Hamradio will be improved at the Argentinean  Bases in the White Continent

In a meeting between Enacom (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones ) and the Antarctic Department, an interestring decision has been made:  -Personnel  who does not have an Amateur radio license,  joining  the 2023 Argentine Antarctic campaign,  will be trained in intensive course Hamradio technics. Th training will start in october 2022-. 

The  meeting took place last week between ENACOM, represented by Professor Marcos Lafón Fariña from the Stations and Services Registration Area (Amateur Radio), and authorities from the Joint Antarctic Command. They have made analisys  about the situation of the Antarctic operators which, in some cases, show up on Hamradio bands,  from the different Argentinean bases, without the enabling license.

It was decided to give an intensive course next October  2022, to obtain the amateur radio license for all the operators that will integrate the different crews in the 2023 campaign to the white continent.

The purpose is that they can go on the air with the callsigns of each base and communicate with Hamradio colleagues from all over the world. In the case of the Bases that already have operators with a radio amateur license, the activity in the different enabled bands will continue normally.


WAP congratulate both ENACOM  and  Comando Antartico Argentino for such a great decision. Many thanks for your sensitivity and attention to the HF  Radio activity and Radio amateurs.

TNX to Carlos Almirón LU7DSY for sharing this information

Look for LU4ZS & LU8AEU/MM on air

Activity of Argentine amateur radio stations in Antarctica, in addition to maintaining a reliable  communications service, useful and important  in regions like these, contribute to the diffusion of HF activities and promotion of Argentine sovereignty in the region. These activations have several purposes and objectives  beside the usual DX activations.

Marambio Base is Argentina’s gateway to the white continent, as it has an operational runway throughout the year for aircraft with conventional gear (wheels). The C-130 Hercules planes make flights to Marambio at any time of the year.

Likewise, Marambio owns a DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft from the Águila Flight Antarctic Squadron, which maintains a passenger, cargo and correspondence transport service with other Argentine Bases, and performs tasks of scientific support, international cooperation and sanitary evacuation.

Marambio Base will be active till the end of July. Pay attention to LU4ZS. It  continue to be active on HF, throughout the month of July, LU4ZS, the official radio station of Marambio Base (WAP ARG-21) in Antarctica, will be on the air mainly on 20 and 40 meters  SSB.




LU8AEU/MMFragata FRLI  A.R.A. Libertad is frequently active  on 20 & 40 mts SSB. The ship is valid for WAP-WACA & Polar DX Challenge.


Maudheim Multinational Base – New Entry on WAP-WADA Directory as WAP-MNB-16

The Maudheim Research Station  (Maudheim , which Norwegian translates as house Maud) was the Base camp of the Swedish-British-Norwegian Antarctic Expedition including members of Australia and Canada between 1949 and 1952 .

At the time of the operation, the Norwegian Polar Institute did announce that, with the permission of King Haakon, the winter base of the joint British-Scandinavian Expedition in the Antarctic has been named Maudheim, in memory of Norway’s late Queen Maud. The name localizes the station as situated in Queen Maud Land.


Egil Rogstad LA4QC was the operators at Maudheim Station  as shown on the QSL below, dated November 7th 1950



The Maudheim Research Station  was inaugurated on February 20, 1950 at the Ice Barrier Jelbart  in Norsel Bay of Princess Martha Coast , 3 km from the open sea, where a landing was established. The thickness of the ice shelf at the site, was 180-200 m.

The facilities comprised two wooden huts, one of which had lounges, and the other housed the radio station, a meteorological laboratory, and a medical unit. The electric generator, the drilling unit and a serological block were in three small sheds. There was also a magnetic laboratory and a workshop. All the rooms were interconnected by a corridor made of wooden boxes.

On January 15, 1952, the Maudheim Base was abandoned. In 1960 it was visited by a Norwegian Antarctic expedition who observed that it was covered by snow and only a 2-foot-long fragment of the 10-m-high meteorological tower was visible. 


The Swedish QST Magazine of Dec. 1950, reports:


The British-Norwegian-Swedish South Pole expedition in Maudheim has the call sign LA4QC.The station shouts every Saturday at19.30 Swedish time calling  CQ LA on 14300 kc and listens for answers only on 14020 CW.Heard the station in question on 28 October with RST 559. LA7Y, who answered, was also heard in Stockholm, but he did not get in touch at that time.


Thanks to Mehdi F5PFP for showing the rare QSL of LA4QC on Polar DX Group’s page on FacebooK.


At the light of this evidence, WAP has given MNB-16  “New  reference”  to LA4QC at Maudheim Research Station 

K4MZU Bob Hines a DXer  and Antarctic chaser over the top

For an Hamradio operator, working someone from Antarctica, have always been a goal, a great goal!

Logging a station operating from/in Antarctica has always been one of the best DX even wished.  Several  Hams, particularly the Old Timers are far above  but just few of them can have over 200 Antarctic Bases on their logs!  Years of years of continuous  monitoring, setting skeds, follow Antarctic expeditions and scientific seasons, with the only goal to work a new one.

Bases, Camps, Huts, Refuges and rare scientific sites are the loots of the painstaking research of these DX hounds.

Well, among those incredible Antarctic Hunters, Bob K4MZU from MC Donough, Georgia, USA is certainly the best. Bob, who have the best WAP Top Honor Rolls, has recently update his WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA score: TOP of W.A.P. Worldwide Antarctic Program:  WAP WADA Award, 202 Antarctic Bases. WAP-WACA Award,513 Antarctic Stations

Bob has also achieved the TOP of the Antarctic Challenge 2020 Award with 203 Antarctic/Sub Antarctic Bases and Refuges.

Visit Bob’s Antarctic Web Site at: www.k4mzu.net (Antarctic QSL collection) and his  Antennas & Ham Shack Pics Web Page: http://www.k4mzu.net/hamshack.htm

Last but not least,  the other Bob’s hobbies: Author, Antique Bookbinding: www.oldbibles.net and Firearms.

Bob Hines, K4MZU did retire in 2001: 1981-1985 Field Engineer Metro Mobile Cellular, Inc. Greenville, S.C. 1985-1987 Operations Manager Cellular One Chattanooga. 1987-1991 East Tenn Division Operations Manager Cellular One Corporation.1991-2001 RF Engineer BellSouth Cellular Corporation Atlanta.

Congrats Bob, Super Antarctic Score!  

Poland’s rebuilt Antarctic research station to open in 2023

The Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station was established in 1977 and is now in need of serious improvement works. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) is to grant new funds to the Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station to rebuild its infrastructure. “It can be stated firmly that the Polish Antarctic Station is our unofficial embassy in Antarctica. Every year it is visited by official international delegations, representatives of Antarctic programs of other states, as well as tourists from all around the world”, Minister for Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin announced on Wednesday,  “However, this is not the most important for us”, he added. “The most important are the broad research capabilities which the station provides to Polish scientists.”

The Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station  (WAP POL-Ø1) is situated on King George’s Island in the South Pacific and has been in use since the 1970s. It is managed by the Institute of Biophysics and Biochemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences and operated by eight scientists residing there year-round (called the “winter group”), with five more arriving for a seven-month period (the “‘summer group”), and three additional workers providing continuity to the station’s functioning.
Poland, as a signatory of the Antarctic Treaty, belongs to a group of 29 countries which can decide on human activity on the Antarctic territory. It is allowed to do so as it fulfills the condition of having a research station and sending scientific expeditions to Antarctica, for which an agreement of the other members of the Treaty is required.


The reconstructed Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station is expected to start operation in 2023, Agnieszka Kruszewska from the Institute of Biophysics and Biochemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBB PAN), the station’s managing institution, has told. The rebuilding of the infrastructure and a new main hall of the Polar Research Station in the Antarctic will cost PLN 88 million (EUR 20.4 million) and will be financed with Poland’s science ministry’s grant, she added.

Scientists have been raising the alarm over its poor state for years, arising from the position of the station’s main building. When it was established 40 years ago, it was over a dozen metres from the sea. Now, during high tide, it is less than a metre away. Scientists claim that at any moment a storm could force part of the building to be taken out of use.

The station’s new hall has been designed the Kurylowicz & Associates Studio. Its layout will be tripartite and the floor plan will resemble a three-pointed star. There will be a common leisure space in the centre of the station.

The structure has been pre-assembled in Poland, likely at the beginning of 2021. Kruszewska said. “We decided to take such a step to avoid unforeseen events that could affect the timely implementation of this investment” .

In the second half of 2021 all prefabricated elements have been transported to the Antarctic and assembled there. In 2022, finishing works are planned. In 2023, the facility is to be put into use.

The new building will be located 100 metres from the shoreline, on a stable surface. It will have foundations so its position will be permanent. The reconstructed station will accommodate up to 40 people.

Read more at:  Poland’s rebuilt Antarctic research station to open in 2023 – The First News

Antarctica, whales are back, it hasn’t happened since the 1970s

Due to the ’70s industrial whaling, the fin whale had become nearly extinct in the Antarctic.

Now, for the first time, a research team has been able to show systematically that the fin whale population is recovering. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

150 Southern Common Whales were filmed swimming in the waters of Antarctica, and feeding in groups was the exciting sight, hailed by scientists of the team of biologists of Helena Herr, of the University of Hamburg, and of Bettina Meyer, of the Alfred Wegener Institute in the city of Bremerhaven, carried out in 2018 and 2019 near the Antarctic Peninsula, have documented over one hundred sightings of these cetaceans , which measure over twenty meters in length.

A sign of hope, for the second largest animal in the world and rarely, have these ocean giants been seen in such large groups.

The fin whale population in Antarctica is recovering for the first time since hunting these whales was banned, according to a survey by German scientists published today.

Read more at: https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en/newsroom/presse/2022/pm37.html



Antarctic microbe produces potential cancer-fighting drug

Researchers map the genetic machinery behind a natural anti-cancer compound from Antarctica for the first time

Scientists have identified the bacterium that produces palmerolide, a compound discovered in sea squirts living in Antarctic coastal waters that could potentially treat human melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Researchers first isolated palmerolide  in 2006 from a sea squirt living on the ocean floor near Palmer Station (WAP USA-23) on the Antarctic Peninsula. They suspected the compound must be produced by symbiotic microbes living in the sea squirt’s tissues but couldn’t identify the specific microorganism that was producing it.

By sequencing DNA from all the microbes inhabiting that sea squirt species, scientists have now identified the organism that makes palmerolide. It’s a previously unstudied bacterial species called Candidatus Synoicihabitans palmerolidicus that has yet to be cultured in a lab.

The researchers also mapped the specific genes within that microbe’s DNA carrying the instructions for making palmerolide. It’s the first time scientists have identified the genes responsible for making a known natural product found in Antarctica.

Thanks and Credit to: The Antarctic Sun Magazine

Read more at:  https://antarcticsun.usap.gov/science/4719/?fbclid=IwAR371tv4Sfn-24U82hwhPZJrCLjcH8x894K4VWXLQ90_TKKv6p1rlBO_qnA

WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA, last release 1.40 Directories  available to download

21st Edition of WAP-WACA and WAP-WADA Directories release 1.40 of last June 1st 2022, have been loaded  at WAP website, together with IK6CAC program (File 39) to manage WAP Awards.

Everything is ready to download toh ave the last version on hands.

Check http://www.waponline.it/wap-awards_download-rules/


All WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA Awards issued  as well as the WAP Ranking have also been loaded on the portal. Check  http://www.waponline.it/wap-awards/


Many thanks to the thousands Hams and Chasers  WW who are following and supporting  WAP Worldwide Antarctic Program

TNX IK1GPG & IK1QFM for the great management  of WAP Awards

The 65th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year

2022 is the 65th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year, or IGY, a collaborative, worldwide effort among 60 countries, 10,000 scientists and multiple scientific fields to study the Earth and sun. Today we celebrate the amazing contributions made possible by one of the most successful international scientific efforts in history.

An 18-month-long effort, the IGY took place from July 1, 1957, to Dec. 31, 1958. It launched a new era of scientific discovery that has fundamentally changed the way researchers understand the planet.

Coinciding with the peak of the 11-year solar cycle where the sun’s magnetic field flips, the IGY was timed so scientists could study sunspots and observe the sun’s corona during a solar eclipse. Scientists designed and built instruments to study the atmosphere and near space environment, deployed seismic equipment to study earthquakes and ice sheets and used newly constructed radio and astronomical observatories to observe the sun and stars. For their research, scientists adapted many technologies first developed during World War II.

The U.S. National Science Foundation, which had been established just seven years earlier, was instrumental in supportingand coordinating IGY research by U.S. Scientists. NSF began planning for the IGY and issuing grants to researchers in 1955, a massive undertaking that required building infrastructure to house and support scientists in some the most remote and harsh environments on the planet.


Read more at: Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year | Beta site for NSF – National Science Foundation

Thanks and Credit to the U-S.  NSF

2002-2022, 20 Years of International Polar Foundation

Founded by Belgian polar explorer Alain Hubert, Prof. Hugo Decleir and Prof. André Berger in 2002, the Brussels-based International Polar Foundation provides a novel interface between science and society, and was recognised by Belgian Royal Statute as a foundation for the public good in 2002. HM King Philippe is the International Polar Foundation’s honorary President.

The Foundation seeks to bring about a keener appreciation of the role of science, particularly research in the Polar Regions, through a re-examination of the planet’s interconnections, its fragility, the impact of human actions on the environment, and the evolution of millennial climate cycles.

The International Polar Foundation supports polar scientific research for the advancement of knowledge, the promotion of informed action on climate change, and the development of a sustainable society.

“We established the International Polar Foundation 20 years ago to educate the public about the importance of polar research in understanding climate change and what each individual can do to live more sustainably,” said Alain Hubert, chairman and founder of the International Polar Foundation, in a press release.

Home – International Polar Foundation


TNX Eddy De Busschere @ Belgian Polar Expedition Society for the commemorative special issued envelope and stamp