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

Camara Base (WAP ARG-16), 66th Anniversary

One of the 7 temporary Argentinean bases in Antarctica, has recently celebrated its 66th Anniversary. Located between Carlini Base (WAP ARG-20) and Base Decepción (WAP ARG-12), Camara Base  is open in summer to carry out specific scientific studies such as: meteorological observations, oceanography, coastal geology, bird studies and environmental management.

Camara Base (WAP ARG-16)  was named after Frigate Lieutenant Naval Aviator Juan Ramón Cámara.

As of 2014, Cámara was one of 13 Research Bases in Antarctica operated by Argentina. From 1953 to 1988 it served as a permanent base; since then it is open during the summer season only.

Although the average temperature is -2.9 °C, on August 12, 1954 an absolute minimum of -30ºC was recorded.

Georg Forster Station , WAP DEU-Ø1

Since 1959, guest scientists from East Germany had stayed for wintering and worked in the field at several Russian Antarctic Stations,  likewise scientists from West Germany joined US expeditions.

In 1974 the Antarctic Treaty was signed by East Germany, which reached Consultative Status in 1987. The first permanently operated DDR Research Base,  named Georg Forster Station(WAP DEU-Ø1) was established in 1976 in the Schirmacher Oasis at 70°46’ South, 11°41’ East.

On 22 March, 1988, a 35p stamp to commemorate the 12th anniversary of its founding,  was issued by East Germany depicting the Research Station, some distant hills and the Southern Ocean. Below on the stamp, is the inscription Antarktisforschungsstation der DDR “Georg-Forster”

At that time the concept using pre-fabricated container modules for laboratories, power plant and accommodation was pioneering. Altogether eight container modules were carried on sledges from the unloading site at the ice edge of the Lazarev Ice Shelf, over a distance of 120 km into the Schirmacher Oasis and assembled to a Research Base within only six weeks. Since then, the Station was permanently used and operated as an annex to the Russian station Novolazarevskaya until 1987.

Following the German reunification on 3 october 1990, the East German Antarctic Program was absorbed into that of German Federal Republic which maintains the name of the Base as  Georg Forster Station  WAP DEU-Ø3, until 1993 and then dismantled in the frame of a German-Russian project, which was completed in 1996.

Long-term studies of magnetospheric-ionospheric processes, geophysical investigations, biological studies and sea-ice observations using satellite imaging were performed. One module close to the antenna mast accommodated the radio transmitting system for ionospheric studies.

RI1ANL & RI1ANW, Novolazarevskaya Station

We must applaud the Russian Antarctic operators and their QSL managers for the punctuality with which they deliver our QSLs.

This time we have to thank RN1ON Alexei V. Kuz’menko (pic on top) for RI1ANW and RI1ANL QSL cards received very fast!

Alexey is QSL manager for several stations operating from Antarctica and he has been in Antarctica several times as well.

Check his page on QRZ.com to get the list of the Russian stations he is manager for.

Alexey is asking QSL direct o via bureau  and says: All QSL`s received direct (with SASE = SAE + 2USD or 1 NEW IRC) will send direct also. QSL received Direct without SASE will send buro.

RI1ANL and  RI1ANW (QSLs shown below) are both transmitting from  Novolazarevskaya Station, Shirmacher Oasis, Dronning Maud land, Antarctica and that’s WAP RUS-Ø9

TNX RN1ON

SANAP Summer Base, WAP ZAF-11

Matthias, DH5CW, and Felix, DL5XL, have been  active from the South Africa SANAP Summer Base, WAP ZAF-11 (also known as Neumayer Emergency Base), Grid Locator IB59UJ, from January 8 to 9, 2019 as DPØGVN/p. They left the German Neumayer III Station and in few hours trip,  they reached the site from where, they have been active for 2 days.

For those who did work DPØGVN/p from this rare Station  in Antarctica, a brand new QSL card will be available shortly through DL5EBE Dominik, the QSL manager.. Front side of the card is shown here,  thanks to Felix DL5XL & Dominik DL5EBE

 

Talking about  this  Neumayer Emergency Base or  SANAP Summer Base is something not too easy as there is not much literature available due to the changes over the years  of both the South Africa SANAE Bases and the German Neumayer Stations.

Both Countries had to decommission their Bases more than once, due to the instability; several stations have been built to replace older stations that had to be abandoned due to snow drift.

Just for example, the first E-Base was constructed and commissioned in January 1985 as a refuge in cases of emergency for the SANAE 3 (now decommissioned) over wintering station; She was located at 70° 17’ 80” South,  02° 25’ 56” West on the Fimbulisen ice shelf approximately eleven kilometers inland from the Penguin Bukta. During the summer periods, E-Base was actively used as accommodation for relief voyage and logistical personnel.

Actually, E-Base (SANAP Summer Base) is located at 70° 30’ South, 08° 15’ West  on the  route between SANAE IV (70°40’79” South, 08°16’15” West)  and Neumayer III Station (70°40’25” South, 02°49’44” West) and is a South Africa logistical platform, resulting by a joint venture between the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) and the German Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI).

ANTARCTIC QRP TROPHY

DX TROPHY AWARDS GROUP  issues a Trophy called  “ANTARCTIC QRP TROPHY” which is given for QSO’s with  Antarctica for QRP  QSO report marked on QSL.

This is the last one of the three Russian Awards recently issued by DX TROPHY AWARDS GROUP (the other two have been already shown in the previous pages of this website)

“ANTARCTIC QRP TROPHY” is issued 4 Award’s Classes:

Bronze, 10 QSOs
Silver, 15 QSOs
Gold,  20 QSOs
Honor Roll  for more 30 QSOs

Any Antarctic Bases or Stations are valid. Plaques will be issued for CW, SSB or MIX. Confirmation: scans of QSL cards or screenshots LOTW/Club Log.(your CALL/QRP marked on each QSL is needed for cfm)

Plaque made on a glossy silver, size 250 x 200 mm.

Plaque cost: $ 53 or 48 EURO. (Payment via PAYPAL)

The application in a free form and questions can be sent to: mydxtrophy@gmail.com

Other Trophies issued by the same Dx Trophy Awards Group  can be seen at:  https://mydxtrophy.wixsite.com/fjl-dx

Tierra del Fuego by DL2OE

MiKe Luedemann, DL2OE (pic aside),  has been in the Argentinean & Chilean sides of Tierra del Fuego (Sub Antarctica) where he has been active for quite a while, in CW and SSB.

 

Mike did sign LU/DL2OE from 27 March through April 4th operating from the city of Tolhuin about 100 km north of Ushuaia (Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego) WAP ARG-23.

From April 4 to 7 he was on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego and he operates  as CE8/DL2OE from Karukinka Park, the southernmost National Park in Chile (locator FD55PU), WAP CHL-13.

 

DL2OE is actually ongoing his journey across South American, visiting few different Countries as planned. We are grateful to Mike for 2 WAP references from the Sub Antarctic southern tip of South America,

QSL Direct or via bureau to DL2OE

A quick tour among the Huts at Macquarie Island

A nice and instructive movie on Macquarie island in which appears Kevin VKØKEV from 13mns 00s to 13mns 45s, will lead the Antarctic Chasers through this fascinating Sub Antarctic island, full of history and Research sites.

Out of those already known, there are other four Huts that merit a stop by.

Hurd Point Hut (54° 46.3′ South, 158° 49.6′ East)  is the most remote of all the field huts on Macquarie Island. It is located approximately 32 km south of Macquarie Island station and comfortably sleeps four people. The trek to Hurd Point is generally completed over two days, with an overnight stop at Green Gorge or Waterfall Bay.

The site was originally part of an auroral observatory complex established in 1953 in order to carry out simultaneous observations in conjunction with the station.

Today the hut is mainly used as a base for research in the southern sector of the island and serves as an important base for albatross researchers during summer.

 

Green Gorge Hut (54° 37.9′ South,  158° 53.9′ East) is located on the east coast approximately 15 km south of Macquarie Island station, roughly halfway down the island. It consists of a comfortable Canadian log cabin built to accommodate five to six people, a food store and storage shed. It is a favorite field hut for many expeditioners.

Green Gorge Hut is very popular as a place to enjoy an overnight break on a journey from one end of the island to the other. The Hut is readily accessible from the overland track or via inflatable rubber boat.

 

Bauer Bay Hut (54° 33.3′ South, 158° 52.6′ East) is located on the rugged west coast of Macquarie Island approximately seven km southwest from Macquarie Island station. The hut is easily accessible and is the only hut located on the exposed windswept rugged west coast.

The hut accommodates four to five people and is popular with expeditioners travelling down the island or as a weekend retreat for station-based personnel. The hut is well placed to provide a stepping off point for trips to the north or south of along coastal walking routes.

The Hut is accessed via the Island Lake track, or via the Bauer Bay track that links up with the overland track. It can also be accessed by the featherbed track along the north-west coast. The Featherbed and coast to the north of the hut is designated category one Special Management Area and is generally open for to access from June to July. The featherbed south of the hut is designated category two Special Management Area and is generally open to access from April to August.

 

Caroline Cove Hut54° 45.8′ South, 158° 47.5′ East- (Last pic to the Left) is located at the foot of Mt.Haswell, in the spectacular Caroline Cove area ; this is within a Specially Managed Area (SMA) with access year-round limited to people approved through a TASPWS access permit.

These 4 Huts have never been activated by Hams, therefore they remain WAP AUS-NEW

Lake Mercer Field camp, WAP MNB-NEW

Lake Mercer, 84° 39’ 39” South, 149° 40’ 37” West,  is a subglacial lake in Antarctica, that has remained untouched for millennia. Scientists accidentally discovered the lake in 2007.

Over December 2018 – January 2019, SALSA (Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access) set up a field camp of 50 scientists, drillers, and support staff and drilled 4,000 feet into the ice to sample from Mercer Subglacial Lake. Located roughly 500 miles from the South Pole, team members reached the study site using specialized tractors and ski equipped aircraft. The project is uncovering new knowledge about this newly explored biome through an integrative study of subglacial geobiology, water column and sedimentary organic carbon, and geobiological processes in one of the largest subglacial lakes in West Antarctica.

Read more at: https://salsa-antarctica.org/

The studies will probably continue for some years. So far nobody has thought to set a Ham radio activity even in the free time; if someone will be active from there, a new WAP reference will be given.

South Orkney Expedition (Febr/March 2020)

Perseverance DX Group has announced  the intention to activate South Orkney Islands, and is planning an expedition to take places in February/March 2020. A team of experienced DX and Contest operators will operate from Signy Island (WAP GBR-Ø9) for up to 15 days. The process of obtaining landing permission is underway. The call sign will be announced at a later date. The team will sail from Punta Arenas, Chile aboard R/V Braveheart. Seven operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/CW/Digital.

The Team includes: Dave K3EL, Les W2LK, Steve W1SRD, Ricardo PY2PT, Gene K5GS, Arliss W7XU, Heye DJ9RR, Laci HAØNAR, Mike WA6O, Vadym UT6UD, Walt N6XG and Rob N7QT.

Additional details will be released as they develop. Website: https://sorkney.com/

WAP archive has pics of field Huts still in place at the following un-referencended sites of Signy Islands in the South Orkneys:

Foca Cove, Gourlay Peninsula, Cummings Cove. Let’s have a look of them.

Cummings Hut (WAP GBR-NEW) Pic aside-

The U.K. Cummings Scientific Hut is located at Cummings Cove at 60°43’45” South, 45°39’50” West. It is visited regularly by British Antarctic Survey personnel from Signy Island (WAP GBR-Ø9). It has accommodations for 2 people, with food and fuel for 2 person-months. Cummmings  Cove feels very remote and the hut is lovely on the outside,  but very basic on its inside.

 

Foca Hut (WAP GBR-NEW) -Pic aside-

Foca Hut located at 60°41′ 50″ South, 45°38’40” West  is a BAS refuge hut, established in the years 1959-60 near the head of the Foca cove; it  is known as

 

Gourlay Huts (WAP GBR-NEW)  -Pic below-

Gourlay Hut 60°43’50” South, 45°35’05” West, is worth a visit during the summer, as penguins and fur seals congregate there.

Gourlay itself also has some amazing views, just from the hut across Rock Haven,  a popular spot for seals as well as penguins .The Gourlay peninsula 60°44’ South, 45°36’ West, is an ice-free site that  guests 2 Huts; the hut on the left is a standard hut with a couple of  bunks and on the right is the work hut.

Czech Research Station, Johann Gregor Mendel

Owned by the Masaryk University, the Johann Gregor Mendel Polar Station (63°48’ 02” South, 57°52’56” West) WAP CZE-NEW  is the Czech Research Station in Antarctica and bears the name of Johann Gregor Mendel, the abbot of Augustinian Monastry in Brno.

In 2004, a small group of scientists and technicians set the preparation works on the northern  part of James Ross Island,  a land mass of approx. 2 500 km²,  80% of which  are ice covered;  only its northern part (Ulu Peninsula) is partially ice free.

The transport of construction’s  material and technological units from Europe to the Chilean Punta Arenas begun by the end of 2004 and was done by the Czechoslovak Ocean Shipping company. The Chilean military icebreaker Almirante Viel did  transfer everything from Punta Arenas the James Ross Island in 2005. A deep geometric survey was performed as well as the foundations of the main station building and technical containers area. The official opening ceremony took place in February 2007 and made the Czech Republic the 26th Country  to have its own Scientific Base on the Icy Continent.
Johann Gregor Mendel Station is located 100 meters  from the sea, on free-ice land on Prince Gustav’s Channel coast. It consists of the main building for boarding and accommodation of 15-20 researchers, relaxation and laboratory activities,  and of nine technical containers in the vicinity of the building, which hold storehouses, garages and the power supply generator.
Currently, the Station is used in summer months, but it is open to various external projects as well.

 

So far, no one did perform any Ham Radio operation from Gregor Mendel Station !

WAP Software- FT8 Mode and 60 mts band add on

To manage the Antarctic WAP Awards and its subsequent updates, the best solution is to use the WAP Software, set by IK6CAC.

Several Hams are now coming up with a request to include FT8 mode into the WAP Software, as now a days many Antarctic  Stations are  QRV using this new mode & band.

 

Following the requests, IK6CAC’s WAP management software has been updated and now the version 2.7 is online HERE and contains the opportunity to add contacts made in  FT8 and 60 mts band.

Enjoy Antarctica, apply for your WAP Awards, they are a hallmark of your passion for the Icy Continent!

 

TNX IK6CAC and IK1GPG

Traverse Stop Point-Temporary Field Camp. A brand New WAP MNB-13

Oleg Sakharov RI1ANX (aka ZS1ANF, UA1PBA)  is actually on board of M/V Agulhas-II  heading to Cape Town after  yesterday’s visit of South Georgia Island; Oleg will reach Cape Town next March 15th.

WAP is in contact with Oleg who has sent us pictures and details of the activity from the  “Traverse Stop Point –Temporary Field Camp”  from where  Oleg RI1ANX did operate from 1 through 7 January 20019.

Oleg wrote: There is nothing on 78° degree stop point. We were sitting there for some days,  made a skiway, waiting some resupply by BT-67 which came 7th January-.

“Traverse Stop Point-Temporary Field Camp” has been the site where,  a Multinational Team did stay for 8 days , sleeping inside the  CAT and in the tents on the sledge. The Camp was set up to allow  (after building a provisional Skyway) the receiving of  supplies for people and vehicles. The Communication site was performed to keep connection with BT-67 aircraft and on the free time,  to make contacts on the Ham bands.

 

At the light of the evidence provided by Oleg Sakharov RI1ANX (aka ZS1ANF-UA1PBA) and to the  77 QSOs made from there.
Traverse Stop Point-Temporary  Field Camp  located at  78°01’45” South, 12°52’35” East on  Queen Maud Land  (aka. Dronning Maud Land) has been referenced as WAP MNB-13

 

Thanks Oleg RI1ANX for the efforts made, and thanks  to have given the Ham’s Antarctic Chasers another brand “NEW ONE”.

RI1ANX Antarctic mission 2019 – New WAP references

Nick RK1PWA has just informed Maxi, DL-SWL, that Oleg Sakharov RI1ANX  has made a total of 922 QSOs while working on 5 different  Antarctic locations which are now shown of QRZ.com 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 Ref. pending
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

QSLs of RI1ANX will be printed in April-May and can be requested through RK1PWA  or   ZS1ANF.

Pictures  and additional information will be available as soon as Oleg will be back to South Africa.
Now, it will be necessary to define if the Traverse stop point” was a base Camp or what,  but we have to wait the information from Oleg;  and in this case a new WAP reference will be given to this one, while Whichaway Camp  and Wolf’s Fang Runway will be WAP MNB-11 and WAP MNB-12 respectively, See below:

 

Whichaway Camp – WAP MNB-11

At 85° 51”South, 11° 37′ 01”East  within the Schirmacher Oasis,  Whichaway Camp is located within the wider study area comprise the Indian  Maitri Research station (WAP IND-Ø3), and Russian  Novolazarevskaya Research station (WAP RUS-Ø9) from where Oleg RI1ANX did also operate on last 16 & 17 Jan.2019.

Whichaway Camp is on Shirmacher Oasis in Queen Maud Land, located between the edge of the Antarctic Ice Shelf, and the Novolazarevskaya Nivlisen (Nivi) Ice Shelf. Behind the camp is a frozen lake, then a giant ice fall, and then glaciers and ice as far as one could see, with Nunatak in the distance.  Arrival at Whichaway Camp is impressive and fascinating , a luxury hotel site in Antarctica; three centralized pods held the kitchen, lounge, and dining room and … more.
Following the operation of Oleg Sakharov RI1ANX of 30 jan. 2019 a New WAP reference WAP MNB-11 has been issued.

 

 

Wolf’s Fang Runway – WAP MNB-12

Wolfs Fang Runway (aka Wolf’s Fang Runway), 71°31’ South, 08°48’ East, is a private runway established by White Desert Ltd, a luxury travel company, at Antarctica to provide access for tourist to the company’s Whichaway Camp (WAP MNB-11) by transiting to Novo Runway. It is a re-establishment of a previous blue ice “Novo runway”  that was also known as Blue One Runway, WAP MNB-Ø6 ( which is located at 70° 49’ 31”South, 11° 31’ 41” Eas).

Following the operation of Oleg Sakharov RI1ANX of 27 jan. and 10 through 22 Febr. 2019 a New WAP reference WAP MNB-12 has been issued.

 

TNX Maxi DL-SWL, Nick RK1PWA & Oleg RI1ANX/ZS1ANF

Casey Station WAP AUS-Ø2, Happy 50th Birthday

Antarctic expeditioners celebrated the 50th  anniversary of the opening of Casey Research Station today. The station was officially opened on 19 February 1969, and named “Casey” in honour of the then Governor-General Sir Richard Casey, a staunch supporter of Australia’s early Antarctic program.

Australia’s presence in the region began a decade earlier in January 1959 when Australia took over the operation of the United States-built Wilkes station , on the Clarke Peninsula.

Director of the Australian Antarctic Division, Kim Ellis made a commemorative presentation to station leader Christine MacMillian while in his first visit to Antarctica.

Thanks and credit AAD.  

Read more at: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2019/50-years-of-history-at-casey-research-station

CASEY Station is referenced WAP AUS-Ø2 for  Antarctic chasers and WAP Award’s Program purposes.

Unused Antarctic research station to be reactivated

After 40 years, Polish Antarctic Research Station A. B. Dobrowolski at Bunger Hills will be reactivated.

The Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) has signed an agreement with Geoscience Australia establishing joint research in the Antarctic. The cooperation between the two countries includes the exchange of scientific thought and technology as well as the exchange of scientific data for the development of maritime and land research on the Antarctic continent. As a part of that agreement, the Polish Antoni Dobrowolski Station is set to be reactivated. Poland has two research stations in the Antarctic: the H. Arctowski Station in the Southern Shetlands, in constant use since 1977, and the Antoni Dobrowolski Station in the Bunger Oasis in eastern Antarctica, which has been unused since 1979.

Once reactivated, the facility is to act as a bridgehead to site an autonomous geophysics station on the exposed rocks of the Antarctic continent. The first Polish expedition to the Bunger Oasis in forty years is planned to leave in three to four years with the use of a modern Australian ice-breaker, the Nuyina.

Read more at: https://polandin.com/40616447/unused-antarctic-research-station-to-be-reactivated

Sebastian Gleich SQ1SGB remembers that Dobrowolski was only active in a short time’s  expeditions when Poland “cooperate” with Soviet Union. The reason is that it’s quite hard to get there without icebreaker and helicopters.(Pic here aside shows the old Gravimetric pavillon)

-I don’t know anyone who was there, but a good friend of mine–  Seba says  -collects lots of info about Dobrowolski station. I will ask him but now he is on Arctowski station till the month of May-.

Macquarie Station: Two new WAP References issued

We have learnt something we didn’t know before, and the various point of view have been transformed into certainty. Just to sum up, a revision of Macquarie paragraph on the WAP-WADA Directory will be as follow:

 

All the calls for which we don’t have details of the operation’s site will be consider as WAP AUS-Ø8, thus:

WAP AUS-Ø8 –Macquarie Station will incorporate “HUT HILL” (aka-Ham Shack) & Transmitter Hut (both are 500 mts from the Macquarie’s Station buildings)

 

WAP AUS-Ø9 – New reference
Brothers Point Hut Brauer Bay, Macquarie Island,  54°56’ 00” South, 158°52’56” East.

WAP AUS-1Ø – New reference
Waterfall Bay Hut, Waterfall Bay, Macquarie Island,  54°40’29” South, 158°23’37” East

While will not be an easy task to identify who did  operate from the several Huts & Refuges scattered around the coasts of Macquarie Island  and the dates of each one, te mail of Trevor VKØTH, forwarded on the Antarctic reflector by Mehdi F5PFP was a good surprise. Trevor says: -I operated from the Ham Shack on the hill at the Station, also operated from the Refuges at Brothers Point and Waterfall Bay-.

TNX F5PFP & VKØTH

Now we suggest the Antarctic chasers to check their cards to see  if there are some details that will allow WAP to allocate a correct reference to the so many Hamcalls operating from Macquarie in the past and recently.

We kindly ask the operators who have been active at Macquarie to inform WAP  by e-mail through wap_info@virgilio.it of the exact location they have been active from.

We suggests  the next operators at Macquarie, to mark the location of the operation site on their QSLcards .

Now a brief information on the two new References just issued:

Brothers Point Hut (WAP AUS-Ø9) is located on the east coast, 8 km south of Macquarie Station. The fiberglass hut, known as a “googie”, provides comfortable accommodation for three people but may fit five in an emergency. It is a popular destination for short duration field trips and is also used as a lunchtime or overnight stopping point as part of longer trips heading down the island.

The hut is accessed from the station via the overland Sandy Bay track, or along the picturesque east coast, when tide and swell conditions allow. The hut is also accessible via inflatable rubber boat, however opportunities to travel on water are typically limited by the weather and availability of suitably qualified boating personnel.

 

Waterfall Bay Hut  (WAP AUS-1Ø) is another “googie” style fiberglass hut similar to the one at Brother Point. It was installed in 1993-94 as a replacement for the original Lusitania Bay Hut located to the south.
The hut comfortably sleeps three people. As the crow flies, Waterfall Bay Hut is approximately 18 km south of Macquarie Station.

The hut is conveniently located for personnel travelling down island, and is well placed as a research base for the large king penguin colony at Lusitania Bay.
It is easily accessed via the Jessie Nichol track from the north, or the Mt. Martin track from the south. These tracks are subsidiaries of the main north-south overland track.

15-17 February 2019 “11th American LH Weekend” Chilean new ones

On the  weekend from 15th through 17th  Febr. 2019, Hams will get a chance to  work a couple of lighthouses located in the Chilean Tierra del Fuego Province, Magallanes Region. They are listed on the WAP-LH Directory and so far brand new-ones .

Pontón Muñoz Gamero Lighthouse  ARLHS CHI-NEW  WAP CHL-LH New

Faro Pontón Muñoz Gamerois a light house located at Punta del Rio, at the Punta Arenas Bay  at 53° 10′  33”  South, 70° 55′ 6” West .

The “Muñoz Gamero” (former “County of Peebles”)  was a large four-masted boat launched in Scotland in 1875. It was acquired by Chile in 1898 along with two other sailboats. After his active life, he started operating in 1966 as a pontoon reservoir in Bahía Muñoz Gamero and finally ended his days as a breakwater in Punta Arenas in 1975. It is the boat that made a hall for public relations of the Navy.

A full-day walk around the center of Punta Arenas includes 26 locations that connect the city’s rich heritage with memories of expeditions to Antarctica since the end of the 19th century. One of this place to visit, is the one on  which, a lighthouse seems to be mounted  is the shipwreck of the “Muñoz Gamero” Unfortunately, we have not been able to find any other more detailed information, sorry about that!
The site will be activated by CE8RPA

 

FARO BAHIA PORVENIR,  ARLHS CHI-034 , WAP CHL-LH New

Built in 1928 at 53° 18′ 56” South, 70° 27′ 26” West  the lighthouse Bahía Porvenir is a lighthouse located in Tierra del Fuego on Porvenir Bay on the Chilean Tierra del Fuego

Positioned at the entrance to the bay of the same name, it mainly guides the ferries that make the connection between Porvenir and Punta Arenas as well as fishing boats.

Bahía Porvenir LH will be activated by CE8RJN

Being located on the Chilean Antarctic territories, both lighthouses will also qualify for WAP-WADA CHL-13

15-17 February 2019 “11th American LH Weekend” Argentina New ones

Among the long list of Lighthouses that will be activated during the weekend from 15th through 17th  Febr. 2019, three of them will be particularly interesting from the Antarctic chasers as they are located in the Peri-Antarctic areas included on the WAP-WACA and on the WAP-LH Directory.

1) Old LH at Cabo San Pablo, ARLHS ARG 031, WAP ARG-LH-NEW. Callisign L2ØX

Hams from Tierra del Fuego will be on the air activating the two Lighthouses at Cabo San Pablo,  115.8 km from the city of Ushuaia, in the department of Rio Grande, second city of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands (Argentina). The lighthouse are located on the Cape of the same name, on an isolated mountain, very characteristic for its rounded shape that protrudes from the coastline. Its construction began on March 15, 1945, and during the month of December 1949 there was a seismic movement that caused a dangerous inclination of the tower, a situation that forced the removal of the luminous equipment and deactivated the signal. The building, still remains onsite and it will be activated for the first time in its history.

QSL direct to LU1XP

 

2) New LH at Cabo San Pablo, ARLHS ARG 074, WAP ARG-LH-NEW

Callsign LU2XWL/XP

In 1966 the reconstruction of the Lighthouse has been ordered and currently, the lighthouse is on a yellow pyramidal trunk tower 6 meters high, with a black triangle with its vertex down.

It also has a platform in the upper part to house the luminous lantern powered by photovoltaic solar energy, which gives it an optical range of 12.5 nautical miles.

Operators  will be LU2XWL & LU5XTS. QSL only direct to LU2XWL

 

Both Lighthouses (Grid Locator: FD65OQ) will be on the air the same day and in different bands and schedule in FT8 and SSB.

 

3) Les Eclaireurs LH, ARLHS ARG 016, WAP ARG-LH-ØØ5
Callisign LU8XW/XP 

Located in the Beagle Channel marking the approach to Ushuaia, the lighthouse guarding the sea entrance to Ushuaia,  is still in operation, since it was put into service on December 23, 1920.

It is remote-controlled, automated, uninhabited and is not open to the public. Electricity is supplied by solar-panels. The lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction, reached on short boat tours from Ushuaia. It is known to the Argentines as the Lighthouse at the End of the World (Faro del fin del mundo), although that name is misleading. Les Eclaireurs  lighthouse is often confused with the San Juan de Salvamento lighthouse on the east coast of the remote Isla de los Estados, that earned that nickname made famous by Jules Verne in the novel The Lighthouse at the end of the World, which is really  much further east.

QSL direct to: Radio Club Ushuaia, P. O. BOX 58, Ushuaia – Tierra Del Fuego,  V9410WAB, Argentina

Hut Hill, Macquarie a brand new WAP AUS-Ø9 Ref.

Macca Station Communications Tech, Norbert Trupp VK5MQ, is the Ham radio operator actually at Macquarie (WAP AUS-Ø8). He spends some of his spare time working other Hams worldwide operating as VKØAI from the shack set on Hut Hill, facing the East coast’s sea just in opposite site of the main building’s station of Macquarie.

Let’s not forget that Macquarie Island is rated in the top 10 of  “Most wanted” locations in the Ham world.

Using “Squid pole antenna” set outside the Ham Shack on Hut Hill it is reported that, so far, he logged nearly 1500 contacts worldwide.

Hut Hill, 54°29’57” South, 158°56’24” East is still a non WAP referenced site on the “Section 2 of the Sub-Antarctic Territories list” of WAP-WADA Directory.

Following the activity of Norbert as VKØAI, at the light of the evidence posted by himself on  http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island/this-week-at-macquarie-island/2019/this-week-at-macquarie-island-25-january-2019

 

A brand new WAP reference AUS-Ø9 has been issued.

Norbert, will remain in site till the end of March 2019

Antarctic Base Belgrano II (WAP ARG-Ø6), Happy Anniversary

BaseBelgrano II  was founded on February 5, 1979, to replace the Belgrano I (WAP ARG-Ø5). Subsequently, a third base, Belgrano III (WAP ARG-Ø7), was added, which was in operation from 1980 to 1984 when it was deactivated and evacuated on January 14, 1984,  due to the glaciological composition endangering personnel and equipment.

The only one of the three Bases that is still in operation is the Belgrano II (AP ARG-Ø6).

 

At present, after the shut down of Base Belgrano I on Jan.1980, after the deactivation of Base Belgrano III on Jan.1984, Belgrano II remains the Southernmost of the permanent bases of the Argentine Republic.

 

 

 

Be careful Belgrano I, II or III have not to be confused with the “Puerto Belgrano Naval Base” (BNPB)  (see the QSL hereby shown) which is the main base of the Armada Argentina; “Puerto Belgrano” is located to the South of the Province of Buenos Aires, in the city of Punta Alta,  24 km to the city of Bahía Blanca.

Vostok Station WAP RUS-13

Alexey  Turkeev, RD1AV is the  Season team leader  at Vostok  Station (WAP RUS-13). He is active in his spare time since last December 2018 and will be there until the end of February 2019 as RI1ANV , sometimes in tandem with Alex (Alexander Solodov, RX3ABI) signing  RI1ANM. They operate SSB, CW and FT8

 

RI1ANV QSL via  RN1ON (log is online at RI1ANV page on QRZ.com)

 

RI1ANM QSL via RX3ABI. QSLs should be available after Alex will be back home at June 2019

Redonda Island WAP ARG-23

Redonda Island 54° 51′ 49″South,  68° 28′ 54″ West,  is a small island territory at the mouth of Lapataia Bay, belonging to the Ushuaia Department of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands in the southern tip of Argentina.

 

It is surrounded by the waters of the inter-oceanic pass called the Beagle Channel, in the Pacific Ocean. It has an area of about 50 hectares. Its maximum length is 1022 mts and its maximum width is 840 mts.

On the island, more than 100 years old, the prisoners built  a large structure used as Hut residence of which, ruins still remain in site. Actually,  a small detachment of the Naval Prefecture hosts 3 person and the site is equipped  with a kitchen, dining room, two rooms and a radio room that serves to communicate with all ships and boats that navigate the area.

 

 

As per WAP Directory, Redonda Island is incorporate on the Sub Antarctic Territory, reference  WAP ARG-23

Wolf’s Fang Runway, WAP MNB-NEW

Wolfs Fang Runway (aka Wolf’s Fang Runway), 71°31’ South, 08°48’ East, is a private runway established by White Desert Ltd, a luxury travel company, at Antarctica to provide access for tourist to the company’s Whichaway Camp (WAP MNB-NEW) by transiting to Novo Runway.

It is a re-establishment of a previous blue ice “Novo Runway”  that was also known as Blue One Runway, WAP MNB-Ø6 (which is located at 70° 49’ 31”South, 11° 31’ 41” Eas).

As soon as some Hams will operate from there, a New WAP reference will be issued.

EM1UA & EM1U , Ukrainian Research Station Vernadsky WAP UKR-Ø1

Vernadsky Station (WAP UKR-Ø1)

Vernadsky Research Base (WAP UKR-Ø1), the only Ukrainian station in Antarctica, is located on Galindez Island in the Bellingshausen Sea, close to the Antarctic Peninsula, some 2,700 kilometers away from the South Pole.

Ukraine is one of the 30 countries in the world, which has its permanent station in Antarctica, which operates all year round. A team of 26 Ukrainian biologists, geologists, and engineers is to spend more than two months conducting important scientific research, according to the National Antarctic Scientific Center , the Ukrainian public body formed in 1993, responsible for coordination, managing and executing Ukrainian activities in Antarctica..

The 24th Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition  set sail for the icy continent last Jan. 18th.  Roman Bratchyk, UT7UA (ex UA1OT & UB5KBE, UX1KA, pic aside), is among the Team actually  travelling to reach Vernadsky Base, Galindez Island; Ronan will operate on HF Bands on his spare time, signing EM1UA and EM1U .

QSL via UT7UA:
Roman Bratchyk , Post office Box-19, Kyiv, 01001 Ukraine
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According to Pavlo UT1KY (a Ukrainian Antarctic veteran), it will take 2-3 weeks to reach the site, so we do not expect to hear Ronan before the beginning of February. The license issued, will expire 1st February 2020.

TNX UT1KY

In 1996 the British Faraday Station (WAP GBR-Ø6) was transferred to the members of the 1st Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition and then renamed to the Akademik Vernadsky Station which is capable of supporting complex and systematic scientific research in Antarctica.

WAP ARG-29, New Entry in WAP Directory

A revision has been made on Argentina Sub Antarctic Tierra del Fuego (WAP ARG-23).  At the light of new evidence showing Huts and Navy outposts, 2 New Ref. (WAP ARG-29 & WAP ARG-3Ø) has been issued; today we’ll see WAP ARG-29.

The  Isla de los Estados (Staten Island) is located in the South Atlantic Ocean to the east of Miter peninsula of the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego, from which it is separated by the 24 km of the Le Maire Strait. It belongs to the Department Ushuaia of the Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands province .

The entire archipelago is administered by the Government of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands with the participation of the National Administration of National Parks and the Argentine Navy, which together make up the mixed Commission of Isla de los Estados.

Let’s have a quick view of this New WAP reference for Argentina Sub Antarctic Territories:

WAP ARG-29 – Isla de los Estados (Staten island)  54°47′00″South, 64°15′00″West, hosts a scientific station (pic aside) of the CADIC (Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas). In other sites of the Island,  there are Scientific Stations that study different aspects of flora, fauna, etc. which, forced us to decide to inserted Isla de los Estados  as a “New entry into the WAP Directory.

WAP ARG-29 will also include: San Juan de Salvamento LH (WAP ARG-LH-Ø7), Puerto Parry  &  Com. Luis Piedrabuena Naval oupost-

Puerto Parry where the Navy post is the only refuge (See last pic below). The guard of the post changes every 45 days and the young soldiers remain there in the middle of that paradise of solitude. Only a radio and a radar link them with the base of Ushuaia.

Com. Luis Piedrabuena Naval oupost (Apostadero Naval Piedrabuena) of the Argentine Navy.

(Historical Note: Piedrabuena was the sole owner of the island, after the National Congress granted him the ownership of the island, along with an island at the mouth of the Santa Cruz River, which he named Pavón. He believed that in order to defend the sovereignty of this still-gestating state, it was necessary to give life to these places by populating them).

Antarctic Activity Week , get ready to join !

In the last issue of Radio Ref. January 2019, the French radio magazine there an article about the  16th AAW  (Antarctic Activity Week) , written by François  F8DVD – TM16AAW  .

This unique event, promoted by WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program) has been  launched  16 years ago by WW Ham Radio community and lasting continuously  every year. Purposes of the event is  to draw attention to the Antarctic Continent,  to share what  Nations and Organizations are doing to protect this still non contaminated corner of the world, to share a WW message of peace.

TNX François  F8DVD – TM16AAW.

 

One of the last entry in this year’s edition of the AAW is KØANT, WAP-198, a special Club callsign (Kansas Antenna Club)

TNX Jim, KBØMZF, Secretary and Trustee for KØANT

WAP Directories; New release online

2019 Edition  of the WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA directories (release 1.33 of Jan 16th 2019) have been uploaded on WAP website together with the IK6CAC software (release 032 to manage your WAP Awards). The 2019’s edition contains the new entries such as new Antarctic sites come to light  or identified last year.
WAP-Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Lighthouse 2019’s edition is online as well, with the issued references and a list of callsigns that qualify each of the references assigned.

Chasers can download and print  the Directories that for convenience, have been uploaded in pdf  format.

Don’t forget that WAP Directories are a unique WW tool to follow Antarctica since the epic era.

Research Vessel “Hespérides”, heading to Antarctica

The oceanographic research vessel  R/V Hespérides  of the Spanish Navy,  is sailing to the frozen Continent to participate in the XXXII Spanish Antarctic Campaign. About two hundred scientists and technicians will be in charge of the research projects, which will be carried out in the transits of the ship which will serve as a platform for carrying out 24 research projects. The deglaciation of the Antarctic, the activity of submarine volcanoes and the impact of parasites and contaminants on the penguin’s immune system, are some of the most outstanding projects in the XXXII Spanish Antarctic Campaign.
One of the interesting things of this Antarctic campaign,  is that R/V Hespérides hoists in its forward mast, the commemorative emblem of the V Centenary of the first round the world made by Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián de Elcano. The frigate’s captain José Emilio Regodón, commander of the ship, explained that during the voyage they will stop at the ports of Montevideo (Uruguay) and Ushuaia (Argentina) to later go to the South Shetland Islands to support the Antarctic Spanish Bses down there.

Spain has two bases in Antarctica: Juan Carlos I (WAP ESP-Ø1) and Gabriel de Castilla (WAP ESP-Ø2). R/V Hespérides will also support international research in Colombia, the United Kingdom, Chile, Norway, Brazil and Portugal.

Whichaway Camp, Antarctica WAP MNB-NEW

At 70° 45’ 51”South, 11° 37′ 01”East  within the Schirmacher Oasis,  Whichaway Camp  (WAP MNB-NEW) is located within the wider study area comprise the Indian  Maitri Research station (WAP IND-Ø3), and Russian  Novolazarevskaya Research station (WAP RUS-Ø9).

Whichaway Camp is on Shirmacher Oasis in Queen Maud Land, located between the edge of of the Antarctic Ice Shelf, and the Novolazarevskaya Nivi Ice Shelf; behind camp there is  a frozen lake, then a giant ice fall, and then glaciers and ice as far as one could see, with Nunatak in the distance.  Arrival at Whichaway Camp is impressive and fascinating , a luxury hotel site in Antarctica; three centralized pods held the kitchen, lounge, and dining room and … more; just watch and enjoy the video!

As soon as some Hams will operate from there, a New WAP reference will be given.