LU8XW/XP (WAP ARG-23) 11th Argentina Railways day

Miguel Angel Lavalle LU8XU, informs that on November 9 and 10,  Radio Club Ushuaia will join the 11th Argentina Railways day, and will be on the air as LU8XW/XP  operating from  the  “End of the World train Station”  (Austral Southern Fuegian Railway).  GRID: FD55sd

Participation  in the activities is proposed by Radio Club Argentino – LU4AA

TNX Miguel Angel LU8XU

Flag raising Ceremony at MZS (WAP ITA-Ø1)

With the traditional flag-raising of the XXXV Italian Antarctic Expedition at Mario Zucchelli Station (WAP ITA-Ø1) the PNRA (Italian National Research Program in Antarctica), begins the 2019-2020 Antarctic Season.

TNX PNRA

Unfortunately no Ham radio operators are present this year among the Team of personnel involved in the XXXV IAE even if, as published last month, 2 Hams will be present at Concordia “Dome C” Station (WAP MNB-Ø3).

Interpreting the sentiment of the hundreds of Antarctic Chasers all over the world, from the WAP pages we wish the best to those involved; have a good time guys and take care.

Tierra del Fuego (WAP ARG-23) National Park on the air

Hams from Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) WAP ARG-23 will join the 3rd Argentine National Parks  Event which will be held the 1st, 2nd and 3rd November.

The Radio Club Ushuaia will participate for the first time transmitting from the Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Join and work as many LU-X calls you can; they counts for both WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA as WAP ARG-23 (Tierra Del Fuego Province, Antarctica and Islands of The South Atlantic – Argentina).

TNX Radio Club Ushuaia and LU1XU Miguel

Italian Air Force returns to Antarctica after 20 years

For the first time in 20 years, an Italian Air Force aircraft landed on the frozen pack in Antarctica to support the Italian 2019-2020 research campaign of the National Research Program (PNRA) on the Icy Continent , after the collaboration agreement signed between the Armed Forces and the ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) to ensure air transport to the XXXV Italian Antarctic Expedition.

A  C-130J military transport aircraft of the 46th Air Force Pisa Air Brigade, landed on the  ice pack with crews trained to operate in extreme climatic and environmental conditions, for example on icy slopes (landing on the pack), was deployed in Antarctica for the transport of  passengers and materials according to the needs represented by ENEA, guaranteeing air connections between Christchurch airport, in New Zealand and Antarctica, both at the Italian Station “Mario Zucchelli” (WAP ITA-Ø1) at  Terra Nova Bay and at the US station of McMurdo (WAP USA-22).

Read more at:  https://www.askanews.it/cronaca/2019/10/26/dopo-20-anni-laeronautica-militare-torna-in-antartide-pn_20191026_00019/

Thanks and credit to the Italian Air Force.

Speaking about the 46th Air Force Pisa Air Brigade, WAP cannot forget the wonderful hospitality, we did receive from the Base Commander and his personnel when, on the year 2009 a group of Antarctic enthusiasts led by IK2IWU Carlo and some friends of Cameri Air Force,  went to visit Pisa Air Force Base and operate from there a special callsign II5AM (WAP-160) in the frame of the 6th Antarctic Activity Week. We awarded the Base Commanders  with WAP certificates in sign of our long friendship.

We still greatly thanks Gen. Vincenzo Camporini of the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff   who did grant the permission for this amazing experience!

TNX IK2IWU, IZ1GJK, IK1GPG & IK1QFM  and ARI Mondovì

Seba SQ1SGB will sign VP8HAL @ Halley VI

Antarctica is actually in full swing; Reserchers in transit to the Icy Continent, others already in site, and others that are preparing to reach the Bases  of destination. It is normal that program can change as well as  changes in callsign for Ham radio operators.

In a mail sent yesterday (oct.24) to Gabry IK1NEG, Seba SQ1SGB has informed that his callsign when at Halley VI (WAP GBR-37) will be VP8HAL instead of the previously announced CE9/SQ1SGB as pubblished in last oct. 10th.

TNX SQ1SGB & IK1NEG

35th Italian Antarctic Expedition;  250 participants and 45 Research projects

The 35th  Italian  Scientific Expedition in Antarctica has started with the opening of the Italian Station “Mario Zucchelli” (MZS)  WAP ITA-Ø1 on the promontory of Baia Terra Nova.

MZS Base was reopened by a group of 20 people, composed of the expedition leader  Gianluca Bianchi Fasani,  specialized logistic personnel of ENEA, employees of the Armed Forces operations room, helicopter pilots, a doctor and a cook.

The summer campaign will last 4 months and will host 250 Italian and foreign technicians and researchers, supporting 45 research projects, some of which will be performed  at other Antarctic Bases.  This coming year 2020, the base will close for the first time, on March 20, to allow, after  the departure of the scientific staff,    the execution of some important renovation works.

Financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) in the framework of the National Antarctic Research Program (PNRA), Italian expeditions are managed by ENEA for planning and logistic organization and by CNR for scientific coordination.
As far as we know, there are no Hams among the 35th IAE Team to put MZS (WAP ITA-Ø1) on the air.

Read more at: http://www.enea.it/it/Stampa/comunicati/antartide-al-via-la-35a-spedizione-italiana-con-250-partecipanti-e-45-progetti-di-ricerca?fbclid=IwAR3nfvDzJD7rwG7wdqkSICrRyPsTNGJW994fic05diTvGU6rEEptc0chLSs

Antarctica 2019-2020 @ Neumayer III (WAP DEU-Ø8)

The next operator at DPØGVN for the wintering season 2020 will be Roman, HB9HCF. He plans to be active on QO-100 satellite;  not sure about HF yet.

Roman is a new operator, he has taken his license so that he can use  QO-100 setup at Neumayer III. Felix (DL5XL) will introduce him to HF for sure, and even if  he has no experience at all,  let’s hope he will find  amusement and interest in Ham Radio activity from Antarctica!

Felix Riess DL5XL (pic aside) will also be active as DP1POL in January and February 2020, mainly HF CW with some digimodes and QO-100 activity.
No other activities from  rare locations nearby are preview for this season but … never say never!

TNX DL5XL

ZS7ANF a new Antarctic season by Oleg Sakharov

Oleg Sakharov (UA1PBA, RI1ANF, RI1ANX, etc,)  a great Antarctic veteran is leaving to Antarctica again tomorrow (Oct.21st 2019) via Punta Arenas, Chile.

He will be signing ZS7ANF managing the Wolf’s Fang Camp (WAP MNB-12) and be QRV from there.
QSL will be probably managed by RK1PWA

We actually don’t know what are the plans for this new season but for sure, Oleg will be QRV from some of the sites he did activate  last year! Several hunters have missed them … let’s hope this year we can recover what lost on last Oleg’s operation

Oleg was active last year from that area, signing RI1ANX from Dec. 2018 through Jan. 2019: He did activate  4 new WAP references: WAP MNB-Ø9, WAP MNB-11, WAP MNB-12 and WAP MNB-13 as shown on the table below.

Date of activityName of the SiteGrid LocationNumber of QSOsWAP reference
24 through 27 Dec. 2018FD-83KAØ6hq12WAP MNB-Ø9
1 through 7 Jan.2019Traverse stop pointJB61kz77WAP MNB-13
16 & 17 Jan.2019Novolazarevskaya St.JB59vg94WAP RUS-Ø9
27 Jan 2019, and from 10 through 22 Feb. 2019Wolf's Fang RunwayJB48jm730WAP MNB-12
30 Jan. 2019Whichaway CampJB59tg9WAP MNB-11

For more info, check:
http://www.waponline.it/ri1anx-antarctic-mission-2019-new-wap-references-issued/

More info will come as soon as available

TNX Oleg ZS7ANF & Dominik DL5EBE

A chance to activate Cape Prud’Homme Station ?

On Mid December a group of Italian Researchers will be on the way to Concordia Station.  Two of them have Ham License:  Marco IK5SQX will stop for a while at Cape Prud’Homme (pic aside) before joining a traverse to Concordia while Nicola IZ7ZNZ will fly to Concordia via  MZS (WAP ITA-Ø1)

The plan for Marco IK5SQX (aka DK5SQX) preview a departure from Hobart (Tasmania) on December 30th 2019 aboard the new French icebreaker L’Astrolabe, heading Dumont D’Urville (WAP FRA-Ø1) where they  should arrive about January 5th 2020.

Weather permitting, Marco will move almost immediately to Cape Prud’Homme (WAP MNB-NEW) and fromm there, to Concordia  (WAP MNB-Ø3), so the time to stay at Cape Prud’Homme Station is influenced by the weather and in any case limited,  but Marco will look for a chance to operate from there and activate this brand new Antarctic site.

Indicatively they  should be active from Concordia a few days after Jan. 5th  but obviously dates are uncertain  as subjected by several factors.

Ham radio activity is related to the professional work that await our Italian researchers, which evidently takes priority over everything else.

Marco IK5SQX will leave Concordia on Febr. 3rd , that means a time window of a month  to operate from Concordia Station (WAP MNB-Ø3) and if things go as they hope, they should be able to dedicate enough time to the radio mostly 20 mts SSB;  Nicola IZ7ZNZ will stay little longer. Nothing sure about the callsign they are going to use from there, maybe IAØDC … let’s keep our finger crossed.

WAP is in permanent contact with Marco, so any information will be spread out real time  on the Cluster and on the  Antarctica list.

Of course the Antarctic Ham radio Community wish all the best to Marco IK5SQX and Nicola IZ7ZNZ to their 1st Antarctic Adventure; being scientists and researcher in the Icy Continent is a great commitment and we’re sure they will succeed!

To see little more about Cape Prud’Homme, check:  https://www.facebook.com/527023147703248/videos/421768748609244/

Cape Prud’Homme  WAP MNB-NEW

Cape Prud’Homme located at 66°41’28” South, 139°53’44”East   is an Italian-French camp, opened in 1994, managed by the (French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV) and the Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA). It is located on the coast of the Antarctic Ice sheet, in Adélie Land, about 5 km from Petrel Island, where the French Dumont d’Urville Station is. All the supplies and equipment for the Italian-French Concordia Station (aka Dome C, WAP MNB-Ø3) are transported by a combined convoy of up to 7 Caterpillar tractors from Cap Prud’Homme , with Kassbohrer trailblazers and a team of up to 9 people; each convoy transports an average of 150 tons of payload..

There is no ice free area around the station as well as there is no protected area in the immediate vicinity. The station is built on a rock near the coast but its surroundings are entirely covered by ice or snow. No signs of fauna or flora.

The joint French-Italian station Cape Prud’homme (WAP MNB-NEW) forms an integral part of the Concordia project. It offers a gateway to Concordia for the transport of heavy tools and equipment, following delivery by the resupply vessel L’Astrolabe to Dumont d’Urville Station (WAP FRA-Ø1). In this context, and because Dumont d’Urville station is not on the continent itself, Cape Prud’homme was established for the development and maintenance of the traverse equipment (tractors, trailers, accommodation caravans), its winter storage, and preparation of transport convoys. The site was selected because it was used from 1955 as Antarctica Gateway for French expeditions.

The station is open in summer only. The staff is mainly composed of technicians working on the maintenance of the traverse equipment, as well as drivers in charge of the 3 convoys per year.

VP8CTR, James Wordie Hut, WAP GBR-Ø7

Hans DL6JGN has recently received a VP8CTR QSL via DL5EBE.

Hans wrote: – The QSO was in spring this year (2019) from Wordie Hut on Winter Island, but there is no reference or note on the card about WAP. Any reason for missing that?-
73, Hans DL6JGN

Well, James Wordie Hut is WAP GBR-Ø7  and it is listed on WAP-WADA, while VP8CTR as a callsign, is listed on WAP-WACA Directory. We don’t know the reason of why there is no mention about  WAP reference on the card, perhaps the operator does not know that  could be useful for the hunters having the reference on his QSL!

Wordie Hut established on 7 January 1947, is an early British scientific research Station which was mainly used for meteorology research. It was named in honor of Sir James Wordie the chief scientist on Shackleton’s Trans-Imperial Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, The Hut, set on Winter Island (65° 15’ South, 64° 16’ West), an island 900 m (980 yd) long, lying 200 m (220 yd) north of Skua Island in the Argentine Islands, Wilhelm Archipelago, off the west coast of Graham Land, Antarctica was named a Historic Site and Monument in 1955 and is today maintained by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The hut stands on the foundations of an earlier building, used by the British Graham Land Expedition from 1935–36. The original hut was destroyed in 1946; possibly by a tsunami. It consists of the kitchen and living room, generator shed, office, dog room and toilet, and a number of original artefacts are still found on site.

A nice video shows and explains more about James Wordie Hut  (WAP GBR-Ø7) on Winter Island, Antarctica

CE9/SQ1SGB shortly at Halley VI (WAP GBR-37)

Seba SQ1SGB has informed to leave on mid December 2019 to Antarctica. He will sign CE9/SQ1SGB   and will stay at Halley VI Base (WAP GBR-37).

Seba has an Icom IC-706  given by SP8SIW (TNX to him for the support);  he still doesn’t  know how to hang an antenna (probably an Invert V) but for sure he will try to be active on SSB. 20m and 40m plus  DIGI (FT8 and JT65) all depends how the antenna and propagation will perform and of SWR conditions
Seba will travel with a friend (electronic engineer) who have an amateur callsign.  This companion will stay at Arctowski Station (WAP POL-Ø1) which is equipped with radios and antennas , not hanged yet as the mast (actually in a warehouse) is taken down during the winter time.

To summarize from Mid December 2019 to the end of February 2020:
HFØANT from Arctowsky station (WAP POL-Ø1) and CE9/SQ1SGB   from Halley VI Base (WAP GBR-37).

There is a very nice video about  Arctowski which has recently won 48 hour Antarctic Film Festival

WAP wish all the best to the member of the 2019-2020 Polish scientific Antarctic Season

TNX Seba SQ1SGB

Russia in Antarctica

Here below, is a  bit of history on how Russia marked his presence in the Icy Continent with its several Scientific Bases at the beginning of international scientific expeditions to Antarctica.

The first plans for a Soviet Antarctic expedition were drawn up just before the second International Polar Year (1932-1933), but the expedition never took place. Soviet Antarctic expeditions began general, comprehensive scientific research covering the southern oceans as well as the Antarctic mainland in 1956, when preparations were begun for International Geophysical Year (IGY).

In February 1956 the participants in the Soviet Antarctic Expedition (SAE) established the Mirny observatory, a Scientific Station (WAP RUS-Ø7) on the Antarctic mainland.

In May 1956, observations were begun at Pionerskaya (WAP RUS-1Ø), an inland station located some 375 kms South of Mirny.

In October 1956 the Oasis Station (WAP RUS-NEW) began working, located at the Bunger Oasis, on the coast of Wilkes Land.

The inland station Vostok-1 (WAP RUS-14), Komsomolskaya (WAP RUS-Ø5) and Vostok (WAP RUS-13) were founded in 1957; the latter was located near the South Magnetic Pole.

In 1958 the Sovetskaya  (RUS-NEW) and Polyus Nedostupnosti (Pole of Inaccessibility Stations WAP RUS-NEW) began observations.

Between 1956 and 1958 eight stations were thus established under the IGY program. After IGY, observations continued at the Mirny observatory and the Vostok station.

In the following years a number of permanent, seasonal and temporary stations and bases were built.

As form 1968, Molodezhnaya (WAP RUS-Ø8) became the main base of Antarctic research as well as the Antarctic Meteorological Centre.

Year-round observations are now made at five stations of the Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE): Molodezhnaya (WAP RUS-Ø8), Mirny (WAP RUS-Ø7), Novolazarevskaya (WAP RUS-Ø9), Bellingshausen (WAP RUS-Ø1) and Vostok (WAP RUS-13 which was temporarily closed in 1994). They measure meteorological and upper-air parameters, receive satellite information, an measure the levels of total ozone and of several other atmospheric trace gases. They also conduct a number of studies of the ionosphere.

Source: https://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/Antarctica/Ant-cat-Rus-Fed.html

We would like to remark that Russia is probably the solo Country that have always been “On the Air” since the Antarctic epic, with hundreds of very professional Radio operators that, still now are very active on HF  Hams bands. Our appreciation to the constancy and tenacity of  all Russian radio amateurs who are an example of professionalism!

Let us not forget that , to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club,  RRC club members Alexander/RW3RN and Oleg/UA3HK/ZS1OIN  have been active on last  December 2013, from the Russian Antarctic station “Bellingshausen” on the Island of King George signing RI2ØANT &.RI2ØANT/MM

 

China’s Antarctic Program

It was on 20 November 1984 that China dispatched its first Antarctic research expedition team, and by the end of this expedition, the country established its first Antarctic research station, the Great Wall Station on 20 February 1985. So far, China has done 35 national Antarctic expeditions and established two year-round research stations, namely the Great Wall Station (1985) in West Antarctica and the Zhongshan Station (1989) located in the Larsemann Hills, East Antarctica; one inner land summer station, the Kunlun Station (2009) located on “Dome A”, the highest place in Antarctica and one camp, namely the Taishan Camp (2014) located in Princess Elizabeth Land.

The Chinese National Antarctic Program is largely organized into a 5-year program called “Chinese Polar Environment Comprehensive Investigation and Assessment Programs” (2015-2020). Regarding Antarctica, the Program comprises three parts: the Antarctic Marine Environment Survey, the Antarctic Terrestrial Environment Survey and the Comprehensive Assessment of the Antarctic Environment. The program is implemented through a series of surveys and assessments, involving various disciplines. In addition, China continues to conduct routine observations at the Great Wall Station (WAP CHN-Ø1)and the Zhongshan Station (WAP CHN-Ø2). To strengthen international cooperation in Antarctic research, international participants are encouraged to join in the Program through collaboration with national institutes and universities. Notably, China has been preparing to launch its fifth Antarctic research station, which is expected to be finalized by 2022.

After the establishment of the Great Wall Station, China obtained the status of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Party. In order to implement the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty and other related legal instruments under the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), China had been updating its domestic law-making process.

Read more at: https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/chinas-antarctic-program-and-antarctic-treaty-system-23526

China have a lot of nice Ham radio operators and now China have 4 Scientific Stations in Antarctica; let’s hope to hear shortly some Chinese callsigns calling CQ from Antarctica!

So far the only operations from 2 of the 4 bases, have been put on the air by Russian operators:
R1ANF/A from Great Wall Station (WAP CHN-Ø1) on last September 1999 and R1ANP/A from Zhongshan Station (WAP CHN-Ø2) on last October 2010, so we are missing some real Chinese Hams operating HF some days to give the Antarctic chasers a chance to put them on the log! In addition Kunlun Station and Taishan Camp are brand two  new ones!

Russia to celebrate 200th anniversary discovery of Antarctica by Bellingshausen

Russia’s tall ships are to undertake a round-the-world trip to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Antarctica’s discovery by the Bellingshausen-Lazarev expedition, according to official information from Moscow.

In effect, 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by the expedition led by Fabian Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev. In honor of this event, plans are underway for the round-the-world sailing of the tall ships Pallada (pic aside to the left), Sedov (pic below to the right) and Krusenstern  (pic at the bottom of the page) in 2019-2020.

The south polar expedition consisting of two sloops-of-war, the Vostok, commanded by Fabian Bellingshausen, and the Mirny, commanded by Mikhail Lazarev, left Kronstadt in 1819 and discovered Antarctica on 28 January 1820. In 1821, the ships returned to Kronstadt. They stayed at sea for 751 days and covered over 92,000 km. In addition to Antarctica, the expedition discovered 29 islands and one coral reef. The Russian sailors conducted scientific research, including oceanographic research.

The global tour is planned to start at the end of 2019 when the ships set sail from their respective ports: Pallada from Vladivostok, Sedov from Kronstadt and Krusenstern from Kaliningrad. Thus, the expedition will consist of Sedov and Pallada sailing around the world and Krusenstern taking a transatlantic voyage. Most of the places and ports the ships will call on were discovered by the Russians during their expeditions around the world.

Milestone events during the expedition will be the meetings of the three ships in the Atlantic Ocean on the Ushuaia-Cape Town leg, in the UK South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, with Pallada’s itinerary reaching its nearest point to Antarctica.

Sedov takes off from Kronstadt in December 2019 and will be back in Kaliningrad in December 2020.

Read more at: https://en.mercopress.com/2019/03/30/russia-to-celebrate-200th-anniversary-discovery-of-antarctica-by-bellingshausen

 

 

Russians are clever guys and wonderful Hams, we’re sure they will carry on this expedition some radio operators as WW Ham Radio world will be please to catch the opportunity to work the ships involved in the round the world trip and eventually some places in Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic sites!

Dome-Fuji Station WAP JPN-Ø4

Dome-Fuji Station, 77°30’South, 37°30’East was established in January, 1995 to conduct deep ice-core drilling at the highest dome of Dronning Maud Land, some 1000 km away from Syowa Station. After completing 3035 m deep drilling, the station is being closed temporarily.

Dome Fuji (also called Dome F or Valkyrie Dome) with an altitude of 3,810 mts or 12,500 ft above sea level, is the second-highest summit or ice dome of the East Antarctic ice sheet and represents an ice divide.

 

January 2019 saw the conclusion of WindSled’s Unexplored Dome Fuji expedition. The Spanish team of four, led by Ramón Larramendi, completed a 2,500km return journey from near to Novolazarevskaya base to Dome Fuji (3,768m) in 52 days traveling in a series of customized sleds with built-in living quarters and powered entirely by kites.

See  a 2,46′  video by clicking  here
Since the project’s inception in 1999, the WindSleds have been used on 11 expeditions, covering more than 20,000km in Antarctica, Greenland, and Canada.

 

On the Hamradio wise, Dome Fuji (WAP JPN-Ø4) was last time on the by  8J1RF on 2003-2004  (44th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition) operated by JAØWJN Ichio Obinata (Obi).

Since that time, nobody else have been active from there.

Colombia plans to establish Scientific Station in Antarctica

Colombia works on establishing a scientific station in Antarctica. Military forces are set to support “Admiral Padilla Summer Station” that will accommodate the various Colombia Antarctic Program (PAC) organizations as well as Colombia’s National Technical Committee for Antarctic Issues.

Colombia plans to set up its base at a point along the Gerlache Strait, a body of water 100 miles long and 20 miles wide that separates the Palmer Archipelago from the Danco Coast on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States already have bases in that area.

 

Colombian Navy (Armada Nacional) will test icy waters after announcing plans to establish a naval base on Antarctica; five to 10 years is the allocated time frame for Colombia to establish a permanent presence on the icy continent with a base that will be shared with international scientists to monitor the effects of climate change.

The strategic objective is part of the Navy’s Colombia Antarctic Program (PAC), operational for more than three decades, and which is currently conducting the 4th  Scientific Expedition with researchers on board the ARC “20 de Julio”. Colombia makes it once a year to Antarctica with its own ships, an accomplishment only four nations in the world have achieved.

As a member nation of the Antarctic Treaty, the ARC “20 de Julio” has invited naval officers from Mexico, Spain, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and New Zealand to work alongside them, as well as a team of Colombian scientists researching this remote continent’s biology, oceanography and geology. The ARC “20 de Julio” is a fully-equipped ship for both military and scientific operations. A helicopter does photogrammetric mapping and zodiacs collect cold-water samples.

Source: https://thecitypaperbogota.com/features/colombias-navy-plans-to-establish-permanent-base-on-antarctica/18932

Info from Volker Strecke, DL8JDX, Antarctic Veteran

During this Antarctic Winter Season there are at least 4 Stations active:
Neumayer III (WAP DEU-Ø8), Davis (WAP AUS-Ø3), Scott (WAP NZL-Ø1) and Syowa (WAP JPN-Ø3). It is worthwhile looking for them in FT8 or in WSPR using http://www.PSKReporter.info  and WSJT-X Software. See also: http://www.wsprnet.org

DPØGVN, Neumayer III, Op: Andreas, DL3LRM

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/dp0gvn

VK0HZ, Davis, Op: Matt, VK5HZ

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/vk0hz

ZL5A, Scott, Op: Adam, ZL4ASC

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/zl5a

8J1RL, Syowa, Op: Yath, JG2MLI

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/8j1rl

Good hunting! Volker, DL8JDX Antarctic Overwintering Expeditions:

1.AE Georg Forster 1988-1989 Y88POL (WAP DDR-Ø1)

4.AE Georg Forster 1990-1992 Y88POL (WAP DDR-Ø1)

13.AE Neumayer II 1992-1994 DPØGVN (WAP DEU-Ø2)

About the impression that  new generation of Hams, are using FT8, FT4 and other digimodes that really depersonalize the genuine SSB contacts as we were use to made, Volker said: -yes sure CW or SSB are the original contact modes. But other possible opportunities in getting in contact with Antarctic wintering station in FT8 or WSPR would be of interest for other polar station hunters anyway.
TNX Volker, DL8JDX

LU5ZB an ancient QSL from Melchior Base WAP ARG-13

Norbert Maibaum (DL SWL), from Bonn, Germany is a very active Antarctic Chaser.

Recently I did send an historical  QSL card  to be add to the WAP QSL Gallery; Norbert says: -Perhaps I can provide you an addition to your impressive list;  LU5ZB was QRV  in 1951 from the Destacamento Naval Melchior, WAP ARG-13-

TNX Norbert Maibaum (DL SWL)

 

Antarctic Historical QSL Gallery is loaded on WAP QSL Gallery and collects QSLs for contacts from the very beginning Antarctic seasons by Ham radio operators,  up to 1960.

 

LU5ZB, QRV  in 1951 from Melchior Base is now loaded in WAP QSL Gallery; check Ancient Historical QSL and or Argentina’s album.

Enjoy surfing the WAP QSL Gallery areal piece of Ham radio history from Antarctica

Republica del Ecuador Refuge, Brand new WAP ECU-Ø2

WAP ECU-Ø2 is a new reference, just issued to this Antarctic Refuge.

Republica del Ecuador it’s an Antarctic Refuge located at Hennequin Point, 62°07’16” South,  58°23’42” West inside the Admiralty Bay on King George Island (or 25 de Mayo Island). It was installed by the first Antarctic expedition of Ecuador and inaugurated on January 13, 1988 with the assistance of delegations from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, United States, Poland, Russia and Uruguay, which have Bases, scientific stations and shelters in the island. Its first occupants were Ecuadorian scientists who performed hydrographic and geological works. Republica del Ecuador Refuge consists of a six-meter container that has basic medical supplies, non-perishable food and two bunk beds with a capacity for four people. It is for researchers and tourists who want to rest or study the area.

Mehdi F5PFP together with ON7ZM (see 2 pics aside), made a short stop on Republica del Ecuador Refuge on Febr.22, 2009 just before landing on Macchu Pichu Base (WAP PER-Ø1).

He was active from there as HC/FT5YJ (see pics attached)  and logged 5 QSOs with South America (LU3XPM, CX8OX, LU8XW, PY2BQA, CE8RPA), even if nobody claimed the card …!  Mehdi wrote:-we discovered an high QRM level coming from the generator that provided S7 to S9 of QRN on 20mts. We spent most of the time trying to resolve that problem but … nothing! So, Republica del Ecuador was on air even if it was a very brief!-

Ecuadorian Navy provide regular maintenance: Ecuadorian mission did repair the Refuge on February 9, 2006 working 37 days, and also from December 16, 2013 through  January 18, 2014, Officials of the INOCAR (Oceanographic Institute of the Navy), performed the integral maintenance of the Refuge including graffiti, repair of walls, ceiling and floor.(pic on the right)

See also: http://www.periodicolaprimera.com/2014/01/personal-del-inocar-efectuo.html

Now to “Republica del Ecuador Refuge” already listed on WAP-WADA Directory, at the light of the information provided by Mehdi F5PFP- HC/FT5YJ , whose  log says: -22/02/2009 from 14:05 to 14:20utc 20m SSB; LU3XPM, CX8OX, LU8XW, PY2BQA, CE8RPA-, a reference has been given as WAP ECU-Ø2

It was a brief operation due to a problem with the generatorsays Mehdi–  I also remember  the refuge is not well situated to anchor  with a sailing boat due to an inappropriate depth of the sea floor , so we stayed just  maybe an hour then we moved to Machu Picchu a neighboring place of Admiralty Bay – King George Island-.

TNX F5PFP

Antarctica, the first sun appears at Concordia Station

“Sun or not, the view is  magical”.
There are no clouds, the view around Concordia Station   (WAP MNB-Ø3) seems almost endless. When it’s cloudy, the world seems to close around us, making isolation more acute.

In the end, the sun came out a couple of days later, on 12 and 13 August, even though the temperature dropped to -65, -80°C.

Antarctic winter still stands.

 

Welcome to the light to the overwintering Team!

Leith Whaling Station on South Georgia Islands (WAP GBR-NEW)

Leith Harbour was a whaling station on the northeast coast of South Georgia, established and operated from 1909 until 1965. It was the largest of seven whaling stations, situated near the mouth of Stromness Bay. The whaling stations of South Georgia were laser scanned by Geometria Ltd (http://www.geometria.co.nz), with support and funding from the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

Thanks and credit to: Daniel McCurdy

 

This video shows interpretation of 3D laser scan data collected from the Leith Harbour whaling Station (WAP GBR-NEW), South Georgia. The buildings explored are the Boiler House and the Machine/Engineering Shop.
No Ham radio activity have been performed from this site of the South Georgia Sub Antarctic Islands, still full of Stations, and Old Refuges, quite easy to be reached and be put on air ….

Mizuho Station, WAP JPN-Ø2

Mizuho Station 70°41’58’’South, 44°16’52’’East was established as a summer Base in July, 1970 on the Mizuho Plateau, 2230 mts above sea level, 270 km south-east of Syowa Station (WAP JPN-Ø3). Mizuho Station (WAP JPN-Ø2) in one of the fourth Japanese scientific installations in Antarctica.

It was a permanent Japanese Antarctic transshipment Station (1970-1987) operated for 17 years by the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research, performing studies in meteorology, glaciology, physics of the upper atmosphere (mesosphere and exosphere).

 

Even if at present, Mizuho Station is being temporarily closed,  it is a logistical support point between the Syowa station and the Mount Fuji base. Mizuho Station closed in 1987,  still have installation and it is sporadically occupied for meteorological and glaciological observations.

On the Ham Radio wise, Mizuho Station  (8J1RM) was on the air at the time of it’s life and in particular on the 22nd Antarctic Japanese Expedition (1981-1982-TNX I2MOV for QSL).

 

 

Since 1986 no HamRadio operations have taken place from there.

 

New Historical site in Antarctica- Larsen Cairn

Antarctica, a continent of ice and rock, was the last place on Earth to be discovered by humans, only two centuries ago, and remains almost completely uninhabited.

Larsen cairn, 64°14’13” South and 56° 35′ 7″ West, is located 2 kilometers from the facilities of Marambio Base (WAP ARG-21)direction E-N-E (76˚) and 230 meters to the S-E-S of the Chavez lighthouse, 40 meters above sea level and 70 meters from the coast.

Thanks to the joint work of Argentine scientists and diplomats, Larsen cairn will remain protected and disseminated as a new Antarctic Treaty Historic Site and Monument approved with nr. 94, on July 11 by the recent 42nd  Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting from Argentina, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom joint proposal, symbolizing the achievements of science and international cooperation, fundamental pillars of the Argentine Antarctic Program.
The “Cairn of Larsen” is a site where various expeditions from different countries at different times left messages of their passage through that remote place, while waiting for their rescue or looking for survivors.  In this way, this new historical monument stands as a witness to the exploration of those regions, as well as Antarctic science, being a symbol of the birth of polar paleontology.

The history of the site begins in the summer 1892/3, when Norwegian Captain Carl Anton Larsen explores that region with the idea of extending the whaling industry to the South.

Larsen would then descend on what we know today as Vicecomodoro Marambio Island, in an area near the Argentine Base, leaving the first human footprints there. On that site, Larsen did collect some invertebrate fossils, which would later be the first in Antarctica to be studied. Before leaving, he installed a stone marker on the island with a two-meter post in which he wrote the year and the name of the expedition ship Jason.

For this reason, the footprints of the first Antarctic pioneers have an extraordinary heritage value for all mankind. The historical sites of the sixth continent are so scarce, that, in all its extension, including the surrounding islands, we find less than one hundred of them, however, a new site has been added to that select list thanks to the work promoted by the Argentine Antarctic Program, promoted by the National Antarctic Directorate (DNA), through the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA).

Read more at: http://www.marambio.aq/mojonlarsen.html

Whaling stations of Stromness Bay and Husvik

Looking at the three abandoned whaling stations in Stromness Bay, South Georgia, from the sea. The stations said to be closed to visitors because of their dangerous state, including contamination by asbestos. The Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia had five main shore stations at the height of whaling in the early 1900s.

Here below the details of the five Stations;  all are  WAP GBR-NEW
(see WAP-WADA Directory-Sub Antarctic Section)

Leith Harbour Station located at Leith Harbour,  54°Ø8’27″South, 36°41’16″West

Ocean Harbour Station  at  54°2Ø’ØØ”South, 36°16’ØØ”West

Prince Olav Harbour Station  at 54°Ø4’ØØ”South, 37°Ø9’ØØ”West

Rosita Harbour Station at 54°Ø1’ØØ”South, 37°27’ØØ”West

Stromness Station,  located at Stromness Bay, 54°Ø9’36″South, 36°42’42″West

The last of them closed in the mid 1960s. This clip is attached to the monthly website newsletter on www.sgisland.gs

Hams from the US are plamming a DX-pedition for the beginning of 2020 to South Orkney Islands as VP8/VP8DXU… let’s hope one day somebody can think to operate from the South Georgia, there are a lort of new sites to activate from there!

Chilean Cabo Gutierrez Vargas Refuge (WAP CHL-NEW). TNX to Mr. Fabricio Tavares

We must thank Mr. Fabricio Tavares  for the pictures of  Refuge Cabo Gutierrez Vargas (WAP CHL-NEW) which  we were looking for since quite sometimes!

Mr. Fabricio Tavares  from Brazil, is the responsible of a Twitter account which loads so many useful Antarctic information;  he wrote: Congratulations for the important job WAP website accomplishes! Feel free to use any info WAP  may wants from my Twitter account-.

Mr. Fabricio Tavares  collects pictures of almost every Antarctic facilities and outpost in the Icy Continent, and says: –it’s possible that I have some images you need (do not hesitate on asking those to me, if you need).  The only problem is that I have so many photos that it’s impossible for me to indicate their original sources-.

 

WAP  would like to express gratitude to this great friend; his Twitter account  https://twitter.com/antarctic_infra?lang=it  is a huge source of Antarctic information.

See: http://www.propolar.org/notiacutecias2013-2016/permantar-3-deception-en-el-refugio-chileno-buscando-los-sensores-abajo-130m-espesor-de-nieve

and: http://www.propolar.org/notiacutecias-2012-13/permachange-dirio-de-campanha-14-01-2013

 

 

 

 

TNX to Mr. Fabricio Tavares  and to PROPOLAR .org from which, pics of Cabo Gutierrez Vargas Refuge (WAP CHL-NEW) are coming from.

 

Portugal marks 10 years of presence in Antarctica

A cooperation agreement between the Portuguese Polar Program (PROPOLAR) and the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute has been signed at the University of Lisbon. The occasion was the tenth anniversary of the start of Bulgarian-Portuguese studies in Antarctica and the establishment of Portugal’s National Polar Program.

Although the Polar Regions are far from Portugal, their dynamics affect the entire Planet. Portugal aims at benefiting of the excellent conditions of the Polar Regions as vantage points for conducting research in the frontiers of science, with strong international cooperation and excellent conditions for technological development and cutting-edge research.

International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008’s  event was the starting point to establish the foundations for a Portuguese Polar Program, a task promoted by the Portuguese Polar science community.

In 2007, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) implemented the Portuguese Polar Program (PROPOLAR) and funded research projects on atmospheric physics, cryosphere and polar biology, in the sub-Antarctic and the Antarctic.

The Portuguese Polar Program (PROPOLAR) working in close connection with the Polar Office from FCT, is the organization coordinating the Portuguese Polar campaigns. Since Portugal has no permanent infrastructure in the Polar Regions, research is based on international cooperation and on the management and sharing of an Antarctic flight offered to partner programs. In the past five years, PROPOLAR has funded 49 research projects, provided access of 22 Portuguese scientists per year to the Polar Regions, and supported and managed 10 Antarctic flights, ensuring transport for 429 passengers and cooperating with 7 national polar programs.

Maybe one day we can enjoy some HF contacts operating from Portuguese  Hams from Antarctica … who knows?

Refugio Cabo Gutierrez Vargas  and abandoned Chilean site in Antarctica

WAP is  looking for some pics of Refugio Cabo Gutierrez Vargas  (WAP CHL-NEW) which is located 1Km close to the Presidente Aguirre  Cerda Base (WAP CHL-Ø4). On several  websites it is reported that ruins of the Refuge are still in place.  On last 2011, Mehdi F5PFP was very close to it, when he did activate Presidente Aguirre  Cerda Base (CE9XX, see QSL on the side); Mehdi  reports to have seen the remaining of this Refuge but he did not take direct picture of it!

WAP is actually in  contact with Mario Reyne CE3BFE (Jefe Expedición Antartica Chilena www.marioreyne.cl ); he is trying to get pics of Vargas Refuge (62° 56′ 41.15″ South , 60° 35′ 59.96″ West), even if he said, it will be an hard task!

Refugio Cabo Gutierrez Vargas  so called in memory of the aviation Captain who died on December 30, 1955, was located at 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) from Aguirre Cerda Station and was inaugurated on February 12, 1956. Its purpose was to serve as a Refuge for the members of the Station in  case of fire.

On December 4, 1967, the Refuge was definitively abandoned, as well as the Aguirre Cerda Station, due to a violent volcanic eruption.

 

 

 

The poor remains of the refuge structure can still be seen on the beach where it was located (aside a picture from Google Earth)

 

TNX F5PFP & IZ8EWB

Presidente Aguirre Cerda Station (WAP CHL-Ø4)

In 1955 Chile inaugurated its station Pedro Aguirre Cerda at Pendulum Cove (62°56 South, 60°36 West), to increase the Chilean presence in the sector claimed by that nation.

At the Chilean station Pedro Aguirre Cerda andthe nearby Gutierrez Vargas Refuge scienmtists did perform studies of meteorology and volcanology.
Today only ruins remain.

When the US Coast Guard icebreaker Eastwind visited Deception Island in 1963/64, the British and Chilean scientific stations were active. The Chileans had an airstrip, with a DeHavilland Beaver supplying their base from Punta Arenas.In 1969, a violent volcanic eruption demolished the Chilean stations Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Gutierrez Vargas Refuge. Remains at Whalers Bay include rusting boilers and tanks, an aircraft hangar and the British scientific station house (Biscoe House), with the middle torn out by the 1969 mudflows. A bright orange derelict airplane fuselage was removed in 2004. Deception Island has become a popular tourist stop in Antarctica because of its several colonies of chinstrap penguins, as well as the novel possibility of making a warm bath by digging into the sands of the beach.

Last activity from this rare Old site in Antarctica (WAP CHL-Ø4) was made by F5PFP operating as CE9XX  on March 2011.

A Challenge for those who love the Poles

On WAP website, we have recently add a new page called “Arctic & Antarctic Global Program”, a French proposal for Hams, launched years ago by F5PFP (f5pfp@sfr.fr), to whom address requests of information, or asking for the “form” to list the stations worked.

Pic aside shows F5PFP when signing VP8DLM in Antarctica.

The combination of the Antarctic & Arctic Challenges scores allows the landing to a global scores called Polar Trophy.

Check http://www.waponline.it/arctic-antarctic-global-program/ to get  full infos

Captain Caillet-Bois, Naval Refuge WAP ARG-NEW

The Captain Caillet-Bois, Naval Refuge (63º 54 ’40” South,  60º 47′ 52″ West), is an Argentina’s refuge in Antarctica,  30 meters above sea level on the small D’Hainaut island , Port Mikkelsen bay,  Trinity Island,  one of the Palmer archipelago. It was inaugurated by the Argentine Navy on December 10th , 1954.  Its original  name was Port Mikkelsen Refuge.

In March 2017, it was renewed by a task force of the M/V ARA Bahía San Blas; a group of 6 Navy men remained for 8 days in the shelter making maintenance and replace spare parts until March 17, 2018.

On the evening of the first day of navigation in Antarctica, the M/V ARA “Bahía San Blas” anchored near Trinidad Island, where the Capitán Caillet Bois Naval Refuge is located, thus starting the operations of the final stage of the 2018 Antarctic Summer Campaign.

http://gacetamarinera.com.ar/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/04-03-17-cailletbois.mp4?_=1

No Ham radio activity has been performed at this Refuge so far; If it will happens in the future, a new WAP Reference will ne given

Antarctic Meeting for  Polar Veterans

Volker Strecke, DL8JDX (pic taside) informs that next 14th November 2019 in Dresden, Germany there will be an Antarctic Meeting of many Polar Veterans on the occasion of 30th Anniversary of the border opening between former East and West Germany and the later reunification as well as the related impressions from that time at Georg Forster (WAP DDR-Ø1)and Neumayer II (WAP DEU-Ø2) Stations.

 

 

TNX Volker Strecke, DL8JDX 

New QSLs available @ Mehdi F5PFP

Nine years ago, Mehdi Escoffier, F5PFP did set a great Antarctic Expedition which have reached several rare spots such as Bases, Huts and Refuges  in Antarctica.

On last 4 December 2018, we did inform the Antarctic chasers that, as regards of VP8DLM, FT5YK , CE9XX  (2011 Antarctic Expedition), Mehdi, F5PFP was going to print a new batch of QSL cards as the old ones  have been almost exhausted.

(see: http://www.waponline.it/new-batch-of-qsl-going-to-be-printed-by-f5pfp/ )

Now the cards are ready (see the pics aside) and  Mehdi , F5PFP has informed, through a post on Antarctica List (antarctica_list@yahoogroups.com ), that these new QSL cards are available.

Those interested can write to Mehdi F5PFP ( f5pfp@sfr.fr ) to arrange how to get them.

 

TNX  Mehdi F5PFP

2019 – ANTARCTIC CHALLENGE & POLAR TROPHY

Mehdi Escoffier  F5PFP has just published the 2019 Antarctic  and Arctic Challenge ranking  and the Polar Trophy score, a kind of an adventure shared by Old Timers all over the world.

Collecting rare spots, make contacts to such remote locations  through the Ham radio  is not just an hobby, it’s a real passion!

Join us and enjoy this real fascinating world!

For reasons of space, we publish only the first 10 Hams classified but we refer you  to antarctica_list@yahoogroups.com to see the full list

2019 ANTARCTIC CHALLENGE SCORES

#CallsignBasesIslandsCountryPolar ShipPolar InstituteTOTAL
1K4MZU201763135 1344
2GM3ITN 177 78
3134 320
3I1HYW 1808431231319
4W9DC1768330181308
5W5BOS1658129261302
6F5PFP161773029297
7OM3JW156773023286
8VE7IG1517030151267
9OM3-27707 (SWL)
151692811259
10OE6HVD139632827257

2019 ARCTIC CHALLENGE SCORES

#CallsignBasesIslandsCountryPolar ShipPolar InstituteTOTAL
1OM3JW1884451216661
2GM3ITN232 385
1119647
3OM3-27707 (SWL) 1653701119555
4W9DC19331312201539
5I1HYW163320916508
6RZ3EC149338115503
7W5BOS1812351321450
8OM5MF1402461016412
9VE7IG1651808141368
10F5PFP1212051119356

2019 POLAR TROPHY SCORES

#CallsignArcticAntarcticTOTAL
1GM3ITN647320967
2OM3JW661286947
3W9DC539308847
4I1HYW508319827
5OM3-27707 (SWL)555259814
6W5BOS450302752
7RZ3EC503169672
8F5PFP356297653
9OM5MF412239651
10VE7IG368267635

It’s a great emotion to see our great friend Reg Beck VE7IG (SK) on all the 3 lists; Reg was great man, great DXer, professional Radio operator and a good friend,  we will keep forever a great recall of him!

TNX Mehdi F5PFP

Mid Winter 2019 in Antarctica

We have chosen a couple of sites in Antarctica  (Concordia Station WAP MNB-Ø3,  and Bharati Base WAP IND-Ø4) were the personnel  have shared  the happiness of June 21, better known as Mid Winter Day.

Midwinter Day marks the halfway point through Antarctica’s cold and dark season.

The first Midwinter’s Day was celebrated in 1898 by the crew of the Belgica, a Belgian vessel that became stuck in pack ice and was forced to overwinter until it finally broke free in February 1899. Unprepared to spend a winter in Antarctica, many of the crew suffered from scurvy, which was only alleviated after the men began to eat seal and penguin meat that provided essential vitamins.

Mid Winter Day is marked with a feast and other activities.

Below, the Artigas Base (WAP URY-Ø1) on the longest night on the planet celebrated during the “Day of the Antarctic Confraternity”.

La Base Artigas en la noche más larga del planeta celebrada durante el "Día de la Confraternidad Antártica". Este día marca el inicio del invierno y tradicionalmente se realizan festejos entre las bases antárticas para motivarse a sortear el desafío del rigor de ese espacio geográfico.#Antártida #Antarctica #MidWinter

Pubblicato da Instituto Antártico Uruguayo su Venerdì 21 giugno 2019

This day marks the beginning of winter and festivities are traditionally held among the Antarctic bases  as “Mid Winter day” in order to motivate themselves to overcome the challenge of the rigor in this unique  geographical site!

Summer in the northern hemisphere, “Mid Winter” in Antarctica

June 21, in the northern hemisphere the sun will rise at 5.36 and set at 8.51, remaining in the sky for 15 hours and 15 minutes, while between the Arctic Circle and the North Pole it will not fade at all. The Northern hemisphere will  live the longest day of the year.

In the Southern hemisphere, will happen just the opposite, in other words they will experience what happens to us on December 21st: their night will be the longest of the year, while between the Antarctic Polar Circle and the South Pole the sun will never arise.

Happy summer to all of those living on the Boreal hemisphere, and happy winter to those living on the Austral one!

To our Antarctic friends, Happy Mid Winter Day!

The NSF-managed Antarctic Program is offering an opportunity to report from the field.

Professional news media invited to apply to visit jointly funded US and UK research on Antarctic Thwaites Glacier.The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) are accepting written proposals from media professionals to visit a “deep-field” camp on the remote Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica in December.

NSF, the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the ITGC Science Coordination Office (SCO) will jointly select a very limited number of media personnel-no more than three people in total–to deploy initially to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide field camp, which will serve as the hub of the research being carried out at Thwaites Glacier. Media will be free to interview Thwaites research teams as they deploy through that camp. A visit to an additional Thwaites Glacier field camp will be highly dependent on weather and logistical variables, and, while possible, cannot be guaranteed.

There is also a separate opportunity for one person to report from the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer when a team of ITGC scientists sails for Thwaites Glacier in February of 2020 for approximately 50 days.

Read more at:

https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=298676&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Thanks and Credit to NSF

Shaclketon Field Camp, a possible WAP “New One”

US Shackleton Field Camp  85°05’24” South,175° 19’ 48” West is a “Summer camp” opened in 2015.

Shackleton Field Camp,  459 Nautical Miles from McMurdo Station (WAP USA-22) is one of the seven field camps managed by USAP in Antarctica where field sites have resident staff to provide logistical and operational assistance to McMurdo and vessel-based researchers. Personnel (logistics, scientists and researchers)  normally leave McMurdo aboard a Hercues C-130 to reach the remote Shackleton Glacier field camp  (WAP USA-NEW).

The Shackleton glacier is a vast glacier that descends from the polar plateau through the chain of mountains of Queen Maud (Transantartic mountains) and then flows into the Ross platform. Recently, from this well-equipped “base camp”, the researchers went to an area along the McIntyre headland by a Twin Otter and over there, they discovered the oldest Antarctic forest so far known, plus a number of other fossil plants that grew in the undergrowth and collected ashes from as many as six volcanic eruptions. The ashes contain a variety of zircons which in turn contain uranium atoms: this allows the scientists to date the fossils (radiometric dating) and to establish precisely the age of the Glossopteris forests and to understand if these plants have survived the great extinction of mass of the Permian.

See more at: https://www.usap.gov/sciencesupport/scienceplanningsummaries/2016_2017/fieldcamps.cfm

A list of Antarctic field camps can be seen at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_field_camps

So far, nobody (radio amateurs)  has been active on the Ham bands from Shackleton Field Camp which of course is still a WAP USA-NEW one. Now we will add it on the WAP WADA Directory hoping someone to be active one day or another from there!

Edmonson Point Camp, Antarctica

Located at 74°20’South, 165°08’ EastEdmonson Point is a rounded, largely ice-free point lying below Mount Melbourne along the west side of Wood bay, Victoria land.
It was mapped by the US Geological Survey from surveys and from US Navy air photographs, in the years 1955–63, and was named by the Advisoy Committee on Antarctic names for Larry Edmonson, a satellite geodesy scientist at McMurdo, winter party 1966.

The point has been designated an Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA 165) because of its terrestrial and freshwater ecosystem. The volcanic lithology and substrates are nutrient-enriched by colonies of Adelie penguins and south polar skuas. The site contains a diverse range of freshwater habitats ,terrestrial vegetation and  invertebrates are abundant. Weddell seals breed on the adjacent sea ice.

In December 1985, during the first Italian Antarctic expedition, the Italian party placed the first Italian remote camp (few tents) over the hills overlooking the Terra Nova Bay, looking for the best place to build a new station (named after “Mario ZucchelliWAP ITA-Ø1). The first automatic weather station (AWS) called Eneide was installed at the top of an hill by Andrea Pellegrini; the place was called Campo Meteo.

See also: http://www.era.gs/projects/edmonson/SienaWorkshopFinalReport.pdf

and http://www.climantartide.it/chisiamo/storia/index.php?lang=en

See a short video at: https://www.facebook.com/penguinecology/videos/493736021153979/  

Antarctica told in 20 years of Magazines

An old collection of Magazines (1971-1992) from Argentina, tells us the history and life of the White Continent. (pics aside show the covers of a couple of magazines)

A good friend, Ham radio operator: Pedro LU1JHF, wrote:
– Knowing your passion for Antarctica,  I’m pleased to share with you this collection of Magazines, which, I am sure will be of your appreciation!- 
’73, Pedro LU1JHF

 

Everyone can download one by one the Magazines; they are available on the website of the Argentine Chancellery.

 

Just for everyone pleasure, here below are  the links:

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar01_0.pdf    December 1971

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar02_0.pdf    December 1972

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar03_0.pdf    May-June 1973

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar04_0.pdf    April-May 1974

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar05_0.pdf    December 1974

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar06_0.pdf    June 1979

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar07_0.pdf    September 1976

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar08_0.pdf    December 1977

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar09_0.pdf    July 1979

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar10_0.pdf    March 1980

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar11_0.pdf    February 1981

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar12_0.pdf    May 1982

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar13_0.pdf    February 1984

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar14_0.pdf    December 1985

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar15_0.pdf    June 1987

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar16_0.pdf    August 1988

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar17_0.pdf   December 1988

https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/revantar18_0.pdf    October 1992

TNX Pedro Sarli, LU1JHF

Argentina reaffirms sovereignty over the Argentine Antarctic Sector extending between the 25th and 74th meridians of west longitude, south of the 60th parallel of south latitude.

Ever since the opening of the first scientific station (Orcadas Base WAP ARG-15) in Laurie Island, South Orkney Archipelago, on 22 February 1904, Argentina has been constantly and uninterruptedly present in Antarctica, which constitutes the longest continuous presence in such continent. Argentina has six Permanent Bases:
(Carlini WAP ARG-2Ø, Orcadas WAP ARG-15, Esperanza WAP ARG-Ø4, Marambio WAP ARG-21, San Martin WAP ARG-Ø8 and Belgrano II WAP ARG-Ø6) and seven Temporary Bases (Brown WAP ARG-Ø2, Primavera WAP ARG-Ø9, Decepción WAP ARG-12, Melchior WAP ARG-13, Matienzo WAP ARG-Ø1, Cámara WAP ARG-16 and Petrel WAP ARG-17).

Argentina is one of the twelve original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty signed in Washington on 1 December 1959. The Treaty sets forth that Antarctica is to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and forbids any military activity, as well as the testing of any type of weapons. Furthermore, it properly protects the reaffirmation of Argentine sovereignty over Antarctica in the face of claims overlapping Argentina’s own. Hence, the geopolitical significance for Argentina of maintaining a strong and effective Antarctic Treaty System, which also ensures the existence of a large peace zone along our southern border.

Source: https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/en/foreign-policy/antarctica

Argentina in Antarctica; another philatelic emission

Stamps issued by the Argentine Post Office whose vignettes have designs related with the thematic of the Argentine Antarctic and the Malvinas Islands  are always a source of great interest, whether it is a commemoration of special events, expeditions, scientific activities, Antarctic bases, Argentine ships that sail in the Antarctic waters.

Now, Correo Argentino pays tribute to Antarctica with two postal pieces. We have already seen the 1st one, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of Base Marambio (WAP ARG-21).
The second block sheet, is an emission dedicated to the ARA Icebreaker “Almirante Irízar”, a ship that gives logistic support in the summer campaigns supplying the Antarctic Bases, in addition to performing scientific tasks in glaciology, meteorology, the survey of the submarine platform of the Icy Continent.

The print of this series, run in 20,000 copies of each theme and is now available for sale in the E-store or in any philatelic branch of Argentina.

Source: https://www.correoargentino.com.ar/

AAW 2019, TM16AAW by François Berger

Last Antarctic Activity Week (Febr.2019) has seen a great participation of Hams from several countries WW. Since 16 years, François  F8DVD, one of the most active Antarctic enthusiasts, takes part in the event with a special callsign as usual.

Last past AAW 16th edition, he got TM16AAW and now he shows the QSL that will confirm his QSOs.
QSL have been printed by the printing shop at IT9EJW company

The picture shows the Base O’Higgins (WAP CHL-Ø2) which is a Chilean station established in 1948. The O’Higgins Base is situated at Cape Legoupil on Trinity peninsula (63°19’ South,  57° 53’ West). The German Antarctic Receiving Station (GARS)   was established at O’Higgins in 1991 by the German Aerospace Center. It is a satellite ground station sited to enable reception of data from satellite-based sensors within the Southern Polar region.

TNX François  F8DVD, TM16AAW

Philately: 50th Anniversary of Base Marambio

A new postal emission for the fiftieth anniversary of Marambio Base foundation 1969 – October 29 -2019 is now available to collectors!

Inside the  Antarctic Museum of the Marambio Foundation, there is the so-called Antarctic Philatelic Corner,  which exhibits philatelic postal pieces that certify various Antarctic events. The corner, bears the name of “Comodoro Salvador Alaimo”, who was a well-known collector of stamps, envelopes and postal marks related to the theme of Antarctica and  Malvinas Islands.

“Filatelia del Correo Argentino” has just issued a postal series in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the founding of Marambio Base (WAP ARG-21) in Antarctica Argentina (1969 – October 29 – 2019).

Marambio Foundation and  Filatelia del Correo Argentino, did provide graphic, historical material and reporting details about this event such as the design of high artistic quality that makes this emission a real great job. Here aside, the postmark of the 1st day emission

The postal series are available in all the Philatelic stores  Argentina and on the Internet since  April 29, 2019, while the official launching  is expected for the month of June, in commemoration of the Day of the Antarctic Confraternidad, 21 of June.

 

Read more at: http://www.marambio.aq/emisionpostal50.html
and also: http://marambio.aq/pdf/RESFIL1392.pdf 

Information on how to order or buy this new emission can be seen at: https://www.correoargentino.com.ar/

Doctor Guillermo Mann Base, WAP CHL-Ø8

Doctor Guillermo Mann Base (formerly Camp Shirreff) is the second of the three research Bases that INACH (Instituto Antartico Chileno) has in  Antarctica. It is located at 62º27’00″South, 60º47’00″West on the east side of Cape Shirreff on Joannes Paulus II peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetlands off the Antarctic peninsula.

It is near the  US Shirreff Base (WAP USA-NEW) administrated by the United States.

The Base (named after the Chilean zoologist, naturalist and ecologist Guillermo Mann, who participated in 1947 on the first Chilean Antarctic Expedition) , should not to be confused with the “old”  Doctor Guillermo Mann or Spring-INACH Base (WAP CHL-NEW) from 1973 that is located in the  Spring Point, Hughes Bay (today it’s not operational).
http://www.inach.cl/inach/?page_id=12694

Doctor Guillermo Mann Base (WAP CHL-Ø8) has allowed to generate knowledge in terrestrial and marine biology, and disciplines such as geology and glaciology.
Since the site is in a protected area, its access requires a special permit.

The base was inaugurated in 1991, it is equipped with communications HF radios, VHF radios and satellite telephony. Only CE9MFK has been active from Doctor Guillermo Mann Base in 1995 and 1999

Shirreff Field Base, WAP USA-NEW

Shirreff Base (official name Cape Shirreff Field Station),is located at 62°28’12” South, 60°46’16” West,  on the East side of Cape Shirreff on Joannes Paulus II Peninsula on Livingston Island of the South Shetlands. It’s a seasonal field station operated by the United States,  opened in 1996 .

 

Every austral summer, the US AMLR Program conducts predator studies at Cape Shirreff field Station.
Each week, the field research team sends updates on their work.

 

Shirreff Field Station WAP USA-NEW and the nearby Chilean Base called Refuge Dr. Guillermo Mann, WAP CHL-NEW are few meters each other and so far no Ham radio operators have been active from there.  It’s a real shame, particularly if considering  that both locations are visited yearly and an operation from there could qualify both references!

When someone be active from there?

Belgrano I, Argentina’s Antarctic Base (WAP ARG-Ø5)

Base Antarctica Belgrano I  was located on Piedrabuena Bay on the Filchner Ice Shelf at  77°46’ South, 38°11’ West.  At the time of its inauguration in 1954 it became Argentina’s southernmost permanent base. It was shut down in 1980 over safety concerns due to it being built on increasingly unstable ice, which endangered both personnel and equipment.

A new, larger replacement base was established further south, and named Belgrano II (WAP ARG-Ø6) followed by Belgrano III (WAP ARG-Ø7) which became the southernmost of the three.

 

Brief history of Base General Belgrano I:
On 18 November 1954 the Antarctic Naval Task Force commanded by Capt. Alicio E. Ogara  (see picture below ) sailed from Buenos Aires with the objective of setting up a base on the Filchner Ice Shelf that would serve as a launch point for expeditions to the South Pole.
On 2 January 1955 the expedition sailed up to the southernmost point of the Weddell Sea at 78° 01′ South. At the time it was the highest austral latitude ever reached by boat, and a new world record was set.
The task force then sailed north along the ice wall, seeking for an anchoring place.

On 3 January 1955 Brig.Gen. Hernan Pujato, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute, flew over the ice shelf area aboard a helicopter to choose a suitable place to mount the base, selecting a small cove where the high wall of ice sloped down to the sea. The unloading of the materials, equipment, tools, instruments and consumables was conducted from ARA General San Martín. The team built a main house, four quonset huts, food stores and hangar. They left on the new base enough fuel for three years.

Belgrano I (WAP ARG-Ø5) was shut down after 25 years of continuous service due to the fast deterioration of the ice barrier it was sitting on; new often hidden cracks and crevices endangered the on-duty personnel and material. The Base was closed on January 1980 and all of its staff and equipment were evacuated by helicopters operating from the Icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar.

According to WAP-WACA Directory the following stations have been activre at Base Berlgrano I from 1959 through 1963: LU1ZT, LU1ZX, LU1ZW, LU2ZX, LU2ZRM, LU9ZX..Any further information about other stations active from there could be sent  to IK1GPG (see QRZ.com

Evolution of the German Neumayer Stations

Germany is one of the Consultative Parties of the Antarctic Treaty since 1981 and maintains a long-term commitment to scientific research in Antarctica. The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) as the national co-ordinator,  enables Germany to fulfill this role by its research, long term monitoring and survey activities. It provides the main mobile and stationary infrastructure for Antarctic research, and thus maintains the permanent German presence in Antarctica. The new institute was named after one of the really prominent German polar researchers, who developed the first in-depth ideas about continental drift.

In austral summer 1979/1980 a scientific expedition under the leadership of Heinz Kohnen on the Norwegian M/S “Polarsirkel” took place in the Weddell Sea. One major issue was the site survey for the selection of a suitable location to build the German research station. A location on the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf at 77°36’South and 50° 40’West was selected as a first choice.

Construction, technology and living conditions on the two German Antarctic research stations Georg von Neumayer Station (GvN, operational 1981/82 to 1992) and Neumayer Station II (NM-II, operational from 1992 through 2007 then replaced by a new Neumayer Station III (NM-III) in 2009

https://epic.awi.de/id/eprint/28578/1/Polarforsch2006_1-2_5.pdf

Georg von Neumayer Station (GvN) WAP DEU-Ø1

Neumayer Station II (NM-II) WAP DEU-Ø2

 

Planned under the supervision of Hartwig Gernandt, Neumayer III Station (70°40’S and 08°16’W) WAP –DEU-Ø8,  was inaugurated on 20th February 2009 as the new German Antarctic research Base. It is operated by the Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI) Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar-und Meeresforschung and follows the Georg-von-Neumayer Station (1981-1992) WAP DEU-Ø1 and Neumayer II Station (1992-2009) WAP DEU-Ø2 as the German overwintering station on the Ekström Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Neumayer III Station WAP DEU-Ø3  integrates research, operational and accommodation facilities in one building (see video below).

 

New references coming up for next South Orkney Expedition?

Gene Spinelli K5GS (pic aside: Left-Gene K5GS, Right-Steve W1SRD) did respond to the question we put him about next planned South Orkney Expedition.  We recall him that: The 3 locations: Cummings Hut, Foca Hut and Gourlay Huts  (see the article of 18 march 2019 here on the page of WAP website) have never been put on the air, so the interest could be  higher at least among the Antarctic Hunters if you eventually can activate one or more of them!-

 

Gene said:We will have a look at them and determine if any can be used. The skipper of Braveheart has been to South Orkney and is familiar with the location used by VP8ORK in 2011…   Distance from the beach is important, we have to carry everything we bring ashore-
Gene Spinelli K5GS  will be at Friedrichshafen (next June 21-23), I’m sure some of the Antarctic Chaser friends will meet him and come back with some fresh information! Let’s keep our finger crossed !

For now, read of the planning South Orkney DXpedition  at: https://sorkney.com/

Enjoy Antarctica, enjoy WAP

Windless Bight Field Camp (WAP USA-NEW)

Windless Bight (77°42’00”South, 167°39’48” West) is the prominent bight indenting the South side of Ross Island Eastward of Hut Point Peninsula.

Windless Bight‘s location on the Ross Ice Shelf is unique for its very low wind levels, which makes infrasound detection possible. Infrasound can detect volcanic eruptions, winds over distant mountain ranges, large storms at sea, auroral and meteor events, earthquakes, avalanches, and human-caused events such as very large explosions.

A field team, equipped with standard remote field equipment (including snowmobiles, PistenBully, and Mattrack vehicles) stays over there  in this self-supporting field camp several weeks a year.

The camp  consists of two Polarhavens and six individual mountain tents. The team  remains at the field site but will intermittently return one or two team members to McMurdo Station for supplies and overnight stays. The USAP also provides year-round on-site support from a support contractor research associate (RA), who occasionally visits the site during winter months for maintenance and troubleshooting.
Read more at: https://www.usap.gov/scienceSupport/sciencePlanningSummaries/2018_2019/results.cfm?formAction=detail&ID=199

Windless Bight Field Camp will be add to the WAP-WADA Directory to appear in the next update. So far no ham radio activities have been performed from this site. If it will happen, a new WAP Reference will be given.

Turkey & Belarus sign Antarctic research agreement

Antarctica, the coldest continent on earth, has served as a scientific research zone since the signing of a 1959 treaty. Recently, Turkey and Belarus signed an agreement that  covers scientific cooperation on environmental conservation and study of Antarctic geology; the cooperation on Polar research, happens  months after Turkey completed its third National Antarctic Science Expedition.

The agreement on scientific and technical cooperation in Antarctica was signed by Turkey’s Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank and Vladimir Gusakov, the chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

 

Covering cooperation on topics of joint research about the Antarctic as well as exchanges between the countries’ scientists and experts, it prioritized environmental conservation and the monitoring of human impact and pollution on Antarctica.

Earlier in February, a Turkish team traveled to Antarctica as part of a research expedition and spent 30 days in the frozen continent.

Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkey-belarus-sign-antarctic-cooperation-agreement/1459643