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
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
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/
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
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
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)
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/
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
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
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 !
As you can see, we are moving from the old style WAP web site to this most modern one. It will take some weeks to get use to play with it, but we are working on this matter to give the Antarctic chasers the best of we can.
Be patient and Enjoy Antarctica, as much as we do!