It was February 2004 when WAP did launch the idea of an Antarctic Activity Week. From that time, every year several Hams and Clubs, join the annual 8-day event, which purpose is to recognize and bring attention to the scientific communities and the work they do in the Antarctic.
Here below, just some of the comments coming from participants:
From KØANT- Antenna Club in Johnson County, Overland Park, Kansas-USA
This is the 18th year of the annual happening, and the 11th year that The Kansas Antenna Club in Johnson County has supported this event.
Club founder and call sign Trustee, Jim KBØMZF did send a message to the Club members: «Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 protocols, the Kansas City authority has indicated that are not currently allowing groups such as ours, to conduct events in our headquarters. So, our AAW outing to there, will not be available as an activity. We are disappointed, because it has always been a fun way to share HAM radio with the public, but we do of course understand their need for that policy this year. However, if you are a Member in good standing, you still have permission to use our KØANT Club call sign to make contacts from your home station at any time during the 8-day event. You are invited to participate and help our Club support»
From K4A, PHILIP W FINKLE, K6EID from Marietta, Georgia-USA
Just completed this years AAW, made 696 QSOS all on digital FT4 and FT8.
Here’s my annual stats since 2007: This year we had bad solar activity for 3 days that pretty much killed most propagation.
I have already reserved K4A for 2022, said Phil!
From Volker DL8JDX, Altötting, Germany
Thanks again for organizing the AAW 2021. It was fun again working many AAW Special Event Stations. During this AAW and during this Antarctic Summer Season, I could work following stations:
12 WAP SES Stations:
7 Antarctic/Sub-Antarctic Stations:
2 Antarctic Research Ships:
RX6A/mm Akademik Tryoshnikov
Looking forward to the next upcoming season, said Volker!
Congrats to everyone who did join the 18th AAW, and don’t forget to aplly the “free” 18th AAW Award, available online (TNX IK3GER)