Approaching the New Year, our good friend and President of the Russian Robinson Club, Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA (here in a picture of 25 years ago … with Irina Zaruba & Gianni Varetto I1HYW), has posted a WW message on the RRC web site with the wishes for the coming 2020.
Looks like 2020 will be full of new projects; and for the Antarctic fans it falls into the 200th Anniversary of discovering Antarctica … a good oportunity to join it!
By entering the above RRC website, everyone can print a 2020 calendar; it’s a gift from RRC-HQ (TNX RA1ZZ) to Radio amateurs WW.Alternatively, the calendar is available at: https://i.imgur.com/dZU43vK.jpg By the New Year’s holiday gives all radio amateurs.
WAP is happy to join the RRC Antarctic Anniversary celebration.
Russian Robinson Club will celebrate the 200 years of Discovery of Antarctica. Starting Jan. 1stthrough March 31st the most important Russian Club (RRC)will be on air using a special callsign R2ØØANT (WAP-3Ø4) – QSL via RZ3EC.
Special RRC Award and special Plaque (see pics below) will be issued for this event; rules will come later
History: The military sloops “Vostok” and “Mirny” set off for the first Antarctic expedition from Kronstadt in 1819. The main task of the campaign was to prove the existence of the sixth continent. The captain of “Vostok” Faddey Bellingshausen led the expedition. “Mirny” was commanded by Mikhail Lazarev. On January 27, 1820 ships crossed the Antarctic Circle. During the sailing, “Vostok” and “Mirny” circled around the entire Antarctic continent, discovered and marked on the map many new islands and lands, and collected a unique ethnographic collection.
A special WAP reference WAP-3Ø4 has just been issued to R2ØØANT which operation falls into the WAP Antarctic Activity Week (http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2020/) 10-17 Febr. 2020. A great opportunity for the Antarctic chasers to celebrate the 2ØØ anniversary of discovery Antarctica together with the brothers of Russian Robinson Club and log something new !
A good choice has been taken by Mehdi F5PFP, for many years Antarctic chaser, Expeditionners and launcher of the Antarctica List mail box hosted at Yahoo.com, to share and alert Hams on the new operation from Arctic and Antarctic lands.
Mehdi wrote: -Some of you experienced problems to connect the Yahoo Antarctica list. It is now an obsolete tool that will maybe disappear soon according to several sources, that’s why we decided to QSY before a possible final shut down. Feel you free to join us on the Facebook Polar DX Group-.
Starting from Jan.2020, Antarctica list mail box will not be fed by new information. the suggestion is to sign into the new Facebook page to join the group as already done by several Hams and chasers WW, and set it in your quick links
On February 2017, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has successfully relocated Halley VI Research Station (WAP GBR-37) to its new home on the floating extension of the grounded ice sheet of Brunt Ice Shelf at 75°34’05”South, 25°30’30”West.
The “Moving Halley project” (Start date 5 April 2015-End date 6 April 2018) begun with the study and planning of feasibility and it took 13 weeks to move the world’s first fully relocatable research facility, 23 km across the ice from its original site which was at 75°36’56”South, 26°07’52”West.
See a nice video report, filmed by Stuart Holroyd, British Antarctic Survey at:
Being the actual position set 23 km away the previous one, WAP (as well as Antarctic Challenge of Mehdi F5PFP) will consider it eligible to get a brand new WAP reference. At the light of this evidence, WAP-WADA directory will be updated as follow:
Halley VI Base remains WAP GBR-37 while Halley VI-a Base starting April 2018 will entering as WAP GBR-4Ø. VP8HAL is actually active from Halley VI-a; this operation will enter into the new reference.
Read more at: https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/moving-halley/
Tho the thousands of our readers, to the Antarctic WAP followers, to the personnel actually involved in the so very remote Research bases in Antarctica, to the Hams Worldwide who enjoy Antarctica as we do,
Max IK1GPG, Betty IK1QFM, Gianni I1HYW, Floyd KK3Q @ Worldwide Antarctic Program
We’re proud to publish two pages written by a keen Antarctic chaser, François BergezF8DVD, shown on the January issue of the French REF magazine .
François is joining the Antarctic Activity Week since the first edition and he is continuing since then .
By sending the magazine he said: -I am happy to send you the article I have written for the 17th Antarctic Activity Week, of next February. Hope it will be a great event as usual !-
All my best regards and Best wishes for a Merry Christmas for all WAP enthusiasts’ !
François F8DVD -TM70TAAF-TM17AAW
F8DVD will be on the air in January 2020, signing TM7ØTAAF (WAP-301) to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the TAAF (French Southern and Antarctic Lands) QSL via F8DVD
While the international Team of the Summer Campaign 2019-2020 at Concordia Station sends Merry Christmas & Season’s greetings, Marco (IK5SQX/DK5SQX) has just informed that he will try today Sunday Dec. 22, to be on air from this rare spot in Antarctica: Concordia Station a French-Italian multinational Base in Antarctica (WAP MNB-Ø3).
He will use IAØ/DK5SQX callsign and will be on 20 mts (indicatively 14.285 +/-) starting 12:00 GMT, to test condition.
In a message, Marco said to have has just work HSØZMY; he also said to have heard many stations mostly from Asia, but they didn’t copy him. He will try again at 17,00 UTC on 14285. The problem is that he has to walk 20 minutes from where he lives to the Radio room plus 10 min to dress and undress (outside temp. is -40°C.)
Marco (pic to the right) sends few pics of the Radio room and equipments as well as the antenna, all managed by a touch screen as trasnsmitter and antenna are in a remote site.
We wish to thank immensely the Base Leader to allow Marco working on HF bands, sure that this few hours of TX-RX could also be a kind of tech test to perform, in a remote site of Antarctica
Wishing all the Hams Antarctic chasers good luck , hope you can shortly put IAØ/DK5SQX in the log.
Last tuesday dec. 17, Pavlo TarasoviychUT1KY, was the guest author in a presentation of the book “Antarctica, the sixth Continent” to the students of the high school . Pavlo Tarasovych (Ham radio callsign UT1KY) is a Ukrainian biologist; from 2000 to 2001 he was a member of the fifth Ukrainian Antarctic scientific expedition.
Antarctica has always been a land of interests by researchers from different countries, people want to know more about its plant and animal world. In his book, the author gives historical references and reports from the southern continent and the Ukrainian ” Academic Vernadsky ” Station (WAP UKR-Ø1).
A significant interest to the reader is a description of animals and birds that the pictorial book contains. Being a source of interest, the book will capture not only the fantasy of the children or the wish to learn of students but also all those who love nature.
If interested, the book can be requested directly to: Pavlo Tarasovych, P.O. Box 85, Rivne, 33027, Ukraine
Update received 16th Dec. at 15:00 GMT. Marco is in Antarctica now, but he still stands at Casey Base (WAP AUS-Ø2). The Basler plane that should have taken him to Concordia, couldn’t fly due to adverse weather conditions and strong wind in the area.
In the meantime, while waiting for better weather to fly, Marco (who sent us some pics of Casey) will ask permission to operate the Radio equipment at the Base; he said: -I noticed inverted Vee antennas in a kind of remote Camp little far away the Base- .
Trying IK5SQX/VKØ should be a great opportunity … he will try to do his best and for sure the Hamradio world will be grateful to the Base expedition leader if Marco will be allowed to use the equipment and be on air even for a short time.
More info to follow.
TNX IK5SQX actually at the Australian Casey Base, Antarctica
IAØ/IK5SQX-IAØ/DK5SQX Concordia Station WAP MNB-Ø3 Marco is in Antarctica now. He sent a picture showing the plane flying on the Icy Continent (See picture received from him). Marco did land at the Australian Casey Base; at the moment he should be already at Concordia Station. Marco promised to let the chasers know when he can operate (he expects to have some spare time to operate). He’s in Antarctica to install a LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) system but
VP8HAL Halley VI Base WAP GBR-37 In spite of the sked frequency suggested by himself (14305 & 7170) Seba did show up on 14240 and 7182 and has been worked in EU and USA as well. Yesterday Seba indicated he will be working out in the field for the next 5 or so days away from Halley VI (TNX K4MZU).
ZS7ANT Whichaway Camp WAP MNB-11 Oleg has been reported operating on 30 & 40 meters bands. No ways to reach him so far in order to set skeds; see what we can do shortly.
DP1POL Neumayer III Base WAP DEU-Ø8 Felix DL5XL should be on the air at any time
KC4USV McMurdo Station WAP USA-22 Chris Cianflone W2RTO, is signing KC4USV at McMurdo Station, mostly operating FT8 on 14.075 MHz. He heads home on February 21. QSL via K7MT
KC4AAC Palmer Station WAP USA-23 Operator sporadically active , but no more reports since last November
8J1RL Syowa base WAP JAP-Ø3 Operator in active on Digi modes only. QSL via Bureau or direct to JG2MLI
ZL5A Scott base WAP NZL-Ø1 ZL4ASC Adam Campbell was last reported working FT8 on sept-2019. No more info since then.
Marco , IK5SQX-DK5SQX has just informed that he’s still at Hobart waiting to fly to the coastal Casey Base, WAP AUS-Ø2 (picture aside) and from there, with a Basler plane to Concordia, but all depends on the weather; scheduling are updated every 16 hours so everyone can imagine how the weather condition can modify the plans.
Hobart is currently the home airport for the AAD intercontinental Antarctic air link service
The previewed trip with the I/B Astrolabe to Base Prud’Homme was cancelled due to some tech issues of the Icebreaker , so the program has been rescheduled and changed. On the changing program, all of its baggage has been lost and last night he was at Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) to find something to dress.
Marco will inform when he will reach Concordia (WAP MNB-Ø3) and when he will be be ready to operate from there; callsign will not be IAØDC but probably IAØ/DK6SQX or IAØ/IK5SQX.
That’s all for the moment, stay tuned and turn the antenna to the South
Sebastian Gleich, SQ1SGB is at Halley VI Base (WAP GBR-37) since the last Dec. 5th. He did try to find a way to hang antenna between the stations modules, but length between modules was too small to hang 40m Inverted Vee. Finally Seba was able to hang it , just 3m up on small container. 1,5 SWR on 40m but high SWR on 20m; after lots of adjustments also 20mts works ok.
Yesterday dec. 12th, he sent a message explaining to be active on 7.170 MHz and 14.305 MHz each day at 01:00 AM UTC for 1 hour.
Seba has a lot of field work out of the base, but for time to time he can be active. Skeds are set as follow:
10:00 UTC 7170 LSB, 16:30-17:00 UTC 14305 USB and again 22:00 UTC on 7170 MHz.
A very shocked news did reach the Antarctic community.
A Chilean C130 with 38 souls aboard, tragically crashes into the Drake Passage halfway from Punta Arenas to the Chilean EduardoFrei Montalva Antarctic Air Base (WAP CHL-Ø5) on King George Island.
The aircraft took off monday dec. 9th from the southern city of Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT) heading to the main Chilean Base in Antarctica to provide logistical support to that Base.
Drake Passage is a body of water connecting the South Atlantic and South Pacific oceans, and is known for treacherous weather conditions. Local weather was good at the time of the plane’s disappearance and would have had enough fuel to keep airborne until 00:40.
Air Force Gen Francisco Torres said that the search for the plane had “begun immediately” after it had failed to arrive at the military base in Antarctica. Eight planes and four ships are taking part in the search operation. An initial overflight of the area where communication was lost failed to yield any sign of the missing plane. Rescuers are currently searching inside a 60-mile radius from the last point of contact.
The future of Antarctica has been discussed at important Prague conference. For the first time in history, Prague is hosting the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM), the annual conference focused on environmental conservation, the impact of tourism and research cooperation on the White Continent.
The event was attended by representatives of 29 countries, which are jointly tasked with taking care of Antarctica.
There are several conditions that have to be fulfilled to obtain a so-called consultative status: One of them is sustainable and high-quality Antarctic research; Czech Republic has been running for 13 years already, the Johann Gregor Mendel Station (WAP CZE-NEW) in Antarctica, and it has a valuable and sustainable national, it has asked (via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for the consultative status, which was granted to the country in 2014.”
Prague Declaration “The Prague declaration is to be issued on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctica Treaty Signing. So the states will be confirming their assignment to the original treaty and expressing their will to maintain Antarctica for peace and science.”
What is the value of the Antarctic ecosystem in the age of global environmental change?
-It is absolutely unique. Antarctica, with its location around the South Pole, plays a crucial role in the global climate system. The white color of the Antarctic continent reflects the energy of the Sun, especially during the Austral summer. So it functions like a giant cooler for the whole globe. This is why it is so important to protect it.- said Pavel Kapler, manager of the CzechJohann Gregor Mendel Station (WAP CZE-NEW) shown on the pic above.
A ceremony on board the I/B Almirante Irizar begun with the Argentine National Anthem, then the chaplain Luis Eduardo Scrinzi made a religious invocation to bless the unit crew members who will be part of the next Antarctic mission.
Then, the Antarctic Joint Commander, Gen. Francisco Treviranus, took the floor and said: “Once again, battered by the steel of this magnificent ship and under the protection of the glorious wings of the Fatherland, we prepared to begin a new Antarctic Campaign”
I/B Almirante Irizar sailed from the Naval Apostadero Buenos Aires under the command of Frigate Captain Maximiliano Mangiaterra, bowed towards the white continent to support scientific activities; resupply the Argentine Antarctic bases of food, materials and replace personnel.
On November 26, 2019, the icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar, began the download at the Esperanza Base (WAP ARG-Ø4), then continuing with the Petrel (WAP ARG-17), Marambio (WAP ARG-21), Carlini Station (WAP ARG-2Ø), Orcadas (WAP ARG-15), Belgrano II (WAP ARG-Ø6), San Martín (WAP ARG-Ø8), Brown (WAP ARG-Ø2) and Primavera Base (WAP ARG-Ø).
The Video below shows the supply of Esperanza Base (WAP ARG-Ø4) from I/B ARA Almirante Irízar.
The eight main Argentina’s bases are ready for a new 2019-2020Antarctic Campaign; at the moment we don’t know if among the personnel there are Ham Radio operators to be active on HF, or if eventually the official callsign of the Bases will be on the air …let’s keep our finger crossed!
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in Kochi, India, did select two young researchers to participate in the 39th Indian-Antarctic Science Exploration.
Manoj Mani of the electronics department and Amal Joy, department of atmospheric sciences, have been selected to participate in the exploration program which will be organized during December-February.
As part of the exploration, the duo will review the data collected by the Movable Atmospheric Radar (MARA), located at MaitriStation (WAP IND-Ø3), the Indian scientific site in Antarctica (picture aside).
Dr. K Satheeshan, head, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, is the Principal Investigator of ‘Mara’, the Swedish radar which was handed over to Cusat for upkeep and maintenance on the basis of a tripartite MoU between Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Goa-Antarctic Marine Research Center and Cusat signed in 2017.
Sixty years ago, twelve nations agreed to set aside Antarctica “for peaceful purposes only”, as a scientific preserve for “the progress of all mankind”, met in Washington, D.C. to sign an unprecedented document: the Antarctic Treaty. The original signatories were the 12 countries active in Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) .
The year was 1959 and the end of the International Geophysical Year had seen research in Antarctica take giant leaps forward. Scientists from all over the world were making incredible discoveries in what was a largely unexplored environment. But after some saw the potential for conflict between nations who were making territorial claims to parts of the continent, the Antarctic Treaty was negotiated and signed on the 1st of December 1959 and enshrines Antarctica as a place of peace, science and international cooperation. Today 54 nations are party to the Treaty.
Antarctic nations around the world are today marking the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most successful international agreements, the Antarctic Treaty.