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domenica, ago. 28 06:49



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.
Read more at:


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


The dogs that battled Sub-Antarctic conditions to rid Macquarie island
of introduced pests are being featured on a set of Australia post stamps.
Eleven dogs, mostly springer spaniels and Labrador retrievers, worked tirelessly to hunt and eradicate rabbits and rodents from
Macquarie Island. and they have now been recognised with a series of Australia Post stamps. 
Dog handler
Nancye Williams
said the island owed its pest-free status to the dogs. "Macquarie Island would not have its rabbit and rodent-free status without these dogs," she said. "To see them on the stamps I think it's a lovely and worthy tribute."
Ms Williams said the dogs worked tirelessly in horrendous conditions hunting feral animals on the Island; he worked with a springer spaniel called Katie. "The dogs were the best part of working over there," she said.
"Katie was a fantastic springer spaniel and helped find a couple of rabbits, the last remaining rabbits, and without her and the other dogs it wouldn't have been successful."

Read more at:

Our friend and
Antarctic chaser  
VK7BC Frank Beech
  sent a series of those 4 stamps as a gift for my Antarctic Stamp’s collection. Thank you  so much Frank, I've appreciate the gift very much!


Burning remaining fossil fuels would eradicate Antarctic ice
Exhausting all attainable fossil fuels would annihilate the Antarctic ice sheet and raise global sea levels by as much as 58 meters, more than the height of Niagara Falls, new research calculates.
Enough fossil fuels remain to release around 10,000 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere. The future of
Antarctic ice depends on how much of that stockpile society burns through, researchers report September 11 in Science Advances. 

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F8DHE Pierre, has just released his nice Antarctic Activity Week's 2016 QSL and he’s pleased to inform the chasers that it's now available.
Pierre said: -This is the QSL card for the activity TM13WAP (WAP-270).
Like every year, it’s a full color one.
QSL direct via home call with standard contribution and SAE, or via B
Again, thanks  to all operators to making contact with
73' de F8DHE Pierre

HI Pierre, once again, you did great! TNX


8T2BH QSLs been released
QSL Manager I1HYW says that  all direct QSLs received so far have been answered. Last batch of cards  have been put in the Post  Office this morning. 

Bhagwati VU3BPZ/8T2BH is continuing to monitor the bands trying to  find some good openinings in this very strange propagation condition. 8T2BH will  stay at the Indian  Bharati Base (WAP IND.Ø4) till December this year, so there is time to see condition changings.
On the mean time, Hams who have not worked Antarctica or this brand new Indian Base yet can try to be in touch with Bhagwati by e-mail at:
bplovemaitri@rediffmail.com ;  he is open to  set skeds, and accept any suggestion in order  to give a chance to 



Flight crew debrief dangerous Antarctic rescue mission
Crew members involved in the dangerous rescue of two researchers from the South Pole
say they would do that kind of mission again if given the chance.
Two Twin Otter airplanes from
Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air were sent to Antarctica
to evacuate two sick researchers from the South Pole.
Wallace Dobchuk was the pilot on one of those planes. He says when they landed on the continent at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Station, they were keeping a close eye on the weather. “We took some rest, looked at the weather again and said ‘I think we’ve got a 48 hour window to do this thing,’” said Dobchuk.

Read more at:

To see a video of the Flight crew debrief dangerous Antarctic rescue mission, just click on the red button aside


Antarctica & AdriAntarctica
The Correspondent of AdriAntartica, Jaroslav Pavlicek, Director of the Czech Eco-Nelson Base (WAP CZE-Ø1) and Partner of the site's redevelopment project, has laid the cornerstone to Nelson Island (on the South Shetlands); the Italian tricolor flutters again in the Antarctic Peninsula, on the occasion of 40 years of the Italian Giacomo Bove Base (1976-2016). 

30 years ago, the Czech polar explorer Jaroslav Pavliček did establish the Antarctic Base ECO - Base) on Nelson Island (South Shetland Islands).
The base is run on green ecological principals and can be rent for scientific purposes.
Giacomo Bove Base (WAP ITA-Ø2)
and the remains of a hut and a trailer are located in Italian Valley, Admiralty Bay, King George Island. They sit between 100 (the hut) and 150 metres (the trailer) from the shoreline, above glacial deposits. 
Pic on the top shows Jaroslav Pavliceck and PHD Julius Fabbri (IV3CCT)
TNX IV3CCT Julius Fabbr
i;  Photo Courtesy Jaroslav Pavlicek


From our “GREAT friend” Felix DL5XL/DP1POL
The HAM RADIO 2016 is over. Friedrichshafen Ham Fair has counted 17,230 visitors over three days, while Saturday and Sunday were 2 days of  Maker Faire interests. On three days 198 companies and organizations from 36 nations did present themselves and their products. 

Felix DL5XL/DP1POL has been one of the stars, up there and he was representing the Antarctic Continent and the Ham chasers! The lecture program was fully booked and seems to be well received, is the conclusion of Steffen Schöppe , DL7ATE (photo middle). Together with project manager Petra Rathgeber by Fair organization (right) and Felix Riess, DL5XL (left)
who mwt at the foyer for the traditional press photo. Overall the fair was marked by many meetings and interesting discussions between the lectures and the program points of the DARC. See you in Friedrichshafen again next year from 14 to 16 July 2017 says Felix !



8T2BH, Indian Bharati Base WAP IND-Ø4:  QSL delivered
Thanks to Gabry IK1NEG who kindly picked the QSLs at FriedrichshafenQSL manager Gianni I1HYW has just received the box of printed cards. So QSLs are now ready to be answered to the Hams who have already sent their requests direct. In 10 day maximum the manager will complete the job.
Thanks to
Gita OM5MF, to Gabry IK1NEG and to the patient Hams who are waiting the cards since few months. Thanks to Bhagwati 8T2BH 
who is desperately looking for HF openings in a painful poor propagation and let’s hope in the remaining months conditions will get more favourable.

Attached  picture shows Gita OM5MF  while deliver the package of printed QSLs to Gabry IK1NEG at Friedrichshafen few days ago.



Nacreous clouds over the Bharati Indian Base Station in Antarctica
These nacreous clouds appeared in the skies over the Bharati Indian Base Station in Antarctica
on June 17, 2016.
The pastel polar stratospheric clouds floating over the frozen continent were absolutely stunning.
Locating 9 to 16 miles high, these clouds, also known as mother of pearl, need incredibly cold temperatures below -85 Celsius to form.

More at:


June 21st,  Midwinter, Summer & Winter solstices
For those living to the North of the equator, the summer solstice
is the longest day of the year;- the day in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight.
In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice takes place between June 20 and 22.
At the same time in the southern emisphere  they have winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which marks the transition to longer daylight . In Antarctica, during the depths of winter the sun doesn’t appear above the horizon, so the personnel overwintering down there , essentially have six weeks where they  only have twilight for a few hours a day, that’s why Midwinter’s day is really a turning point , and in any open Bases  researchers and personnel  celebrate the shortest day and look forward to seeing the sun again.

Bhagwati 8T2BH from the Indian Bharati Base, says: all ok here & reaching the peak and looking forward best HF propagation conditions from end July/August. 21 June is a kind of a big fest here and for us, is also International Yoga day. We are doing regular Yoga in indian Bharati station, but for now I just send on behalf of the Indian Team, 35th ISEA (2015-2016) a great Mid Winter and wishes from Antarctica.
Best 73s, Bhagwati Prasad Semwal (8T2BH/VU3BPZ), QTH: Bharati Station (69°S, 076°E), Grid MC81AA,
Larsemann Hills, Antarctica.



A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole
Two small bush planes are flying to the South Pole this week to evacuate workers at the Amundsen-Scott Research Station  a feat rarely attempted during the middle of the Antarctic winter
Kelly Falkner, the director of polar programs for the National Science Foundation (which runs the South Pole Station), said that at least one seasonal employee for contractor Lockheed Martin requires medical treatment not available at the station and needs to be flown out. A second worker may also be rescued. Falkner
couldn't provide further details about the medical motivation behind the rescues for privacy reasons.
"We try to balance our decisions with all of the risks involved,"
Falkner said. Other factors include the condition of the patients, the safety of the flight crew and the needs of the 48 people overwintering at Amundsen-Scott.
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“Endurance Week”
On 30-31August 1916 Ernest Shackleton completed his epic journey to rescue the crew of the Endurance
, which had been crushed by ice in the Weddell Sea in November 1915. Remarkably, all lives were saved.
The rescue will be commemorated during
"Endurance Week" 
24-31 August 2016 with a number of special radio activities from the UK and around the world.
Modern-day scientific researchers and institutions are invited to participate.  If you have interests in Polar Exploration, especially in the
Antarctic, and wish to be involved please email  
See more at: https://sites.google.com/site/redkiteradio/endurance-week-2016


Yesterday Wednesday June 8th, 2016, at approximately 10:15 in the morning, there was a fault in the gate of the building at Marambio Base, Antarctica Argentina, which resulted in the death of Corporal Gustavo Daniel Capuccino (30 years old)
, member of the 47th  Argentinean Antarctic Scientific Expedition
More information at:

and the Antarctic chaser’s community  express their most heartfelt sympathy to the family and to the colleagues of Marambio Base.



A high-speed stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth's magnetic field, and this is sparking geomagnetic storms around the poles on June 6th. Last night, an outburst of auroras over Antarctica was "so bright, it cast shadows on the ground," reports B. Sudarsan Patro from the Bharati Indian Base Station in the Larsemann Hills of Antarctica
A beautiful display also appeared over New Zealand. "It was an awesome night," says Ian Griffin
of Papanui Inlet, Otago. "We're celebrating the Queen's Birthday here in New Zealand, and the aurora display overnight was certainly a great way to start the festivities!"
Auroras are ringing both poles, but they have been easier to see in the southern hemisphere where darkening autumn skies favor visibility. Even so, sightings have also been made in northern places
Read more at:.
NOTE: Nothing heard all all Band - 8T2BH/VU3BPZ


Scientists have found yet another part of Antarctica that may be in trouble
The forces affecting the ice in West Antarctica are an area of urgent focus for climate scientists who are all too aware of the ice sheet’s huge potential contributions to global sea-level rise. A great deal of this attention has centered on a specific region bordering the Amundsen Sea, south of the Antarctic Peninsula
, where research has suggested that a set of rapidly retreating glaciers, including the famous Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers, may be increasingly vulnerable to collapse. 
But research is increasingly suggesting that the region is not the only area deserving of concern. Just last month, a new study suggested that the Totten Glacier in
East Antarctica
, which has typically been considered much less of a threat than West Antarctica, is also thinning quickly and has retreated inland by close to two miles in some areas. Overall, the glacier has the potential to raise sea levels by about 13 feet should it collapse.
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