Antarctic Nations Trophy & Antarctica 2020 Trophy

Two  interesting Plaques  for the Antarctic Trophies collectors!

Some details about Antarctica 2020 Trophy  was already published last march 4th 2020 here on the WAP pages: http://www.waponline.it/antarctica-2020-trophy/

Now, Volker DL8JDX is pleased to show both Trophies he has just received: Antarctic Nations Trophy and Antarctica 2020 Trophy

Information on the Antarctic Nations Trophy, are available at https://www.dxtrophy.com/antarctica, more info can be requested by e-mail to: mydxtrophy@gmail.com

To get more on the Antarctica 2020 Trophy, issued to celebrate the 200 years of discovering Antarctica, see https://www.dxtrophy.com/200-antarctic

 Oleg UA6GG, www.dxtrophy.com wrote:
In honor of 200 years of the discovery of Antarctica “DX TROPHY Awards Group” is  ready to present the conditions for another  special trophy: ANTARCTICA CUP,  small trophy cups will be for true hunters of Antarctica, and for sure  the activators of Antarctica will not be forgotten-

Congrats and  TNX  Volker, DL8JDX, Antarctic veteran for sharing them with us

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

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

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

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

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

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

(TNX Jose Reyes Garcia EA3NW for suggestion and documentation)

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

NASA satellite exposes “uncharted island” Antarctica

Sif Island is the name given to an island in  of the Amundsen Sea, in Antarctica. It is 1,150 feet (350 m) long and made of volcanic granite. Scientists spotted this “uncharted island” earlier this year, but a NASA satellite has been tracking it since 2014, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) revealed.

A scientific expedition off the coast of Antarctica in early February, spotted an island that appears on no maps,  a finding that demonstrates how quickly the continent is changing as a result of climate change.

“I think I see rocks”,  shouted an officer aboard the RV Nathaniel B. Palmer as the ship passed through Pine Island Bay, Antarctica. After consulting their charts, the crew realized they were looking at a brand-new island. There was a commotion as everyone onboard rushed to see the rocky, ice-covered

The small island is only about 1,150 feet long (350 meters) and mostly covered in ice, but rises from the sea with a layer of brown rock distinct from the surrounding glaciers and icebergs.

After making a brief landfall, the researchers confirmed that the island is made of volcanic granite, and even hosts a few resident seals.

Read more at: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00489-4

and  https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1273004/antarctica-nasa-landsat-sif-island-thor-south-pole-climate-change-global-warming-spt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plastic pollution reaching the Antarctic

Food wrapping, fishing gear and plastic waste continue to reach the Antarctic. Two new studies into how plastic debris is reaching sub-Antarctic islands are published last month  of April 2020 in the journal Environment International.

New findings include analyses of some of the longest continuous datasets in the world on plastics ingested by seabirds and washed up on beaches, and insights into where this plastic originates. They also highlight the ongoing prevalence of plastic in the Polar Regions, its impact on the environment and the animals that inhabit these remote areas.

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have systematically collected marine debris washed up on the beaches of Bird Island (South Georgia) and Signy Island (South Orkneys) over three decades. Their findings reveal an increase in the amount of debris collected. Over 10,000 items were recovered, the majority of which was plastic.

Read more at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200428112544.htm

Showa Station WAP JPN-Ø3

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kharkovchanka, huge Antarctic off-road vehicles made by the Soviets

“The Kharkovchanka”  Russia’s Colossal Antarctic Cruisers which have been continuously operating in some of the most extreme environments on Earth for over 50 years.

Produced in Kharkiv, Ukrainian Soviet Socialistic Republic and originally operated by USSR, the ‘Харьковчанка’ (literally ‘Kharkiv Women’), these amazing Snow Cruisers were built in the late 1950s and featured everything a polar explorer could need in the field. In their half-century mission, they have crossed thousands of miles on Antarctic Ice, visited the South Pole, the Pole of inaccessibility as well the dozens of outposts and research stations on the Icy Continent.

Read more at:
https://jalopnik.com/soviet-versions-of-the-antarctic-snow-cruiser-were-so-m-1844211018

https://boingboing.net/2020/07/03/short-documentary-about-kharko.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNX Adm. Flavio Barbiero and Gabry IK1NEG

The 3D wood Award “ANTARCTICA-200”

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

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

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

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

Applicants for the first 3D WOOD Awards:

№1 – DL8JDX

№2 – G4AYO

№3 – NW3U

TNX to HAMRADIO Department of International Marine Club SEAFARER

E-mail: hamradio@seafarer.world

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

https://seafarer.hamlog.ru

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

WAP Antarctic Awards-Score update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire at Mirny Station (WAP RUS-Ø7)

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

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

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

Read the full info at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNX RZ3EC  @ Russian Robinson Club

June 21 Día de la Confraternidad Antártica

June 21 is the shortest day of the year, when  in the southern hemisphere the winter begins. It is a tradition in this day,  to commemorate the  “Antarctic Fellowship Day” , a day to greet each other in the Argentine’s Antarctic Bases and that date is taken as a reference, to teach about Antarctica in the schools.

So, next Sunday, June 21, it’s  an important date for the Argentines that send greetings. It’s a day well recalled in most of the country’s schools, that will fulfill the objective established by the School Calendar by “promoting the culture and awareness and the importance of Argentina’s presence on the Antarctic territory, recognizing the work of  the people involved in scientific matters on the Icy Continent and also, provide that the elderly know more about the Antarctic theme, so little spread.

To get more information on this commemoration, click below: www.marambio.aq/confraternidadantartica7.html

And about 21 June, the date of the Antarctic friendship, we cannot forget that this is also  the day of the Winter solstice  in the southern hemisphere that marks Midwinter in AntarcticaWAP is pleased to relay a message  forwarded  by an Antarctic veteran,  DL8JDX, to the friends actually involved down there.
Antarctic Mid Winter Day Greetings
Dear Antarctic friends,
all our happy Meetings, during work and during celebrations, are still in my mind too. What a great time. Wish you all a happy midwinter and stay healthy!
Kind regards, Volker

TNX Volker Strecke DL8JDX

Summer Solstice: June 21 will be the longest day of 2020; here’s what it means

On June 21, the world will witness two astronomical events:  an annular solar eclipse visible in parts of India, and the summer solstice. The summer solstice of June is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

The summer solstice usually falls on June 21, and is said to mark the onset of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs when the North Pole is the nearest to the Sun. It is derived from the Latin word ‘sol‘ which means ‘sun’, and ‘sistere‘, which means ‘to stand still’ and occurs two times in a year,  once in each hemisphere.
The Earth’s rotational axis is tilted at an angle of about 23.5 degrees from vertical.
As the Earth orbits the sun, the Northern Hemisphere is angled toward the sun for six months and angled away from the sun for the other six months of the year.
When the Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, sunlight falls at a steeper angle causing the hot months of summer.
The moment the North Pole is nearest to Sun, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the Summer Solstice. At the same time, the South Pole is farthest from the Sun, and hence, the Southern Hemisphere experiences the Winter Solstice, i.e. the longest night, and consequently the shortest day in the year.
The Summer Solstice is seen as an auspicious day in many cultures.

Read more at: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/science/summer-solstice-june-21-will-be-the-longest-day-of-2020-heres-what-it-means-5423871.html

US- A fleet of icebreakers and new bases in push for polar resources

President Donald Trump has ordered the construction of a fleet of icebreakers and bases to pursue US interests in the Arctic and Antarctic by the end of the decade in a signal that his administration is going to take a more aggressive approach to the contest with Russia and China for polar resources.

Trump issued a memorandum on     “safeguarding US national interests in the Arctic and Antarctic regions” which calls on the administration to come up with a plan within 60 days that would include at least three heavy icebreakers to be built by 2029, and recommendations for locations to build two support bases in the US and two on foreign soil.
The memorandum appeared designed to expand and inject extra urgency into a longstanding US Coast Guard plan to build three heavy and three medium icebreakers. It suggests the US look into leasing arrangements while the new fleet is being built.
Source:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/09/trump-icebreakers-bases-arctic-antarctic-polar 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marble Point Field Camp (WAP USA-28)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antarctica “Giacomo Bove Camp” – International Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which is colder, the North Pole or the South Pole?

Arctic & Antarctic … both are fascinating worlds!
It’s not a contest: the South Pole is much colder than the North Pole. The explanation is a matter of geography. The North Pole is located in an ocean (mostly) surrounded by land and the South Pole is located in a continent surrounded by ocean. The North Pole is located a few feet above sea level. The elevation varies because the thickness of ice covering the ocean at the North Pole changes during course of the year. The South Pole sits at an elevation of 9,301 feet and, in general, the higher one goes, the colder it gets.
Average temperatures: 32 degrees F in the summer and -40 degrees F in the winter at the North Pole; -18 degrees F in the summer and -76 degrees F in the winter at the South Pole.
 

More at: https://wgntv.com/weather/weather-blog/which-is-colder-the-north-pole-or-the-south-pole/

and at: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-is-the-south-pole-col/

An Italian small chapel at MZS? An idea that never sets.

Remembering the 200th  Anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, an Italian newspaper has re-proposed what has been in the mind of a group of Italian radio amateurs since 2003; a chapel at the Italian MZS Station in Antarctica.

It’s an idea that comes from the heart, an idea that we have illustrated and explained in meetings, in several schools, to politicians, radio and TV, to bishops, cardinals and no less than 3 Popes in the last 13 years.

We did try to involve the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) and PNRA, Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (Italy)  as well, but nothing. The most important Italian magazines, newspapers, social networks  has talked about this proposal which has been shared worldwide.   It  has also been taken up by some international magazines but to date, it has remained at the level of a good idea!

We do not lose heart and once again we are happy and proud to share the page that an important local newspaper from northern Italy has recently dedicated to “our” idea of creating a corner of spirituality at the Italian MZS base at Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica.

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

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

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

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

Researchers go cuckoo: Antarctic penguins release an extreme amount of laughing gas

In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have demonstrated that penguins in Antarctica emit copious amounts of nitrous oxide via their feces. So much so, that the researchers went ”cuckoo” from being surrounded by penguin poop.
More than 1600 kilometers east of the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica lies the Atlantic island of South Georgia.
Here, king penguins live in huge colonies. Their days are spent chomping on krill, squid and fish, feeding their chicks and producing ‘guano’, which means poo in penguin. Nothing mind-boggling about that, you might say.

However, there is something very special about the comings and goings of king penguins. Tremendous amounts of nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, are released via their guano, according to a 2019 study completed by researchers from the University of Copenhagen and their colleagues.

“Penguin guano produces significantly high levels of nitrous oxide around their colonies. The maximum emissions are about 100 times higher than in a recently fertilised Danish field. It is truly intense — not least because nitrous oxide is 300 times more polluting than CO2,” explains Professor Bo Elberling, of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management.

Besides being a strain on the climate, nitrous oxide has an effect very similar to the sedative laughing gas used in the dentist’s office ….

Read more at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200519114237.htm

Is Antarctica the Safest Place to Visit in 2020 and beyond?

If your dream has been to follow in the footsteps of the great Antarctic explorers Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton, this could be the ideal time to do so. Antarctica is vast – roughly the size of China and India combined – and is the coldest, windiest, driest and highest-altitude continent on Earth and the only continent with no native human population. Nobody owns, or can claim sovereignty in Antarctica and it is governed by an international treaty signed by 54 nations. The Antarctic Treaty sets Antarctica aside as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific research and bans military activity on the continent. Emperor Penguins and spectacular scenery aside, knowing that Antarctica is the only continent with no confirmed cases of COVID-19 makes it even more appealing. It is an excellent place to holiday, post COVID-19, as it is the ultimate in inert environments.

Plus, the vast open landscapes are the exact opposite of all we have been enduring while in lockdown and offer holidays focused on mindfulness and escapism – the opposite of a hectic city life

Read more at:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanneshurvell/2020/05/18/is-antarctica-the-safest-place-to-visit-in-2020-and-beyond/#6ea86a4d3e95

Almirante Brown, Argentine Station at Paradise Bay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Forgotten American Explorer who Discovered Huge Parts of Antarctica

It’s been 180 years since Charles Wilkes (April 3, 1798 – February 8, 1877) an American naval officer, ship’s captain, and explorer led the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. He voyaged to the Antarctic continent and his journey has never been more relevant!

The early-1900s exploits of intrepid explorers like Robert Scott and Edward Shackleton captured the public imagination. With the benefit of cameras and deft handling of newspaper media, the Edwardian British explorers, alongside their Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen, established themselves as heroic polar pioneers. In the process, however, the south polar exploits of their American forerunner, Charles Wilkes, have been largely forgotten.

It was the round-the-world expedition by Wilkes, whose scientific collection constituted the first treasures of the infant Smithsonian, that first established the continental dimensions of Antarctica. But in a twist of 19th-century international politics, that claim to Antarctica was denied to the Americans by the pole-hungry British. Fast forward to today, and the United States finds itself in another nationalistic race to capitalize on the frozen southern continent. This time, its sparring partner is China.
Amundsen might have been the first man to reach the South Pole, in 1911, but the discovery of the Antarctic continent occurred several generations earlier. In January 1840, when Wilkes was commander of the United States Exploring Expedition, he charted 1500 miles of the east Antarctic coastline in his flagship U.S.S. Vincennes (picure on the right, shows the  19th-century painting, based on a sketch by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, USN, depicting USS Vincennes in Disappointment Bay, Antarctica, circa January–February 1840).

Before this American expedition, only small, rocky outcrops of Antarctica had been sighted. Most exploreres believed an open polar sea or, at most, a scattered archipelago lay at the planet’s far south.

Read more at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/charles-wilkes-antarctica-explorer-180974432/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coronavirus: How amateur radio is connecting people during lockdown

Amateur radio use in the UK has seen a “significant” rise during the coronavirus lockdown as people seek new ways of staying connected. The national body that represents users – the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) – has said many people who formerly enjoyed the hobby are also returning to it.

Mark Rider‘s social life before the coronavirus lockdown consisted of the occasional trip to the pub, rehearsing with musician friends and visiting his wife in her care home.

“But when I knew that wasn’t going to happen any time soon I decided to dust off my amateur radio equipment to seek out some other social interaction,” he says.

Mr Rider, a retired engineer from North Warwickshire, said “ragchewing” – or chatting to people on the airwaves – “has become one of the highlights of my day”.

“Because I live on my own, and because of lockdown, I knew I couldn’t do what I used to do, which wasn’t going to be very good for me or my mental health.”

Read more at: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-england-52442553?fbclid=IwAR1gABcOgHcy0VYwIht2NmrbuKlMvMsDkLJPft8alhHhZRUvhHQpsAwBop0

Demay Refuge at Paradise Cove – WAP POL-NEW

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

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

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

http://arctowski.aq/en/refuges/ 

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

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

Historic Old Huts at Macquarie

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

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

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

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

Historic Old Lusitana Bay Hut

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

Other Huts at Macquarie Island

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

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

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

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

They were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REFUGES (HUTS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and credit to the following web sites:

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

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

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

http://macquarieislandisland.blogspot.com/

IAØ/DK5SQX Concordia Station WAP MNB-Ø3

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

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

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

TNX Marco DK5SQX/IK5SQX  

Chapel of the snow, a philatelic cachet from McMurdo

Thanks to François F8DVD, we can show today an envelope  with a rare  Chapel of the Snow “cachet” from McMurdo Station (WAP USA-22)

Philatelists and collectors already know the common terms of the hobby, but refreshing the memory is never a waste of time!

Chachet

In philately, a cachet is a printed or stamped design or inscription, other than a cancellation or pre-printed postage, on an envelope, postcard, or postal card to commemorate a postal or philatelic event. There are official and private (independent of postal authorities) cachets.

 Cover:

A philatelic cover is an envelope prepared with a stamp(s) and address and sent through the mail delivery system for the purpose of creating a collectible item.

Antarctic theme stamps and cachets forming a lovely collection. Antarctic covers of Antarctic Bases and Polar ships  has normally a lovely cachet and many are signed by the ship masters or Base commanders and franked with a diverse selection of worldwide stamps. Covers cancelled on ship or at Antarctic base are always  precious items for collectors.

Postmark

Postmark is an official mark stamped on a letter or other postal package, giving the place, date, and time of posting, and serving to cancel the postage stamp.

200 Years Antarctica – 2 Euro Coin from Estonia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TNX Volker DL8JDX

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TNX  Yath Yoshikawa  JG2MLI

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

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

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

Mizuho Station, WAP JPN-Ø2

Syowa Base, WAP JPN-Ø3

Dome Fuji Station, WAP JPN-Ø4     

Antarctica cruises check bucket lists

As the number of travelers cruising Antarctica swells, polar expedition companies are launching sustainable vessels designed for these bucket-list trips.
Interested in seeing the southernmost continent? Here’s a roundup of some of the tour operators planning itineraries for this year and next.
Antarctica21
In November, Antarctica21 debuted the world’s first vessel purpose-built for Antarctic tourism: the 73-passenger Magellan Explorer. A forward-facing observation deck and glass-enclosed lounge offer prime wildlife viewing, while designer guest rooms feature balconies and single cabins.
Most itineraries, including the eight-day Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise, bypass the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage by flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island. Full board rates begin at $13,995 per person and include Antarctic flights and activities.
Cruise operator Hurtigruten in March will unveil the 530-passenger MS Fridtjof Nansen, the sister ship to the just-launched MS Roald Amundsen. Both vessels feature science centers and citizen science projects, and both are hybrid electric-powered with low-emission engines.

The MS Fridtjof Nansen’s Highlights of the Frozen Continent, a 12-day journey, explores some 20 sites across the Antarctic Peninsula. Prices start at $7,875 per person.
https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/feb/02/antarctica-cruises-check-bucket-lists-2/

Here below a short  video of a trip down to Antarctica … just and example how it could be! amazing isn’t it?

April 18th  2020 – International Day for Monuments and Sites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA). Happy Birthday

For more than 116 years, men and women (civilians and military) have been working in and for Argentina’s Antarctica, revealing the secrets of this frozen and mysterious land, carrying out important national and international scientific missions.

In view of the number of organizations that participated annually in Antarctic campaigns, the Argentine government decided to establish a central entity responsible for the scientific work carried out in the Icy Continent.

69 years ago, on April 17, 1951, the Argentine Antarctic Institute, was created to be the depositary of the information gathered on previous expeditions, as well as for future activities.

More information at: www.marambio.aq/iaa.html

Covid-19 forces Spanish researchers to endure odyssey

Although there have been no confirmed Covid-19 cases in Earth’s southernmost continent, the disease has nonetheless taken its toll on those there. Just ask the researchers and members of the military who recently experienced major difficulties in making it back home from the two Spanish bases in Antarctica.

After being dropped off in Chile by the ‘Hespérides’ research vessel, an initial party was able to return to Spain in early March, but coronavirus-motivated air-space closures over South America then left a 37-person group stranded.

The situation left Jordi Felipe Álvarez, the head of the Juan Carlos I Spanish Base (WAP ESP-Ø1 picture above) , contemplating the possibility of a four-week-long voyage to Spain by boat. “It’s the most likely option,” he told the newspaper El Confidencial. “But we’re trying to avoid it so that people aren’t away for another month.”

According to reports, however, they were finally able to travel back home after a ‘humanitarian air corridor’ was established from Carrasco International Airport in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo.
Read more at: https://en.as.com/en/2020/04/11/other_sports/1586607691_521116.html

VU3BPZ sends Greetings from Dehradun, Himalaya

Bhagwati Prasad ,VU3BPZ is an Antarctic veteran.  Several times in Antarctica, active from the Indian Base of Maitri (WAP IND-Ø3), Bharati Station (WAP IND-Ø4) and Indian Bay Camp (WAP IND-Ø2). See: https://www.qrz.com/lookup/vu3bpz

Bhagwati, wish to express his sentiments WW, to all the friends and families who are  suffering deadly virus desease. Bhagwati could not sent to everyone his prayers and ask WAP to do it for him.

No corona virus cases reported in his QTH, since 3 days but he’s conscious how many are suffering WW.

Bhagwati wrote:

Dear radio friend OM/YLs & all,
My best wishes on the occasion of Holy Easter.  We are in lock down,  hopefully we all  will win COVID-19 pandemic &  not extended lock down further mid of May. India,  as well as many other Countries WW  is under the lockdown and maintain social distancing to contain Covid-19 pandemic!  Follow the govt norms in  COVID-19 crisis. I  hope everyone to celebrate the Easter fets and offer prayer from respective homes without disregarding the social distancing. Being Ham and humanity basis my sincere sentiments to my friend and their families. Take care and have a great Easter day!

Best 73s, Bhagwati Pd Semwal (VU3BPZ/Ex-AT10BP /8T2BH )

Anniversary of the blessing and inauguration of  Marambio Base Chapel.

On April 16, 1996, a solemn ceremony was held at Marambio Base (WAP ARG-21), where the Military (Castrense) Bishop of the Argentine Republic in Solemn Pontifical, proceeded to bless and inaugurate the Oratory of the Base, placed under the dedication of the Blessed Virgin of Luján

In this chapel on October 23, 2014, a wooden chest with a glass lid was uncovered.  It  contains a rosary and the skullcap used by Pope Francis, along with a parchment framed with the blessing of the Holy Father to the Antarctic.

All of this,  was brought from the Vatican, when the President of the Marambio Foundation had an audience with His Holiness in May 2014; act carried out at the Marambio Base, which is recorded in an act signed by the authorities present.

More information, copy of the documents and photographs, at: www.marambio.aq/oratoriomarambio.html

and now … Happy Easter to all the followers of WAP, the unique website dedicated to Antarctica for Hams and chasers, students and keen of the Icy Continent.

Happy Easter and … stay home !

RI1ANM Mirny Base (WAP RUS-Ø7) on air

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

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

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

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

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

New plan for Australian Antarctic shipping

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and credit to AAD

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

17 de Agosto Refuge, WAP ARG-NEW

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

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

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

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

The sun set at the South Pole last week

The sun, won’t rise again until September.

Six months of darkness are one of the reasons powerful telescopes are located at the South Pole. (Amindsen-Scott US South Pole Station, WAP USA-21 & WAP USA-36).
The photo by Danny Hampton (here aside), shows the South Pole Telescope, operated by the University of Chicago, as they study the origins of the universe.
Thanks and credit to: The Antarctic Support Contract

The Antarctic Support Contract team provides station operations, logistics, information technology, construction, maintenance and more on Antarctica and at support facilities worldwide.

Supporting scientific research on the highest, driest, coldest, windiest and emptiest place on Earth requires exceptional logistics and planning expertise. Leidos is the prime contractor for the National Science Foundation’s United States Antarctic Program (USAP).

See more at: https://www.leidos.com/competencies/operations-and-logistics/antarctic-support-contract

Antarctica the only Continent untouched by the coronavirus

One continent has not yet confirmed a case of the novel coronavirus. It’s a place of barren ice, where the all-consuming cold and darkness of winter is fast approaching.

Over the past few months, some 4,000 people from around the world have watched from Antarctica as the coronavirus pandemic,  swept around the globe, reaching all but its southernmost reaches.
“You’d better stay there, you’re safer there,” Alberto Della Rovere, leader of the 35th Italian expedition to Antarctica, said his colleagues at home told him via WhatsApp.

For now, they appear to be right. Even in normal times, only a limited number of people are allowed in and out of Antarctica, with medical workers screening for signs of influenza and other illnesses before arrival.

“Right now, this, Antarctica, is the safest place in the world,” Della Rovere said. “There are no outside contacts and we’re far away from any settlement.”

 More information at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/03/24/one-continent-remains-untouched-by-coronavirus-antarctica/

HSM-53 Memorial at Elephant Island, Antarctica

Someone call it “Shackleton Memorial”, others “Frank Wild Memorial” while  HSM (Historical Sites and Monuments) with its official HSM-53 call this place “Endurance Memorial site”.

Beyond all names that are attributed to it,  Point Wild on Elephant Island, hosts the bust of  Luis Antonio Pardo Villalòn, the Chilean Navy Officer who, in August 30th 1916, commanded the steam Tug Yelcho to rescue the 22 stranded crewmen of Sir Ernast Shackleton’s expedition who survived the wreck of the ship Endurance living for four and one half months in this island.

As a matter of fact, most cruises stopping at Point Wild , an epic place where part of the Shackleton’s expedition members camped waiting for a rescue. It’s not easy to set foot at Elephant Island where in spite of beautiful landscape, the very rugged coastline and  frequent extreme weather makes landings difficult.

As second-in-command of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Frank Wild was left in charge of twenty-one men on desolate Elephant Island as Shackleton and a crew of five, made their epic rescue mission to South Georgia aboard a lifeboat. From 24 April to 30 August 1916 Wild and his crew waited on Elephant Island, surviving on a diet of seal, penguin and seaweed untill they were finally rescued by Shackleton aboard the Chilean ship Yelcho.

Point Wild (61°03′ South 54°50′ West) is though named after Frank Wild  with a monument dedicated to the Chilean captain Luis Pardo who rescued him and his men.

The Bust of Captain Luis Alberto Pardo,  monolith and plaques have been placed on Elephant Island and their replicas on the Chilean bases Capitan Arturo Prat (62°30’South, 59°49’West) WAP CHL-Ø1 and President Eduardo Frei (62°12’South, 62°12′ West) WAP CHL-Ø5. Bronze busts of the pilot Luis Pardo Villalon were placed on the three above-mentioned monoliths during the XXIVth Chilean Antarctic Scientific Expedition in 1987–88
The plaque displays the following words: “Here on August 30th, 1916, the Chilean Navy cutter Yelcho commanded by Pilot Luis Pardo Villalón rescued the 22 men from the Shackleton Expedition who survived the wreck of the Endurance living for four and one half months in this Island”.

DPØGVN (WAP DEU-Ø8) via QO-100

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

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

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

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

TNX DL8JDX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antarctica snow turns ‘blood red’

Snow has taken on a sinister-looking blood red colour at a Ukrainian Vernadsky Research Base (WAP UKR-Ø1) due to a  type of algae which contributes to climate change.

For several weeks, scientists working at Vernadsky in Antarctica have been surrounded by what they call “raspberry snow”. Images released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science on Monday showed the phenomenon, which is caused by microscope snow algae when weather conditions are favorable during Antarctica’s summer months.

The ministry explained that the algae is able to survive the extreme cold temperatures during the Antarctic winter and begins to sprout when warmer temperatures arrive in the summer (between October and February). The algae’s cells have a red carotene layer which protects it from ultraviolet radiation and produces red spots in the snow like “raspberry jam”, the ministry said.

Thanks and credit Conrad Duncan (at) theconradduncan

Read more at: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/red-snow-antarctica-research-station-ukraine-algae-climate-change-a9361091.html

The former British outpost houses the world’s most southerly Post Office

At the northern tip of Antarctica, 800 miles from the nearest pub, lies the world’s most southerly Post Office. Port Lockroy a former British outpost and now an Antarctic research station (WAP GBR-Ø1),, has no running water and lies on an isolated island about the size of a primary school playing field.
A team of four adventurers live there for a few months each year tasked with running the Post Office and keeping an eye on the 2,000 gentoo penguins that inhabit the island.
With workers bracing frigid -10C temperatures and sometimes going days without a wash, you might ask who’d be mad enough to take a job there.
Step in Laura MacNeil: A librarian based in Edinburgh who describes her stint at Lockroy as a “once in a lifetime trip”.
Running the base’s gift shop between November 2016 and March 2017, Laura, 40, admits she had a few tough moments at the site on Antarctica’s Goudier Island.
Port Lockroy is run and maintained by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT), a charity that conserves historic buildings and artefacts in Antarctica.
Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11032252/antarctica-port-lockroy-research-station-gift-shop-job-apply/

Just today I’ve received a post card (see pics) stampded at Port Lockroy. It was a great surprise , a gift from my good friend Eddy De Busschere a keen Polar Philatelic collector  at  BPES (Belgian Polar expedition Society).
TNX Eddy!