Merry Christmas from WAP

WAP Staff wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Tho the thousands of our readers, to the Antarctic WAP followers, to the personnel actually involved in the so very remote Research bases  in Antarctica, to the Hams Worldwide who enjoy Antarctica as we do,

Season’s Greetings

Max IK1GPG, Betty IK1QFM, Gianni I1HYW, Floyd KK3Q @ Worldwide Antarctic Program

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

Pavlo Tarasovych, UT1KY “Antarctica, the sixth Continent”

Last tuesday dec. 17,  Pavlo Tarasoviych UT1KY,  was the guest author in a presentation of the book “Antarctica, the sixth Continent” to the students of the high school .
Pavlo Tarasovych (Ham radio callsign UT1KY)  is a Ukrainian biologist; from 2000 to 2001 he was a member of the fifth Ukrainian Antarctic scientific expedition.
Antarctica has always been a land of interests by researchers from different countries, people want to know more about its plant and animal world. In his book, the author gives historical references and reports from the southern continent and the Ukrainian ” Academic Vernadsky ” Station (WAP UKR-Ø1).

A significant interest to the reader is a description of animals and birds that the pictorial book contains. Being a source of interest, the book  will capture not only the fantasy of the children or the wish to learn of students but also all those who love nature.

If interested, the book can be requested directly to: Pavlo Tarasovych, P.O. Box 85, Rivne, 33027, Ukraine

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.

Chilean Air Force C130 crashed on the way to Antarctica

A very shocked news did reach the Antarctic community.

A Chilean C130 with 38 souls aboard, tragically crashes into the Drake Passage halfway from Punta Arenas to the Chilean Eduardo Frei Montalva Antarctic Air Base (WAP CHL-Ø5) on King George Island.

The aircraft took off monday dec. 9th from the southern city of Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT) heading to the main Chilean Base in Antarctica to provide logistical support to that Base.

Drake Passage is a body of water connecting the South Atlantic and South Pacific oceans, and is known for treacherous weather conditions. Local weather was good at the time of the plane’s disappearance and would have had enough fuel to keep airborne until 00:40.

Air Force Gen Francisco Torres said that the search for the plane had “begun immediately” after it had failed to arrive at the military base in Antarctica. Eight planes and four ships are taking part in the search operation. An initial overflight of the area where communication was lost failed to yield any sign of the missing plane. Rescuers are currently searching inside a 60-mile radius from the last point of contact.

Chile operates nine bases  in Antarctica.

TNX and credit: https://www.elinformadorchile.cl/2019/12/09/tragedia-avion-c130-hercules-de-la-fach-se-estrella-con-38-pasajeros-al-sur-de-la-antartica/

Czeck plays an important role in Antarctica

The future of Antarctica has been discussed at important Prague conference. For the first time in history, Prague is hosting the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM), the annual conference focused on environmental conservation, the impact of tourism and research cooperation on the White Continent.

The event was attended by representatives of 29 countries, which are jointly tasked with taking care of Antarctica.

There are several conditions that have to be fulfilled to obtain a so-called consultative status: One of them is sustainable and high-quality Antarctic research; Czech Republic has been running for 13 years already, the Johann Gregor Mendel Station (WAP CZE-NEW) in Antarctica, and it has a valuable and sustainable national, it has asked (via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for the consultative status, which was granted to the country in 2014.”

Prague Declaration
“The Prague declaration is to be issued on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctica Treaty Signing. So the states will be confirming their assignment to the original treaty and expressing their will to maintain Antarctica for peace and science.”

What is the value of the Antarctic ecosystem in the age of global environmental change?

-It is absolutely unique. Antarctica, with its location around the South Pole, plays a crucial role in the global climate system. The white color of the Antarctic continent reflects the energy of the Sun, especially during the Austral summer. So it functions like a giant cooler for the whole globe. This is why it is so important to protect it.- said  Pavel Kapler, manager of the Czech Johann Gregor Mendel Station (WAP CZE-NEW) shown on the pic above.

Thanks and credit to: https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/future-of-antarctica-discussed-at-important-prague-conference

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!

Two young researchers selected for Antarctic Polar exploration

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in Kochi, India, did select two young researchers to participate in the 39th Indian-Antarctic Science Exploration. 

Manoj Mani of the electronics department and Amal Joy, department of atmospheric sciences, have been selected to participate in the exploration program which will be organized during December-February.

As part of the exploration, the duo will review the data collected by the Movable Atmospheric Radar (MARA), located at Maitri Station  (WAP IND-Ø3), the Indian scientific site in Antarctica (picture aside).

Dr. K Satheeshan, head, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, is the Principal Investigator of ‘Mara’, the Swedish radar which was handed over to Cusat for upkeep and maintenance on the basis of a tripartite MoU between Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Goa-Antarctic Marine Research Center and Cusat signed in 2017.

Source: https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2019/nov/30/cusat-researchers-selected-for-antarctic-polar-exploration-2069343.html

TNX Bhagwati VU3BPZ

Antarctica Day; 60 years of the Antarctic Treaty

Sixty years ago, twelve nations agreed to set aside Antarctica “for peaceful purposes only”, as a scientific preserve for “the progress of all mankind”,  met in Washington, D.C. to sign an unprecedented document: the Antarctic Treaty. The original signatories were the 12 countries active in Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) .

The year was 1959 and the end of the International Geophysical Year had seen research in Antarctica take giant leaps forward. Scientists from all over the world were making incredible discoveries in what was a largely unexplored environment. But after some saw the potential for conflict between nations who were making territorial claims to parts of the continent, the Antarctic Treaty was negotiated and signed on the 1st of December 1959 and enshrines Antarctica as a place of peace, science and international cooperation. Today 54 nations are party to the Treaty.

Antarctic nations around the world are today marking the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most successful international agreements, the Antarctic Treaty.

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

Have cracks started to appear in the Antarctic Treaty?

Professor Anne-Marie Brady has been worried about China’s intentions in Antarctica for years.

Prof. Brady is wodering: -Is the 60 years old Antarctic Treaty robust enough to hold back China?-

Well, China now controls a wedge of Antarctica and its intentions on the southern continent are increasingly worrying some experts.

China’s wedge, falls within the area of Antarctica that’s claimed by Australia. About 5000 kilometres south of Perth, China maintains a base on the icy coast called Zhongshan.

About 500 kilometers inland, China operates a second base called Taishan. Another 750 kilometers inland is China’s Kunlun Station. The South Pole is about 1000km further South.

Read the full article at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/117526752/have-cracks-started-to-appear-in-the-antarctic-treaty

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

New chapel at Eco Nelson Station,  WAP CZE-Ø1

For the anniversary of the canonization of St. Agnes of Bohemia and thanks to the Czeck polar explorers,  a  small chapel in honor of the Saints Wenceslaus I, Agnes of Bohemia  and Ludmilla has been set in Antarctica!

In February 2019, at 62°14.784 ‘South and 58°58.891´West, a small chapel  was placed by members of the expedition to the South Shetland Islands at the site of the renewed Czech Eco Nelson Base (WAP CZE-Ø1). The author of the idea is Doc. Ing. Bursar Ladislav Janíček, (Ph.D., MBA, LL.M.) of  Masaryk University in Brno, Czeck Republic

Inside the chapel there is a sculpture of  “Crucifixion” and a statue of “St. Wenceslas” by Milan Houser, Tomáš Medek and Jiří Pec.

See a short video at: https://www.facebook.com/udalostibrno/videos/503038240293289/ 

Actually, there are two stations owned by Czech Republic in Antarctica: one is the Johan Gregor Mendel Station (WAP CZE-NEW), ran by the Czech Antarctic Program and  Eco Nelson Base (WAP CZE-Ø1).
TNX Fabricio Tavares and Gita OM5MF

Eco Nelson was a private station, which is rather unique. Established a long time before the Czech Antarctic law was adopted; after years of negotiations the Masaryk University (as a host of the Czech National Antarctic Program),  managed to take control over this site on Nelson Island.

Read more about  Eco Nelson at:  https://www.radio.cz/en/section/in-focus/czech-scientists-establish-new-polar-base-on-nelson-island

R/V Laura Bassi, Italian Ice Breacker

RRS Ernest Shackleton leased for twenty years by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), has returned to her owners, Norwegian shipping Company G.C. Rieber Shipping on 30 April 2019.

In May 2019 the I/B was purchased by the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), thanks to a grant from the MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research),  to be used as a research vessel and logistical support in Antarctica. So I/B Enest Shackleton, has been renamed as  R/V Laura Bassi, heir of the old R/V OGS Explora and R/V Italica.

Oceanographic vessel R/V Laura Bass, will be the leading actress of the Italian research programs at the poles for the next twenty years,.after the change of property from BAS to the Italian OGS, and from now and ahead will be used for scientific activity and logistical support for Italian Antarctic explorations.

We do not have information so far, of any Ham radio activity from onboard.

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/

Massive Snow Cannons Could Save West Antarctica’s Ice Sheet

Antarctica’s western ice sheet is in danger of collapsing, but scientists may have an unusual solution: blasting trillions of tons of artificial snow across glaciers with snow cannons.

Spraying this artificial blizzard into the coastal area around Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers could stabilize the failing West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), reducing ice loss that could drive potentially catastrophic sea level rise, new research finds.

But as intriguing as that extreme solution may sound, there would be considerable drawbacks; the effort would be prohibitively expensive and could harm sensitive ocean ecosystems, the researchers reported

Study recommends special protection of emperor penguin

In a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation, an international team of researchers recommends the need for additional measures to protect and conserve one of the most iconic Antarctic species – the emperor penguin (Aptenodyptes forsteri).
The researchers reviewed over 150 studies on the species and its environment as well as its behavior and character in relation to its breeding biology. Current climate change projections indicate that rising temperatures and changing wind patterns will impact negatively the sea ice on which emperor penguins breed; and some studies indicate that emperor populations will decrease by more than 50% over the current century. The researchers therefore recommend that the IUCN status for the species be escalated to ‘vulnerable‘; the species is currently listed as ‘near threatened‘ on the IUCN Red List. They conclude that improvements in climate change forecasting in relation to impacts on Antarctic wildlife would be beneficial, and recommend that the emperor penguin should be listed by the Antarctic Treaty as a Specially Protected Species.
More info at: https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/bas-srs100819.php

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

Antarctic marine sanctuary in a deadlock for eighth consecutive year

A multinational effort to create giant marine sanctuaries around Antarctica to counter climate change and protect fragile ocean ecosystems has failed for an eighth straight year.

Opposition from China and Russia torpedoed the proposal at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), a consortium of 25 nations plus the European Union, sources familiar with the closed-door discussions told AFP. Beijing and Moscow have been key in blocking the scheme since it was first floated by Australia, France and the EU in 2010 before being scaled down in 2017 in an attempt to win greater support.

The meeting in the Australian city of Hobart, which ended late Friday, considered proposals to create conservation parks in three key areas off Antarctica covering a total of some three million square kilometres (1.2 million square miles).

The areas are home to penguins, seals, toothfish, whales and huge numbers of krill ,  a staple food for many species. The series of proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) would protect that marine life and crucially allow migration between areas for breeding and foraging.

Read more at: https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/talks-about-an-antarctic-marine-sanctuary-in-a-deadlock-for-eighth-consecutive-year-7596391.html

Post Office team open at Antarctic Port Lockroy Station (WAP GBR-Ø1)

Five people have beaten off competition from more than 200 people to run the UK’s most remote post office in Antarctica. The team will man the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Post Office at Port Lockroy for four months.

The first permanent British Base to be established on the Antarctic Peninsula, it has been run as a museum and Post Office for tourists since 2006.

The new postmasters start work in November and return to the UK in March. Each year, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, which is based in Cambridge, advertises for a new intake of seasonal postal workers.

Hundreds apply despite there being no running water or mains electricity and the job involving working in sub-zero temperatures 11,000 miles away from home.

As well as running the office, museum and shop, the chosen team monitors the island’s resident gentoo penguin population.

Several brooms are sent to the team each year to clean the penguin droppings outside the building – which the trust admits would otherwise look like “a penguin toilet”.

Thanks and credit to: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-49768448

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

Stella Maris Chapel, at Orcadas Base (WAP ARG-15)

The structure of the chapel is made of steel and is used for Catholic worship by the various Argentine staff members at the station (as well as visitors). The chapel has a bell tower and a cross. In the chapel there is a replica of the Virgin of Luján solemnly moved from her sanctuary in Buenos Aires before its inauguration.

It was blessed and inaugurated on April 15, 1996 by Norberto Eugenio Martina, a military bishop of Argentina, on whom the Argentine Antarctic chaplain depends. Currently the chapel at Orcadas Base (WAP ARG-15) is the southernmost Catholic temple in Argentina, and one of the southernmost on the planet.

The first Holy Mass of the Catholic Church,  celebrated in Antarctica,  was officiated by Jesuit Felipe Lérida on February 20th , 1946 right here in the at  Stella Maris chapel at the  Orcadas del Sud Observatory.  An  8-meter cross was erected and on that occasion, and a communication by telegraph., was set to tsend a message to  the Pope Pio XII in Rome.
More infos about the Argentine Chapels in Antarctica can be seen at:
https://es.aleteia.org/2015/07/31/conoce-las-capillas-catolicas-de-la-antartida/

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/

TM7ØTAAF WAP-3Ø1 & TM17AAW WAP-3Ø2

François F8DVD informs that at the beginning of 2020, he will use 2 special calls relating to Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic activities as follow:

  • TM7ØTAAF (WAP-3Ø1) from 12 to 26 January 2020 . That call will commemorate 7Øth anniversary of first ham radio contacts with French Southern and Antarctic Territories in early 1950 (it was with Saint Paul Amsterdam island, Kerguelen island and Adelie Land)
  • TM17AAW (WAP-3Ø2) from 3 to 17 February  joining the 17th Antarctic Activity Week.

TNX François F8DVD

Check  http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2020/  to see a dedicated page and who the operators will be, as they sign up.

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

WAP web site

HI folks,
due to an hacker attack, WAP website crashed a week ago!
We desperately had to work hard to recover the whole WAP archive , including Galleries and the huge amount of news and information hosted on this site.
Personally I would never have been able to recover all the material and the first reaction was to quit.
It is painful to see how an hacker can destroy years of work and, above all, vandalize a non-profit site, born only to promote love and passion for a continent, Antarctica, which deserves our deepest respect!
Thanks to Gianluigi IZ8EWB, a young engineer who have carried on hours and hours of work, WAP website is again online.
We would never be grateful enough to Gianluigi (pic aside: IZ8EWB Gianluigi to the right and IK2IWU in the left) for the tremendous work done.
Thanks so much Gianluigi, you’re simply GREAT!

16th WAP Meeting

Hams from Italy and few coming from neighboring European Countries have joined the 18th DCI Meeting (Italian Castles), IFFA (Flora and Fauna) and 16th Worldwide Antarctic Program (WAP).

The event has been held last 20-22 of September, in the magic location of Vicoforte-Mondovì a very famous historical site in North West Italy .

As usual, the organization was well managed by the group of ARI-Mondovì (Italian Amateur Radio Association) with several speakers.

Thanks to Max IK1GPG and Betty IKQFM for having carried on this heavy commitment while Gianni I1HYW was busy in another task. Thanks everyone WW for keeping the Antarctic  passion always alive.
Enjoy Antarctica as much as we do!

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!

New QSLs from WAP ARG-23 & WAP CHL-13

Gus Smitka OE3SGA is a real Old Timer and for long time a keen DXer and  Antarctic Hunter.
Gus has just received QSL cards from Michael DL2OE,  when operating  from   Tierra del Fuego  WAP ARG-23 as  LU/DL2OE  and WAP CHL-13  as CE8/DL2OE (Isla Grande  de Tierra del Fuego, Chilean Sector) on last April 2019.

Nice cards and two WAP references for WAP-WACA & WAP-WADA Awards. Both QSLs will be shortly loaded on WAP Antarctic & Sub-Antarctic QSL Gallery

TNX OE3SGA & DL2OE

 

 

 

 

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

Site of worship at Polish Arctowski Station, Antarctica

A “Church in Antarctica” as well as any other signs or place of worship in any corners of the Icy Continent are the most sincere examples of faith and genuine places of worship; they deserve to be known.

is officially considered the largest desert in the world, but even in this icy barren landscape, the explorers and scientists braving the harshest of climates, have still found time for religion. What the Polish researchers and technicians have done at Arctowski is really a touch of devotion !

The attached pictures are taken in Arctowski Station (WAP POL-Ø1) by the personnel who are working there. They show in a kind of niche, carved into the rock, a small statue of the holy Madonna, facing the Station buildings. A second bigger one,  is sets little lower. Both statues are located in the great rock on which the lighthouse stands out (62°09′28″South 58°27′56″West), and people at Arctowski, call this corner “Chapel”.
About the second (bigger) statue, there is a story associated to it: Around 1980, the staff employed at the station,  wanted a sign of religiosity to stop by for a moment of recollection. At that time in Poland, we had a communist regime and the government banned the creation of a space for worship. No way to put a statue on cargo ship that brought the supplies to Arctowski. The workers hid the statue of the Virgin in a deep cargo box and smuggled it out of Polish border. Now both signs of devotion are proudly on the site that Polish staff did choose for them.

Well, we are grateful to Sebastien Gleich  SQ1SGB and Margaredth Witczak who did help WAP in searching of worship sites in Antarctica.

 

In the area, there is also the grave of Polish wildlife photographer Wlodzimierz Puchalski, surmounted by an iron cross, stands on a hill to the south of the station. Puchalski died on 19 January 1979 in the course of filming a nature documentary in the vicinity of the station. The location of the grave and cross has been designated a Historic site or Monument (HSM 51), following a proposal by Poland to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

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