To the thousands of Antarctic friends & followers, to the Teams working actually in Antarctic Stations and remote camps, to those embarked on Supply and Support Ships boarding the Icy Continent, to any individual personnel involved in Antarctica away from home and family.
We are here one more time facing new Bases, new contacts, and lots of DX, with the same creativity, and dedication. To our shipmates, to our friends, supporters and their families, to those who love Antarctica as much as we do.
We hope the coming year brings you Happiness, Prosperity and Hope for the future. We wish our and your families peace and harmony, health and happiness and may the blessing of God be upon all of us.
Pakistan is maintaining a summer research station (Jinnah Antarctic Station) and one weather observatory in the vicinity of Sør Rondane Mountains. Pakistan is also planning to build a full fledged permanent base at Antarctica which will enable the program to start operations in Antarctica throughout the year.
The Jinnah Antarctic Station(JAS) is located 70°24′00″South,. 25°45′00″East in the vicinity of the Sør Rondane Mountains, Queen Maud Land, in Eastern Antarctica. Jinnah is a scientific research station operated by the Pakistan Antarctic Program; facilities were quickly established in the region. The station houses an unmanned automatic Weather Station, from which data are transmitted to Pakistan via Argos Satellite System In 2001, the Badr-B was connected to the Weather Station after it was launched by SUPARCO. In 2006, Pakistan established the National Institute of Oceanography’s Polar Research Cell (PRC).
Last Sept. 2017, WAP did try to contact National Institute of Oceanography’s Polar Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to get some more recent details and pictures from them. So far nothing has been received and the information are just those available on the web.
Oceanographic research ship Akademik Fedorov (or Fyodorov ) is one of the Russian icebreaker ships, a diesel-electric research vessel (RV) and the flagship of the Russian scientific polar research fleet. The ship was built for the USSR (Soviet Union) and started operations in October 1987.
This ship is named after the polar explorer Evgeny Fyodorov, who worked on the North Pole-1 station – the first Russian drifting ice research station.
Oleg Neruchev, UA3HK is onboard the R/V Akademik Fyodorov as UA3HK/MM sailing from Cape Town to the Antarctic Station Molodezhnaya (WAP RUS-Ø8).
Media caption heading to Antarctica by plane is the exception, not the rule. According to Chinese media, the country’s first commercial flight to Antarctica brought 22 lucky tourists to the exotic destination this weekend.
The trip is hailed as a milestone – but is it really? And what does it tell us about China’s geopolitical ambitions in the region?
Is it really a first?
Described in Chinese papers as the beginning of a new era in the country’s tourism to Antarctica, the trip took the select few from Hong Kong all the way to the actual South Pole.
That meant a 15-hour flight to South Africa, refuelling in Cape Town and then another 5.5 hours to Antarctica. From there, it’s another five to six hours to the pole, where the flight landed on a 2.5-km (1.5-mile) runway carved into the ice.
The Chinese tour operator describes the trip as a milestone, saying it means Chinese tourists no longer have to book via foreign agencies.
Despite the current example of a top-of-the-menu extravaganza all the way to the pole, most Chinese tourists of course take the normal route by cruise ship from South America. In fact, only 1% of tourists fly to the interior of the continent.
From 2013 the “The Frozen Continent” Certificate is released by IK3GER and it’s free. It will be sent via email (PDF or JPEG format file) to the Hams who request it to the Manager IK3GER: email@example.com
The “THE FROZEN CONTINENT” award issued in 2 classes is available OM/SWL who will be able to satisfy the conditions provided for class 1 or class 2.
The award is.
Class 1: at least 3 QSO/HRD with different stations based in Antarctica. Stations from the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkney, South Shetlands and other Antarctic islands are not valid for the purpose of this award
Class 2: spell the words “THE FROZEN CONTINENT” by using the last letter of different Italian callsigns but excluding foreign operators operating portable in Italy. QSL from San Marino (T7), SMOM (1A0) and the Vatican (HV) are not accepted for this award
At least 1 QSO/HRD with a station based in Antarctica. Don’t forget that Stations from the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkney, South Shetlands and other Antarctic islands are not valid for the purpose of this award. QSO/HRD validity 1.1.1985. Endorsement may by requested for SSB, CW, MIXED, DIGI etc. It is mandatory to send to the manager photocopy or scan of the QSL cards of the Antarctic stations only.
Just send your application by email to the award manager IK3GER and you will get the Award right away.
From the unknown to scientific research, see how the mystery of Antarctic exploration has unfolded throughout the years.
For years, it had been speculated there was a continent at the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere, which was dubbed Terra Australis Incognita, Latin for “unknown southern land”. But it wasn’t until the early 19th Century that humans actually reached Antarctica, and its extreme environment made exploring the continent a particularly daunting challenge. Here’s a timeline of the expeditions that amassed knowledge about the coldest continent.
Igor SWL UA6-1082708, Award Manager of the DX Trophy Awards Group informs WAP that “DX TROPHY AWARDS GROUP” issues a new recognition to Hams ho can prove two-way radio communications with the Countries that have Research Stations in Antarctica; this is called “АNTARCTIC NATIONS TROPHY”. Igor Makeev RA3QSY is the 1st one to get the Trophy
To get it, the applicants need to work Bases of various Countries in Antarctica according to the list shown below.
The basic plaque is Bronze available for working 5 different Countries , Silver for 10 different Countries, Gold for 15 different countries , HONOUR ROLL – 20 different Countries plus a plaque of Excellence for working 30 Countries + 1 Multinational all issued for different classes or different modes: CW, SSB & MIX
The applicants have to send scan QSL cards or screenshots LOTW/Club Log.
Upper part of plaque is made by glass, the lower part is metal plate with a size of 250х200.
The plan is to sail for Bouvet Island on January 13, 2018. Depending on the winds and sea conditions, it will be a 10 to 12-day sail to Bouvet. The earliest arrival date will be January 23. Time to get ashore is weather dependent. As soon as the wind, sea conditions and visibility allow, the Team will begin helicopter flights to the island. Their Amateur radio license, also originally issued in 2007 with the call sign of 3YØZ, has been renewed and will be used during the DXpedition.
A permit will be issued to land on Slakhallet, the huge glacier that covers the island at 54° 25′ 15″ South, 03° 23′ 35″ East . Slakhallet is a slope (elevation of 327 meters) within Cape Lollo and Cape Meteor and also close to Posadovsky Glacier.
Bouvet lies at 54° 25’ South and Ø3° 22’ East. It’s the product of a volcanic eruption that last occurred in 4,000 B.C. Bouvet is 97% ice covered, and with surrounding rocks and small islands, has an area of 19 square miles, with 18.4 miles of coastline. Its location, ice, rock cliffs, high seas, harsh climate and surrounding pack ice and icebergs isolate it from human presence. Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier first saw the island in 1739. The island was not seen again until 1808. There was a disputed landing by Benjamin Morrell. But, the first documented landing was by the Norvegia expedition in 1927, which named the island Bouvetoya, and claimed it for Norway.
Sometime between 1955 and 1958, a landslide occurred, creating a rock-strewn, ice-free area on the northwest coast. The area was named Nyroysa (WAP NOR-Ø2), and subsequently became a Norwegian scientific and research site, which was decimated by an earthquake in 2006. A new research facility was erected in 2014.
Bouvet became a Nature Reserve in 1971. Several weather stations have been placed on the island, and a number of Norwegian expeditions have visited the island in the last 50 years.
When it will be official that 3YØZ did set a Camp at Slakhallet Glacier , a new WAP reference will be given
Adventure marathoners and ultra athletes are always looking for the next big challenge. It could be a remote desert marathon, a high altitude mountain marathon or a jungle marathon. However, mainland Antarctica represents the last frontier, the final great wilderness to be conquered. And now adventure athletes like you can do it.
The 2017 Antarctic Ice Marathon took place at Union Glacier, Antarctica (WAP MNB-NEW) on 24th November. Windchill temperatures were -25 C (-13F). Frank Johansen of Denmark won the men’s race in 3:37.46 while Kelly Allen McLay of the USA took the women’s title in 4:56.37. The Antarctic Ice Marathon is the southernmost marathon in the world and the only official marathon within the Antarctic Circle and on the continent of Antarctica. staged from the South Pole.
The first event took place in January 2006 and a race has been organized every year since. It offers a unique opportunity for runners looking to complete marathons on each of the seven continents.
The fourteenth Antarctic Ice Marathon will be held on 13th December 2018, and will take place at 80° South, just 600 miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains.
Law-Racoviță Station is placed in a rocky area about 3 kilometers from the Ingrid Christensen coast in Princess Elizabeth Land, in the Larsemann Hills of East Antarctica, at the coordinates 69°23’18.61″ South, 76°22’46.2″ East
Law Base was established in the Larsemann Hills in the 1980’s. It is 3 km inland from the Antarctic coastline and only 2km from the nearby Progress Russian Antarctic Station (WAP RUS-11). It is a sumer only base supplied by helicopter from the permanent Davis AAT (WAP AUS-Ø3)
There are a number of nearby lakes which provide a scientific interest.
Tom Maggstold WAP that Law-Racovita is an Australian facility, shared under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Romania. The MOU agrees that for the term of the agreement, Law Base be named Law-Racovita. Australia retains ownership and prime responsibility for the buildings and infrastructure.
TNX Tom Maggs, (General Manager, Policy Australian Antarctic Division) Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston Tasmania 7050
WAP is trying to ask the Russian of Progress Base if eventually they can QSY there for a little while and put this new one on the air! Let’s keep our finger crossed!
The wind is again the protagonist in Antarctica. Not only as a driving force for the climate “, but also as a driving force of the first wind farm built in the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station (WAP ITA-Ø1) at Baia Terra Nova, which since 1985 houses the scientific laboratory of PNRA, the National Program of Research in Antarctica, financed from the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) with the logistic implementation of ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) and the scientific coordination of the CNR (National Research Council).
Designed and built by ENEA, this first wind farm will exploit the strong katabatic winds to produce about 63 thousand kWh of electricity per year, with significant environmental and economic benefits thanks to annual savings of at least 24 thousand liters of fuel and almost 80 thousand euros in “bill”.
1st December 2017 – Antarctica Day falls on the anniversary of the adoption of the Antarctic Treaty, which took place on 1 December 1959.
The icy continent and its unique governance system is being celebrated around the world today, as the international community recognizes “Antarctica Day”’.
The Treaty has been a hallmark of international cooperation on the icy continent for well over half a century. Its success in promoting international cooperation on scientific endeavor and preventing conflict in the region is widely recognized.
The number of parties to the Treaty has grown to 53 today, reflecting the increasing international recognition of the scientific and environmental values of Antarctica. Many of these countries are working in Antarctica to understand key scientific questions, and cooperate on science and logistic support activities.