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U.S. Antarctic Program Iivestigator perishes in snowmobile accident
A researcher with the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), suffered a fatal injury on Saturday, October 22, New Zealand time.
Dr. Gordon Hamilton, University of Maine Climate Change Institute, Orono, Maine, was fatally injured when the snow machine he was riding went into a crevasse. Hamilton's Team was camped in a heavily crevassed area known as the Shear Zone (SZ), approximately 25 miles south of McMurdo Station, the largest of the three U.S. research stations in Antarctica
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Dr. Hamilton. Our thoughts are with the family and entire community as we mourn this loss," said Dr. France Córdova,
Director, National Science Foundation.
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Season of intense melting in Antarctica offers insights into continent's future
A single season of intense melting that affected Antarctica
between 2001 and 2002 offers new insights into the southernmost continent's ecological future and the potential impact of climate change worldwide, according to observations collected in a series of papers and published this month in the journal BioScience.
The scientists are affiliated with two long-term research stations in
Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The location of the stations, one on the Antarctic coast and the other in a cold desert region of the continent, allowed researchers to compare the effects of a warmer, windier spring season brought on by the intersection of two climatic cycles -- the Southern Annular Mode and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation -- on two different ecosystems.
TNX & Credit to US-NSF.
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“Fuerza aerea N.1 Refuge - Argentinean Station on Hearst Island, (69° 25'S - 62° 10'W)
Because the General Belgrano Army Base and Scientific Base Ellsworth that were outside the scope of the autonomy of the DHC-2 Beaver aircraft, the Argentine National Antarctic Dept decided to build two intermediate support stations, located every 600 km. Approximately, to join Matienzo Station with Belgrano,
about 1900 km away.
These stations should have got accommodations, communications, food, jet fuel and everything necessary to facilitate (if/when  necessary), the normal life of small human groups.
To the  1965 wintering Team  it was assigned responsibility for the design and construction of
Station Support No. 1, at Hearst Island, (69° 25'S - 62° 10'W). the place considered more appropriate for the purpose. The site chosen for future Station Support was between the island and the mainland. In late March 1965 the Chief of the  Base First Lieutenant Edward Fontaine, decided to begin work on the construction of future Station Support No.1. 
The project consisted of two "bulwarks" joined together, obtaining a building of 4 m by 2.20 m side high; construction wood and aluminum sheet (similar to emergency shelters used by the Army), also consisted of ½ "cubby hole" (external)
to be used as a workshop and as a plant, which would house a 6 kVA generator.
Read the full story at:
http://www.marambio.aq/anecdotas/estaciondeapoyo.html (in spanish language)
Actually “Fuerza aerea N.1 Refuge" (listed on WAP Directory as ARG-NEW) is covered by Ice


Spain to rebuild and modernize  the Antarctic Base Juan Carlos I.
The Spanish Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has presented the first images of the future Spanish Antarctic Station (BAE)
Juan Carlos I.
Currently, the  Spanish Antarctic Base (BAE) Juan Carlos I (WAP ESP-Ø1), is only opened during the austral summer, from mid-November to early March, although automated records are maintained throughout the year. The origin of the base dates back to 1988. At first, the installation could accommodate 12 people, number  that increased to 25 after the installation of new modules. The new headquarters, which will be available from the 2017/2018 season, can accommodate 52 scientists and technicians in its 2,000 m²,  its 600 m² of laboratories and 1,500 sqm of storage.
Click the blue botton aside to follow the animation of the New Antarctic Base Juan Carlos I 
TNX & Credit to: Prensa Antartica
Read more at :     https://prensaantartica.com/2016/10/06/espana-presenta-las-primeras-imagenes-de-su-futura-base-en-la-antartica/


Laura MacNeil ready to leave for Port Lockroy
Fourth woman with Scottish links to take up Antarctic role,
report the UK newspapers.
A fourth woman with connections to Scotland has been selected to help run the world's most southerly Post Office.
Laura MacNeil, 37, from Lentran, near Inverness, is fluent in three languages and has worked in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. She will work at the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust post office
from next month until March 2017. Kingussie's Laura Martin, Oban's Amy Kincaid and St Andrews graduate Florence Barrow held the job before.
The post office in
Port Lockroy (WAP GBR-Ø1), which is part of the British Antarctica Territory, handles mail for scientists and others working in Antarctica. Ms. MacNeil, like her predecessors, will do other duties at the site.

TNX and crediti to: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-37555441
See also:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/50-people-apply-job-running-749654


VKØANT Pirate saying to be at Davis Base
Here is VKØANT as recorded by Peter Zwarecz VK6APZ on June 22nd  2016.
VK0ANT received at VK6APZ shack on the 4 element beam for 40 mtrs.  Even is after last June, VKØANT did not show up anymore, that callsign,  has been looked again yesterday  (Sept.29) by the WIA and it can be confirm the callsign has not been issued.
Mal’s earlier reply that this is a pirate, is though confirmed.
TNX Mal VK6LC & Peter VK6APZ


Few months ago a station signing VKØANT was reported active on HF (40 mts SSB)
What's the story with VK0ANT
The operator said his name was Michael, and he’s apparently located on the
Davis Base in Antarctica. However, VKØANT has not been issued by the ACMA, and the call sign is listed as available with the WIA.
A recent check  on QRZCQ  says: 
The database for radio hams. 2016-09-24 07:26:19 UTC. Call: Advanced. Call: Pass: or. VK0ANT. Passive QRZCQ.com data. via:VK6LC Antarctica.
Malcolm VK6LC interviewed  on this issue, said:  VKØANT
is not registered with ACMA. 28.9.2016
I will check with the
Wireless Institute of Australia. I am not the QSL Manager for VKØANT and added that VKØANT  is a Pirate station ; It has been reported to the authorities.
VKØANT and VIØANT have been active more than  20 years ago!! QSLs are shown on WAP Antarctic QSL Gallery directly from the WAP home page


Antarctic tractors reach Mt Cook for Hillary fundraiser
Two Antarctic tractors have reached Mt Cook after a month on the road to fundraise for the restoration of Sir Edmund Hillary's hut (see pic aside) in Antarctica. "We have put together a comprehensive conservation plan that details how the hut and artefacts can be conserved and maintained for 25 years. We just need to raise the funds to do that," said Antarctic Heritage Trust executive director Nigel Watson
By travelling in style down the country, it's hoped much of the money will be raised to fund the restoration. 

Expedition South is a 2012km tractor journey that will leave Piha Beach on Tuesday morning.Three Massey Fergusson tractors, including the same Ferguson TE-20 model Sir Ed and his team had as well as a new Massey Ferguson MF5600, will travel from Piha
(one of Sir Ed's favourite places)
to Aoraki Mount Cook (finishing in sight of the Hillary Ridge).
The trip will be the same distance that
Sir Ed and his team travelled from Scott Base to the South Pole
- 2012 kilometres.
Mr Watson says it will be a hard slog. "
While our team won't be on the ice and will have far more comforts than Sir Ed and his team had, it's still going to take them nearly four weeks and they're likely to face all kinds of weather."
Read more at:
On the website, a Video explains the reason of the foundrising


13° Meeting WAP- Mondovì (Cn) Italy- 17 & 18 Sept.2016
We have reached WAP Meeting nr. 13th and this is a great goal! (on the pic aside IK1GPG Max, I1HYW Gianni and the President of ARI Mondovì IW1EVQ Prof. Edo Ambrassa). 37 years of Antarctic passion 
… 37 years of continuous work is a long time!
This year,  on the lecture, we have talked about the fading of the Ham Radio activity in
where only few Scientific Bases are active on HF. Ham Radio seems to have ceased,  to leave space for Internet  and the so called new Sat communication.  Young researchers and personnel  are more focused on Facebook, Whatsapp and other communication system , rather than propagation  studies  and Radio experiments.
Just Russia, India, USA , Argentina and few other Countries active year round in
have their Scientific  Station equipped with RTX set up to be active on HF bands.
Does it mean the end of DX with Antarctica?


Josh Frydenberg moves to save Antarctic Station
Plans to close Australia’s permanent research station on the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island have been ditched following the intervention of Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg (pic aside).
Mr Frydenberg said he had asked his department to provide options to ensure a permanent presence on the island was maintained. “Tasmania’s Macquarie Island will remain an important part of the government’s climate science and Antarctic research agenda” he said.
But Mr Frydenberg said yesterday that since the decision had been announced, he had consulted the Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, and colleagues. This year’s budget boosted funding for Antarctic research while the government committed $1.9 billion in April for a new icebreaker ship. Mr Frydenberg said the government had committed a further $255 million for Antarctic operations over a decade.
Macquarie Island hosts a weather station and monitoring for the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. The decision to close permanent operations would have involved the redeployment of 12 staff to other Antarctic duties.
Josh Frydenberg , Minister for the Environment and Energy, was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the 2010 federal election and re-elected in 2013. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.


Base Dumond D’Urville WAP FRA-Ø1
DX World
reports that François, F4HLT will be active in a few months time as FT3YL from the Antarctic French Base Dumond d’Urville, (WAP FRA- Ø1
for 1 year.
The license issued  is valid from December 2016 to February 2018. Activity will not occur immediately but likely few months after arrival.
did remind  that Ham Radio activity will be secondary to the scientific work. 

QSL  Manager
will be
TNX  Col MMØNDX  @ DXWorld


70 years old Macquarie Island Base to close
The Australian Antarctic Division has announced plans to close its Macquarie Island Research Base
Macquarie Island is home to seals, penguins and sea lions, but Australia's permanent research presence on the Sub-Antarctic
land mass is about to become extinct.
Established in 1948, the island's ageing station needs a "very large investment" to keep it safe for people and the environment, Australian Antarctic Division boss
Nick Gales
said on Tuesday.
And it's a price the division isn't willing to pay. The base will close, be dismantled and removed in a change management say will not affect Australia's climate change research.

"We certainly would not wish to see and I don't believe we will see any real degrading in our ability to undertake the climate science we need to across the Southern Ocean and Antarctica," Dr Gales said.
Read more at:
TNX VL6LC, credit to: www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news
Macquarie Base is WAP AUS-Ø8


NEW ENTRY  WAP - GBR-39 Husvik Bay Camp (54° 17’ South, 36 °30’ West)
VP8SGI has became a "New entry" following the operation of last Jan/Feb. 2016.
The Team did set the Camp at 54° 17’ South, 36 °30’ West, in the vicinity of  Husvik Station,  WAP GBR-27 The Expedition did not transmit from inside the Base which is located at 54° 10’ South, 36° 40’ West but somewhere half way the Station's buildings even if close to them. 

According to the information reported on the QSL, the
Camp site at Husvik Bay was located at 54° 17’ South, 36 °30’ West and this evidence, did suggest us to issue a brand New WAP-WADA reference


Be on QST Magazine, a great honor!
QST Magazine
has dedicate a cover to VKØEK, the Heard Island (WAP- AUS-Ø7))
Expedition. Great Team, wonderful operation!

Our friend Adam K2ARB did post a comment:
-Fifty years in amateur radio and in my old age I got on the cover of QST. That teenager I once knew named Adam Brown would be very happy indeed. Soon to be available at a newsstand for geeks near you!-

You did great Adam, you and the whole group; we thank you all immensely!


Travel to Antarctica has reached fever pitch
Antarctica’s 5-Star Hotel gets refurbished for its November to December season. You can go by yacht. You can come and go in a single day. You can even book a fly-around for New Year’s Eve. And now you can stay in a five-star hotel with bespoke furnishings and its own fleet of aircraft.
To be fair, the White Desert camp isn’t exactly new. And it’s no secret spot, either; the guest ledger includes such names as Prince Harry and Bear Grylls. But as a means of celebrating its 10th anniversary, the so-called most remote property in the world has gotten a complete luxury overhaul.
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WAP Awards updates
We have updated the scores and insert some new entries on the WW list. (Check WAP Awards and select "scores" from the Home page left window) 
Welcome to the
4 WAP-WADA’s new entries DK3DGDL7KLUY5XE and  DL7CM.  In addition we have now 2 new Honour Rolls, JN3SAC Yano Takashi and UY5XE George Chlyants,
congrats to them for such a great score!
WAP-WACA has also a couple of new entries: DK3DG and DL7CM both coming in with interesting scores too. 

We know how difficult is to log 20, 30, 40 and more
Antarctic & Sub Antarctic stations, and this is a privilege that belongs to real DXers! 

Enjoy Antarctica as much as we do. Have fun and enjoy DX!


Museum of Arctic and Antarctic at Saint Petersburg-Russia
The Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic opened the doors for visitors on the 8th of January, 1937, but the decision to establish it, was reached much earlier. 
Already in the 1920s owing to the dynamic exploration of the Arctic many prominent polar explorers and scientists advocated the idea to establish a Polar Museum that would function on permanent basis. In 1930 Presidium of the Central Executive Committee of the USSR approved the decision to establish the All-Union Arctic Institute that would include a museum of the Arctic as a special department. 
At first, items of the museum's collection were kept in the cellarage of the VAI building and were displayed only at exhibitions. In 1933 the edifice of the former Saint Nicholas Orthodox Old Believers' Church in Marat Street built in 1820-1838 to the architect A.I. Melnikov's design was given in rent to the
Arctic & Antarctic  Institute
with the aim to establish the museum.

Thanks to
Gianni I1HYW who was proudly there  few days ago, here are some pics: “Wishing every one Antarctic chaser a chance to visit this site;  St. Petersburg is a fantastic place"  Gianni said!


Tourists will be able to fly Argentina to Antarctica from 2018 
From 2018, on the first-ever regular commercial flights to the frozen continent, tourists will be be able to fly Argentina to Antarctica
Flights will depart once or twice weekly from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego
to the Argentinian Base Marambio
on Seymour Island, situated near the tip of the Antarctic peninsula. The airstrip at Marambio will be upgraded with a radar station allowing for the safe arrival of regular flights.
Approximately 10 per cent of accommodations at the base will be made available for tourists,
Ministry of Defence secretary Walter Ceballos told DPA.
Read more and see a video at:


Antarctica, land of study and research
A footage from the Antarctic summer of 2007-08 shows how Australian scientists endure extreme conditions to drill ice cores from Antarctica’s Law Dome
area. Law Dome is a spot in eastern Antarctica where scientists have been drilling to gather historic climate data.
New research using Law Dome ice cores suggests the world might be able to burn less fossil fuels than previously thought
An interesting video and more info are available here:
Source: Australian Antarctic Division


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