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Midwinter, a great celebration  in Antarctica
Midwinter on the 21st of June is the main celebration of the year in Antarctica, taking the place of Christmas in this regard. It comes in the middle of winter on the shortest day of the year outside the Antarctic Circle and at the pivot point of the period of continuous darkness inside the Antarctic Circle.
21st  June though marks winter solstice in Antarctica. Personnel and researchers are celebrating this event today where the summer is well under way up here  in the northern hemisphere, where we are. Our friends  in Antarctica are approaching the long polar night and the coming winter solstice  says that in few months time, several bases will re-open the doors for a new season of scientific activities.
wish a very Happy Midwinter to the Ham operator friends down in Antarctica, and to the whole personnel, 
Keep up the good work guys and if you have HF Radio equipments, please switch them on.


Weather at  Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station  (WAP USA-36)
It was June 18th 2017 at 05:31 PM!
Not bad, insn't it?
If you wish to get more weather forecast from South Pole, just click the link below:


Web cam and more at South Pole Station are available by clicking the NSF logo here aside.


Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday
Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world.
On Saturday, the ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data posted on the National snow and Ice data Center website .  That number bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48 million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.
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China selects site for its first Antarctic airfield
China has selected a location for its first-ever airfield in Antarctica, which is to facilitate Beijing’s research efforts on the frozen continent. It is also considering establishing its fifth Antarctic Base there next year, local media report.
The site selected for the future runway is near on Antarctica’s Prydz Bay. Members of China’s 33rd expedition surveyed a three-square-kilometer area and chose a place for the future airfield, the newspaper reported, citing Sun Bo, deputy Director of the
State Oceanic Administration’s Polar Research Institute of China.


China holds 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
The 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting has began in Beijing on May 23th  and did end on last June 1st . Over 400 delegates from 42 Countries did participate in the annual meeting focusing on climate change, and the Antarctic's special protection and management. It is the first time that China is hosting the event.
China's Antarctic research and strategy have progressed in leaps and bounds through the decades. In 1984, China’s first Antarctic expedition team was established.

Read more at: https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d496a4d336b7a4d/share_p.html


June 5th 2017: World Environment Day
This is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every year round the planet.
World Environment Day is for everyone, everywhere: whether you live in a city or the countryside, in the developed or developing world, in the invigorating chill of cold regions or the sultry heat of the tropics. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against the illegal trade in wildlife, to replanting forests.
Not by chance we host here an interesting opinion written by Ronnaveen, about to back away from the
Paris Climate Accord.

Something to be worried about!
By Ronnaven

How to describe what I’m feeling today … with more than 30 seasons in Antarctica under my belt … having actually witnessed changes firsthand like glaciers receding, ice shelves that have calved off, penguin populations significantly falling (and, in one case, rising)? Climate change is real and undeniable. It is happening now. We humans north of Antarctica already are affected, will experience more of this at some point, and I am profoundly depressed by the US decision today — my country’s decision — to back away from the Paris Climate Accord.
More at:


Moss Growth on Antarctica’s Northern Peninsula
Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is starting to turn green! 
Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet.
Amid the warming of the past 50 years, the scientists found two species of moss undergoing the equivalent of growth spurts, with mosses that once grew less than 1mm a year, now growing more than 3mm a year on average.

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TM14WAP (WAP-275)  by F8DVD
François  (F8DVD) wrote:  It was my 13th WAP participation to the Antarctic Activity Week  and I’m happy to show the readers  the preview of my TM14AAW QSL (WAP-275)
The picture shows the Base Orcadas  who is an Argentine scientific Station, the oldest of the stations in Antarctica still in operation. It is located on Laurie Island (60° 44’S – 44° 44’W). Established by the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition in 1903 and transferred to the Argentine government in 1904, the Base has been permanently populated since. Orcadas had the first radiotelegraph in the continent in 1927. The 11 buildings of the station house up to 45 people during the summer, and an average of 14 during winter.
QSLs  are actually in print process and they will be sent within the month of  June.
TNX François  F8DVD


FT3YL Dumond D’Urville Station WAP FRA-Ø1
FT3YL Francois Mariotti
(F4HLT) did show up today May 26 on 20m JT65 (approx. 14.076 MHz) . from  Dumont D’Urville French Antarctica Base (WAP FRA-Ø1),  grid loc QC03ai using an  IC706 + ACOM 1010 (Tnx Clipperton Dx Club) + GPA30 (Tnx F5BU).
He is active only in JT65 for the moment on 20-15 and 10 meters. He will be active in PSK31 and SSB later. Some QSO in SSB have been made with VK/ZL and FK only.
QRZ. com reports some update information about him: François had moved his antenna but he had problems with it. It was very hard to get a good SWR. He did not have such enough free time to resolve the problem. After, he had a very big storm with wind gust at 190 km/h, yes , 190 km/h and the antenna did not resist to high winds like this. In Adelie Land, they have often very big storms, and a lot of wind. So it is really not easy to work outside at -25°C with wind at 70 km/h. Weather conditions with less than 20 km/h of wind are not often. He has installed an inverted V few days ago. We hope he will be soon on the air.

QSL via F6KPQ bureau or direct, OQRS Club Log and LoTW.
Weather conditions at Dumont D’Urville can be seen by clicking the red button aside


DL2VNL a proud owner of WAP Award
Hanno-Klaus Weicht DL2VNL from Dresden, Germany is a new entry proud owner of WAP WADA Award. Hanno did send us his  Award wall (some are missing)
and his  TS590S a loyal companion of so many DX.
Hanno says he has the license since 1967. On SW are 328 and on VHF are 40 countries confirmed and he thanks for the  beautiful Award just received. Congratulations from the staff of waponline and thanks for sharing your satisfaction with us.
WAP Award score list  and new release of both WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA Directories will be updated by the beginning of June


130 days to the South Pole
Antarctica, the continent that has always been studied, explored and protected, Antarctica subjected to conferences, debates and documentaries! Antarctica is also Ham Radio … guys that are looking for contact … hours if not days to wait for the moment which Ionospheric propagation allows a connection. But who is there? Who is on other side of the world, to the antipode of the Southern Hemisphere?
There are researchers, scientific bases, hundreds of monitoring and Research Stations that many countries in the world have implanted to study atmospheric phenomena, environmental issues, astronomy and oceanography, a kind of world-wide activity and experimentation laboratory, where everyone helps everyone.
The “Sala Einaudi” at the Congress Center of the Province of Cuneo did host last Saturday a very interesting presentation, which attended several classes of students in the morning and a session dedicated to the public and Hams the afternoon.
130-days experience in Antarctica following the Italian scientific expedition, has been presented by the Italian Army Marshall and Alpine Scout Danilo Collino
with  several movies and photographs, telling and commenting the experiences of the ice of  the South Pole.
The event, sponsored by the Province of Cuneo, the Cuneo City Council and the Italian Radio Amateur Association, was introduced by Adriano Peano
(I1YYG) President of ARI Cuneo, which illustrated the various technical activities, training exercises that Radio amateurs perform under Civil Protection and showed the operating room and antennas. Among the public there was a good representation of the GRA (Alpine Radio Amateur Group founded in Cuneo in 2011, which has now almost 1500 members),
a real flagship of the Province of Cuneo and beyond.
Danilo Collino  (IZ1KHY) went on to tell the story of his abundant 4 months spent at the Italian Base Mario Zucchelli at Terra Nova Bay with stunning footage that aroused considerable interest and applause. Danilo did operate from Mario Zucchelli Station (WAP ITA-Ø1) as IØQHM/KC4 in the last 2004.
(last pic aside IZ1KHY & I1HYW)


TM14AAW WAP-280 by F8DHE
Pierre, F8DHE informs that his QSL cards TM14WAP (WAP-280) for the last 14th AAW  has been printed. 
Mailing will start shortly. Pierre is one of the veterans of the Antarctic Activity Week; he did not miss a year since 2010!
Congrats also to the several French Stations who have been always present since the first edition! 

TNX F8DHE Pierre


WAP staff is continuing to work with the help of WW friends in order to  improve the list of the Antarctic settlements which include Scientific installation such as Bases, Stations, Huts, Refuges, Camps, Outposts, Lighthouses  to make WAP Directory one of the unique tools for Hams, Students and Antarctic chasers
Seven new WAP references have been issued recently to as many sites located in Antarctica and on the Sub-Antarctic areas as follow:
Antarctic Support Center Base-Puerto Williams Station (Stations  to qualify CHL-18  are: CE9GEW-1991, CE8/LU1XS 2006, CE8/F9IE 2002, CEØPG 1968, CE9/UA4WHX 2013).
CHL-19    Lennox Island Chilean Navy Outpost         CE9XX     17-18/Ø2/2Ø11
CHL-20    Hornos Island Meteo Station        3G9JA     01-06/02/2016
CHL-21    Gonzalo island Weather Station  (56° 31’ 30” South, 68° 61’ 00” West, Caleta Condell, Gonzalo island, Diego Ramirez islands). Station valid are CE9/PA3EXX e CE9/VE3LYC  activity 15-17/Ø1/2Ø11
Hornos Island Monumental LH       3G9JA     01-06/02/2016
ARG-27   Albatros Refuge        LU4AA/Z 03/2016
Gurruchaga Camp          LU4CJM/Z 01/2017
All the new Entries will be shown on next WAP-WADA & WAP-WACA Directories. New release will be available next June/July 2017 hen the new references could be credited for both WAP Awards


Lennox Island Chilean Navy Outpost  WAP CHL-19 NEW
(55° 17' 6.1"North, 66° 56' 8.3"West) is an island (170 square km)
within Chile and is nearby to Punta Norte, Isla Guillermo and Cerro Holger.

A Maritime Mayor controls the navigation in the area and warn by radio if any boat goes into an emergency.  Its main task is the safeguarding of Chilean sovereignty in the region, the control of jurisdictional waters and the safeguarding and rescue of human life at sea. There are several infrastructure/maritime signage distributed on the island so it can be considered as a Chilean Navy Outpost 

Every 2 or 3 months  a Chilean Navy service provide  replenishing food and basic elements to the  Sea Mayor who lives there with his family for a period of one year.

Lennox Island is inspected by the Chilean Navy through a "Sea Mayor" who, in this case, is in charge of the "Lennox Sea Mayor's Office". It belongs to the Third Naval Zone, "Naval Beagle District"
(DISNABE), based in Port Williams.

Last 2011,  Mehdi F5PFP, did operate as CE9XX close to the Lennox Chilean settlement (CE9XX Lennox island : from 17/02/2011 23:50UTC to 18/02/2011 0600UTC , 342 QSOs)
So this operation is qualifying  for WAP-WADA
Lennox Island Chilean Navy Outpost, at 55° 17' 6.1"North, 66° 56' 8.3"West, is now
and it will be insert in the next issue of the WAP-WADA & WAP-WACA Directories



Snipe Island - Chilean Navy Outpost & Meteo (WAP CHL-NEW)
Isla Snipe
is a Chilean island 54° 57' 14.2" South67° 8' 48.6" West in the Beagle Channel , nearby to Solitary Island, Isla Silva and Islotes Hermanos.
On Snipe Islet, located an hour's sail from Puerto Williams, Navy officials perform functions of traffic control, sovereignty over maritime boundaries, safeguard against any nautical emergency and deliver meteorological information
The Snipe islet, located a mile from Navarino, is a small rock formation with sparse vegetation that was occupied by an indigenous Chilean Yamana from that island, authorized by that country to graze sheep there.
Snipe became “famous” for an incident that took place in 1958 between naval forces of Argentina and Chile, without direct confrontation between them, by the possession of that islet on the Beagle Channel between the Navarino Islands , Picton island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.  Following the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Argentina and Chile based on the Arbitral Award of 1977, the Snipe islet is under Chilean sovereignty.
At the light of the evidence
(Thanks Mehdi F5PFP for his help and support)  Snipe island , Chilean Navy Outpost and Meterological Station will be add to the WAP-WADA Directory as well as the Snipe island Lighthouse which will be add to Section 3  (Antarctic & Peri-Antarctic Lighthouses).
A WAP Reference will be given as soon as someone will operate Ham radio from there.


Bellingshausen Station WAP RUS-Ø1
Alexandr A. Ushakov, UA1OJL
, is active since April 5-2017 from Bellinghausen Station (WAP RUS-Ø1), King George Island, South Shetlands as RI1ANO and will be there till March 2018. Alex is QRV on his spare time,  on all bands CW, SSB & Digi.
The log is already updated on Clublog and will be regularly  updated several times a month by RN1ON, after receiving information from Bellinghausen Station.
Since yesterday, April 9, 2017 enabled OQRS in the ClubLog.  QSL manager is RN1ON, Bureau, direct or LOTW


Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) a new Entry in the Antarctica  projects
The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), is a consortium of Swiss universities – EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), ETH Zurich and the University of Bern – and was cofounded with Editions Paulsen. Officially supported by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI),
the SPI is a Swiss initiative with a decidedly international mission.
The SPI will study the Earth’s poles and extreme environments. Its first project is ambitious: an international scientific expedition, comprising 55 researchers from 30 countries working on 22 research projects, will circumnavigate Antarctica. The purpose of this Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition
  (ACE) will be to measure and quantify the impact of climate change and pollution in the Southern Ocean. The ACE project has been created with the support of Ferring Pharmaceuticals and contributions from the Swiss Polar Institute and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
SPI Objectives
The Swiss Polar Institute is devoted to polar research and guided by the following objectives:
Global Challenges. The SPI shall enhance the Swiss scientific, economic and diplomatic contribution to understanding and solving Global Challenges such as climate and environmental changes and management of global resources through cutting-edge science and technology.
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology. The SPI shall bundle Swiss research in polar and other extreme environments (Alpine and Extreme Ecosystems and Landscapes, Lakes, Glaciers and Water Systems, Planets) with cutting edge technological developments such as: space technologies; satellites; remote sensing and data
Innovative Public Private Partnerships. The SPI shall position Switzerland as a key player, federating stakeholders in the fields of Extreme Environments and Polar Research through scientifically-driven and collaborative global initiatives relying on international innovative public-public and public-private partnerships. processing; drones; robotics; sensors for environmental monitoring; big-data handling; renewable energy; health monitoring.
Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE)
From December 2016 to March 2017, scientific teams from all over the world will board the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov for an unprecedented expedition around Antarctica. During the Antartic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), researchers will work on a number of interrelated fields,  from biology to climatology to oceanography, for the future of this continent.
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RI1ANB Bellingshausen Station WAP RUS-Ø1
Bob, K4MZU did post a message with additional info regarding Alex RI1ANB current operation.
The following info is from Alexei RN1ON:
RI1ANB works from the Station Bellingshausen. Operator - Alex, RX0QM ex.RI59ANT. QSL info should be announced soon.
Also, Alex, RI1ANO / UA1OJL is now aboard the Oceanographic research ship "Akademik Fedorov" on the way to the Station.There are about 200 nautical miles left.
On board the ship is now a very good company: Oleg, RI1ANR/ZS1ANF/UA1PBA; Slava, RI1ANR/RD3MX; Mike, RI1AND/RW1AI and Alex, RI1ANO/UA1OJL.
TNX  Alexei, RN1ON ex.op.R1ANC, ex.UA1PAC & Bob K4MZU
RI1ANB have been first reported active last Apr.2nd & 4th (40 & 30 mts CW)


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