Station V (View Point) WAP GBR-NEW

View Point 63°33’ South, 57°21’ West, is a 150m long eastern tip of a promontory on Antarctica.

It was the location of the British research Station “V”, which was active intermittently from June 3, 1953 to November 25, 1963 and called Seal-catcher’s Arms or View Point Hut, with the intention of searching in the survey, meteorology and geology. Established as a satellite base for Hope Bay (Station D) WAP GBR-Ø4 , the construction of the first hut started on June 3, 1953, the second was established on March 20, 1956.

On July 29, 1996 the “Station V” was transferred to  Chile who renamed it General Ramon Cañas Montalva Sub Base (WAP CHL NEW … never been activated). In reality, this is a small Chilean shelter, actually known as General Jorge Boonen Rivera Base (formally General Ramon Cañas Montalva) administered by the Chilean Army.

View Point, situated 6.79 km east of Skomlya Hill and 6.45 km southeast of Boil Point  was discovered by a party under J. Gunnar Andersson of the Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1901-04. So named by the Falklands Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) following their survey of the area in 1945 because from this promontory, good panoramic photographs were obtained.
Picture aside (1956) shows  interior of old Base “V”  hut at View PointThanks and creditBAS archive (Photographer: Hugh Simpson, medical officer; Archives ref: AD6/19/3/D25)

Source: https://www.bas.ac.uk/about/about-bas/history/british-research-stations-and-refuges/view-point-v/ 

Reconstruction of the New Russian Vostok station in Antarctica

Reconstruction of the Vostok II Station,  the only inland Antarctic station used by Russia,  is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

At present, work is being completed on the design of residential modules with working rooms for laboratories, engineering modules and a garage, which will be manufactured and delivered to St. Petersburg at the expense of private funds. In the future, at the expense of federal funds, the modules will be delivered to the Progress station, and from there,  across the territory of Antarctica to the destination for assembly. The last section of the route will be about 1500 kilometers and will be covered by a sledge-caterpillar train. This is the only way to reach the station by land – nine months a year it is cut off from the rest of the world ” commented Sergei Khrushchev, Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in Hydrometeorology, Arctic, Antarctic and World Ocean Studies of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources .

Recall that the first experimental flight to the station took place in 2019. As a result, the specialists completed the revision of the sled, which will deliver the component parts of modules weighing up to 60 tons.

The delivery of fuel to Progress and the compaction of the site for the placement of facilities at the Vostok station is in full swing. After its reconstruction on an area of ​​2500 square meters.  will accommodate residential modules, laboratories, a medical unit, a power plant, garages for equipment. In the Antarctic summer, 35 people will work at the station, 15 will remain for the winter.

The 65th seasonal expedition is currently underway. It involves 110 winterers who spend about a year in Antarctica and 120 seasonal employees. The scientific expedition vessels “Akademik Treshnikov” and “Akademik Fedorov”, as well as the research vessel “Akademik Alexander Karpinsky” are involved in the work.

Source: http://www.mnr.gov.ru/press/news/rekonstruktsiyu_rossiyskoy_stantsii_vostok_v_antarktide_planiruetsya_zavershit_do_2024_goda/

Photo are coming from the official website of the Russian Antarctic Expedition

In addition, it is reported that, last Jan. the snow surface at the site was being compacted to accommodate the future facilities & fuel loads were being delivered in advance at the coastal Base Progress II (WAP RUS-11). With a post on FB, Alexey Loginov informs   that new building of Vostok II station is ready for transportation to Antarctica!

The project of the new station was performed by a  German company, while bilders are from Novatec company (specialized on LNG at Arctica), and all constructions will reach Antarctica this season. All material  load on Polar ships will land at Progress II Base (WAP RUS-11), then  will be transported on site by huge sledge with over 1000 km traverse

A training of аssembly will be performed in St. Petersburg, then the building will be disassembled, loaded on ship, heading the Antarctic coast, pre-assembled blocks will move on a huge sled.

The Polar Ship Sevmorput, the world’s only nuclear-powered cargo ship, is currently preparing for a voyage to Antarctica to supply the new Russia’s Vostok II Research station.
When ready, the Antarctic hunters will be looking forward a Radio contact on HF as for sure, the New Vostok Station (Vostok II) will be a brand NEW WAP WADA  reference.

Cristo Redentor Refuge (WAP ARG-NEW)

Refuge Cristo Redentor is an Antarctic refuge located at 63°33′ South, 57°22′ West at the western access to Duse Bay in the Trinity Peninsula, 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Esperanza Base (WAP  ARG-Ø4). It is administered by the Argentine Army and was inaugurated on May 25, 1955.
The Refuge, is one of the 18 shelters that are under the responsibility of Esperanza, which is responsible for the maintenance and the care. It has capacity for 12 people, food for two months, fuel, gas and first aid kit. It has been used in some Argentine scientific campaigns and ordinary patrolling. The main scientific observations are the geology and topography of the area, the sea ice and survey on the Crabeater seal and the Weddel seal.

Between September 1956 and January 1957, the assistant Sergeant Domingo Avila and Sergeant Telmo Buonomo, officiating as commissioners in the refuge area, were isolated by an early melting of the sea in the Duse Bay. They survived four months until were rescued by ARA General San Martìn icebreaker’s helicopter.

Colbeck Hut Refuge at Mawson Base. (WAP AUS-NEW)

Colbeck Hut 67°24’51” South, 61°00’18” East, is located 100 km west of Mawson Base (WAP AUS-Ø4) and 5 km north-east of Taylor Glacier on an island in the Colbeck Archipelago. Established in 1988, it is used as shelter for visitors to the Taylor Glacier area, including to monitor the Taylor Glacier emperor penguin colony in ASPA 101. It can only be accessed over fast ice or via rotary wing aircraft. The refuge  can accommodate four persons.  It contains medical facilities such as comprehensive first aid  kit, food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG)

Thanks and credit: https://eies.ats.aq/Ats.IE/ieGenRpt.aspx?idParty=2&period=1&idYear=2019

Colbeck Hut Refuge (WAP AUS-NEW) is one of the several Antarctic sites never been operated by Hams. This makes these locations very interesting:
1) because they are rare and not so popular
2) because the Ham world always hope someone will operate from there one day or another!
3) By now, we are satisfied  to know that these places exist and are listed on WAP-WADA Directory.

DPØPOL/MM, R/V Polarstern sailing the Arctic

DPØPOL/mm is going to be active shortly. So far, the call sign has only been used on FT8 and PACTOR, so there is some real radio operation now!

Felix, DL5XL has just informed WAP that in spite of the fact that there  has not been much to report in the past months, now there is some ham radio related news: Andreas, DL3LRM, has arrived on board of  R/V Polarstern for the last leg of the MOSAiC expedition.
Here a short note of the mission:
Embark on the largest polar expedition in history: in September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern has set sail from Tromsø, Norway, to spend a year drifting through the Arctic Ocean – trapped in ice.

The goal of the MOSAiC expedition is to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming and to gain fundamental insights that are key to better understand global climate change. Hundreds of researchers from 20 countries are involved in this exceptional endeavour. Following in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen’s ground-breaking expedition with his wooden sailing ship Fram in 1893-1896, the MOSAiC expedition will bring a modern research icebreaker close to the north pole for a full year including for the first time in polar winter. The data gathered will be used by scientists around the globe to take climate research to a completely new level. Led by atmospheric scientist Markus Rex, and co-led by Klaus Dethloff and Matthew Shupe, MOSAiC is spearheaded by Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).

Thanks and credit: https://mosaic-expedition.org/

Going back to Felix  report, the Ham Radio Station is up and running,  so Andreas, DL3LRM,   will be active in CW signing DP0POL/MM  on 40m, 30m, and 20m from various locations near the North Pole. QSL via DL5EBE
Felix DL5XL assures the Ham Community  that they might be able to set up a sked once Andreas  makes the first contacts.  -I am in regular contact with him through our office- Felix said.

And about the upcoming Antarctic season, we have no idea yet – Felix said-  The virus really makes things very difficult!

TNX Felix Riess DL5XL

R/V Polarstern is valid for WAP WADA and for the French Polar DX Challenge. Good luck to hunt  DPØPOL/MM in the next weeks

Spaulding Pond Field Camp  WAP MNB-NEW

Field camp at Spaulding Pond, is located at  77° 39’ South, 163° 7’ East is a pond 0.3 nautical miles (0.6 km) northeast of the terminal ice cliff of Howard Glacier in Taylor Valley, Victoria Land, Antarctica.

The name was suggested by Diane McKnight, leader of United States Geological Survey (USGS) field teams, which studied the hydrology and geochemistry of streams and ponds in the Lake Fryxell basin, Taylor Valley, 1987–94. Named after USGS hydrologist Sarah Ann Spaulding, a member of the team during two seasons, 1988–89 and 1991–92, who studied the pond.

Spaulding Pond Field Camp,  77° 39’ South, 163° 7’ East,   will be add to the WAP-WADA Directory under MNB-NEW.

A WAP number will be given if and when an HF operation will put this “new entry”  on the air.

Thanks and credit to: Anthony Powell (A Year on Ice https://www.facebook.com/AntarcticaAYearOnIce/ ) See the spot pubblished at “Antarctica- A Year On Ice” by  Anthony Powell’s page on June 9th.

The Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory,  WAP NLD-NEW

Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory (WAP NLD-NEW) is a Dutch research facility in Antarctica, located at 67°34’07.1’’South 68°07’27.8’’West near the British  Rothera Research station (WAP GBR-12).

Officially opened January 2013, is composed by four flexible high tech mobile labs built in standard ISO 20 feet high cube containers. All four housed in a specially designed docking station.

The lab is named after the sixteenth-century Dutch merchant, Dirck Gerritsz, who is said to to be probably one of the discoverer of Antarctica.

The Netherlands is a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty and has observer status on the Arctic Council. As a participant, the country undertakes to invest in research at the poles. This is the reason behind the Netherlands’ Polar Research Program.

NWO and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) developed a design for a laboratory in conjunction with BAS. An arrangement with four separate laboratories made from sea containers placed in a ‘docking station’ was chosen. It supplies the labs with electricity, Internet and water and protects them from the severe weather conditions. BAS built the docking station and NIOZ built the mobile laboratories, each with funding from the Netherlands Polar Program (NPP). Main science disciplines studied at Dirck Gerritsz Laboratory are:

Climate change, Climatology, Ecology, Environmental sciences, Glaciology, Isotopic chemistry, Marine biology, Microbiology, Oceanography and Terrestrial biology.

The history tells about five ships set off for South America in 1598 to look for a trading route to Asia. One of these ships, called the ‘Blijde Boodschap‘ (or Annunciation) was blown south. There, Captain Dirck Gerritsz saw “high mountainous country”  that reminded him of Norway. This is cautiously assumed to be the Southern Shetland Islands, which would make him the first person to describe Antarctica. The entire Dutch laboratory is named after this Dutch merchant and explorer. The four mobile laboratories are named after four of the five ships: Blijde Boodschap (Annunciation), Liefde (Love),  Geloof (Faith) and Hoop (Hope). The name of the fifth ship was  Trouw (Loyalty).

More at: https://www.comnap.aq/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/COMNAP_Antarctic_Station_Catalogue.pdf

Caillet-Bois Refuge WAP ARG-NEW  

Trinity,  24 km long, 10 km wide is one of the 59 islands of Palmer Archipelago. It was charted by the French Antarctic Expedition 1908-1910, under Jean Baptiste Charcot, and named by the sixth Chilean Antarctic Expedition (1952) for Lieutenant Ladislao D’Hainaut.

Refuge Caillet-Bois (WAP ARG-NEW) is an Argentine refuge in Antarctica located on D’Hainaut Island (63º54´00″ South , 60º47´00″ West). The refuge was inaugurated by the Argentine Navy on December 10th  1954. Originally it took the name of Refuge Port Mikkelsen referred to the name of the Danish arctic explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen. The refuge with its current name, which pays tribute to the Argentine naval Captain and historian Teodoro Caillet Bois, was given in December 1977 by the icebreaker ARA General San Martin (Q-4). Then it was closed and evacuated on January 17 of the following year by the icebreaker personnel.

The ARA Petty Officer Castillo visited the shelter in early 2000 during the Antarctic campaign of 1999-2000 and the ARA Almirante Irizar inspected the refuge in April of the same year. The refuge was renovated in March 2017 by the personnel of the transport ARA Bahia San Blas

D’Hainaut Island is a small island largely flat, rocky island (less than 1 sq km), lying in Mikkelsen Harbour, a 3km wide bay, lined with ice cliffs, indenting the south side of Trinity Island between Skottsberg and Borge Point. The island is often snow covered until late in the season and there are a number of shallow reefs in the waters surrounding the island.

http://www.travellingminions.com/tbt-mikkelsen-harbour/

A report from Mehdi F5PFP says:
Yes we anchored at Mikkelsen Harbour and I remember very well of Caillet Bois refuge on its islet. At Mikkelsen harbor apparently remain the ruins of an old whaling station/depot but I didn’t see them. Mehdi F5PFP did operate as VP8DLM (on 16 march 2011) from a neighboring but different bay of Trinity island, more or less 3km from Mikkelsen harbor according to the map he just read.
TNX Mehdi, F5PFP 

A reference number will be given as soon as someone will put Caillet-Bois Refuge  on the air … the game is open!

Camp Byers (WAP ESP-NEW) a new entry on WAP-WADA  Directory

Camp Byers (Campamento Byers) is a Spanish seasonal base camp  located  at 62°39′49″South, 61°05′58″West on the south beaches of Byers Peninsula, in the western part of  Livingston Island  in the South Shetland Islands. The locality is also designated for use as an International Field Camp. When necessary for scientific research purposes, temporary camping is allowed elsewhere on the protected peninsula under certain conditions. The camp was installed to support the scientific research in the area during short periods of time. Due to the increasing interest in the area, the camp is still operative but can be easily dismantled when required. It is maintained by the personnel of Juan Carlos I station  (WAP ESP-Ø1) who keep the camp in a good condition year by year. The camp consists in two fiber glass “melon huts”  each of 6m x 2m in size, one set up for scientific research and the other for domestic activities. The camp is open to all the Parties.

The main access is by ship or helicopter. Parties should liase with Spain, Spanish Polar Committee, to co-ordinate access to the melon huts.

Byers Peninsula offers many features as an international reference site given it is one of the largest ice-free areas in the Antarctic Peninsula region, it has a variety of different landscape units, and it hosts diverse aquatic ecosystems. Moreover, the Byers Peninsula is a hotspot for Antarctic biodiversity, and because of its high level of environmental protection, it has been very little affected by human activities. Finally, the proximity to the Spanish polar installations on Livingston Island and the experience derived from previous expeditions to the site make it logistically feasible as a site for ongoing monitoring and research.

Source: http://35.176.171.43/stations/?no_cache=1&tx_infradatabase_stations%5Bcode%5D=CO2503&tx_infradatabase_stations%5Baction%5D=stationinfo&tx_infradatabase_stations%5Bcontroller%5D=Frontend&cHash=c9f553b4160da8ea842980e059aa230a

Camp Byers (aka International Field Camp-Byers Peninsula) has been  add on WAP-WADA Directory as WAP ESP-NEW.

(TNX Jose Reyes Garcia EA3NW for suggestion and documentation)

A reference number will be given as soon as someone will put it on the air … the game is open!

Temporary Byrd Surface Camp  (WAP USA-45 a brand NEW Entry)

Norbert (Bert) E. Yankielun did operate on 1999 as KC4/WA1O from Temporary Byrd Surface Camp  using 100w, battery powered, Kenwood TS-50 inside of his tent.

Now, thanks to Bob K4MZU who did contact the operator, we are able to understand what,  the coordinates reported on Bert’s QSL were about.

Here below the story told by  Dr. Norbert E. Yankielun WA1O

The Temporary Byrd Surface Camp  was located  at 81° 11′ 45″ South,  126° 8′ 18″ West near the original Byrd Surface Station (80° 00′ 00″ South 120° 00′ 00” West) where we temporarily staged for the International Trans Antarctic Expedition (ITASE) in 1999.

We were only a couple of miles from the original Byrd Surface Camp (WAP USA-20 ).  A radio tower was clearly visible, even at that distance, still sticking above the surface there, marking the location of the old and abandoned Byrd Station.

The NSF restricted us from visiting the site out of  “safety” issues and to prevent attempts to explore the long-buried facility.

Here are two digital photos I have from that trip.
The remainder of my photos are in film format.  The camp basically consisted of the Korean War-era “Jamesway structure” (shown at the right) and a fuel bladder for refueling C-130’s.  There were also several “Scott Tents” for station crew and for  our traverse team while we temporarily stayed there.

The second photo (on the left) shows the interior of the Jamesway.  Jury-rigged shower was the blue tarp structure on the left. Kitchen was in the background.

Radio desk and dining area would be in the foreground space. ( Pic below, shows Bert while operating HF).

I was asked to return to Antarctica this last November on a project.

Unfortunately, funding collapsed for the entire effort. Later, last winter, I was informed that the mission might be revived this coming Nov. 2020 – Jan. 2021 season.  Given the issues with the virus, it is almost certain that the project will be canceled again for the coming season.   Beyond that, I don’t know…  Getting a bit old for the NSF to approve me for field work “on the ice” … will be 70 in mid-2021…  Probably missed my last chance…but still hoping…

Very best regards, Bert
Dr. Norbert E. Yankielun, P.E., Consulting Electrical Engineer

At the light of this evidence, we have given the Temporary Byrd Surface Camp  a WAP reference as  WAP USA-45.
We thanks Bob K4MZU
and Bert WA1O for their contribution to update WAP WADA Directory.

Congrats to those who did work KC4/WA1O back in 1999!

Casa de Bote Marambio Hut (Marambio Boat house) WAP ARG-NEW

The need to have a laboratory at sea level, on the coast of Marambio Island, arose when the research project on “methane hydrates” began at López de Bertodano Bay, Seymour Island, Antarctica.

What follow, explains how the idea of carrying out a construction came up. Initially named “Casa de Botes Roberto Argentino Vallverdú” , later called “Casa de Botes Marambio” .

The boathouse is located on the coast of López de Bertodano Bay on Marambio (Seymour) Island at 64° 15′ 22.9″ South,  56° 44′ 23.4″ West, and its construction began in 2007 with the main purpose of serving as a logistical support base for studies on methane hydrate leaks.

Construction and improvements of the “Casa de Botes” stopped in 2016, being unfinished as well as the research project that motivated its creation, due to the lack of objective decisions by the DNA (DIRECCIÓN NACIONAL DEL ANTÁRTICO) and the IAA (INSTITUTO ANTÁRTICO ARGENTINO).

Casa de Bote (Boat house)  is mentioned and reported inside the Argentina’s “Annual Antarctic Plan 2019-2020”..

See: https://www.cancilleria.gob.ar/userfiles/ut/plan_anual_antartico_del_programa_antartico_argentino_2019-2020.pdf  In the year 2007,  its facilities were halfway there. They were not completed in due course; especially the large “shed” destined to keep land vehicles (4×4, 6×6) and snowmobiles, as well as smaller boats (Zodiac MK3 / MK4 inflatable boats and Zodiac Hurricane ZHT-733OB semi-rigid boats) essential to carry out the multidisciplinary research project on Methane Hydrates.

In the year 2008, the National Antarctic Directorate  designed Casa de Bote (aka Vallverdú boathouse) as a model logistical support point for the development of scientific and technical activities related to Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, and personnel training.

Read more at: http://www.marambio.aq/travesiaenmoto2005.html?utm_source=email_marketing&utm_admin=12&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Boletin_de_Noticias_JULIO

Casa de Bote Marambio Hut (Boat house) at 64° 15′ 22.9″ South,  56° 44′ 23.4″ West,  López de Bertodano Bay, Seymour Island, Antarctica will be add to WAP-WADA Directory under ARG-NEW. A WAP reference will be given if and when an Ham Radio operation will come on the air from this site.
Note that Marambio Base (WAP ARG-21) is located at 64° 14’ South, 56° 37′ West, so that Casa de Bote Marambio Hut is relatively far away the Base, that’s why WAP considers it a new entity on WADA Directory.

Showa Station WAP JPN-Ø3

Beside Asuka Base (WAP JPN-Ø1) and Miizhuo (WAP JPN-Ø2) Showa or Syowa Station is the 3rd Japanese permanent research station in Antarctica. The fourth one is Dome Fuji (WAP JPN-Ø4).

Located on East Ongul Island, Queen Maud Land, Syowa Station was established in january 1957 and since then, serves as a research outpost for astronomy, meteorology, biology and Earth sciences.. It comprises over 60 separate buildings, large and small, including a 3 storey administration building, living quarters, power plant, sewage treatment facility, environmental science building, observatory, data processing facility, satellite building, ionospheric station, incinerator, earth science building, and radiosonde station. Fuel tanks, water storage, solar panels, eliport, water retention dam, and radio transmitter are also present on the site.

8J1RL is one of amateur radio club station of Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL), located at the Japanese research station “SYOWA” in Antarctica. Operators Taka (JA1AGS) and Hiro (JH7JCX) actually at Syowa,   are member of  the 61st Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Team (JARE).

JARE61 did start last  Feb 2020 and will continue through Jan. 2021  with the official callsign 8J1RL.

Check https://www.nipr.ac.jp/english/outline/numeral/01.html  for more info on the four Japanese stations in Antarctica.

QSL via Bureau to 8J1RL, SASE to JARL or JG2MLI, (NO LoTW & PayPal)

A bit of Antarctica at the International Naval Museum, Imperia Italy

Are you a student? A keen Antarctic enthusiast?  An heater  Ham Radio operator?

Well, the city of  Imperia  by the Ligurian Riviera (Italy)  is waiting you next  September 11, 12 and 13  2020  at the International Naval Museum of Western Liguria .

The International Maritime Museum of Western Liguria is an important museum of maritime history of the city of Imperia.
Established in 1980 by the commander Flavio Serafini , formerly known as the official hydrographer at the Hydrographic Institute, covers an area of about 700 square meters divided into 14 rooms,  one of which, preserves the Swan RTX , and the original walkie talkies operated on 27 MHz to keep in touch the expedition members with the Base camp on 1975/1976 first Italian expedition to Antarctica by Renato Cepparo who built  the Giacomo Bove Base, the first scientific   Italian Station on the Icy Continent.,

We thanks Flavio Barbiero for having published on his website, several further details about Cepparo’s expedition to Antarctica and the subsequent “Antarctico Due” expedition.

Flavio Barbiero (pic aside) lives in Italy. He is a retired Admiral in the Italian Navy who last served with NATO. In addition He is an archaeological researcher in Israel as well as the author of several books, including “The Bible without secrets” and “The secret Society of Moses”.

In his website, Flavio Barbiero describes the First Expedition to Antarctica by Renato Cepparo, with rare pics.

We also suggest to read “The Expedition Antartico Due”. Even if it is not yet translated, the narrative gives more details of the too little known Italian epic in Antarctica.

Check http://www.altriocchi.com/H_ITA/pi1/note_bio/prima_antart.html  (Italian version) or

http://www.altriocchi.com/H_ENG/pen1/note_bio/Prima_Antart.html (English version)

TNX Adm. Flavio Barbiero and Gabry IK1NEG

The 3D wood Award “ANTARCTICA-200”

Antarctic Veteran, Dr. Volker Strecke, DL8JDX  has just received the 3D WOOD Award ANTARCTICA-200,  in honor of the 200th  Anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian sailors and became the first winner of the award of the International Marine Club SEAFARER.

The 3D WOOD Award ANTARCTICA-200 is unique and personalized, made of beech and is done on the machine for 25 hours.

The 3D WOOD Award ANTARCTICA-200 can be received by one who was in Antarctica as part of a scientific Teams, sports or tourist expedition, as well as Hamradio hunters for Antarctic stations (from 10 QSOs/SWLs with Antarctica stn).

Applications in any form can be sent to the diploma service hamradio@seafarer.world

Applicants for the first 3D WOOD Awards:

№1 – DL8JDX

№2 – G4AYO

№3 – NW3U

TNX to HAMRADIO Department of International Marine Club SEAFARER

E-mail: hamradio@seafarer.world

https://www.qrz.com/db/rm0m

https://seafarer.hamlog.ru

Congrats to Volker DL8JDX for being the Nr.1 owner of this  new prestigious Antarctic Award!

WAP Antarctic Awards-Score update

Thanks to Max IK1GPG for updating the annual ranking (WAP_ranking-issued)  and the of the most popular WAP Antarctic Awards issued (WAP_awards-issued).

WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA are a real achievement of years of DX in Ham radio activity where, Antarctica remains one of the most challenging  goal.

We remind the chasers that any time is good for sending  up dates  and /or requests of  new  Awards. No specific months or date are requested, any time is fine. When you think you’re ready  do it,  you can just contact IK1GPG  Max, WAP Award manager at (wap_info@virgilio.it)  asking information and/or to send him your list.

Having one or both of this prestigious Antarctic Awards is really  a certification to be a lover of the Icy Continent … but don’t forget the Honor Roll and Top Honor Roll, they are really the high-status certificate.

We remind the readers that here at WAP website there is a dedicate section for the WW Antarctic Awards  …  something that couldn’t be missed on the shack’s wall of any skilled DXers!

Check  http://www.waponline.it/worldwide-antarctic-awards/  to get more.

Fire at Mirny Station (WAP RUS-Ø7)

A  sudden fire broke out at the Russian Antarctic station “Mirny”  WAP RUS-Ø7  on last june 21st at 16:40 GMT time.  The fire erupted at its weather research unit (Meteomarine) and quickly spread to several other labs, helped by strong winds.

The station has lost the Aerology Lab (aerology it’s a  branch of meteorology that studies the free atmosphere, that is not influenced by the soil), the Laboratory of Physical Institute of the RAS, program Stratospheric sounding of cosmic rays, server, hydro meteorological laboratory and the radio room.

Mirny Station actually houses 23 staff members, no one injured. The state-funded Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute said that 11 people who worked at the damaged building were evacuated and resettled at other premises. It said that communications with the outpost have been fully restored

Read the full info at:

https://izwest.livejournal.com/5623654.html?utm_source=fbsharing&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1otV99F_WOly5PmUqb6MktLQS-uQLlRJPMHWpAQBn3xK42cQ7_MIiGG58

Alexander Solodov, RX3ABI is one of the members overwintering at Mirny Station (WAP RUS-Ø7). He is supposed to be there till February 2021 operating as RI1ANM. At the moment, nobody knows  if and when he could return on air.

Antarctica 200th Anniversary. Trophies are ready and the winners are….

Hams should recall the “Award  & Trophy Program”, launched by Russian Robinson Club and published on WAP website on last Jan 7th 2020 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of discovering Antarctica.

200 years is an important Anniversary and the well known at WW level:  “Russian Robinson Club “ is happy for the highest participation achieved by the program in honor of the bi-centenary of discovering Antarctica.

The results of the “Diploma” have been summed up on June 19th 2020 by checking the 400  logs received.
To check the pdf  list click  here –> 2020_RRC_Ant_Results

Full info at: http://robinsons.ru/news/podvedeny_itogi_diplomnoj_programmy_v_chest_200_letija_otkrytija_antarktidy/2020-06-19-505   

Winners that will receive the rewards in  recognition of their achievements. are:

Ham Section
1st   I1HYW     Gianni Varetto                  Italy    3525 points
2nd  RA3RKG Ivanov Alexander A.        Russia 1454 points
3rd  UA9CGL   Vladimir P. Batuev           Russia 1279 points

SWL Section
1st      R1A-644/mm           Russia          550 points
2nd      UA1-113-64             Russia          250 points
3rd      R4A                       Russia          240 points

TNX RZ3EC  @ Russian Robinson Club

Combo-Bove Commission, to clarify a page of history through the friendship 

The Bove Commission (COM-BO) is formed by a group of experts and volunteers from governmental and private institutions, with the common goal of getting more historic information on the dismantling of the Italian Giacomo Bove Station in Antarctica (WAP ITA-Ø1).

It is known that, in september 1976,  the argentine ship ARA G.ral S. Martin Q4, “El Sapo” with approximately 30 marines from the Armada, was called to  remove the Italian Scientific Station built by Cepparo’s Expedition and named after Giacomo Bove . The  removed material was  first transferred to other ship,  ARA Bahia del Buen Suceso and then, to Buenos Aires where it should still be available in some containers of the Armada, forgotten or hidden in some old building of the Armada.

40 years ago the political situation both in Argentina and in Italy was much different compare to now.  After more than 40 years, it is time to open the folders and look for the documents that explain to the Italians and the Argentines what was the real reason for this choice.

The great friendship, that  joins the two Cuntries today, could be the element that will allow to shed light on a situation that nowadays  is still very strange!

To those who wish to add something, or leave a comment on this subject,  please use this email: combove@virgilio.it

Marble Point Field Camp (WAP USA-28)

Marble Point, (WAP USA-28) 77° 26′ South, 163° 50′ East, is a rocky promontory on the coast of Victoria Land, Antarctica. The United States operates a Station at the point. The outpost is used as a helicopter refueling station, supporting scientific research in the nearby continental interior such as the McMurdo Dry Valley. Weather permitting, helicopters are able to fly in and out of the station 24 hours a day during the summer research season.

The station’s remote location and adjoining frozen sea have largely stemmed tourism in the area. However, the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov conducts cruises in the Ross Sea and McMurdo Sound. In 1993, the icebreaker docked at fast ice offshore Marble Point. Tourists aboard helicopters launched from the icebreaker, flew excursions into the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

The way station at Marble Point, is located on a narrow strip of land between Wilson Piedmont Glacier and the sea about 50 miles from McMurdo Station WAP USA-22.

United States military forces built the camp on the western shores of McMurdo Sound in 1956 in conjunction with the forthcoming 1957-58 International Geophisical Year (IGY).

Christopher M Post, N3SIG (aka WZ3Q) has been active on 2004 from Marble Point Field Camp (WAP USA-28) signing KC4/N3SIG

Chris reports: -In March of 2005 I returned from my last trip to Antarctica… I have no further dates for deployments. After spending 18 Months working at McMurdo Station I made over 5,000 contacts! My last tour to Antarctica I served as Captain of the Antarctic Fire Department at McMurdo Station. Thanks to all the hams I contacted who made my unique journey to Antarctica a Ham operator’s dream adventure!
QSL card, has to be requested direct with proper return postage to:

Christopher M Post,
447 E. Garrison Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018,  USA

Antarctica “Giacomo Bove Camp” – International Conference

WAP did join a digital conference, set by “Future Project”, “Cervignano Nostra” and “Adri-Antartica”, held on Saturday June 6th, to promote and enhance a site called “Antarctic Memorial” being born  in Cervignano, a city in Northern Italy near Trieste.
Pic aside shows the participants:
Luca Furios (Moderator)
Luca Palazzi (Student and maker of the scale model of the  G.Bove base)
Prof PH D Julius Fabbri (IV3CCT)
Maria Teresa Scarrone President & Salvatore Puro Vice President (Associazione Culturale Giacomo Bove e Maranzana)
Carlos Pedro Vairo (Director of Marine and Antarctic Museum-Ushuaia, TdF, Argentina)
Gianni Varetto I1HYW (WAP)

We are talking about a place (MAVI) entering in a challenge launched by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).  Since 1975, FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, the National Trust for Italy, restores and takes care of special places in Italy so that present and future generations from all over the world, may enjoy a priceless legacy.

We already reported about this subject, but for those who wish to refresh their memory, here below are the links:

http://www.waponline.it/april-18th-2020-international-day-for-monuments-and-sites/ and http://www.waponline.it/the-giacomo-bove-antarctic-base-relives-in-italy-thanks-to-the-students/  .

Hereby a bit of the story:
In 1976 the film entrepreneur Renato Cèpparo, born in Portogruaro Italy, but lived in Milan, inaugurated the first Italian scientific research Base at Italian Valley,  on King George island, Antarctica and named it to Giacomo Bove (WAP ITA-Ø2). After only 8 (eight) months, the base was dismantled by a group of 30 sailors from the Argentine Navy. That has caused a diplomatic happening and the case… a classic “cold case” is still open

Despite the initial support of the Argentines and the Italian institutions (CNR, Foreign Ministers, Universities, etc.), the entrepreneur was soon “discharged” and began his “ban”, a modern example of “damnatio memoriae” that, nowaday, is still on!

Forty years later, an high school teacher, prof. Julius Fabbri, after having been in Antarctica in front of King George Island, decided to build a memorial to recall the ” Giacomo Bove Camp“, which had been so named in memory of the homonymous hydrographer, officer of the marine direction Giacomo Bove  (23 april 1852 – 09 august 1887),  the greatest Italian explorer of the nineteenth century.

The “Valle Italia” Antarctic Memorial, Cèpparo-Bove (MAVI) was inaugurated in 2018, at the IISS Arturo Malignani of the Bassa Friulana,  a UNESCO associated school.

Beside the MAVI construction site, Prof. Julius Fabbri carries out the diplomatic project of “Establishment of the First Italian Antarctic Historical Site” (IPSSIA) with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This year In fact, the MAECI should have presented an article with a paragraph on MAVI, but unfortunately Covid19 had the event canceled.

The actual conference has been organized to document what has been done so far, and  the Organizations that share and support the project.

The whole activities are coordinated by prof. Fabbri who founded the Adri-Antartica Association, together with national consortium set up to follow the various phases, together with the local committee “ItalyAntartide” of Cervignano del Friuli.
Among the dozens of supporters, there is “Giacomo Bove & Maranzana Association” the historical partner of the project (see http://www.giacomobove.it/ita/) .

The  new visitor center called  Antarctic Memorial “Valle Italia” (MAVI), Cepparo-Bove is available at IISS Arturo Malignani, Cervignano del Friuli, Italy.
Live stream video of the conference, is available on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/luca.furios/videos/10218089372407078/UzpfSTE2MjAwODM3ODY6MTAyMjA5MDIxMzg0OTYxMjc/ 

 TNX Julius IV3CCT /II3BOVE, WAP-271.
(New callsign of the “Malignani 2000” School is IV3HIY , the project manager is OM Julius Fabbri, IV3CCT with the help of ARI Udine-Italian Amateur Radio Association).

LU8XW Radio Club Ushuaia (WAP ARG-23), Happy Birthday!

When Argentina celebrates the  “Dia de la Patria” our Ham friends of Ushuaia –Tierra del FuegoWAP ARG-23,  did join the event and add the 35th Birthday to the Radio Club Ushuaia LU8XW to it.

This year due to a pandemic Covid 19, Hams from Ushuaia did celebrate the happening on VHF (they  met at 146,520) and with Guillermo LU8XQL,  through Echolink at 145.6 . They toasted to this date so loved by all.  Long Live the Homeland !!!!

WAP joins the fest and wish our friends down to the land of  “the end of the worrld” a great happy birthday of their “Radio Club” !

Almirante Brown, Argentine Station at Paradise Bay

Brown Station (WAP ARG-Ø2) is an Argentine Antarctic Base and scientific research station named after Admiral William Brown, the father of the Argentine Navy.

It is located on Sanavirón Peninsula along Paradise Harbor, Danco Coast, in Graham Land, Antarctic Peninsula. As of 2014, Brown is one of 13 research bases in Antarctica operated by Argentina.

From 1951 to 1984 it served as a permanent base; since then it is open during the summer season only. Brown Station dates to 6 April 1951, when Argentina established the Almirante Brown Naval Detachment at Paradise Harbor. In January 1956, the Argentine Navy inaugurated the Refugio Naval Conscripto Ortiz (Conscripto Ortiz Naval Refuge). The detachment worked as a meteorological observatory and as a base for Antarctic campaigns until it was temporarily closed in 1960.

The Argentine Antarctic Institute took over the station in 1964–65, creating one of the most complete biology laboratories on the Antarctic Peninsula. It included a main house of 292 m2 (3,140 sq ft); two folding 30,000 l (6,600 imp gal; 7,900 US gal) fuel tanks; and an additional building exclusive for scientific research, equipped with three labs, photography workshop, emergency radio station, office and library. It was called Almirante Brown Research Station and inaugurated on 17 February 1965. Brown Station’s original facilities were burned down by the station’s doctor on 12 April 1984. Station personnel was rescued by the ship USS Hero and taken to United States’s Palmer Station. Argentina rebuilt the base but it was demoted to summer-only status.

During the summer campaign of 1995–96 the Logistics Department of the Argentine National Antarctic Directorate built two new habitable modules: a laboratory and a house with amenities. In the 1999–2000 campaign the Directorate built a new main house capable of comfortably accommodating 8 people; the new building consists of 4 bedrooms, kitchen and 2 bathrooms. Brown slipped into several years of inactivity during the 2000s decade but since 2007 is occupied during the summer again. Paradise Harbor is a large sea inlet southwest of Andvord Bay protected by an arc formed by the Lemaire, Cramer and Bryde islands. Along the harbor’s deep water coast lies the small Sanavirón Peninsula, a rocky promontory crowned by a mound of almost 70 m (230 ft) high called Punta Proa, where the base facilities are located. In the area there are several beacons to help ship guidance: Punta Proa, in the homonymous place; Punta Vidt in General Ricchieri Cove; Punta Conesa, on the entrance to Puerto Leith; Hanka islet on the homonymous place in Paradise Harbor; Punta Piedras in Oscar Cove; and the lighthouse on Cramer Island.

Brown is located 1,100 km (680 mi) from Ushuaia, the nearest port city. As of 2014 the base spans a total area of 1.4 ha (14,000 m2; 150,000 sq ft). It can house a maximum of 18 people. Research programs were developed for biology (zoology and botany), bacteriology, limnology, biochemistry, animal and human physiology, pathology, ecology, oceanography, meteorology, cosmic rays and ionospheric observations, environmental nuclear radiation, continental and sea ice glaciology, satellite geodesy, geology, geophysics, seismology, ozone monitoring and tide measurement.

Throughout the years of research and observations at Brown, more than 100 scientific papers were published by the Argentine Antarctic Institute. Thanks to its location on the Antarctica continent along the beautiful Paradise Harbor and to its relatively mild weather, Brown Station is a popular excursion destination for tourist expedition ships visiting Antarctica. In addition to visiting gentoo penguins, tourists may climb to a viewpoint 84 m (276 ft) above the station.
Almirante Brown (WAP ARG-Ø2) has been active sporadically from 1979 throug 2004 by LU1ZB & LU1ZE. It is considered a rare one. On 2006 VP8DJK was briefly active from there as well. Last activity was performed on 1 & 2 march 2009 by Mehdi F5PFP signing LU/FT5YJ

Lockdown in Antarctica: Life on an Indian base on the only continent untouched by Covid-19

We remind our  friend Ham radio Bhagwati Prasad Semwal, VU3BPZ (on the pic aside while at Maitri Base) when reading the article below, which gives  our readers an idea on what means  a Scientific campaign in Antarctica. Not only a pleasure of a selfy with penguins, not a vacation in a paradise  but study, scientific projects,  researches and experiments, hard life away from the normal activities at home.

Bhagwati (VU3BPZ) is an Antarctic veteran,with several campaigns in Antarctica as Communication Officer at Maitri and Bharathi Bases and we are happy  for the opportunity to to recall him, who is fine at home now!

Isolation and confinement are the natural state for researchers on the icy continent. Now, the whole world is in the same position.
Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth. The extreme conditions of Antarctica have ensured that the environment here is in pristine shape and have also made this the most isolated place on the planet.
I have been here since November 2019, as the medical officer to the 39th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica –says Dr Pradeep Tomar – at India’s Bharati Station in Antarctica. The continent is home to around 70 active research bases belonging to various countries. These bases house more than 4,000 people during the summer and around 1,000 people in winter. They spend an entire year in isolation, conducting research projects on the icy continent.

India has maintained a strong presence in Antarctica since 1981. Every year, summer and winter teams are sent to two Indian research bases, Maitri (WAP IND-Ø3 pic to the left),  and Bharati (WAP IND-Ø4 pic to the right ), to carry out diverse scientific studies. This year, the winter team has 23 members deployed at the Bharati station. It is my responsibility to conduct regular health check-ups to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of my team mates.

The situation on the continent feels uncommon this year, with the worrisome outbreak of coronavirus in India. Back in November when the expedition had just begun, the world seemed to be in its usual state. A month into the expedition, we started hearing the news about the spread of coronavirus. Now, we don’t really know much about the situation back home. Members are worried about their near and dear ones as India is moving through Lockdown 3.0.

We had never imagined that the whole world would be in a situation similar to ours.

Continue to read at:
https://scroll.in/article/961672/a-dispatch-from-an-indian-base-in-antarctica-lockdown-on-the-only-continent-untouched-by-covid-19

Demay Refuge at Paradise Cove – WAP POL-NEW

Located on ASPA 128, Demay refuge (wood hut) 62°13’ South,    58°26’30” West,   is situated on a flat marine gravel terrace in Paradise Cove between Demay Point and Uchatka Point. The refuge can be reached both by Zodiac and by foot.

How does the paradise look like? This question can be answered by the station crew, in particular by those involved in the environmental monitoring. A little Paradise Cove is located about 10 km from Arctowski Station (WAP POL-Ø1), within the Antarctic Specially Protected Area ASPA-128. In there, there is a little cottage above whose door there is a sign ‘RAJ’ “Polish for Paradise”. The refuge provides shelter during the regular trek along the SW shores of Admiralty Bay when we count pinniped mammals. Over the years lots of people stayed in the cottage: glaciologists working at the Windy and Tower Glaciers, geologists studying rock formations at Red Hill, Baszta and Bastion Hills, so called  “debris guys” measuring outflow from the Baranowski Glacier and collecting bedload…

Their memories are preserved in the cottage guest book. The refuge contains two bunk beds, gas cooker, stove and even a shower. There is a VHF radio available with antenna on the rocks above the refuge. It is perfect for hiding from the cold, wind, blizzard and heavy rain. Those who stayed in the Paradise overnight can confirm that few earthy pleasures compare to a dawn on the veranda with a warm cup of tea in hands and a view over a calm horizon decorated with icebergs, waves breaking against the rocks of Demay Head, sleepy elephant seals and playful furseals.

http://arctowski.aq/en/refuges/ 

https://eies.ats.aq/Ats.IE/ieGenRpt.aspx?idParty=31&period=1&idYear=2018

So far, no one has been operate Ham Radio from there and we strongly expect some of the polish friends to be active on the HF bands to give all of the Antarctic chasers, a great chance to work a brand new Antarctic Hut!

Historic Old Huts at Macquarie

We have already came across the Huts at the Sub-Antarctic  Macquarie Island (WAP AUS-Ø8), on last april 2019, see: http://www.waponline.it/a-quick-tour-among-the-huts-at-macquarie-island/.

Today we’ll have a brief tour through the historical Huts on the same island:

Historic Old Sandy Bay Hut Everyone on the island, and all the tourists who visit, are familiar with the little old field hut at Sandy Bay. It is solid as a rock and banded with rusty iron, tussocks grow on top and roosting skuas keep watch over the surrounding king penguin colony. It is a picturesque sight.

The door bolt is rusted shut, but expeditioners can peer in the grubby window at a dark, decrepit interior festooned with penguin-moult feathers caught up in spider webs – very atmospheric. Feathers from moulting penguins can be found everywhere, as we know from doing our weekly communal clean-up duties. It is amazing how they can sneak through the tiniest crevices in buildings.

Historic Old Lusitana Bay Hut

The little old Hut at Lusitania Bay (54° 42′  South, 154°50′ East)  just north of the king penguin colony. The huts are old Walrus aircraft engine packing crates, put in place in 1949. They served as field huts for many years and still could have, no doubt, except that the king penguin colonies at Sandy Bay and Lusitania Bay overtook them both and they were abandoned in favour of the new huts at Brothers Point and Waterfall Bay. (pic aside show Lusitania Bay’s penguin colony)

Other Huts at Macquarie Island

Huts and try works were located at the Isthmus, Sandy Bay, Lusitania Bay, Caroline Cove and Hurd Point. Russian explorer Thaddeus Bellingshausen visited Macquarie Island in 1820 and reported that a total of 40 men were working on the island. He also left an interesting description of the sealers hut at Sandy Bay which was:

20 feet long by 10 feet broad, inside it was lined with skins of seals, the outside was covered with a kind of grass which grows on the island. At one end was a small hearth, and a lamp was always kept alight. … Beside the hearth was a bedstead. Provisions were stored at the other end of the hut. Inside it was so black and dark from the smoke that the smouldering light from the lamp and from the holes in the wall over which bladders were stretched, scarcely lit the interior of the hut, and until we got accustomed to the light the sealers had to lead us by the hand.

Let’s have a look to the others removed Huts:

With the long awaited recognition that Macquarie Island was cat free this last season, there was no longer any justification for the presence of the three plateau Field Huts that  had been established some years ago to provide accommodation for the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife staff involved in the cat eradication project, part of the Vertebrate Pest Management Program:

They were:

Mt Eitel Hut (54° 36.6′ South, 158° 50.9′ East),

Lake Tiobunga Hut (54° 41.7′ South, 158° 49.2′ East)

Windy Ridge Hut (54° 44.0′ South,  158° 49.8′ East).

Another Hut was established at Davis Point in 1993 for the purpose of conducting the marine debris survey.

Davis Point Hut (54° 39.9′ South, 158° 49.5′ East) There is a small hut at Davis Point (pic aside) used for special fieldwork and as a refuge, which catches rain water off the roof. Davis Point hut is a cross country transit to Green Gorge Hut

The Davis Point Hut is one of seven shelters dropped across the island for hunters and their dogs tracking rabbits. They were a vital part of the Macquarie Island eradication of pests.

As this work will now be centered on Bauer Bay, there was no longer any need for this hut to remain on the island. Mt Eitel apple hut packed up. Rat-proof cage pallet in foreground. March 2003

When the ship arrived at the end of March, the helicopters were deployed to lift both the Davis Point Hut and the three apple huts from the plateau, by cable sling and transport them back to the main station area. Each hut was accompanied by two pre-packed cage pallets, gas bottles and a black rat-proof cage pallet with perishable items such as food. It took about three to four hours of work to totally remove each of the apple huts and their contents.

All four huts were then transported by helicopter from the Isthmus to the ship ready for return to Australia.

Source: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/history/exploration-and-expeditions/modern-expeditions/this-week-in-antarctica/2003/macquarie-island2/out-they-come-macquarie-is-field-hut-removal

REFUGES (HUTS)

Brothers Point 54° 34.4′ South, 158° 55.1′ East (pic on the right show the Googie Hut at Brother’s point)

Davis Point 54° 39.9′ South, 158° 49.5′ East

Waterfall Bay  Hut (pic on the left) located at 54° 41.5′ South,  158° 51.9′ East

Tiobunga 54° 41.7′ South, 158° 49.2′ E

Windy Ridge 54° 44.0′ South, 158° 49.8′ East

Caroline Cove 54° 45.8′ South, 158° 47.5′ East

Thanks and credit to the following web sites:

http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/history/stations/macquarie-island

http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island/this-week-at-macquarie-island/2016/this-week-at-macquarie-island-16-december-2016

http://bazintaz.blogspot.com/2013/11/seven-days-on-island-part-3.html

http://macquarieislandisland.blogspot.com/

IAØ/DK5SQX Concordia Station WAP MNB-Ø3

While talking of his Antarctic experience, Marco De Pas (DK5SQX-IK5SQX) is happy for such a great professional and human experience lived in the Icy Continent. -Our LIDAR a kind of optical radar that does “Cloud ranging” works perfectly and that’s great- Marco said!

The only disappointment is about the Ham Radio: too many restrictions, too many constraints on the use of  HF Base equipments. This kind of unnecessary bureaucracy, poorly contrasts with the skill of a licensed Ham radio operator, but rules are rules, so that the free time to dedicate to the HF was strictly reduced, practically nothing!

Nevertheless Marco could test propagation from that remote Concordia Station at 75°06’06” South,  123°23’43” East and even if conditions were not favorable,  he logged few QSOs  signing IAØ/DK5SQX and now, QSLs have been sent to the lucky  and patients OM who worked him on last January 2019.
Same situation at Dumond D’Urville (WAP FRA-Ø1). Down there, Marco could meet the Responsible of the Radio room,  who did show him the HF setup… too bad the VFO was unstable  with shifting frequency, so practically unusable … what a kind of conspiracy!
It could be that next season,  Marco will be call to return in Antarctica again. Next time -he said- I will bring my own equipment and a small amplifier so I will be independent and I can operate without interfere with the Base activity where the radio room is mainly used for air traffic and contacts with field camps.

TNX Marco DK5SQX/IK5SQX  

200 Years Antarctica – 2 Euro Coin from Estonia

Good for collectors!
This year is the 200th  Anniversary discovery of Antarctica. This important historical event is linked to Estonia because one of the first men to see Antarctica in 1820 was the Baltic German seafarer Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen, who was born in Saaremaa and who documented the discovery.

To commemorate this significant historical moment, Eesti Pank is issuing 750,000 two-euro circulation coins with a special Antarctica 200 design, of which 10,000 will be BU (brilliant uncirculated) quality and packaged as collector items on a coin card.

Eesti Pank is also issuing 10,000 coin cards issued, which will sell for 10 euros each

The coin and coin card will go on sale at 12.00 in the Omniva online shop

Coins and coin cards will be available from the Eesti Pank museum from 10.00 on 28 January

The two-euro commemorative coin dedicated to the 200th Anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica and the coin card were designed by the artists Tiiu Pirsko and Mati Veermets. The design shows the ship Vostok in which Admiral von Bellingshausen sailed around the world.

The coins are all legal tender throughout the euro area, so they can be used for payments like any other euro coin.

Additional information:
Mart Siilivask
Eesti Pank
Email
: mart.siilivask@eestipank.ee

Full info at:  https://www.eestipank.ee/en/press/eesti-pank-issuing-two-euro-coin-commemorating-discovery-antarctica-20012020

TNX Volker DL8JDX

8J1RL is operating within the  61st & 62nd  JARE

The 61st JARE (Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition)  is on: It has started last  February 2020 and will last till January 2021,

Takashi Yamamoto, JA1AGS “Taka”  and , Hiroyuki Ujiie, JH7JCX “Hiro” are actually active as 8J1RL from Syowa base (WAP JPN-Ø3).

Few reports on the Clusters did show 8J1RL active mostly of FT8 and CW  but also SSB. They operate 15, 17, 20 and  30 mts

Every JARE campaign has a new QSL card.  A good chance to try to work 8J1RL this season as well, to improve our collections. Cards should be sent via JARL bureau as before,  with SASE  to JARL or via JG2MLI direct.

Reply will be made after April 2021 after returning to Japan.

 

TNX  Yath Yoshikawa  JG2MLI

See http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201912030028.html for more info and a nice interesting video of departures

More info also at the Japanese site:
https://cq8j1rl.exblog.jp/28013415/?fbclid=IwAR0FqfMB1Dde1Fax2NCopMLc4Oc_UMidx8Vj6JIsD5okuoccStr1fpGzou0

Japan owns four Research Stations in Antarctica:
Asuka Station, WAP JPN-Ø1

Mizuho Station, WAP JPN-Ø2

Syowa Base, WAP JPN-Ø3

Dome Fuji Station, WAP JPN-Ø4     

April 18th  2020 – International Day for Monuments and Sites

Every year, on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS proposes a theme for the celebrations and activities to be organised by Committees, members and partners.

 Italia Valley” Antarctic Memorial (MAVI) Cepparo-Bove, celebrates the day without forgetting its goal: a formal designation of a new HSM for the remaining ruins of the first Italian scientific research base in Antarctica, destroyed by the Argentine Navy, and abandoned for over 40 years. Ruins are still visible at Italia Valley.

IV3CCT, Prof. PhD Julius Fabbri (pic aside)  did launch the rebirth project of the very 1st Italian Antarctic scientific Base built in Antarctica.

Italia Valley (62° 10’South, 58° 31’ West)  is a small valley lying East-Northeast of Hervé Cove in Ezcurra inlet, on King George Island in the South Shetlands. The feature was named “Conca Italia” (Italian hollow) and used as the site of Base Giacomo Bove (sailor  and explorer, 23 April 1852 – 9 August 1887)  by the first private Italian expedition to Antarctica, 1975–76, led by Renato Cepparo.

A replica of the actual ruins, has been rebuilt at Cervignano del Friuli (Udine) by students, Civil Protection and many associations at high school “IISS Arturo Malignaniin Northern Italy. It is called ex situ conservation, and describes the reconstruction of that old Antarctic site. A preliminary step for a future formal designation of a new HSM (Historic Site and Monument) within the ATCM (Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting).

​​Participating in the national competition was the idea proposed by Prof. PhD Julius Fabbri (j.fabbri@virgilio.it) on the occasion of the International Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The “UNESCO Project” is part of the “radio-school-Unesco”, and was promoted by the “Adri-Antartica Cultural Association”, partner of the Municipality of Cervignano del Friuli, in agreement with the School. The competition was attended by nine classes with participation of student’s parents and the whole town who did help to carry out the project. In all, at least five teachers and about one hundred or more students attended.

On February 24th  2018, the “first stone” of the Memorial was laid and some students spoke on the radio with the special callsign II3BOVE (WAP-271).

The activity aims to recover the historical memory of the Italia Valley in the Antarctic Peninsula, a strategic and naturalistic place where, in 1976, Renato Cepparo founded the first Italian Scientific Base in Antarctica (pic aside), which he named after the nineteenth-century explorer Giacomo Bove, brave officer of the Italian Royal Navy.

From 07 March 2018 the IISS Arturo Malignani of the Bassa Friulana is a UNESCO associated school by the project of construction of a new visitor center called the Antarctic Memorial “Valle Italia” (MAVI), Cepparo-Bove.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), is a global non-governmental organization associated with UNESCO. Its mission is to promote the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of monuments, building complexes and sites (https://www.icomos.org/en/about-icomos/mission-and-vision/icomos-mission).

ICOMOS works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is the only global non-government organization of this kind, which is dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage.

Now, more than ever, the theme of Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility is important as an expression of the global unity in the face of the ongoing worldwide health crisis.

RI1ANM Mirny Base (WAP RUS-Ø7) on air

Alexander Solodov, RX3ABI  arrived at Mirny Base (WAP RUS-Ø7) on last mid March and has just started to be on air signing RI1ANM.

He is wintering at the station till the beginning of 2021. Alex is actually working on his antenna and is active from time to time …. sure we can contact him in the near future !

Keep an eye to the Packet Cluster…
TNX François, F8DVD

Mirny is Russia’s first Station on theIcy  Continent, located right on the Antarctic Circle, at 66° 33’ 11” South, 93° 00’ 35” East,  Mirny was opened on February 13, 1956 by the 1st Soviet Antarctic Expedition.

The first overwintering party had 92 members, and the station included a pigsty that supplied fresh pork. Now it houses up to 50.

New plan for Australian Antarctic shipping

The Australian Antarctic Division will use the MPV Everest to resupply its Antarctic stations and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island next summer.

The Ice-Class Multi-purpose vessel is operated by Dutch company Maritime Construction Services, and is capable of navigating in ice up to 1 metre thick.

AAD General Manager of Operations and Safety, Charlton Clark, said the end of the Aurora Australis’ contract and the delayed arrival of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina, means an alternative ship had to be contracted.

“The MPV Everest was selected after a call for proposals and was identified as providing the best value for money,” Mr Clark said.

“The 140 meters long ship was built in 2017 and will be used for a minimum of 90 days next Antarctic summer season.”

Thanks and credit to AAD

Read more at: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2020/new-plan-for-australian-antarctic-shipping?fbclid=IwAR3pLJ3fRLaYaj-5x83Hmaxk2O9BqrSXZQdS5E6A0T922V1hEcbIslZzzvk
We’ll be looking forward working MPV Everest  on HF Ham bands, sometimes when in operation on the Antarctic or Sub-Antarctic waters! For sure, a brand new /MM station to add to the WAP-WADA score!

17 de Agosto Refuge, WAP ARG-NEW

Located at 68° 07’53” South, 67°10’16” West, “Refuge 17 de Agosto”   is an Antarctic refuge located in the north east of the Millerand Island in the Marguerite Bay, on Fallières Coast.

It is operated by the Argentine Army and was inaugurated on August 17, 1957.

It depends on San Martín Base (WAP ARG-Ø8), which is five kilometers away on Barry Island. The refuge consists of a red hut, used by the personnel employed in the missions carried out in the area, and has a capacity to accommodate four people, enough food for two weeks, fuel, gas and first aid kit

Even of this facility  is listed on WAP-WADA Directory, the Argentinean   “Refuge 17 de Agosto”   has never been activated by Hams, so it remains a WAP brand “New One”.
While hoping next time the guys going there can bring a RTX & antenna and put this Refuge up “On the Air”, enjoy the 5′ video here below

DPØGVN (WAP DEU-Ø8) via QO-100

On the April 2020 issue, the German  CQ-DL Magazine dedicates several pages to report the QO-100 activity with particular regards to the contact made from Neumayer III Station (WAP DEU-Ø8) and the students at school.

Reaching DPØGVN via QO-100 is still possible … why not trying?

Thanks our good friend Volker, DL8JDX (ex:Y88POL, DP0GVN), amicably appointed as WAP Ambassador, for relaying the information.

In addition, Volker DL8JDX informs the Chasers that: Whoever still wants a QSL for Y88POL or DPØGVN from the period 1988 to 1994 , he still have all logs.

TNX DL8JDX

Picture aside, shows the roof of the Neumayer III Station with AMSAT-DL antenna in the background: Felix, DL5XL; Torsten, DL1TOG, and Roman, HB9HCF, who will remain in Antarctica until February 2021.
These are the Hams who did the installation and test… of course, a great job!

Hillary’s Hut at Scott Base – WAP NZL-Ø1

Over the summer of 2016–2017, the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s team on the Ice spent more than 5700 hours carefully restoring Hillary’ Hut (TAE Hut) and conserving more than 500 artefacts.  A million dollar project to save Sir Ed’s hut in Antarctica is now largely complete

For the past three months, the Antarctic Heritage Trust has had a team of 12 carpenters and conservation specialists on the ice saving the hut and conserving the hundreds of artefacts within it.

Read more at: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11789523

Hillary’s Hut (aka known as “A” Hut ) of Scott Base, is the only existing Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1956–1957) building in Antarctica. It’s where the  first group of 18 members of the TAE (Trans-Antarctic Expedition) led by Sir Edmund Hillary and the five New Zealand scientists led by Trevor Hatherton, , did winter over at Scott Base contributing to the IGY. During that epic, Hillary slept in his office in “A” Hut, while the others shared the dormitory accommodation in ‘C’ and ‘D’ huts.

The “A” Hut has been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 75), following a proposal by New Zealand to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

To get more about this, read: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/caring-huts-antarctica

And also the UHAHT Site at: https://www.ukaht.org/discover/other-historic-sites/ross-sea-and-other-important-huts/commonwealth-tae-hut-scott-base/

Hillary’s Hut is part of Scott Base (WAP NZL-Ø1), therefore no chance to issue a new WAP reference to it.

XR8RRC on the air  & XR8RRC/p (WAP CHL-13) to come

Magallanes Region, officially the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region  is one of Chile’s ‘s 16 first order administrative division.  It comprises four provincies: Ultima Esperanza, Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego, and Antarctica Chilena.

Magallanes’s geographical features include Torres del Paine, Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego island, and the Strait of Magellan. It also includes the Antarctic territories claimed by Chile

XR8RRC-Wellington Island (49°22’15” South, 74°55’35” West) belongs to Ultima Esperanza Province. In its Southern point ( 49° 54’ 01” South, 74° 24’ 03” West), Wellington isaland, hosts the automatic Punta Cameron Lighthouse.

Villa Puerto Eden, Wellington Island has a permanent presence of  the Chilean Navy that has a Port Captaincy, installed in the mid-seventies in the same facilities that use to house the Air Force radio station, which is located in front of Puerto Edén village, in the sector of Yetarkte Bay

XR8RRC/p – WAP CHL-13
Weather and transport permitting, RRC Team plans to land on Riesco Island (WAP CHL-13), and doing activity up to 48 hours from 19 to 21 march as XR8RRC/P.

Stay tuned… it’s a good one for WAP Awards. In the southwestern portion of Riesco  island, Córdova Peninsula marks the eastern limit of the Strait of Magellan and its enter in the Sub-Peri Antarctic circle (Check WAP-WADA Directory)

Signy Lighthouse (SOI-001) entering on WAP LH Directory as WAP-LH-GBR-ØØ2

Signy island hosts a lighthouse listed on the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) this  lighthouse seems to be not too far away the Signy Research Station site (WAP GBR-Ø9).

It is clearly documented that Signy island LH  is very near the Base at 60° 42′ South, 43° 35′ West  Gridsquare GC89.  Signy Island LH is also referenced as ARLHS SOI-001, Admiralty Nr.G1375, NGA 110-20362.

But now,  a problem  comes up!

We have been trying to get a picture of this LH but in vain … loks like the Signy LH does not exist anymore!

In a recent message, about this matter, sent to Gabry IK1NEG, our great friend Mike Gloistein GMØHCQ wrote:

I am not aware of there ever being a lighthouse at Signy.  I have written to the Station Leader at Signy and he has confirmed my thoughts,  in that when the base was manned full time there was a scaffold frame with a lamp at the top but not really classed as a lighthouse.  The Station Leader may have a picture of it,  but it was taken down about four or five years ago.
If I do get a photo I will forward it on to you.
Kind regards,
Mike

So, a kind of Lighthouse did exist at Signy island, as it has been referenced by several officials,  but apparently,  no one has been able to find out a close up picture of it.

Following the suggestion of Pedro Sarli, LU1JHF, to add a proper reference on WAP-WADA-LH Directory, we did it anyway.

WAP-LH-GBR-ØØ2 is the reference issued to it. New WAP reference  will appear on  WAP LH Directory on next up date (June 2020)

TNX Pedro, LU1JHF

Turkish  Base at Horseshoe Island, Antarctica

Turkish scientists continue their scientific research on Horseshoe Island in Antarctica. After the construction of Turkey’s first temporary science Base on the island (67°49’40” South, 67°12’08” West), the Team welcomed a group of guests from Chile, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Ukraine for the first time. The six guest scientists did work together with the 24-member of the Turkish research Team joins 15 scientific projects in the Earth, life, and marine sciences.

In addition, Turkey has opened GNSS station on Dismal Island,  at 73 kilometres (45 miles) from Horseshoe Island in Antarctica, to track changes in the location of icebergs and transmit photos of Antarctica’s surface, as well as process data from GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.

“The GNSS satellite navigation base station was set up within the framework of the fourth Turkish scientific expedition to Antarctica” said Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, as quoted by the national Anadolu news agency. “A group of specialists from the Turkish General Directorate of Mapping has built Turkey’s first GNSS base station abroad.”

https://www.gpsworld.com/turkish-satnav-station-opens-in-antarctica/

Dismal Island (68°05′37″ South,  68°51′06″ West) is an island, 1.9 kilometres (1 nmi) long and 60 metres (200 ft) high, which is mainly ice covered and is the largest of the Faure Islands, an archipelago lying in Marguerite Bay off the west coast of Graham Land.

Watch one minute video by clicking here  https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkish-research-team-arrives-in-antarctica/1737304

Read more at: https://www.dailysabah.com/life/science/turkish-scientists-conclude-expedition-in-antarctica

New scientific expedition in Antarctica by the University of Tuscia (Italy)

Prof. Carla Caruso and Dr. Laura Bertini (pic aside) of the Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences of the University of Tuscia in Viterbo (Italy) will be back home next march 15th after a  month-long mission in  Antarctica.

The expedition takes place as part of a PNRA (National Antarctic Research Program) project funded by the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR).

The current project aims to study the role of microorganisms in adapting plants to climate change, with a particular focus on plant-fungus-virus interaction. Furthermore, since microorganisms from extreme ecosystems have evolved unique biochemical and physiological strategies, they can

H. Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station

represent a rich source of new bio-molecules, with potential applications in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial fields.

The project also involves the Italian Universities of Padova and Trento, and that of Temuco, Chile. Researchers from the University of Tuscia have now taken over the Polish Base Henrik Arctowski WAP POL-Ø1 (pic  on the right), at King George Island (South Shetland), and avail themselves of  the collaboration of the Chilean National Antarctic Institute (INACH) for transfers and logistical support.

Read more at: https://www.movemagazine.it/universita-della-tuscia-spedizione-scientifica-antartide/?fbclid=IwAR1Hw2Ux-VCB0MPxW9h9eQnFaQYoZNVxMJXyRfGpjKMyKwMrpC4qsXTSa_c

“ANTARCTICA 2020 TROPHY”

Oleg, UA6GG (DX Trophy Awards Group) informs that “Antarctica 2020 Trophy” is now ready and available to OM & SWL showing evidence of two-way communications (SWL report) with station operating in Antarctica.

“ANTARCTICA 2020 TROPHY”
for QSO’s / SWL’s stations in Antarctica for any period of time.
To obtain a trophy, you must dial at least 15 different stations / bases including at least 5 different nations (for example: Russia, China, Argentina, Chile, USA ..).

The trophy is carried out individually – Antarctic callsigns indicated in the application will be displayed on the trophy, but for each Station/ Base declared there will be only one callsign (with 2 or more callsigns from one base, only one callsign is selected at your discretion).
Modes:  CW, SSB, DIGI, MIX (CW / SSB), ALL (CW / SSB / DIGI)
Free application: CALL – DATE- BAND- MODE-QTH.
Confirmation: QSL or LOTW / Сlublog scans.
The upper part of the Tropy is made of 2.5D glass seal, the base is made of wood MDF. Size 280 x 280 mm. The cost of a plaque is 64$ or 57 Euros. (including sending by registered parcel). Payment via PAYPAL.

Details are reported at:  https://www.dxtrophy.com/200-antarctic

Check also the whole list of several available Awards  at: www.dxtrophy.com

all questions can be send to e-mail  mydxtrophy@gmail.com

Information and/or details can be requested to: mydxtrophy@gmail.com

S/Y Santa Maria Australis, “New Entry” on WAP Directory

S/Y Santa Maria Australis  (aka S/V SMA)  is a 66 foot aluminium ketch built in Gdansk, Poland in 1998 and refitted in 2004 to endure high latitude sailing conditions, can accommodate up to a total of 12 people, frequently travelling on the Antarctic waters

In 2006, SMA-Expeditions reached the southern latitudes and has since, endured twelve Antarctic expeditions as of March, 2009. She has been designed and equipped for long distance cruising in comfort.

S/Y Santa Maria Australis   sails under German flag, registered in Berlin.

February and March 2019: Michel Margaria F6DWQ/MM was sailing the Antarctic peninsula.  Here below, a QSL of F6DWQ/MM transmitting from on board S/Y Santa Maria Australis when, on 02.03.2019,  he was just in front of Vernadsky station, Antarctica. QSL via F6DWQ

At the light of the evidence S/Y Santa Maria Australis  will be add to WAP-WACA Directory and it can be scored for WAP Awards

TNX F8DVD

VP8PJ Waterpipe Hut, Signy Island South Orkneys

VP8PJ Team is doing an excellent job performing 24 hours a day activity on all bands and modes.  Almost everyone has already made at least one QSO.

For the Hams who wish to check the contacts made,  Log is online at: https://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php?dxcallsign=VP8PJ

In a message , the Crew said: -The pileups have been what we expected, always energetic, sometimes chaotic but no surprises. The team is working under very cold and windy weather conditions, with snow at night. Doing any work outside is challenging anytime and cannot be done at night-.

Waterpipe Hut (WAP GBR-34) where the camp is set,  is facing Signy Base (WAP GBR- Ø9) on Borgue Bay and VP8PJ is a  valid contact for WAP-WADA & WAP-WACA Awards.

Great opportunity  for the Antarctic chasers to catch WAP GBR-34!

If nothing change in their plans,  VP8PJ should be on the air till March 5th, so still plenty of time to have them in the Log,

QSL via Tim Beaumont MØURX

58th Anniversary of  Chilean Yelcho Base  (WAP CHL-11)

Warm regards to researchers and logistics staff at  Yelcho Base (WAP CHL-11), the third of the three platforms managed by INACH in the Antarctic Peninsula. It was inaugurated in 1962, and in 1986 assigned by the Chilean Navy, to the Chilean Antarctic Institute. It  had a recess,  between the years 1998-2014, and in 2015 was reopened to scientific activities. Currently, the Base  can host 22 people and houses several research projects.

Yelcho Base  takes his name from the Chilean military ship Yelcho known for participatig in the rescue of men from the Endurance of Ernest Shackleton shipwrecked in Antarctica in 1916 with all the crewmen.

Actually, Yelcho Base 64° 52’ South, 65° 35’ West, is another strategic point for the development of Antarctic science. It is located near the South Bay, on Doumer Island, and has the advantage of being very close to populations of underwater and terrestrial vegetation.

ZL1NA/MM has reached South Orkneys

Great CW activity on all bands from onboard R/V Braveheart on the way from Punta Arenas to South Orkneys. The guys at the keyer have done a superb job. Now we remind the chasers that ZL1NA/MM operating from R/V Braveheart is valid for WAP-WADA

Today R/V Braveheart dropped anchor  offshore South Orkney. Starting tomorrow, VP8PJ Team should be busy to set the camp and install antennas at Signy Island.

The location chosen is Borge Bay, near Waterrpipe Hut WAP GBR-34, just facing Signy Base.

Good luck to the Team and good hunting the thousands of Hams  looking forward to log another great one in the Antarctic. VP8PJ’s operation will last till March 5th 2020 and will count for WAP WADA as WAP GBR-34.

QSL for  ZL1NA/MM and for VP8PJ  has to be requested to MØURX 

For more info, See the Website http://www.sorkney.com

QO-100 successfully works at Neumayer III Station

The geostationary satellite QO-100, is an equipment successfully installed at Neumayer III (WAP DEU-Ø8).

For those who don´t have satellite equipment to work or listen to it, there is a WebSDR site, where it is possible to monitor the traffic: https://eshail.batc.org.uk/nb/

In addition, DPØGVN from Neumayer III Station is active over this satellite, the downlink QRG is 10489700.00  to  10489780.00.

DPØGVN is located at 70.674444° South and 8.274167° West, which is in the footprint of the first geostationary AMSAT Qatar-OSCAR 100 / Es’hail-2 with an elevation of 7.3°.

For the Antarctic station’s hunters, Volker  did create the following filter who selects  the  current WAP stations and Antarctic stations  for the DX Cluster,  in order to see who is active.

….

http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/?dx_calls=DP0GVN,KC4USV,KC4AAA,ZL5,8J1RL,RI1A,VP8HAL,DP0POL,R200ANT,DP1POL,CE9,ZS7,LU1Z,TM17AAW,K4C,IR1ANT,K4A,OE17AAW,IR1SP,II2ANT,OE88WAP,OE89ANT,OE90AAW,PA6ANT,II5ANT,II3BOVE,UT1KY,EM200ANT,EN200ANT,K0ANT,PF88ANT,EH3ANT,II3MNA,II8WAP

TNX   Volker, DL8JDX  (ex: Y88POL, DP0GVN)

To get more details on this interesting amateur radio transponder (P4-A),   see also https://amsat-dl.org/eshail-2-amsat-phase-4-a/

Hams to receive “200 years of Antarctica’s discovery” a Ukrainian diploma

On last February 6,  Ukrainian polar scientists did celebrate the birthday of the Antarctic station “Academician Vernadsky”. On February 6, 1996, a blue-yellow flag was raised for the first time over the Faraday Antarctic station, which the UK released to Ukraine. The station which began its new history at that date,  is now called Academician Vernadsky.

To celebrate this date and the 200th Anniversary of Antarctica’s discovery, the National Antarctic Science Center has prepared special commemorative diplomas for the radio amateur community. During February 2020, special Ukrainian call sigs EN2ØØANT (Ref. WAP-3Ø6) and EM2ØØANT (Ref. WAP-3Ø5) are actively working on the Ham bands. With one contact with these stations, Hams from all over the world can receive this memorable Ukrainian NANC diploma – said Pavlo Tarasovich UT1KY, one of the participants of the 5th Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition-. (see also http://www.waponline.it/ukrainian-award-to-celebrate-the-2oo-anniversary-of-antarctica/)

The discovery of the sixth continent also involved Ukrainians: Ivan Zavadovsky, Lieutenant Captain, Deputy Fabian Gotlib von Bellingshausen, and Anton Omelchenko , a participant in the Robert Antarctic British expedition to the South Pole. Let’s remember these outstanding Ukrainians, as discoverers of Antarctica as well!

Accordingly, we congratulate the experienced Ukrainian polarists radio Hams: Roman Bratchyk UT7UA, Pavel Budanov UX2HO, Oleksandr Miho, Pavel Tarasovich UT1KY, Igor Klubuk UR5KCC and Oleg Satirev.

Reference:

Academic Vernadsky Station (until 1996 – Faraday Station) is a Ukrainian Antarctic station located on Galindez Island, 7 km from the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. It is open year-round and is a meteorological and geographical observatory. The main purpose of the Academic Vernadsky Antarctic Station (WAP UKR-Ø1) is to conduct scientific research in Antarctica. The entire life of the station and its work is under the management of the Ukraina’s National Antarctic Science Center.

Read more at: https://expedicia.org/radioamatori-z-cilogo-svitu-mozhut-ot/

TNX Pavlo UT1KY

“WEEKEND OF THE AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSES”

This weekend opens the 12th Edition of the ‘Weekend of the American Lighthouses‘ from Friday 14 to Sunday, February 16, with 86 light houses and beacons of 12 Countries(28 from Argentina, 23 from Brazil, 1 from Costa Rica, 4 from Cuba, 12 from Chile, 3 from Guatemala, 4 from Mexico, 1 from Panama, 4 from Peru, 2 are registered from Puerto Rico, 1 from Uruguay and 3 from Venezuela).

Among the stations active, four of them will be entering on WAP Sub Antarctic Territories Directories (WAP-WADA, WAP WACA and WAP LH Directory).

We are talking about the southern tip of Chile (Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region) and Argentina ( Tierra del Fuego Province).

Both LU/X of the Radio Club Ushuaia will operate from 2 Lighthouses (pics aside shows both lighthouses; the old historical one and the newest) at Cabo San Pablo as shown below:

LU1XP/XP operating from   Faro cabo San Pablo (Historical) ARLH ARG-31

LU2XWL/XP operaying from Faro Cabo Sn Pablo ( ARLH ARG-74)

 

The Chileans CE8s will operate from:

CE8PVT  Grupo Magallanes DX   Baliza Punta Santa Ana  (ARLH CHI-107)

CE8RPA Radio Club Punta Arenas  Baliza Ponton Muñoz Gamero (ARLH CHI-116)

Check the list of stations joining the event at: http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar/FAROS2018/faros2020.html

WAP wish everyone a good hunting.

The references of the Lighthouses reported above  are  taken from the ARLHS list.  See: http://wlol.arlhs.com/

Ukrainian Award to celebrate the 2ØØ Anniversary of Antarctica

Two Special Ukrainian event stations EM2ØØANT WAP-305 & EN2ØØANT WAP-306 are on the air to celebrate the 200 years of Antarctic exploration.  QSL for both of the calls,  via UT1KY

EN2ØØANT and EM2ØØANT will be active during the 17th Antarctic Activity Week officially on air from February 10th and ahead. More info at: http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2020/  

Pavlo informs WAP that  1 QSO with Antarctic SES EN2ØØANT or EM2ØØANT will qualify for the Special Award issued for this Anniversary.
For more informations, contact UT1KY via e-mail  
ut1ky@ukr.net

What is the role of the Ukrainians to the discovery of the Southern Continent?
Ukraine’s catch-up to Antarctica’s discovery is the deputy captain (Tadeusz Bellingshausen), that is, Lieutenant-Captain Ivan Zavadovsky, a native of Hadyach, of the Cossack lineage. When Elizabeth received the so-called “Little Russian nobility”.
Still worth mentioning is Anton Omelchenko, a member of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913 on the Terra Nova barge, headed by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, who set out to “achieve the South Pole in order to honor this grand accomplishment of the new century” Anton Omelchenko is a member of the Royal Geographical Society,
Omelchenko received the award, like other members of the expedition, from the hands of the English Queen. It was a medal honored for the feat of the pioneers of Antarctica, and a lifetime pension. Omelchenko was assigned a lifetime pension, which he received until 1927, until diplomatic relations broke up between the USSR and the United Kingdom.
Onuk – Victor Ivanovich Omelchenko, diesel engineer, participant of the 3rd Ukrainian Antarctic expedition (1998-1999)
Great-grandson is Anton Omelchenko, a mechanic, a participant of the 20th (2015-2016) and 24th (2019-2020) Ukrainian Antarctic expeditions in the Antarctica of the Soviet era. Now, with good humor and good humor, it will also be possible to touch on this time of time, where Ukrainians, wintering warriors of the Antarctic expeditions will find themselves.

TNX Pavlo Tarasovych, UT1KY

Pavlo reminds the Antarctic chasers that several copies of his book Antarctica is the sixth continent” are stillavailable on request ( see UT1KY on QRZ.com to get all details on how to get it)

PAVLO TARASOVYCH, UT1KY
P.O. BOX 85,  RIVNE, 33027 Ukraine

WAP ARG-Ø6, Base Belgrano II,  Happy Birthday!

February 5th marks the birthday of Argentine Antarctic Base Belgrano II  (WAP ARG-Ø6). It was inaugurated on February 5, 1979 and today,  is the southernmost of the Argentine Antarctic Bases and the third southernmost of the permanent Bases worldwide.

Located 1,300 km from the South Pole, it has months of complete sunlight and other months of dark polar night, with strong winds and temperatures that reach up to -54˚C.

The peculiarities of this Base make it a privileged scenario for numerous scientific studies, mainly of ozone, magnetism, meteorology, glaciology, terrestrial biology, geodesy and seismology.

During periods of darkness, the latitude of the base also allows the study of the famous northern lights, of great interest to science.

TNX Ministerio de Defensa de la República Argentina

Waterpipe Hut WAP GBR-Ø34 (VP8PJ Dx-pedition site)

Where exactly are VP8PJ‘s planned to stay when at the South Orkneys DX-pedition?

Now we know it. The information is on https://sorkney.com/equipment/  :
Location:

We will be located on Signy Island in South Orkney Island Group. Our camp will be near the Waterpipe Hut near Waterpipe beach. The general terrain is a bluff near the ocean that is 10 to 20 M above the sea with over water path to EU.

So,  Waterpipe Hut (WAP GBR-34) lies in the same site where VP8ORK did operate in  2011.

Waterpipe Hut is situated on a rocky outcrop at Waterpipe Beach, Borge Bay, Signy Island 60°42’00” South,   45°36’30” West.

It was installed in 1999/2000 as a refuge hut and visited regularly by BAS personnel from Signy Station. Food and fuel  for any eventuality, are stored in the hut

New Satellite Equipment for QO100 at German Antarctic Station Neumayer III

The new Satellite Equipment for QO100 was installed at Neumayer III by a team of radio specialists, as reported on CQ-DL 2/2020, Volker, DL8JDX reports.

Dirk Steffens, a well known film maker from the German TV Station ZDF,  is currently at Neumayer III (WAP DEU-Ø8) and set an Interview with the Director of the German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) Prof. Antje Boetius (see www.awi.de), who did update of the current research activities and the challenges about the climate change.

Volker, DL8JDX remind that DPØGVN and DP1POL are active,  but other active stations during this Antarctic summer season are: VP8HAL, KC4USV, 8J1RL, ZS7ANF, LU1ZV. Due to the still challenging propagation conditions in the current minimum sun activity, they are quite difficult to reach …

TNX Volker, DL8JDX,
a WAP „Ambassador“