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martedì, feb. 21 05:10



Baliza Mackinley LU8XW/XP (New Entry WAP LH section 3 WADA Directory)
Following the activation of Baliza Mackinley, a new reference has been issue to this lighthouse located on Gamble Island, Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, as WAP ARG-LH-Ø11.
The Team of LU8XW/XP did start operate from Friday 17 till Sunday 19 febr. They reported poor propagation even if they managed to work 15, 20, 40 and 80 mts.

In addition to the WAP-WADA-LH, Gamble island Mackinley LH
(54°54'Ø6"South, 67°24'12"West)
is a good one valid for the French Antarctic Challenge Program

TNX LU8XP , LU8XT and the whole Team of LU8XW


R14ANT active during the AAW
Oleg UA6GG
will be active from 20 February during the Antarctic Activity Week as R14ANT (WAP-281),
QSL via UA6GG.

also informs that he will prepare an AAW- DX Trophy  in the same style (glass plaque)  to the one done for  AS-104, a  Special Trophy glass made for R3CA/9 . As soon as the  AAW Trophy will be ready, we’ll be pleased to publish it on the WAP pages.



After last year’s activation by LU4AA/Z, Baliza Camara will be on the air again next Febr. 17-19. Located at 62 ° 14.4 'South, 58 ° 40.7' West, also known as Camara LH (ARLHS SSI-004) it will be operate with the license callsign of Carlini Station  LU1ZI, under the responsibility of Juan Manuel Pereda (LU4CJM), Member of Radio Club Argentino.
The lighthouse is located near Carlini Base (WAP ARG-2Ø) in the south coast of Potter Cove, in the south-west of King George Island
(aka 25th May Island)
of the South Shetland Archipelago, Antarctic Argentine Sector.
Base  Carlini
(ex Base Jubany) is a permanent scientific station, operated and administered by the National Antarctic Directorate, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.



French Polar Challenge (Antarctic + Arctic)
Michel F6DWQ & Mehdi F5PFP have been updated the new scores of the Polar Challenge, that are now available online.
Just to remind the chasers that French Polar Challenge is a clever  free competition among worldwide DXers, that play their efforts to contact rare spots on both North & South poles.
There are 3 main section: Antarctic & Arctic that join together into the Polar Challenge:

Here below the related link with scores:
To check POLAR CHALLENGE (Antarctic + Arctic )  just clik the gif aside 

TNX  Michel F6DWQ & Mehdi F5PFP


From 18th
to 26th February 2017
To commemorate the 14th International Antarctic Week a very Special Award will be issued to all radioamateurs worldwide who contact with a number of Special Event Stations that will be active on the HF bands.
The Special Diploma will be sent free of charge in PDF format to all participants that fulfill t
he required number of contacts on each category.
Enjoy finding out and contacting ALL the Spanish Special Event Stations in the bands:
Organized by Sección Local URE de Denia & Cullera
QSLs of the  9 Spanish station, Award Program , log on line …all ready to start the 14th AAW! Click on the animated gif aside to enter the URE AAW  web page 
Spanish do it great, TNX


VU3LBP/P Bharati station WAP IND-Ø4
Following the turnover at Bharati station, the XXXVI ISEA’s overwintering Team did take hold of the base activities and, like already told, Mr. Rajesh Dabral  (VU3LBP) has replaced  Bhagwati Prasad (VU3BPZ-8T2BH) as Communication Officer at the base.
Raj is actually operating from Bharati Station as VU3BPZ/P on HF bands
(mostly 15-17 & 20 mts SSB).
QSLs are available, and here is the1st one sent to VK2FR John, who did work VU3LBP/p on last Jan 29 .
To confirm  the contacts, QSL manager uses the cards already printed for VU3BPZ/P with a label  for VU3LBP/p as shown.
By the end of February, the duties at the Base should allow Raj VU3LBP to be more often on the air!


Draft file of Antarctic Lighthouses valid for WAP Program
Next 17-18-19 February the 9th Edition of  "FIN DE SEMANA DE LOS FAROS SUDAMERICANOS"
will give the hunters a chance to join into the new Section 3: Antarctic & Sub- Antarctic Lighthouses of the well known WAP WADA & WACA program.
The list of Antarctic & Sub- Antarctic Lighthouses has not yet been officially released, but you can download it from here just by clicking on the gif aside. 

We will be more that grateful for any suggestion, additions & corrections and  if during your QSL’s check you will find some lighthouses not yet listed, keep that ones on the side, they will be useful!  Any information, scan QSLs to help us to fill our Dbase,  will be appreciated.

TNX, WAP Staff


Our friend Miguel Angel Lavalle, LU1XUPresident of  Radio Club Ushuaia, has confirmed next activation of  BALIZA MACKINLAY (54°54' 07" S - 67°24' 09" W), LH-ARG-116, Grid FD65hc (WAP ARG-LH-NEW)
to be on air during the 9th Edition of  "FIN DE SEMANA DE LOS FAROS SUDAMERICANOS" from Friday Febr. 17th through Sunday Febr. 19th.

This lighthouse  (a glass-fiber tower of 7 meters high, hourglass-shaped, painted simulating a chessboard with red and white colors) is  located at the southern end of Gable Island, on the Beagle Channel, and it’s position  falls into the Sub & Peri Antarctic areas of the WAP WADA Directory, therefore is valid as WAP ARG-23 and for the brand new Antarctic Lighthouse section of the WAP Directory as WAP ARG-LH-NEW
The Team of Radio Club Ushuaia, will come up from there, using the special prefix LT5X, mostly  80 and 40 meters, and if possible 20, 15 and 10 meters. The operation will include SSB,  CW and PSK31


OJ1ABOA Finnish Antarctic Research Station ABOA  (WAP FIN-Ø1)
Jari OH2BU informs that OJ1ABOA at the Finnish Antarctic Research Station ABOA (WAP FIN-Ø1) 
in Queen's Maud Land, Antarctica, has been active  for the last five weeks. However, the log is not long and mostly OH-stations are on it.
OJ1ABOA will go QRT after this weekend and the group will fly back to Finland.

The opearators has promised to be on this
Friday (Febr.3rdand Saturday (Febr.4th), mostly on 40 m.



Gonzalo island, Weather Station WAP CHL-NEW
Gonzalo island
, is one of the Diego Ramirez Islands group. In 1957 the  Chilean Navy established a Metrological Station above Caleta Condell, a small cove on the northeast side of Isla Gonzalo (Gonzalo Island),
and resupply it several times each year.
In addition, a light tower stands atop the peak,  the highest point of  Gonzalo island
On last January 2011, VE3LYC and PA3XX did operate few days from Gonzalo island, signing respectively CE9/VE3LYC and CE9/PA3XX. That operation will qualify both the new references given to Gonzalo island, weather station and Gonzalo island Lighthouse
According to the evidence, Gonzalo Island Weather Station meets the requirement to be add to the WAP-WADA Directory
  (Section 2-Sub & Peri-Antarctic)
and a new WAP Reference will be given shortly.
Gonzalo island Weather Station
56° 31’ 30” South
68° 61’ 00” West
Caleta Condell, Gonzalo island, Diego Ramirez islands


Joint  Spanish Stations to operate the 14th AAW
9 Spanish stations will join together to operate during the 14th Antarctic Activity Week
EA5KB has managed the venture which will last from 18 through 26 February 2017.  Antarctica, Research, Scientific installations as well as environment  protection are the specific focus of the Ham challenge, since its beginning. 

A nice Award  available in 4 Categories Bronze -  Silver - Gold - Platinum has been launched by
  (Union Radioaficionados Españoles) Section
of Denia and Cullera; this is another great step to promote Antarctica and its beauties.

On the mean time, Pepe EA5KB informs that  several Spanish station will join the 14th Antarctic Activity Week (20-26 Febr.2017) with their special calls. They will use this special stamp to answer your direct QSL requests.



Antarctic & Sub Antarctic Lighthouse insertion
On next release of the WADA Directory & WACA Dbase we will add a new Section (Section 3) Antarctic & Sub- Antarctic Lighthouses.
We are now working with LU friends to collect information and data in order to have a list of Lighthouses which could  enter into the new Directory’s release. 
A references like ARG-LH-001, ARG-LH-002POL-LH-001 or GBR-LH-001 will be given to the lighthouse which have been activated in the past and to those that will be activated in the future.
Lighthouses are important installations (often vital)  in Antarctica that’s why we did take the decision to list and add them on our WAP WADA Directory .
Suggestion:  if during your QSL’s check you find some of them, keep that ones on the side , they will be useful!  Any information /reports will be appreciated.
Antarctica our common passion …enjoy it


9th South American Lighthouses Weekend
The event will last from 17 to 19 Febr. 2017 and probably some rare Antarctic spots can be on the air.
It is
interesting to know  that during February 2016, Marcelo (LU1AET) was at Carlini Base, and during the 8º South American Lighthouses Weekend, Baliza Cámara (SSI 004) and Baliza Potter (SSI 003)
were activated with the callsign LU1ZI.
Both websites
www.grupodxbb.com.ar and https://www.lu4aa.org/revista-rca-seleccion-2015-2016.pdf report some information about last year’s activation of Baliza Potter  and Cámara lighthouses as well as Refugio Albatros.
TNX Pedro Sarli LU1JHF

For Albatros refuge, we are waiting evidence before issuing a new WAP  Reference, while we are making a deep analysis  of  the Baliza Camara (Camara Light house) which is located at  62° 14' 24,64” South, 58° 40' 43,73” West and it seems contains scientific instrumentation that can qualify it as Observatory. More info will follow, tank to our Argentinean friend who are helping very much!


Gurruchaga Camp WAP ARG-28 NEW ENTRY
Following the LU4CJM/Z operation, the Argentinean Naval Refuge Francisco Gurruchaga (aka Refugio Armonía-Harmony Haven, Naval refuge) has been referenced as WAP ARG-28.
Just to remind the readers that Francisco de Gurruchaga  is located at Harmony Cove, Nelson Island, South Shetland Islands at   (62°18' South  59°10' West). The "new Entry" will be loaded on next release of the WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA Directories
TNX LU4CJM Juan Manuel Pereda for his excellent job  and don't loose the oportunity ... LU4CJM/Z is still active!


OAØMP Machu Picchu Base (WAP PER-Ø1)
Look for OAØMP who is coming to be on the air from  MACHU PICCHU ANTARTIC BASE (WAP PER-Ø1) among the XXIV Antarctic Peruvian Scientific Expedition (2016-2017)).
The Peruvian Base is located on King George Island (South Shetlands)
and it's
a very rare one. OAØMP
is supposed to be on air till March 31st 2017.
was on the air  on Jan. 1994

QSL via OA4O ,  Radio Club Peruano,  P.O. Box 538, Lima 100, PERU, South America.


Gurruchaga Camp WAP ARG-NEW
Also known as Francisco Gurruchaga Naval Refuge and Refugio Armonía  (Harmony Haven, Naval refuge) Francisco de Gurruchaga  is located at Harmony Cove, Nelson Island, South Shetland Islands  (62°15' South  59°00' West). It was inaugurated on 6 December 1953 and used in the Antarctic campaigns
1954-1955 and 1957-1958, then it has been converted into a temporary base in the 1997-1998 season and then closed.
Now,  personnel of the Antartic Campaign 2016-2017 is visiting the old Francisco de Gurruchaga Refuge
to do some maintenance and refurbishment .
Check 40 mts CW as  LU4CJM Juan Manuel Pereda is actually there operating as LU4CJM/Z
, a great opportunity to work a brand new one!

Following the operation of LU4CJM/Z on 11 Jan 2017, a new WAP Reference will be given shortly.


Antarctic Activity Week    Booking is open!

Eduardo EA4GKV wrote: I have been most of the year travelling and not in home. Not much time to take care of my radio Hobby.
But, the AAW is special and I will come back to Spain to participate. I will do so individually and also part of the diploma my Spanish friends are  organizing too. I am happy to be here and be part of the 14th AAW
73 Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta, AO4HAG (EA4GKV)

John VK2FR says: For my 5th year it will be a pleasure to participate in the 14th AAW and give a chance for those who do not have VK logged.  Pending propagation I will be on 20 to 10m SSB, note that February the last 3 years has been  extremely stormy and flooding here but I will ON AIR as much as possible.all the best to all at WAP
kind regards from John VK2FR

Well done Eduardo & John , great to have you onboard again. Have fun!


Argentinean Albatros & Elephant Refuges
On  King George Island (aka Isla 25 de Mayo), just to the South of Base Carlini  (ex Jubany Base) on Potter Peninsula  there is a Special Protected Area  (ASPA 132) which extends from Potter cove to Stranger point. Within the Area there are two small Argentine refuges: one is called Elephant, (pic to the right) and is located about 1000 mts from Punta Stranger, in the northwest direction, which is usually used by research groups as a resting point. The shelter occupies an area of about 25 square meters and has capacity for two people.
Outside the zone, there is also a small shelter, called Albatros
, on the cliff which looks towards the coastline, about 50 meters high from the beach and less than 1 Kilometer from the Elephant shelter, in the E-SE direction.
Albatros Refuge (pic above, WAP ARG-27) has been activated for a very short time on March 2016 by LU4AA/Z while Elephant refuge is still a brand “New One”!

LU4CJM Juan Manuel Pereda is actually at Carlini Base (WAP ARG-20) and he is active as LU1ZI from there . Look for him eventually as LU4CJM/P from some of the rare spots near by!


Philatelic Antarctic emission:  Spanish Antarctic Activity. B.A.E. Gabriel de Castilla
Next january 30th 2017 Spain will see the  issue of a new stamp to celebrate the Scientific Research from BAE Gabriel de Castilla in Antartica
Seal size of the stamp will be 40,6 x 28,38 mm, with a Print run of 220,000.
 ESPAÑA - XXX Campaña Antartica 2016/2017
Here is the adresses where collectors can send SASE to be postmarked in Antarctica
Base Gabriel de Castilla (WAP ESp-Ø2)
Sr. Jefe de la Base del E.T. Gabriel de Castilla
c/o BIO. Hesperides
Arsenal Militar de Cartagena
30201  CARTAGENA (Murcia) Spain
Base Juan Carlos I (WAP ESP-Ø1)
Sr. Jefe de la base  Juan Carlos I
c/o  BIO Hesperides
Arsenal militar de Cartagena
30201  CARTAGENA (Murcia) Spain
R/V Hespérides
Sr. Comandante del buque
Arsenal militar de Cartagena
30201  CARTAGENA (MUrcia) Spain
On the mean time, Pepe EA5KB informs that  several Spanish station will join the 14th Antarctic Activity Week (20-26 Febr.2017)
with their special calls. They will use this special stamp to answer your direct QSL requests. Do not miss this rare opportunity!


Antarctic Activity Week
It's now time to book the 14th AAW, getting your special call, your  WAP reference number and jump into the unique International Ham event to promote Antarctica ... join in and enjoy it!

TM14AAW, FRANCE (Special Event).
Look for special event station TM14AAW to be on air on February 2017. Activity is to celebrate the 14th Antarctic Activity Week (20-26 Febr. 2017).
Operation will be made by François F8DVD
from his Qth of Mâcon in the east part of France, 60 km North of Lyon.
The new reference for WAP program is WAP-275.
Operations will be from 10 to 40 meters, mostly SSB.
QSL via F8DVD, direct (SAE + 1 IRC or 2 USD) or via buro.
For more information, have a look to
http://www.qrz.com/db/TM14AAW or contact François: a.pole@laposte.net


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