented by Tosimpresa did carry on the challenge. The project of  our Church was officially exhibited at their show room in Torino.

Picture show Sebastiano Bertero  at the Show room with Sebastiano Bertero, Leader of the challenge.jpgthe poster of  the church, which will be first one ever built in Antarctica,  by the use of  bio-building materials.Bio-building example r.jpg

Actually,
this is still a dream as, written permission have not yet been
granted. Picture at right, show a bit detail of this Bio-building
material made by full natural fibers particularly set &
assembled and than covered with a tickness of special concrete. Torino Polytechnic University did recently performed some tests to prove the huge resistance and life reliability of such innovative tecniques.

With the bless of Lord, we hope and are confident to accomplish this mission …! 

Bulgarian Church at St. Kliment Ohridski Station

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St. Kliment Ohridski Base  is a Bulgarian Antarctic scientific Base on Livingston Island in the South Shetlands Islands group. The base, originally known as Sofia University Refuge, was named in 1993 after Cement of Ohrid, a prominent scholar and first Bulgarian bishop, whose work was commissioned and sponsored by Tsar Boris Ist of Bulgaria.St IvanRilski.jpg

An expansion program at St. Kliment Ohridski including the erection of a new multi-purpose building was carried out between  and  subsequently.

Just to complete the description of the Churches in Antarctica , it is great to know that on this Bulgarian Base  there is one of the first churches ever built in Antarctica, and this gives honour to the Chiesa alla Base Bulgara1.jpgBulgarians for having no only thought about scientific matters, but to something more important ….. that’s Lord!

The St. John of Rila Chapel at Bulgarian St. Kliment Ohridski Base is an Eastern Orthodox chapel located further South. The St. Ivan Rilski Chapel built in 2003 is the first Eastern Orthodox edifice in Antarctica and the southernmost Eastern Orthodox building of worship in the world. 

Whalers’ Church (South Georgia Islands)

We are continuing our virtual visit to the Churches located far South, in Antarctic regions. Today, weare stopping by at:

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Located at Grytviken, by the British Antarctic Base “King Edward Point”, on Sub Antarctic South Georgia Islands.

Grytwiken, was an old whaling site and port. In several whaling ports,  there was a building dedicated as a Whalers’ Church. This one,  however is a typical Norwegian church and is the only building at Grytviken that retains its original function. A box with candles show that services are still being held here every now and then.

Inside  there are memorials to Carl Anton Larsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose funeral was held here. There are also two bells, which visitors are invited to ring.

Still in use, the Church was pre-fabricated in Norway and shipped to Grytviken for assembly. The Church was consecrated on Christmas Day 1913.Restored Whalers Church rsd.jpg

The
church’s wooden structure has deteriorated over the years, and storm
damage to the roof in 1994 prompted a major program of restoration,
which is now complete and the Church did reach its original
characteristic.

The first pastor of the Whaler’s Church at Grytviken, was Kristen Loken and the position has remained vacant since 1931.

Kristen
Lóken, had to admit that “religious life among the whalers left much to
be desired”. The church has been used for a few baptisms and marriages.
The first baptism was on Christmas Day 1913, and 13 births have been
registered on South Georgia. There have also been four marriages – the
most recent in 1999 – but the church has been used more often for
funerals. Twelve men died in 1912 of typhus brought by ship.

Whalers Church rsd.jpgThe church cemetery contains many empty graves for sailors who perished at sea.

The
recently restorated whaler’s church can be reached by walking from the
cemetery, towards Grytviken, via a muddy path and over the former
whaler’s soccer field. Walking between the old buildings is not allowed
anymore.

WAP
did launch in the 2003 a project to build a Catholic Church in
Antarctica on the Italian Base Mario Zucchelli Station. This is still
our challenge.
Stay with us and share with us the initiative!

Trinity Church, Antarctica

From: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Church,_Antarctica

Russian Orthodox Church r.jpgTrinity Church is a small Russian Orthodox church on the King George Island near Russian Bellinghausen Station in Antarctica. It is the southernmost Eastern Orthodox church in the world.
The ambitious project to establish a permanent church or even a monastery on Antarctica surfaced during the 1990s. A charity named Temple for Antarctica was approved by Patriarch Alexius II and received donations from across Russia. They organized a competition for the project that was won by architects from Barnaul P.I. Anisifirov, S.G. Rybak and A.B. Schmidt.
The
church is a 15m-high wooden structure built in traditional Russian
style. It can accommodate up to 30 worshippers. The structure was built
out of Siberian Pine by Altay carpenters led by K.V. Khromov, then dismantled, shipped to Antarctica (by the ship Academician Vavilov) and assembled there by the staff of Bellinghausen Station.Trinity Church r.jpg

The iconostasis was created by Palekh painters. The church bells were paid for by the descendants of Sergey Muravyov-Apostol.
The church was opened on May 29, 2004, the Pentecost or Trinity day according to the calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church. The church was blessed by Hieromonk Kallistrat (Romanenko), head priest of Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra, who visited Antarctica for this occasion. The permanent priest of the church is Father Georgy, who has twenty years of polar experience and now lives permanently near his church.
Among his tasks is praying for the souls of 64 Russian people who died in Antarctic wiki.jpgexpeditions and serving as the spiritual needs of the staff of Bellinghausen Station and other nearby stations.

 

Notes and references

World Wide Antarctic Program. A Catholic Church in Antarctica … a Challenge from WAP, 29 January 2006. Visited 15 April 2006.
2. The St. John
of Rila Chapel at Bulgarian St. Kliment Ohridski Base is an Eastern
Orthodox chapel located further south and the Chapel of Snow at United
States McMurdo Station is the southernmost religious building in the
world. Whether a chapel is a type of church depends on the definition.

Other related links
:
http://r-oc.1gb.ru/viewpage.php?cat=antarctic_continent&page=1
http://community.livejournal.com/ru_woodarch/82379.html?

In the year 2003, WAP did launch the iniative to build a Catholic Church at the Italian Base “Mario Zucchelli” located at Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica.
I’m
sure we will (the Russians did it very well) accomplish our
mission and we’re sure, one day our Church will be on down there as
well!

Catholic Church at Chilean Base P.te Eduardo Frei

Catholic Church at Chilean Base P.te Eduardo Frei
(62°12’ South,  58°57’51” West)

Capilla base FreiChapel of  “Santa Maria Reina de la Paz” stands at Villa las Estrellas,  the most populated town of the South Shetlands , in the area where, the houses of personnel’s families are located, among the settlements of Eduardo Frei Base. Actually there are eight families with children living there; they are Regular Officers of Chilean Air Force, including the Chief of the base, Air Traffic Controllers of T.Te Rodolfo Marsh airport. These personnel and their families have  two years engagement, and live  at Villa las Estrellas.

The town, has also a school, an hospital , a Post Office and a bank.

 

The Chapel, is made by a large  metallic container, with electricity, heating system, voice amplifier  and inside, there are 12 pews which can locate  36 seated people.

Religious ceremonies are officiated from a  Deacon who lives  at the Base, and by priests, who are eventually  travelling around.
TNX Ricardo Verlasquez CE3HDI

When a Catholic  one … at the Italian Base MZS, Terra Nova Bay?

20/8/2007

Following our virtual Antarctic Exploration , in finding  signs of devotion and faith, we are mcmourladysnow.jpgtoday stopping by the:
Vince’s Cross  and “Our Lady of the Snows” Shrine.

 

Immediately above Scott’s Hut on a small knoll overlooking the bay is Vince’s Cross, a wooden cross erected in 1902 to commemorate Seaman George T. Vince, the first man to lose his life in McMurdo Sound, following a fall into the water from a steep, icy slope nearby during a blizzard. Vince cioss.jpg

Also above the hut is the Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, a Madonna statue that commemorates Richard T. Williams,
a Seabee tractor driver who drowned off Cape Royds near Ross Island, in
January 1956 when his D-8 Caterpillar (30- tons tractor) broke through
the sea ice. Near this shrine is a monument erected to commemorate Raymond T. Smith, a Navy petty officer killed during a ship unloading accident at McMurdo in February, 1982.

Pics by Alan Miller @ http://www.polartrec.com/node/228

 

TNX Alan Miller

28/07/2007

V2_CHIESA r.jpgLast June 26-2007 , Cuneocronaca (www.cuneocronaca.it), one of the important on-line newspaper from the North Western part of Italy, did report an interesting article about the Church in Antarctica. This is still our challenge and everybody can share this initiative with us. 
Two companies from Cuneo (Italy) BERTERO TECHNOLOGY & SAINT GOBAIN did offer to build and donate the church.
Capt. Kai G. Lehmann , on behalf of a German Company ANTARTIDA Polarreisen GmbH, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 59,

D-38440 Wolfsburg, Germany, did offer to donate transport facilities of the material, by air or ship to Antarctica.

A young italian artist Francesca Fogliacco did offer to paint the walls of the church for free.To read the article check:
http://www.cuneocronaca.it/news.asp?id=1360&typenews=primapagina

What is still missed to accomplish our mission, is the permission from PNRA (Italian Antarctic Dept)! To support our goal, you can write a letter or a mail, addressed to: 

 

Ing. ANTONINO CUCINOTTA, Direzione Generale ENEA CR CasacciaLogo PNRA.jpg

PNRA ANTAR-SCI, Via Anguillarese, 301

00060 S.Maria di Galeria (RM) e-mail direzione@consorzio.pnra.it

Or to: Segreteria di Stato Vaticano

Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano,

Città del Vaticano 00120, Vatican State

and or to: Osservatore Romano , Vatican newspaper : ornet@ossrom.va

Radio Vaticana, Piazza Pia 3, 00120 Città del Vaticano

Vatican State sedoc@vatiradio.va

WAP, and you will join us with this dream!

Things are getting slowly ahead

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la Guardia 2.jpgOur Church in Antarctica and its connected activities, are getting ahead even slowly.
Mons. Marco Bagnara from La Guardia’s Sactuary has written another chapter of this story on la Guardia Bulletin of March 2007.
Our Church in Antarctica should be built at the Italian Base MZS and it will be dedicated to the Virgin of La Guardia , who have already over 300 Sanctuaries in the world.la Guardia 1.jpgOur Church in Antarctica is a proposal arising in the year 2003 and WAP is trying to do his best to enlarge the share of this initiative.
Stay with us, we love Antarctica, the
studies and researches , the peace and the hard job done by personnel ….
but we also wish to remind that, such a treasure, is given us by LORD.
It will be emotioning to se a little church over there in a place so
remote and insulated which belongs as well to the creation of God;
that’s why we strongly believe that a Church over there is the best touch of our love to Him.
 

WAP non only science … not only Hams or QSLs!
TNX IZ1GJK, Maurizio Gentile

Church in Antarctica

The idea and project to build a Church in Antarctica did start in the year 2003 after having seen that just few Bases down there have their own Church for personnel and researchers. Some of them are: US Mc Murdo Base, Chilean P.te Frei Base, Russian Bellinghausen base,  Bulgarian St. Klimend Ohridski Base. and sone Argentine’s Stations.  Italian Base Mario Zucchelli Station which guests about 120-160 people does not have a site to feed spiritual needs of its personnel.

I did start to involve authorities, politics, media (newspapers and TV) and of course the PNRA (National Antarctic Research Program, which is the authority that holds responsibility and jurisdiction of the Italian installations and research programs in Antarctica), to sensitize the pubblic opinion and the institutions about this matter.

Bureaucracy is a huge problem, particularly in Italy and of course, we are still working in trying to convince PNRA to give the authorization. Also we  did involve the Vatican through the official channels such as The Secretary of State Vatican  and CEI Italian Episcopal Conference .

After a national TV interview, we have been called by Italian Companies who have offered to build and donate the Churc:: Saint Gobain and Bertero Technology located in the city of Cuneo in the North west part of Italy have developped bio materials for building industry and both Companies did offer to join together in building and pack the Church in a container ready to be shipped to Terra Nova bay in Antarctica where the Italian base is located.
Unfortunately every thing was jusr a great purpose …permission is not been given,  but we are still fighting to make the dream  a reality

Our Church in Antarctica, a great offer by “Antarctica Polarreisen GmbH”

Church Banner.jpgAnother  step on the long way to build our Church in Antarctica

 

I’m happy to share the following information with all our supporters.
Capt. Kai G. Lehmann from ANTARTIDA Polarreisen GmbH has just written us:
Capt.Kai wrote:
dear Gianni,
If you want to build your church in Antarctica, we would be glad to offer transport facility by plane or ship.
I
will donate transport facilities by air or ship. You can se from our
web site, what we are doing. Whenever you are ready you just let me know
with best regardsAntartida GMBH.jpg,
Capt. Kai G. Lehmann
Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 59
D-38440 Wolfsburg
Tel. +49 5361 8480688
mobile. +49 174 5158447

Just pay a visit to http://www.antartida.de and you will discover more !
Thanks immensely to Capt. Kai for such a GREAT offer!

 

The idea and project to build a Church in Antarctica did start in the year 2003 after having seen that just 4 bases down there have their own Church for personnel and researchers:
1. US Mc Murdo Base
2. Chilean P.te Frei Base
3. Russian Bellinghausen base
4. Bulgarian St. Klimend Ohridski Base
.
Italian
base Mario Zucchelli Station which locates about 120-160 people does
not have nothing to feed spiritual needs of its personnel.

I did start to involve authorities, politics, media (newspapers and TV) and of course the PNRA (the National Antarctic Research Program, which is the authority having responsibility and jurisdiction on the Italian installations and research programs in Antarctica), to sensitize the pubblic opinion and the institutions about this matter.

Bureaucracy is a huge problem, particularly in Italy and of course, we are still working in trying to convince PNRA to give the authorization.
Also we have involved the Vatican through the official channels such as The Secretary of State Vatican (Mons. Tarcisio Bertone) and CEI Italian Episcopal Conference (Mons. Angelo Bagnasco).

After my last national TV interview, I have been called by Italian Companies who have offered to build and donate the church.
In fact,  2 Companies in Italy did offer to build the Church in Antarctica.
They are: Saint Gobain and Bertero Technologies located in the city of Cuneo in the North West part of Italy.
They have developed bio-materials for building industry and both
Companies did offer to join together in building and pack the Church in a
container ready to be shipped to Terra Nova bay in Antarctica where the Italian base is located.
Unfortunately every thing is actually still pending as permission is not been given yet!

A little piece of history …

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 As the readers know, WAP is trying since 2003 to get the permission to donate and build a little Church in Antarctica at the Italian base MZS.

It’s a spiritual need for the personnel at the Base, but also a tuch of glory and devotion to Lord.
The story of the Italian Base in Antartica his well recalled by Prof. Luciano Blasi (Amateur Radio operator IØJBL) one of the first Italians in Antarctica following of Italian scientific Missions since 1986.
Luciano did tell me that at Terra Nova Bay, there is a “Madonnina” inserted in the cliff, a gesture of faith and celestial respect, that it deserves of being known.
Luciano did say to me that:
…… the Alpines, when the head of the operations was the former-colonel (now retired General) Mauro Spreafico, did make a small altar under a full of rocks spur where a little statue of the Virgin (Madonnina in Italian language) have been located, so that people from the Base was usual to gather in prayer in front of Her.
 

Others have told me that the Madonnina is still there and nobody has never touched it.
I knew then, from Mrs. Rita Bartolomei (that was responsible of the communication at Dome C Base, but for years has worked to BTN/MZS) that on Sunday, in the only space of rest, there have been organized groups of prayer where, who wanted, could join and do it.
I did catch up Rita Bartolomei via email in December 2004,and she had written to me that as far as the Madonnina inserted in the cliff to BTN/MZS concern, she can confirms that it is still there.
Madonnina a BTN.jpgThe Lieut. Col. Angelo Romito Meteorologist from the IAF, just returned from XXII the Italian Expedition to Terra Nova Bay-MZS, did send me a photograph of that full of rocks spur, where the alpines built a niche and its small altar .
They are happy that the Madonnina is
still there, and are sure that in such a cold and dispersed place, She
will pour out moments of serenity to whom, there at the Base, it has
need. In the year 2003 we have begun this sort of campaign to sensitize
the people about to our idea to construct a church over there in Antarctica.
The way is still long to go because moving bureaucracies is not an easy
way. We are sure that with the aid of the providence we will succeed in
achieving this great dream.
Help us to materialize a dream, that’s what we are looking for.