The Australian Antarctic Medal, established in 1987, is an award in the Meritorious Service Awards category of the Australian Honours System. The Australian Antarctic Medal replaced the (British) Imperial Polar Medal and its variations which date back to 1857 for service in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
The Australian Antarctic Medal is awarded by the Governor-General with the authority of the Queen to an Australian citizen or other person nominated by the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Antarctic matters, who has given “outstanding service in scientific research or exploration, or in support of such work, in the course of, or in connection with, an Australian Antarctic Expedition”. Recipients of the Australian Antarctic Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “AAM”.
The French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) are an overseas territory which has been created in 1955 and which comprises the Crozet and Kerguelen archipelagos, the islands of Saint-Paul and Amsterdam, the Adélie Land on the Antarctic continent, and, since 2007, the îles Eparses – Scattered Islands (Europa, Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Bassas da India and Tromelin). The TAAF are under the authority of the Prefect who at the same time is the High Commissioner of the territory. He thus, not only represents the French State but is also directly in charge of the collectivity.
In WAP-WADA Directory all this area is listed separately and each of the sites hold a specific WAP Reference. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the TAAF, François Bergez F8DVDwill sign TM7ØTAAF (WAP-301). QSL via F8DVD
The TAAF(Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises) are spread out between the 11th and 90th parallel South and therefore comprise a territory stretching from the tropics to the South Pole. Owing to its geographic isolation and historically limited human settlement, these territories are of great scientific and environmental value.
Over several decades the TAAF have hosted many research projects on all of its five districts. Research activities range from life to space sciences. In the southern islands and Adélie Land, these studies are performed by the IPEV (French Polar Institute) in close collaboration with the TAAF.
For the anniversary of the canonization of St. Agnes of Bohemia and thanks to the Czeck polar explorers, a small chapel in honor of the Saints Wenceslaus I, Agnes of Bohemia and Ludmilla has been set in Antarctica!
In February 2019, at 62°14.784 ‘South and 58°58.891´West, a small chapel was placed by members of the expedition to the South Shetland Islands at the site of the renewed Czech Eco Nelson Base (WAP CZE-Ø1). The author of the idea is Doc. Ing. Bursar Ladislav Janíček, (Ph.D., MBA, LL.M.) of Masaryk University in Brno, Czeck Republic
Inside the chapel there is a sculpture of “Crucifixion” and a statue of “St. Wenceslas” by Milan Houser, Tomáš Medek and Jiří Pec.
Actually, there are two stations owned by Czech Republic in Antarctica: one is the Johan Gregor Mendel Station (WAP CZE-NEW), ran by the Czech Antarctic Program and Eco Nelson Base (WAP CZE-Ø1). TNX Fabricio Tavares and Gita OM5MF
Eco Nelson was a private station, which is rather unique. Established a long time before the Czech Antarctic law was adopted; after years of negotiations the Masaryk University (as a host of the Czech National Antarctic Program), managed to take control over this site on Nelson Island.
RRS Ernest Shackleton leased for twenty years by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), has returned to her owners, Norwegian shipping Company G.C. Rieber Shipping on 30 April 2019.
In May 2019 the I/B was purchased by the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), thanks to a grant from the MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research), to be used as a research vessel and logistical support in Antarctica. So I/B Enest Shackleton, has been renamed as R/V Laura Bassi, heir of the old R/V OGS Explora and R/V Italica.
Oceanographic vessel R/V Laura Bass, will be the leading actress of the Italian research programs at the poles for the next twenty years,.after the change of property from BAS to the Italian OGS, and from now and ahead will be used for scientific activity and logistical support for Italian Antarctic explorations.
We do not have information so far, of any Ham radio activity from onboard.
17th Antarctic Activity Week, will be on air from 10 to 17 February 2020.
It’s time to book your special callsign.
Launching the 17th AAW, WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program), invites all Radio Amateurs (OMs & SWLs) around the world, Clubs and Organizations as well as other important groups and individual operators WW, to join and share with us, this initiative.
Again our intention is to draw your attention to the Antarctic Continent, and AAW is the unique event WW where Hams (in any corners of the world, and not necessarily in Antarctica) wish to celebrate and improve Worldwide interest around the Icy Continent.
Antarctica’s western ice sheet is in danger of collapsing, but scientists may have an unusual solution: blasting trillions of tons of artificial snow across glaciers with snow cannons.
Spraying this artificial blizzard into the coastal area around Thwaites and Pine Islandglaciers could stabilize the failing West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), reducing ice loss that could drive potentially catastrophic sea level rise, new research finds.
But as intriguing as that extreme solution may sound, there would be considerable drawbacks; the effort would be prohibitively expensive and could harm sensitive ocean ecosystems, the researchers reported
In a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation, an international team of researchers recommends the need for additional measures to protect and conserve one of the most iconic Antarctic species – the emperor penguin (Aptenodyptes forsteri).
The researchers reviewed over 150 studies on the species and its environment as well as its behavior and character in relation to its breeding biology. Current climate change projections indicate that rising temperatures and changing wind patterns will impact negatively the sea ice on which emperor penguins breed; and some studies indicate that emperor populations will decrease by more than 50% over the current century. The researchers therefore recommend that the IUCN status for the species be escalated to ‘vulnerable‘; the species is currently listed as ‘near threatened‘ on the IUCN Red List. They conclude that improvements in climate change forecasting in relation to impacts on Antarctic wildlife would be beneficial, and recommend that the emperor penguin should be listed by the Antarctic Treaty as a Specially Protected Species. More info at:https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/bas-srs100819.php
Miguel Angel Lavalle LU8XU, informs that on November 9 and 10, Radio Club Ushuaia will join the 11th Argentina Railways day, and will be on the air as LU8XW/XP operating from the “End of the World train Station” (Austral Southern Fuegian Railway). GRID: FD55sd
Participation in the activities is proposed by Radio Club Argentino – LU4AA
A multinational effort to create giant marine sanctuaries around Antarctica to counter climate change and protect fragile ocean ecosystems has failed for an eighth straight year.
Opposition from China and Russia torpedoed the proposal at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), a consortium of 25 nations plus the European Union, sources familiar with the closed-door discussions told AFP. Beijing and Moscow have been key in blocking the scheme since it was first floated by Australia, France and the EU in 2010 before being scaled down in 2017 in an attempt to win greater support.
The meeting in the Australian city of Hobart, which ended late Friday, considered proposals to create conservation parks in three key areas off Antarctica covering a total of some three million square kilometres (1.2 million square miles).
The areas are home to penguins, seals, toothfish, whales and huge numbers of krill , a staple food for many species. The series of proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) would protect that marine life and crucially allow migration between areas for breeding and foraging.
Five people have beaten off competition from more than 200 people to run the UK’s most remote post office in Antarctica. The team will man the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Post Office at Port Lockroy for four months.
The first permanent British Base to be established on the Antarctic Peninsula, it has been run as a museum and Post Office for tourists since 2006.
The new postmasters start work in November and return to the UK in March. Each year, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, which is based in Cambridge, advertises for a new intake of seasonal postal workers.
Hundreds apply despite there being no running water or mains electricity and the job involving working in sub-zero temperatures 11,000 miles away from home.
As well as running the office, museum and shop, the chosen team monitors the island’s resident gentoo penguin population.
Several brooms are sent to the team each year to clean the penguin droppings outside the building – which the trust admits would otherwise look like “a penguin toilet”.
With the traditional flag-raising of the XXXV Italian Antarctic Expedition at Mario Zucchelli Station (WAP ITA-Ø1) the PNRA (Italian National Research Program in Antarctica), begins the 2019-2020 Antarctic Season.
Unfortunately no Ham radio operators are present this year among the Team of personnel involved in the XXXV IAE even if, as published last month, 2 Hams will be present at Concordia “Dome C” Station (WAP MNB-Ø3).
Interpreting the sentiment of the hundreds of Antarctic Chasers all over the world, from the WAP pages we wish the best to those involved; have a good time guys and take care.