The 61st JARE (Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition) is on: It has started last February 2020 and will last till January 2021,
Takashi Yamamoto, JA1AGS “Taka” and , Hiroyuki Ujiie, JH7JCX “Hiro” are actually active as 8J1RL from Syowa base (WAP JPN-Ø3).
Few reports on the Clusters did show 8J1RL active mostly of FT8 and CW but also SSB. They operate 15, 17, 20 and 30 mts
Every JARE campaign has a new QSL card. A good chance to try to work 8J1RL this season as well, to improve our collections. Cards should be sent via JARL bureau as before, with SASE to JARL or via JG2MLI direct.
Reply will be made after April 2021 after returning to Japan.
TNX Yath Yoshikawa JG2MLI
See http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201912030028.html for more info and a nice interesting video of departures
More info also at the Japanese site:
Japan owns four Research Stations in Antarctica:
Asuka Station, WAP JPN-Ø1
Mizuho Station, WAP JPN-Ø2
Syowa Base, WAP JPN-Ø3
Dome Fuji Station, WAP JPN-Ø4