Ukrainian Special Stations join the 200th Anniversary of discovering Antarctica

From the 1st to the 28th of February  Ukrainian SES will join the WW Antarctic celebrations for the 200th Anniversary of the epic discover  by Faddey Bellingshausen,  captain of  the vessel “Vostok” and  Mikhail Lazarev  commander of  “S/V Mirny”.

Both station will join the 17th Antarctic Activity Week : EM2ØØANT, WAP-3Ø5 and EN2ØØANT, WAP-3Ø6.

QSL via UT1KY , who reminds the Antarctic chasers his book Antarctica is the sixth continent” ( see UT1KY on QRZ.com to get all details on how to get it)

TNX Pavlo, UT1KY

Refugio Cormorán, at Orcadas Base

This Refuge  is a resting place where to take shelter  in case of  bad conditions or any other problematic situations with the weather or navigation. It lays inside the perimeter of Base Orcadas (WAP ARG-15) which is located on Laurie Island where at Cormoràn Point,  lies the homonymous refuge of Argentine flag (see pic aside).
Cormoran Refuge is active throughout the year  providing support to patrols and biological works.

It was asked if Cormoran Refuge could be a “New Entry” on WAP-WADA Directory; but being located near the Base it could not be considered as a separate entity, unless a specific future HF activation by some willing Hams, providing detailed location,  such as the real distance from the Orcadas Base main buildings.

Concordia Station WAP MNB-Ø3- Up date by Marco IAØ/DK5SQX

-Professionally speaking, all fine here at Concordia- says Marco IAØ/DK5SQX –Our LIDAR instrument (Optical Radar used to make high-resolution maps, with applications in geodesy, geomagnetics, geography, geology and many other fields), works well and produce excellent results-.

On the radio wise, I will try to rip of some days to make few QSOs , also because the worldwide request is high. The main problem is that the Radio room is the center of the  Base operations,  and I can’t use it during the Base time work. In addition I must be followed by one of the radio room responsible and not only that is available to make some extra time watching me when I call CQ, particularly at night time!

I will try hard … but I’m  doubtful!

At the end of next week I will leave  Concordia to return back in Australia  with the French Icebreaker. I will stop for a while (one week) at Dumond D’Urville (WAP FRA-Ø1) and from there , sailing to Hobart  with  five navigation days.

I don’t know if the French Leader at DDU will allow me to operate, but for sure, I will ask.

TNX Marco IAØ/DK5SQX

Brazil will reopen its Antarctica base Comandante Ferraz  (WAP BRA-Ø2)

The Brazilian Navy will inaugurate its new 4,500 m² Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF) this month of January 2020.

The modular research facility, located in King George Island in the Keller Peninsula, has been designed by Estudio 41, the Brazilian project houses labs, operations and living quarters, and could be mistaken for an art museum or boutique hotel
Representatives from Brazil’s scientific community and government will head to Antarctica this month to inaugurate its new Comandante Ferraz Research Station (WAP BRA-Ø2), which replaces a facility lost to fire in 2012.
The base with the loss of two lives was destroyed by an explosion in February 2012, caused by a fire which raged through the compound where marine research work is carried out.

Apparently the fire started in a machine room housing energy generators before destroying the entire station, which had been built in 1984. Fifty-nine people were stationed at the base on King George Island when the fire broke out.

The coolest architecture on Earth is in Antarctica is really represented in the  two low-slung buildings, designed by Estudio 41, a Brazilian architecture firm, house laboratories, operational support and living quarters – and could be mistaken for an art museum or a boutique hotel.

Throughout the 20th Century, architecture in Antarctica was a pragmatic, largely makeshift affair, focused on keeping the elements out and the occupants alive. In 1959, the Antarctic Treaty dedicated the continent to research. Since then scientists have come in growing numbers, with ever more complex needs. Construction in Antarctica, long the purview of engineers, is now attracting designer architects looking to bring aesthetics – as well as efficiency, durability and energy improvements – to the Earth’s coldest neighbourhood. “As architects, we are concerned with human comfort, so we set out to create a kind of atmosphere that would promote well-being,”  said Emerson Vidigal, a principal at the firm.

More interesting  info at:
https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/real-estate/the-coolest-architecture-on-earth-is-in-antarctica

Read more at: https://en.mercopress.com/2019/10/10/brazil-will-reopen-its-antarctica-base-comandante-ferraz-next-january

Let’s hope that now, as in the past,  the Ferraz Base (WAP BRA-Ø2) will also be a chance for radio operators to be active on HF Ham bands to share with the world, the voice of this corner of the Icy Continent.

WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA Directories

Release 1.35 (Jan. 1st 2020) of both WAP-WACA and WAP-WACA directories are now loaded on the Download section.
Check: http://www.waponline.it/wap-awards_download-rules/wap-wada__wap-waca_directories/

Release 034 (Jan. 1st 2020) of the updated IK6CAC software to manage the Awards is now available at:  http://www.waponline.it/wap-awards_download-rules/ik6cac-dbase-update/

New Release of the WAP Antarctic and Sub Antarctic Light House Directory (update Jan. 1st 2020) is also available at:
http://www.waponline.it/wap-antarctic-sub-antarctic-light-house-directory/

Enjoy Antarctica, Enjoy WAP … we are with you since 1979!

TNX IK1GPG & IK6CAC

Russian Robinson Club – R2ØØANT Special event and Award Rules

The R2ØØANT event launched by Russian Robinsons Club is involving Hams (OM/SWL) from all over the world. Begun last Jan 1st it will last till 31st March 2020. A special Award activity dedicated to the «200 years of Discovery of Antarctica» that includes Award, Plaque and Trophy can be followed on RRC website https://rrc.hamlog.ru/?locale=en.

R2ØØANT is very active on all bands, all modes

Awards can be immediately downloaded and personally printed by accessing at:  https://hamlog.ru/dl.php?i=1319111

If you think to have achieved enough score, or if you just wish to check, enter https://hamlog.ru/dl.php?i=1319111 just put you callsign on the central window, select if you wish a jpeg or a  pdf format  and go!

Last day of the requests for the Awards program is 30.04.2020
TNX RZ3EC

R2ØØANT Special event Award with pictures and rules is now published on WAP website at:

http://www.waponline.it/worldwide-antarctic-awards/russia/ 

A special WAP reference WAP-3Ø4 has just been issued to R2ØØANT which operation falls into the WAP  Antarctic Activity Week (http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2020/) 10-17 Febr. 2020.

Little Dome C Field Camp, a “New Entry” on WAP-WADA Directory

75° 21’ 54.5” South, 122° 24′ 49.3” East, on the Eastern Antarctic Plateau, , approximately 40 km at SW from Concordia Research Station (WAP MNB-Ø3) , Little Dome C (aka know as Dome Circe, Dome Charlie or Little Concordia) is the site of ice core drilling by field teams of several nations.

This Field Camp is really a Research Station,  where the “Beyond EPICA Oldest Ice Project” coordinated and  logistically supported by ENEA and IPEV make the core drilling to verify new sampling point that can go back in time. International team,  plans to extract 1.5-million-year-old ice that holds secrets about the planet’s ancient climate.

This year, scientists on the team, which includes 12 groups from 10 European countries, start drilling to the bottom of the 2.75 kilometers thick ice sheet at a site there.

Little Dome C Field Camp was established at an elevation of 3,233 meters (10,607 ft) above sea level, is one of several summits or “domes” of the Antarctic Ice Sheet,  1200 km from the coast, with an ice thickness of 2643 m and with an average annual temperature of -55°C.

At the light of the information acquired and the availability of several  pictures that shown the Field Camp, Little Dome C will be add to the WAP-WADA Directory as MNB-NEW  … hope some days this site can be “on Air” by some Hams among the researchers!

R2ØØANT 200 years of Discovery of Antarctica

Russian Robinson Club will celebrate the 200 years of Discovery of Antarctica. Starting Jan. 1st through March 31st the most important Russian Club (RRC) will be on air using a special callsign R2ØØANT (WAP-3Ø4) QSL via RZ3EC.
Special RRC Award and special Plaque  (see pics  below) will be issued for this event; rules will come later

History: The military sloops “Vostok” and “Mirny” set off for the first Antarctic expedition from Kronstadt in 1819. The main task of the campaign was to prove the existence of the sixth continent. The captain of “Vostok” Faddey Bellingshausen led the expedition. “Mirny” was commanded by Mikhail Lazarev. On January 27, 1820 ships crossed the Antarctic Circle. During the sailing, “Vostok” and “Mirny” circled around the entire Antarctic continent, discovered and marked on the map many new islands and lands, and collected a unique ethnographic collection.

A special WAP reference WAP-3Ø4 has just been issued to R2ØØANT which operation falls into the WAP  Antarctic Activity Week (http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2020/) 10-17 Febr. 2020. A great opportunity for the Antarctic chasers to celebrate the 2ØØ anniversary  of discovery Antarctica together with the brothers of Russian Robinson Club and log something new !

TNX Eugene Shelkanovtsev, RZ3EC

Polar DX Group now on Facebook

A good choice has been taken by Mehdi F5PFP, for many years Antarctic chaser, Expeditionners and launcher of the Antarctica List mail box hosted at Yahoo.com, to share and alert Hams on the new operation from Arctic and Antarctic lands.

Mehdi wrote: -Some of you experienced problems to connect the Yahoo Antarctica list. It is now an obsolete tool that will maybe disappear soon according to several sources, that’s why we decided to QSY before a possible final shut down. Feel you free to join us on the Facebook Polar DX Group-.

Starting from Jan.2020, Antarctica list mail box will not be fed  by new information.  the suggestion is to sign into the new Facebook page to join the group as already done by several Hams and chasers WW,  and set it in your quick links

Polar DX Group is at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1961114967367742/

TNX Mehdi F5PFP

Halley VI Base WAP GBR-37 & Halley VI-a WAP GBR-4Ø

On February 2017,  British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has successfully relocated Halley VI Research Station (WAP GBR-37) to its new home on the floating extension of the grounded ice sheet  of Brunt Ice Shelf at 75°34’05”South, 25°30’30”West.

The “Moving Halley project” (Start date 5 April 2015-End date 6 April 2018) begun with the study and planning of feasibility and it took 13 weeks to move the world’s first fully relocatable research facility,  23 km across the ice from its original site which was at 75°36’56”South, 26°07’52”West.

See a nice video report, filmed by Stuart Holroyd, British Antarctic Survey at:

Being the actual position set 23 km away the previous one, WAP (as well as Antarctic Challenge of Mehdi F5PFP) will consider it eligible to get a brand new WAP reference. At the light of this evidence, WAP-WADA directory will be updated as follow:

Halley VI Base remains WAP GBR-37 while Halley VI-a  Base starting April 2018 will entering as WAP GBR-4Ø.
VP8HAL is actually active from Halley VI-a; this operation will enter into the new reference.
Read more at: https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/moving-halley/

Thanks and credit British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

17th Antarctic Activity Week on REF Magazine

We’re proud to publish two pages written by a keen  Antarctic chaser, François Bergez F8DVD,  shown on the January issue of the French REF magazine .
François is joining the Antarctic Activity Week since the first edition and he is continuing since then .

By sending the magazine he said: -I am happy to send you the article I have written for the 17th Antarctic Activity Week, of next February.  Hope it will be a great event as usual !-

All my best regards  and Best wishes for a Merry Christmas for all WAP enthusiasts’ !

François  F8DVD -TM70TAAF-TM17AAW

F8DVD will be on the air in January 2020, signing TM7ØTAAF (WAP-301) to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the TAAF (French Southern and Antarctic Lands) QSL via F8DVD

(See: http://www.waponline.it/tm7otaaf-wap-301/)

Some TAAF official publications about TM7ØTAAF can be seen at :

https://www.facebook.com/228612687183039/posts/2813477258696556/?d=n

and….

https://twitter.com/TAAFofficiel/status/1207652711757426690?s=08

TNX F8DVD

WAP MNB-Ø3 Concordia Station update

While the international Team of the Summer Campaign 2019-2020 at Concordia Station sends Merry Christmas & Season’s greetings, Marco (IK5SQX/DK5SQX) has just informed that he will try today Sunday Dec. 22, to be on air from this rare spot in Antarctica: Concordia Station a French-Italian multinational Base in Antarctica (WAP MNB-Ø3).

He will use IAØ/DK5SQX callsign and will be on 20 mts (indicatively 14.285 +/-) starting 12:00 GMT,  to test condition.

In a message, Marco said to have has just work HSØZMY;  he also said to have heard many stations mostly from Asia, but they didn’t copy him. He will try again at 17,00 UTC on 14285. The problem is that he has to walk 20 minutes from where he lives to the Radio room plus 10 min to dress and undress (outside temp.  is -40°C.)

Marco (pic to the right) sends few pics of the Radio room and equipments as well as the antenna, all managed by a touch screen as trasnsmitter and antenna are in a remote site.

We wish to thank immensely the Base Leader to allow Marco working on HF bands, sure that this few hours of TX-RX  could also be a kind of tech test to perform, in a remote site of Antarctica  

Wishing all the Hams Antarctic chasers good luck , hope you can shortly put IAØ/DK5SQX in the log.

QRX for following sked
TNX Marco IAØ/DK5SQX

Marco IK5SQX has finally reached Concordia

Marco IK5SQX (the one with yellow & black dress in the picture aside) has left Casey Base this morning and he’s just arrived at Concordia Station after 4 hours fly  aboard of the Chinare Balser plane.

Having lost his baggage at Hobart, he is just dressed with the AAD colors while waiting someone will find the bags and send it to Concordia Station

-At the moment I have various things to do and am unable to tell you when I will start radio operations- he said in a message.

A couple of days to get organized and he will try to show up on the air. Marco has access to the radio in post-working hours;  (QRX for  sked times)

There is an inverted Vee antenna down there, and he must check it before, to see that everything works fine. He will also inform us which equipment is available over there.

More info to follow

TNX Marco IAØ/IK5SQX

IAØ/IK5SQX daily update

Update received 16th Dec. at 15:00 GMT. Marco is in Antarctica now, but he still stands at Casey Base (WAP AUS-Ø2). The Basler plane that should have taken him to Concordia, couldn’t fly due to adverse weather conditions and strong wind in the area.

In the meantime, while waiting for better weather to fly, Marco (who sent us some pics of Casey) will ask permission to operate the Radio equipment at the Base; he said: -I noticed inverted Vee antennas in a kind of remote Camp little far away the Base- .

Trying  IK5SQX/VKØ should be a great opportunity … he will try to do his best and for sure the Hamradio world will be grateful to the Base expedition leader if Marco will be allowed to use the equipment and be on air even for a short time.

More info to follow.

TNX IK5SQX actually at the Australian Casey Base, Antarctica

Antarctic summer campaign 2019-2020 – Hamradio activity update

IAØ/IK5SQX-IAØ/DK5SQX Concordia Station WAP MNB-Ø3
Marco
is in Antarctica now. He sent a picture showing the plane flying on the Icy Continent (See picture received from him). Marco did land at the Australian Casey Base;  at the moment he should be already at Concordia Station. Marco promised to let the chasers know when he can operate  (he expects to have some spare time to operate). He’s in Antarctica to install a LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) system but

VP8HAL Halley VI Base  WAP  GBR-37
In spite of the sked frequency suggested by himself (14305 & 7170) Seba did show up on 14240 and 7182 and has been worked in EU and USA as well. Yesterday Seba indicated he will be working out in the field for the next 5 or so days away from Halley VI (TNX K4MZU).

ZS7ANT Whichaway Camp WAP MNB-11
Oleg
has been reported operating on 30 & 40 meters bands. No ways to reach him so far  in order to set skeds; see what we can do shortly.

DP1POL Neumayer III Base WAP DEU-Ø8
Felix DL5XL
should be on the air at any time

KC4USV McMurdo Station WAP USA-22
Chris Cianflone W2RTO
, is signing  KC4USV at McMurdo Station, mostly operating FT8 on 14.075 MHz. He heads home on February 21. QSL via K7MT

KC4AAC Palmer Station WAP USA-23
Operator sporadically active , but no more reports since last November

8J1RL Syowa base WAP JAP-Ø3
Operator in active on Digi modes only. QSL via Bureau or direct to JG2MLI

ZL5A Scott base WAP NZL-Ø1
ZL4ASC Adam Campbell
was last reported working FT8 on sept-2019. No more info since then.

IAØ/DK5SQX  Concordia Station,  WAP MNB-Ø3

Marco , IK5SQX-DK5SQX has  just informed that he’s  still at Hobart waiting  to fly to the coastal Casey Base, WAP AUS-Ø2 (picture aside) and from there, with a Basler plane to Concordia, but all depends on the weather; scheduling are updated every 16 hours  so everyone can imagine how the weather  condition can modify the plans.

Hobart is currently the home airport for the AAD intercontinental Antarctic air link service

The previewed trip with the I/B Astrolabe to Base Prud’Homme   was cancelled due to some tech issues of the Icebreaker , so the program has been rescheduled and changed. On the changing program, all of its baggage has been  lost and last night he was at Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) to find something to dress.

Marco will inform when he will reach Concordia  (WAP MNB-Ø3) and when he will be be ready to operate  from there; callsign will not be IAØDC but probably IAØ/DK6SQX or IAØ/IK5SQX.

That’s all for the moment,  stay tuned and turn the antenna to the South

TNX Marco IK5SQX-DK5SQX

Halley VI Base, VP8HAL ready to be “On the Air”

Sebastian Gleich, SQ1SGB is at Halley VI Base (WAP GBR-37) since the last Dec. 5th. He did try to find a way to hang antenna between the stations modules, but length between modules was too small to hang 40m Inverted Vee. Finally Seba was able to hang it , just 3m up on small container. 1,5 SWR on 40m but high SWR on 20m; after lots of adjustments also 20mts works ok.

Yesterday  dec. 12th,  he sent a message explaining to be active on 7.170 MHz and 14.305 MHz each day at  01:00 AM UTC for 1 hour.

Seba has a lot of field work out of the base, but for time to time he can be active. Skeds are set as follow:

10:00 UTC 7170 LSB, 16:30-17:00 UTC 14305 USB and again 22:00 UTC on 7170 MHz.

Good hunting!

TNX Seba SQ1SGB/VP8HAL & Gabry IK1NEG.

Argentina’s Antarctic Summer Campaign 2019/2020

A ceremony on board the I/B Almirante Irizar begun with the Argentine National Anthem, then the chaplain Luis Eduardo Scrinzi made a religious invocation to bless the unit crew members who will be part of the next Antarctic mission.

Then, the  Antarctic Joint Commander, Gen. Francisco Treviranus, took the floor and said: “Once again, battered by the steel of this magnificent ship and under the protection of the glorious wings of the Fatherland, we prepared to begin a new Antarctic Campaign”

I/B Almirante Irizar sailed from the Naval Apostadero Buenos Aires under the command of Frigate Captain Maximiliano Mangiaterra, bowed towards the white continent to support scientific activities; resupply the Argentine Antarctic bases of food, materials and replace personnel.

On November 26, 2019, the icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar, began the download at the Esperanza Base (WAP ARG-Ø4), then continuing with the Petrel (WAP ARG-17), Marambio (WAP ARG-21), Carlini Station (WAP ARG-2Ø),  Orcadas (WAP ARG-15), Belgrano II (WAP ARG-Ø6), San Martín (WAP ARG-Ø8), Brown (WAP ARG-Ø2) and Primavera Base (WAP ARG-Ø).

The Video below shows the supply of Esperanza Base (WAP ARG-Ø4) from I/B ARA Almirante Irízar.

Read more at:

http://www.marambio.aq/cav201920.html?utm_source=email_marketing&utm_admin=12&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Boletin_de_Noticias_Diciembre_Enero

TNX Fundacion Marambio  (info@marambio.aq)

The eight main Argentina’s bases are ready for a new 2019-2020 Antarctic Campaign;  at the moment we don’t know if among the personnel there are Ham Radio operators to be active on HF, or if eventually the official callsign of the Bases will be on the air …let’s keep our finger crossed!

Australian Antarctic Medal

The Australian Antarctic Medal, established in 1987, is an award in the Meritorious Service Awards category of the Australian Honours System. The Australian Antarctic Medal replaced the (British) Imperial Polar Medal and its variations which date back to 1857 for service in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

The Australian Antarctic Medal is awarded by the Governor-General with the authority of the Queen to an Australian citizen or other person nominated by the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Antarctic matters, who has given “outstanding service in scientific research or exploration, or in support of such work, in the course of, or in connection with, an Australian Antarctic Expedition”. Recipients of the Australian Antarctic Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “AAM”.

Anyone may nominate an expeditioner for an Australian Antarctic Medal.

The Governor-General announces the awards in a special Honours List on Midwinter’s Day, 21 June, a time of traditional significance to all who have worked in the Antarctic.

Read more at: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/about-antarctica/australia-in-antarctica/australian-antarctic-medal?fbclid=IwAR1h23cAcxRKwBmNESeiuNXVHKaif-khp3WRZDACS-FLcwNKHpDGdR7DKJo

TM7ØTAAF WAP-301

TM7ØTAAF WAP-301

The French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) are an overseas territory which has been created in 1955 and which comprises the Crozet and Kerguelen archipelagos, the islands of Saint-Paul and Amsterdam, the Adélie Land on the Antarctic continent, and, since 2007, the îles Eparses – Scattered Islands (Europa, Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Bassas da India and Tromelin). The TAAF are under the authority of the Prefect who at the same time is the High Commissioner of the territory. He thus, not only represents the French State but is also directly in charge of the collectivity.

In WAP-WADA Directory all this area is listed separately and each of the sites hold a specific WAP Reference.  To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the TAAF, François Bergez F8DVD will sign TM7ØTAAF (WAP-301). QSL via F8DVD

The TAAF(Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises) are spread out between the 11th and 90th parallel South and therefore comprise a territory stretching from the tropics to the South Pole. Owing to its geographic isolation and historically limited human settlement, these territories are of great scientific and environmental value.

Over several decades the TAAF have hosted many research projects on all of its five districts. Research activities range from life to space sciences. In the southern islands and Adélie Land, these studies are performed by the IPEV (French Polar Institute) in close collaboration with the TAAF.

Thanks and credit to: https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/indian-ocean/taaf.htm

17th Antarctic Activity Week

17th Antarctic Activity Week, will be on air from  10  to  17 February 2020.

It’s time to book your special callsign.

Launching the 17th AAW,  WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program), invites all Radio Amateurs (OMs & SWLs) around the world, Clubs and Organizations  as  well  as other important groups and  individual operators  WW, to join and share with us, this initiative.

Again our intention is to draw your attention to the Antarctic Continent, and AAW is the unique event WW where Hams (in any corners of the world,  and not necessarily in Antarctica)  wish to celebrate and improve Worldwide interest around the Icy Continent.

Info and list of partecipants at:

http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2020/

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

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

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

TNX Miguel Angel LU8XU

Flag raising Ceremony at MZS (WAP ITA-Ø1)

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

TNX PNRA

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNX Radio Club Ushuaia and LU1XU Miguel

Italian Air Force returns to Antarctica after 20 years

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

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

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

Thanks and credit to the Italian Air Force.

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

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

TNX IK2IWU, IZ1GJK, IK1GPG & IK1QFM  and ARI Mondovì

Seba SQ1SGB will sign VP8HAL @ Halley VI

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

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

TNX SQ1SGB & IK1NEG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNX DL5XL

ZS7ANF a new Antarctic season by Oleg Sakharov

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

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

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

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

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

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

More info will come as soon as available

TNX Oleg ZS7ANF & Dominik DL5EBE

A chance to activate Cape Prud’Homme Station ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cape Prud’Homme  WAP MNB-NEW

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

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

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

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

VP8CTR, James Wordie Hut, WAP GBR-Ø7

Hans DL6JGN has recently received a VP8CTR QSL via DL5EBE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNX Seba SQ1SGB

Russia in Antarctica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

China’s Antarctic Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russia to celebrate 200th anniversary discovery of Antarctica by Bellingshausen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Dome-Fuji Station WAP JPN-Ø4

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Colombia plans to establish Scientific Station in Antarctica

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Info from Volker Strecke, DL8JDX, Antarctic Veteran

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

DPØGVN, Neumayer III, Op: Andreas, DL3LRM

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/dp0gvn

VK0HZ, Davis, Op: Matt, VK5HZ

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/vk0hz

ZL5A, Scott, Op: Adam, ZL4ASC

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/zl5a

8J1RL, Syowa, Op: Yath, JG2MLI

See  http://www.qrz.com/db/8j1rl

Good hunting! Volker, DL8JDX Antarctic Overwintering Expeditions:

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

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

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

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

LU5ZB an ancient QSL from Melchior Base WAP ARG-13

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

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

TNX Norbert Maibaum (DL SWL)

 

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

 

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

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

Republica del Ecuador Refuge, Brand new WAP ECU-Ø2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNX F5PFP

Antarctica, the first sun appears at Concordia Station

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

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

Antarctic winter still stands.

 

Welcome to the light to the overwintering Team!

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

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

Thanks and credit to: Daniel McCurdy

 

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

Mizuho Station, WAP JPN-Ø2

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

Since 1986 no HamRadio operations have taken place from there.

 

New Historical site in Antarctica- Larsen Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whaling stations of Stromness Bay and Husvik

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Portugal marks 10 years of presence in Antarctica

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refugio Cabo Gutierrez Vargas  and abandoned Chilean site in Antarctica

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

TNX F5PFP & IZ8EWB