Belgian Utsteinen camp (WAP BEL-NEW?)

When we went across some notes, we found that, while studying a best location site to install its New Antarctic Station, a Belgian Team, went to Antarctica and set a Base Camp called Utsteinen camp which was fully operational for few months.

It should have been interesting to know if some of the Team Members did operate Ham radio in the time, while they were there. Perhaps   OR4TN can give us more details. If there was an operation  from there, we will give Utsteinen camp a new WAP reference.

Then, the  answer from our friend Ghis ON5NT, kill up any doubts:

200% sure, ON5TN/OR4TN never operated from Utsteinen, only from PES, never any other place. He told me he visited a couple of other bases (like Novo) but never operated from there neither.  I am sure nobody operated from this Utsteinen place. Operations only took place from PES.

Actually Belgian Utsteinen camp have been probably dismantled, so nothing to do with it anymore,


By clicking the gif aside, a deep report is still available to get some more information about the Belgian Utsteinen Camp.

Belarusian Antarctic Research Vechernyaya Station (WAP BLR-New)

A brief history: The Republic of Belarus joined the Antarctic Treaty in 2006 and, in that same year, approved the National program for Polar research which is called “Monitoring of Earth’s Polar areas” ensuring activity of the Arctic and Antarctic expeditions for 2007­­-­2010 and for the period until 2015. Soon after, in 2008, it ratified the Environmental Protocol.

In 2015, the National Antarctic Program of the Republic of Belarus was accepted as the  30th  Member of COMNAP and  Belarus did receive a residence permit in the Antarctic.

According to the head  of the Belarusian Antarctic Expedition Alexey Gaydashov, research vessel Akademik Fedorov approached the icy continent at the end of December 2016.


On December 27-29th, 2016 personnel, material support and structures of the Belarusian Antarctic Station were successfully delivered by air transport from the ship to the location of the Belarusian expedition at Mount Vechernyaya, Enderby Land, East Antarctica. At the end of  January 2016, the first portion of the national research station, a three-section module for control, communication and navigation, was assembled in Antarctica at a geographic position of 67°39” South, 46°09’ East.

The main principles of activity of the Republic of Belarus in Antarctica are a system approach to the creation of the national Antarctic infrastructure and the organization of research, orientation of works for integration to international research programs, development of international cooperation in order to strengthen the Antarctic Treaty System, as well as development, consideration and recommendation to their Government of actions assisting in realization of principles and objects of the Antarctic Treaty.

The deployment of the Belarusian Antarctic station is part of a subprogram of the government program on new and high technologies and machines in 2016-2020. The subprogram provides for monitoring polar regions of the Earth, creating the Belarusian Antarctic Station, and enabling the operation of polar expeditions.


On last  January  6th 2017, Belarusian polar explorers have assembled part of the second structure of the Belarusian Antarctic Station. The works are not completed yet, but now , Belorussians intend to erect a chapel at Vechernyaya Station, as they plan to open their B ase in Antarctica by this year.

St. Volodymyr Chapel at Ukrainian Vernadsky Base 

“When we send polar explorers to the South Pole we don’t ask about their confession, but every person can have a wish to be alone, to pray. Why don’t we build a church?” said  Director of the National Ukrainian Antarctic Scientific Center,  Valery Litvinov .

The St. Volodymyr Chapel, named after Vladimir the Great, is a Ukrainian Orthodox chapel located in the Ukrainian Antarctic Station of Vernadsky Research Base. It is not the first Orthodox church on the ice continent: Russian carpenters built a 15-meter Orthodox church from Siberian cedar in 2004 that is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

“When you pray there you get unspeakable impressions. It is zero altitude, but you have such a feeling that the church almost flies above Earth,” said Archbishop Augustine of Lvov and Galicia who did consecrate the Ukrainian chapel.

The chapel is small but its work is excellent. It has been  sent to Antarctica while a new group of polar explorers was there. The building and installation of the chapel has been paid by philanthropists. The church is located on Galindez Island at the site of the Ukrainian  research Base. It was built in 2011 and it’s the latest addition to the base buildings.

A wonderful virtual tour, including outside and inside views of St. Volodymyr Chapel,  is available by clicking the gif here aside


Buromskiy Island burial ground (HSM 9 and HSM 7) WAP RUS-NEW

Buromskiy, 66°  32’South, 93° 0’ East is a small island lying 0.6 km (0.37 mi) south of Haswell Island in the Haswell Islands group in Antarctica. About 1.2 km long and 0.9 km wide, it was discovered and mapped by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition under Douglas Mawson (1911–14). It was photographed by the Soviet expedition of 1958 and named for N.I. Buromskiy, expedition hydrographer who lost his life in the Antarctic in 1957. It lies 2.7 km north of Marbus Point, the site of Russia’s Mirny Station.

Buromskiy Island holds a Cemetery for several citizens of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic and Switzerland who died in the performance of their duties while serving as members of Soviet and Russian Antarctic expeditions. It has been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 9) following a proposal by Russia to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

The site includes Ivan Khmara’s Stone, with an inscribed plaque commemorates Ivan Khmara, a driver-mechanic with the first Soviet Antarctic Expedition, who died while performing his duties on fast ice on 21 January 1956. The stone was originally erected at nearby Mabus Point, but was moved to Buromskiy Island in 1974 because of construction activity at Mirny. Ivan Khmara’s Stone has been designated a Historic Site or Monument (HSM 7) following a proposal by Russia to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.


The Haswell Islands are a group of rocky coastal islands lying off Marbus Point, Antarctica, and extending about 3 kilometres (1.5 nmi) seaward. Douglas Mawson did apply the name “Rookery Islands” because of a large emperor penguin rookery on Haswell Island, the largest and seaward island in the group. In 1955 the Antarctic Names Committee of Australia proposed that the name Haswell be extended to the entire Group. Read more at:

Buromskiy Island burial ground (HSM 9 and HSM 7)

66° 32’South, 93° 0’ East , North of Marbus Point, Haswell Islands will be add to WAP-WADA Directory as WAP RUS-NEW. As soon as some Hams, maybe from Mirny Base will operate from there, a reference number will be given.

India 71st Independence Day celebration in Antarctica

India celebrates its 71st Independence Day with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisting the tricolour from Red Fort. A huge Indian national flag has brought on a bridge across river Sabarmati to celebrate Independence Day in Ahmadabad, but what do they do in Antarctica?

Bharati Station is the last Indian research Base built by India in Antarctica. Located at 69° 24’ 28” South, 76° 11’ 14” East, Bharati Station is one of the most modern Scientific Base in the Icy Continent. Actually a Radioamateur VU3LPL Rajesh Dabral is overwintering at Bharati Base, acting as Communication Officer.

The arrival of the nieighboring Russian and Chinese station members and the friendship among the three stations reveals that Antarctica is a place for peace and friendship. I invite everyone of you to join us in the celebration.

Full coverage of celebration of 71st Indian Independence Day at Bharati Research Station , Antarctica on 15, august 2017 is here, enjoy the view.
WAP Staff, wish a very Happy Indipendence day to our Indian friends in Antarctica.

WAP Antarctic Activity Week (17-25 Febr. 2018)

John Landrigan KA4RXP will be active as KA4RXP/MM from on board of M/V Spirit of Enderby from Febr. 8 through March 8 sailing Antarctica. The operation time falls in between the 15th Antarctic Activity Week.

Considering that John is going to operate from Antarctica, on board of a Polar ship listed on the WAP-WACA directory (therefore equated to an Antarctic base) a new reference WAP-283 has been issued to KA4RXP/MM.



Just wish to remind the Chasers to book now, and get your WAP special Callsign. Join the very atractive yearly event, the unique WW since 2004!

The St. Ivan Rilski Chapel (St. John of Rila Chapel) at the Bulgarian Base

The Orthodox presence in Antarctica arises as parts of various expeditions from major Orthodox Christian Nations to the continent as there is not permanent population in Antarctica.

St. Ivan Rilski Chapel at St Kliment Ohridski Station (Livingston Island in the South Shetlands) is the first Eastern Ortodox edifice in Antarctica, the southernmost Eastern Orthodox building of worship in the world

The chapel, was named after patron of the Bulgarians, St.Ivan Ritski. It was built in the year 2003 with the assistance of the Bulgarian Antarctic scientific team.

The foundation stones of the chapel were laid down on December 9, 2001, at that time, the base employs a total of between 12 and 15 people, geologists, biologists, doctors, meteorologists, botanists and others .

A Spanish ship transported the parts that were used to build the chapel and it was completed on 2003. The chapel features include  a bell, a cross, and icons of St. Ivan Rilski, and Jesus Christ the Bridegroom.

The Christian chapel is located on the Livingston Island’s Bulgarian Base of St. Kliment Ohridski.

Recently (year 2012) a new building (see picture aside) was erected on a small slope; it gives the impression to protect the Base from above.

Cruising Antarctica-K4RXP on board M/V Spirit of Enderby

John Landrigan KA4RXP is planning the ultimate of all cruises; leaving New Zealand on Feb 8, 2018 going to McMurdo Station on the Ross Sea and returning on March 8 ; he will join the 15th Antarctic Activity Week.

John wrote: -The 50-passenger M/V Spirit of Enderby is described as an ‘intimate’ exploration vessel with a reinforced hull. It apparently is pretty cramped and the bathroom is down the hall. The Captain and crew are Russian and I was advised to bring a potent surge protector .

I have the Company’s permission to operate and they are going to allow me unrestricted access to the former Radio Room on the ship so that I can set up my Yaesu 897 and Pactor modem.

I’m going to pay for them to install a used, I hope, marine HF antenna.  I’ll bring an antenna of a type and brand to be determined.

Few Questions from John:

The ship’s generator is subject to severe fluctuations due to lights and equipment being turned on and off. I need suggestions for 220 volt surge protection/Uninterruptible power supply devices to protect my radio and computer equipment. I don’t know how frequently they blow light bulbs but it sounds like a potent damping system may be required.

I am thinking the experts at this are probably in Invercargill, New Zealand where the ship departs from. I know that propagation is inversely proportional to one’s distance from the North or South Pole. I am thinking that a HF vertical and tuner would be significantly better than just my magnetically mounted Little Tarheel Screwdriver.

What about some type of dipole as you often see on models and photos of old ships with a wire going from bow to stern masts?  The ship’s manager did say I would need about 100 feet of coax from the antenna to the Radio Room. I am wondering if they were thinking of stringing up that type of antenna and running coax down a mast to the Radio Room.

Anyone with marine HF experience is earnestly solicited to respond ( )

This cruise will be right at the time of the 15th Antarctic Activity Week and John KA4RXP/MM will be the first to operate maritime mobile during an AAW ! He will be on 40 through 10 meters if propagation will permit.John sais.

TNX John Landrigan KA4RXP

LU4ZS, Base Marambio WAP ARG-21

On last March 11, the Radio station LU4ZS at Base Marambio did start the 2016 Ham Activation, promoting the continuity of successful Radio-Amateur operation of the past 2013/14 Antarctic campaign, in which hundreds of Shortwave contacts were made worldwide. This year 2017, it has been planned to carry out another activation.

Putting LU4ZS on the air from Marambio has as an additional motivation:  the memory of the 50th anniversary of the First Transpolar Flight of Argentina. In 1965, the Air Force accomplished “Operation South”, designed and led by then-commander Mario Luis Olezza, in which a squadron formed by a Douglas C-47 and two Beaver single-engineers landed in the South Pole, and later the C-47 Continued flight to Mc Murdo Base, USA, completing the first double transpolar flight in Argentina. This operation opened the route that Aerolineas Argentinas used between 1980 and 2014 to fly to Oceania.

The operator of the station LU4ZS Marambio, is Juan C. Benavente (Picture aside), in charge of the Press Section and collaborator of the Technical Section of the DAA, with Ham license LU8DBS r, teacher and Graduate in Social Communication in the National University of Quilmes (UNQ).

Video taken by a member of the “Uniendo Voices” Tam during his stay in Antarctica. The UV project has incorporated the radio amateur work area, and a teacher of the project, Juan C. Benavente, carries out radio activations from Antarctica as the University Extension Project (PEU).

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Giacomo Bove Station-Antarctica (WAP ITA-Ø2)

Soon the formal designation of the new Historic Site (HSMs) under the Antarctic Treaty.
Another small step towards the creation of a new visitor center and a new plaque in Trieste (Italy), in view of the completion of the IPSSIA project (the institution of the first Antarctic Italian Historical Site).

This is briefly, the story of the first independent Italian expedition in Antarctica dated 1976, and of the man who made it possible. The Polishs, who have a nearby science base, still call the site as Italy Valley.

December 1975: 15 Italians  did challenge the climatic conditions, economic difficulties and political inertia to build a Base in the coldest and inhospitable site of the planet, with temperatures that in the “hot” months reach 19 degrees below zero and during the long winter of the sub-southern hemisphere go down to -50°C. The Expedition arrives before the accession of Italy to the Antarctic Treaty, before the PNRA, the National Research Program at the South Pole.

Renato Cepparo officially donate the newly founded Base to the Italian state. But the answer that comes from the cabinet secretary of the the Foreign Affairs holder, Minister Arnaldo Forlani, is as formal and cold as the wind of Italia Valley  on a January day!

“While I express the greatest appreciation of the On. Minister of Foreign Affairs, I would like to inform you that the Italian Government intends to give the Base to the Argentine Government”. The reason “Guarantees for Future Research and Exploration Programs in Antarctica or Other Italian Scientific Missions”, did sound  incomprehensible for Cepparo and that decision was difficult to accept. It was paradoxical –did comment Roberto Cepparo– Forlani proved himself to be a very small man, because to solve the problem with the Argentinians gave them the Base. Two years later, Flavio Barbiero, deputy leader of the company in 1975-76, returns to Italia Valley and makes the dramatic discovery: “Only the perimeter wall supporting the building remained in place. Everything else has disappeared in nothing” wrote Renato Cepparo in his memories.

Actually, a young reasearchr Prof. PHD Julius Fabbri  (Pic aside) is strongly working to ensure that the status of Antarctic Heritage could be recognized to the site where Renato Cepparo built the first Italian research station dedicated to the explorer Giacomo Bove

Stanislaw Miranski SP3BGD, send us a picture taken in April 1998. Here is the remains of Italian Antarctic Station “Giacomo Bove” – Italia Valley on King George island.


Cambridge petition: Historic Site for ‘Giacomo Bove Station’ destroyed by Argentine Navy – Read more at:

Polish Station Dobrowolsky, WAP POL-NEW

Polish Antarctic Stations Antoni B. Dobrowolski is located an Bunger Hills, 66° 16′ 30″ South, 100° 45′ 00″ East.

The Station with two buildings able to guest 8 people, was originally built by the Soviet Antarctic Expeditions the Oct. 16th  1956 and named Oazis  then, on 23rd January 1959, it has been handed over to the Academy of Sciences of the Polish People’s Republic by the Soviet Academy. The Polish named it Dobrowolski Station in memory of  Antoni B. Dobrowolski (1872-1954), geophysicist and glaciologist, who participated in the Belgica Antarctic Expedition (1877-79). 

Unfortunately,  just few weeks later the Station has been closed. On February 22, 1979 (with preparations starting February 18) the station was reactivated for a short time, but an overwintering attempt failed, and the occupants had to be evacuated to Mirny Station (350 km to the west) on March 17 1979.

The Soviet Union became interested in the Bunger Hills again in the late 1980s, and built a new station – Oazis-2 – a few hundred meters to the west of Dobrowolski. The station was used for summer visits up to the mid-1990s (Bunger Oasis Station WAP RUS-NEW)

About 7 kilometres from Dobrowolski, Australia has maintained the summer-only station Edgeworth David Base,   named after Edgeworth David, since 1986.

The concrete pillar erected by the First Polish Antarctic Expedition at Dobrowolski Station in January 1959 for gravity measurements, and the magnetic observatory at the station with plaque in memory of the opening of Oazis Station in 1956, are recognized as Antarctic Historic Sites Nr.10.

DP1POL/p Novolazarevskaya Station-Antarctica

Felix Riess  (DL5XL) has been active as DP1POL/p  for a short period of time from the Russian Station Novolazarevskaya  (WAP RUS-Ø9) while waiting the ALCI flight from Novo Runway (WAP MNB-Ø6) to Cape Town.

Novolazarevskaya ( 70° 47’ South, 11°49’ East) located at the extreme southeastern tip of the Schirmacher Oasis approximately in 80 km from the Lazarev Sea coast,  is one of the most efficient Antarctic Stations operating from Dronning Maud Land Estern Antarctica and serving by its Novo Runway almost all the scientific operations from the Bases located in that area. An ice shelf with a slightly undulating surface resting against an ice cap extends north of the station in the vicinity of Leningradsky Bay. From the south, there is a continental ice sheet slope.


DP1POL/p is though one of the new callsigns to be add to the WAP-WACA list.

Thanks to Felix for this new one and thanks to DL1ZBO for his fast QSL service.


In an unprecedented operation, the Argentinean Armed Forces planned a medical evacuation of the second officer, electrician Héctor Bulacio, from the Orcadas Base to the hospital in Ushuaia. The 38-year-old man was in danger if thye did not move him; he had suffered fractures in his legs. A Rescue by sea was impossible because in winter time the Base is surrounded by 110 kilometers of ice field.

After a videoconference with the naval hospital of Buenos Aires, his air evacuation was decided.

A C130 Hercules aircraft took off from Río Gallegos, overflew  Orcadas Base and  by parachutes release medical supplies while a glaceologist of the Naval Hydrography Service was studying  the best surface in which personnel could improvise an emergency landing strip for a Twin Otter. From Marambio Base then took off the Twin Otter  that flew 720 kilometers from Marambio to Orcadas Base and,  in an unprecedented event, did land on top of a glacier on an improvised runway.

The Twin Otter transferred the non-commissioned officer to Marambio and from there the Hercules took him to Tierra del Fuego. The joint work and successful flights of the Twin Otter and the Hercules despite the climatic difficulties at this time of year, allowed the Sub-official Bulacio to be conscious and stabilized in the Hospital of Ushuaia where he is  “out of danger”.

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More pics are available at the same link

Brief History of the Antarctic, seen from the Ham Radio Communication’s world

Written by Bhagwati Prasad Semwal VU3BPZ-8T2BH

Antarctic Epic did start long ago with no way to communicate from Antarctica to the rest of the world, then Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of radio telegraph system, show the world the power of Radio transmission.

Later one after WW1 & WW2 the Nations signed the Antarctic Treaty and the Antarctic Adventure begun. From that time, in the 50thies, the Radio was the unique way to be in touch from the newly built Antarctic Research Stations and therest of the world.

From that time,  being a licensed Radio Amateur was a privilege of few technicians involved in the  Antarctic Campaigns and being Radio Amateur, they were mostly communication officers. After the commercial duties and communication with their country’s Antarctic Departments, they had time to use the Base Equipments to talk to the family using other Ham fellows with Phone Patch to talk to their families, and to other Ham radio men, all over the world.

A new era did start: DX with Antarctica and yes,  a contact using a simple Radio transceiver  from Antarctica to the rest of the world was,  and is still amazing. The interest did grow  fast and became a fever, a real excitement a real passion.

At that time every Antarctic Base, every Refuge, every remote camp was equipped with  Transceiver for HF communications, antenna, generator or other power supply sources.

Most of the Bases did install big towers and rotary antenna system, using amplifiers to allow more chance to send robust signals on the air. On the other side, the worldwide Ham community, hunting contacts with Antarctica, did the same; all involved in a kind of passion for the so called  very long distance call, known as DX.

QSL confirmation for a contact with an Antarctic Station was, and still is something to exhibit. On the meantime the first websites dedicated to the Antarctic Chasers did start to be online, as for example WAP-Worldwide Antarctic Program since 1979. On it several features  such as the most accurate Dbase (WAP-WADA) of Antarctic Stations, Remote Camps, Refuges, Huts and permanent settlements sorted by Country, Lat & Long and exact location.

Another huge Dbase (WAP-WACA) has been built; it  lists over 4500 different callsigns in use or used in the past in Antarctica, Sub & Peri Antarctic areas, all available for free on line.

Time goes fast and we did enter quickly in the era of Internet. Very few young  boys are still excited or fascinated by Ham radio, even if in Antarctica HF & VHF communications are still important and very much used to keep and establish contacts with remote field camps, with the researchers working outside, and with the helicopters or aircrafts to the main Stations or Bases.

Radio is probably considered by the young generation somewhat obsolete, something surpassed, something out of fashion … nothing could be more wrong! Radio remains a safe option in case of emergency, when internet black out, when other communication devises may fail, the radio remains, it does not need repeaters, as the radio waves propagate in space!

HF transmissions are therefore subjected to the Propagation condition which is influenced by the solar activity and in particular periods of the year,  operators must know the MUF (Maximum Usable Frequency) and check Propagation Prediction tables in order to know when and in which direction looking for to make some possible contacts

Bhagwati Prasad Semwal is a good experienced Ham Radio Operator, licensed as VU3BPZ, and operating from Antarctica since 2001. Bagwati Prasad (Ex-20,24,29th, Maitri & 31th,Bharati, WOT )has been active from several Antarctic sites as VU3BPZ/P, VU3BPZ/RI1, AT1ØBP, VU3BPZ/MM and actually he is part of the 35th ISEA (2015-2016) based at  Bharati Station (69°S, 076°E), Larsemann Hills, Antarctica where he operates as 8T2BH.

Worldwide Ham Radio Community is grateful to the Indian Antarctic Dept. for putting licensed Ham radio operators among the Teams overwintering in Antarctica; India did a real great job with the Hams involved in Antarctica up to now; a mention has to be given to:

ATØA operating from Daskshin Gangotry Base in the 8Øties, AT3D, VU3HKQ, VU2AXA, VU2JBK, VU3RAY, VU2DMT who have been active from Maitri Base, Indian Bay and Bharati Stations giving a huge number of Antarctic chasers worldwide, a chance  to log all the 3 main  Indian Scientific Stations in their log with different callsigns.

Actually propagation is not in a good shape; solar flux, sunspot and A index are at a low level, but taking care of the rare openings on different bands, is possible to establish good contacts with a range of 10-15.000 km.

What is actually missed in the Indian Bases is a rotating Log periodic beam antenna, able to cover all HF bands in case of internet black out or emergency, a liner amplifier in order to ensure a robust signal in case of lack of propagation.

In addition another tool is available for Hams,  and that is the VOACAP Prediction available online at: .

This web site gives an idea to a Radio operator  which band of the HF Band plan is the best one to be used  and percentage of chances to make good contacts. Actually conditions are very low and infact just the bands  from 18 to 24 MHz offer 40% of possibility to make contacts.

During the 35th Indian Antarctic Scientific Expedition (2015-2016) we did a lot of propagation testing on different bands from 10 mts through 40 mts SSB and we noticed a very fast changing conditions and so far only about 100 QSOs have been made as 8T2BH from Bharati Station, even if with 15 different Countries. Nothing to compare with 2011-2012’s season when the QSOs made were over 1000, or from Maitri Station where conditions were so much favorable.

Now  it could be propagation will change, no more Auroras or magnetic storms which are causing terrific noise on the band. I hope to be able to keep uphold the Indian pride and using the privilege to be here in Antarctica for the 5th time  as Ham Radio and Communication Officer to fulfill the many requests for QSOs by Radio amateurs operators around the world.

Polish “Henryk Arctowski” Station WAP POL-Ø1

The station was established on 26 February 1977.
It is managed by the Polish Academy of Sciences, and its main research areas include marine biology, oceanography, geology, geomorphology, glaciology,  meteorology, climatology, seismology, magnetism and ecology.

Here, just a couple of nice  pics posted on Facebook page today

If you wish to see more, go to:


To know more about Henryk Arctowski Station, see also:

New WAP WACA & WADA Directory just released

The sixteenth edition (release 1.30) of WAP WACA & WADA Directories are available to download. Just go to the “Download Section”  and feel free to save them both on your PC.

WACA Directory contains a list of more than 4091 callsigns used in Antarctica & Sub Antarctic territories since 1945,

WADA Directory lists 887 Baes, Camps, Huts, Refuges and  Stations in Antarctica since 1945.

Also a new release of the Antarctic & Peri Antarctic Lighthouses has been issued on July 31 and it’s available to download as well; just go to the Lighthouse page.

Don’t forget to check the Antarctic Bulletin Nr. 274 issued on last July 24 (Check News & Information page)

Enjoy Antarctica!

73 from WAP Staff

Antarctica: Stronger Ocean circulation

Notorious Ocean current is far stronger than previously thought

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the only ocean current to circle the planet and the largest wind-driven current on Earth. It’s also 30% more powerful than scientists realized.

Source: Geophysical Research Letters

An ocean circulation model shows the Antarctic Circumpolar Current swirling around Antarctica, with slow-moving water in blue and warmer colors indicating faster speeds (red represents speeds above 1 mile per hour). But how much water is really flowing through the current?
Recent fieldwork provides unexpected results.

Credit: M. Mazloff, MIT; Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego


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DP1POL Neumayer III Station (WAP DEU-Ø8)

Felix Riess DL5XL (aka N5BC) is operating DP1POL callsign from Antarctica since 2002.
Every time he was there, he did visit some very rare and difficult locations, from which he was able to so set a /P operation  and jumping on the air as well .
Neumayer III Station , is located  at 70° 40’ South, 8° 17’ West, Dronning Maud Land (Grid Loc. IB59UH).



Double folded QSL for his last operation did come fast through his QSL Manager DL1ZBO. Nice card, another good piece in our Antarctic QSL collection!



Call for journalists to follow next Antarctic campaign

PNRA (Italian National Research Program in Antarctica) via CNR and ENEA, is managing  the Italian Bases in Antarctica. There is a  call for journalists to participate the XXXIII Italian Expedition in Antarctica.

The XXXIII Italian Expedition, will take place from October 2017 through  February 2018. PNRA offers hospitality at the Italian Bases to a journalist whose reports  might  have extensive media coverage related to the Italian scientific research activities in Antarctica. The selected journalist will be engaged in November 2017, for a period of approximately 15 days, travels to/from Italy included.

Participation is subject to availability confirmation by the PNRA.

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RI1ANC Vostok Base “WAP RUS-13”

Alex Turkeev, RD1AV,  the actual Chief and radio operator at the Russian Vostok Station is still overwintering  at Vostok where he will remain till February 10, 2018.

He is active ,taking advantages of the openings in the actual low level propagation. It’s not hard to find him  on all bands CW, SSB and digital modes.

Do not loose the chance to work him.  Antarctica is always something special in the DX scenery!


QSL for RI1ANC has to be requested  through  RN1ON – Bureau or Direct

Argentine Icebreaker Irizar readying for Antarctica sailing

Argentina’s Navy icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar is back on sea and next September will be ready to sail to Antarctica following almost ten years of recovery and refurbishing after she caught fire in 2007 when returning from Antarctica and was considered almost a wreck given the magnitude of the damages experienced.

According to Argentine defense reports the “new” Irizar has state of the art technology, has doubled its Antarctic Gas Oil (fuel) capacity and has increased six fold the area dedicated to labs and other scientific activities, as well as the cabins and beds for research staff.

The pre-accident Irizar was mainly involved in logistics and support for the Antarctic bases and stations, but the refurbished version is geared to scientific research. Likewise the icebreaker will be able to access the most austral of Argentine bases, Belgrano II, and the Argentine navy can again operate with helicopters.

All these years Argentina contracted mostly Russian icebreakers and helicopters to service and supply its bases.

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RI1ANO, Bellingshausen Base WAP RUS-Ø1

Another “new one” WACA in our Antarctic QSL collection and a WAP RUS-Ø1 for WADA

RI1ANO is a  a brand new callsign,  operated by Alexandr A. Ushakov, UA1OJL, at Bellingshausen Base (WAP RUS-Ø1) on King George Island, South Shetland Islands. Alex, UA1OJL is  active from Bellingshausen station, since April 2017 and will be on till March 2018 operating all bands CW, SSB & Digi  on his  spare time.

Info for  QSL collectors: Contacts from June 2017 and ahead will be confirmed by a different QSL cards (see the sample aside), so do not loose the chance.

QSL for RI1ANO has to be requested to RN1ON (Alexei V. Kuz’manko, P.O.Box 500, Arkangelsk 173000-Russia)

40th ATCM – Beijing, China

The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) is the annual meeting for all parties of the Antarctic Treaty to discuss pressing Antarctic issues. Only consultative parties – parties that have demonstrated their interest in Antarctica by ‘conducting substantial research activity there’ – are allowed to take part in decision-making processes. This is the first time that China hosts the ATCM, which attracted a lot of attention both within and outside China.

Picture show Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli addresses the opening ceremony of the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in Beijing, capital of China.

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Church in Antarctica

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Getting married in Antarctica

Polar field guides Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester got married in sub-zero temperatures in a two-day celebration.

The wedding guests included the couple’s 18 colleagues who live and work at the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) largest research station during the winter months.  It is the first official wedding to take place on the territory in Adelaide Island.
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Antarctica’s ice-free areas to increase

Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail. If emissions of greenhouse gasses are not reduced, projected warming and changes in snowfall will cause ice-free areas – which currently make up about 1% of  Antarctica and are home to all of the continent’s terrestrial plants and animals – to increase by as much as 17,000 square kilometres.

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VU2VP Silent Key

 Ved Prakash Sandlas, VU2VP, destingushed Scientist & former Cheif controller R&D DRDO did  pass away on 6th July 2017. He was good promoter of Ham radio & sent Ham Radio Rigs to Antarctica.

He was Vice Presendent of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT- India), a real Senior Old Timer. He has been QSL manager for AT3D, operated by VU3DEN in 1994 from Maitri Base, Antarctica.

Our deepest condolences to his family from the whole HAM & Scientists  as well as the Antarctic community !

Base Belgrano II (WAP ARG-Ø6)

Twenty-one Argentine experts who will investigate climate change are actually working  at the country’s southernmost Antarctic Belgrano II Base.

The scientific and military experts are facing a four-month long polar night after landing more than 4,500 kilometers away from Buenos Aires and less than 1,700 from the South Pole.

With temperatures that can reach around or below – 35° Celsius,  Belgrano II is the southernmost of the Argentine bases and is located to the east of the Weddell Sea, so the newly arrived staff will not have contact with people outside the group until they are relieved in December 2017.
Click on the pic aside to be rederected to the website where the information comes from.

Last News

HI Folks,

As you can see, we are  moving from the old style WAP web site to this most modern one. It will take some weeks to get use to play with it, but we are working on this matter to give the Antarctic chasers the best of we can.

Be patient and Enjoy Antarctica, as much as we do!

Chapel of Santa Maria Reina de la Paz at Chilean Base Pte Eduardo Frei

On Thursday 25 September 2014, the Commander in Chief of the IV Air Brigade, General Aviation Brigade  Manuel Sainz Salas, did visit the Antarctic Air Base President Eduardo Frei Montalva and attended, with the Commander of the Air Base Group Commander (DA) Gonzalo Opazo, to the reopening  ceremony of the Chapel of Santa Maria Reina de la Paz located  at Villa Las Estrellas, the largest Chilean town in Antarctica. The Chaplain of the Unity Group Commander (SR) Juan Fuentes, blessed the new premises.
The Chapel restored by the Repair Squadron, using existing materials in the unit, gave a new facade to the Institutional Chapel. Among the works undertaken is the construction of a new bell tower and strengthening the foundations of the entrance.
TNX Prensaantartica, Credit to FACH

Bellingshausen Base and its church

Interesting article pubblished on the New York Times by Ernesto Molina, a Chilean scientist, walking above the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, overlooking the Russian Antarctic base.
On a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia.

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The Seven Churches of Antarctica

Thanks to   for posting this very interesting review of the Churches in Antarctica.
Nice pictures and great reportage!
Antarctica is officially considered a desert, thus making it 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. With at least seven churches used for religious practice in Antarctica, these are the Southernmost places of worship in the world…

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Priests ‘not needed’ on Antarctic missions (?)

There’s a saying about there being no God in Antarctica but from this summer there will also be fewer priests. America’s National Science Foundation has told Christchurch’s Catholic Diocese in NZ it no longer needs local priests on the ice. It was a sad development, but inevitable, says Father Dan Doyle (pic aside),  who had been to Antarctica himself 14 times since 1984, and it was an amazing experience for the clergy.
Fewer staff are now working at the US stations in Antarctica.
Better communications and internet connections meant people were less isolated while working in Antarctica and the drop-off was noticeable in the past five or six years. When I first went there 30 years ago there was no outside contact except ham radio or a two-minute phone call every few months,  Father Doyle said
The Christchurch diocese has been sending priests to McMurdo since 1957, with five priests going each summer and working out of the base’s Chapel of the Snows.
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Drawn from personal experiences in Antarctica…

Lieutenant Colonel Franco Colombo, tell us  about his four past seasons in Antarctica in the wake of the Italian Expedition campaigns.

Franco said: At some stage in my four assignments, I  have always noticed the lack of a place of worship, and I have constantly tried someway to overcome it. The attached picture shows how, the devotion of our Team at MZS to the small  “Madonnina”  is real and heartfelt and on the day of the Immaculate Conception (8th December) a small procession is set till the place where the Virgin  stands in a small  altar beneath a rocky outcrop (though not all on the Base share it  …. but this is normal)
TNX Lieutenant Colonel Franco Colombo

An important “Event” to think about…

Our website and in particular this page dedicated to the Churches in Antarctica is now home of a very special reportage from a very special guest, the Mayor of Uvarovo City,  Tambov Oblast, Russia.
Alexander Kuznetsov is also a famous Ham Radio operator (callsign RW3RN) and, on his way to Antarctica we have got a pleasure to contact him directly by HF Radio communication.

Today  we are grateful to Alex for his exclusive short report for the WAP pages.  As the mayor of this City, Alexander Kuznetsov  did bring with him, on his way to Antarctica, the Tambov “Mother of God” and  “St. Pitirim” icons to be presented  to the Holy Trinity Church, the only Russian Orthodox Church in Antarctica.
Alex wrote:   I have got a very great impression of the form of the temple and the conversation with the priest I had. We climbed up a small hill on which stands the temple, in a deep snow, and it was not easy. While the Church bells were ringing. It was very symbolic  that we, overcoming the hard way, were in front  to this miracle. The “Rector”  invited us to the bell tower and allowed supervised also ring the bell.
After a couple of hours I go on,  to serve in our City temple in honor  of our Orthodox Christmas and I will give the Church an icon of the Venerable Herman of Alaska, which I brought from Alaska from the island of Kodiak and consecrated on his relics. I  was very glad in such special minutes.

The pictures shown on this reportage, have been sent us by Alex to  show some very important moments of his journey at the Trinity Church.

While Italy, one of the centers of world Christianity,  is still waiting a small Chapel at his Antarctic Station down in the Icy Continent,  we’re really looking for the day where, we can also be proud to celebrate something like this!

Thanks to Alexander Kuznetsov,  for his great sign of holy spirituality. God bless you and your City,  as well as the Russians who have built such a great Church in Antarctica.

Christmas time at MZS; a moment of spirituality

Thanks to Max IAØMZ who has taken a break to walk to the site where the statue of the Virgin is looking at the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station (MZS). We wish some better location for the Mother of Lord, perhaps one day …who knows, someone will turn our dream into a reality and we’ll have a small Chapel  at the Italian Scientific site in Antarctica, where to  thank God  for protecting us.

Historical Note:
… more than 20 years ado, the Alpini Corp, when the chief of operations in Antarctica was the ex-Colonel (now General Retd) Mauro Spreafico,  made a small altar beneath a rocky outcrop where they put a small statue of the Virgin  who had brought from Italy and there,  used to meet the Madonna in prayer …. She is always there, for many years now, under a rock.

Pictures show the the Virgin on a hand made cavity at MZS and the Italian Antarctic Base shown from the rocky outcrop where the Virgin stands.
, Merry Christmas

Amsterdam Island – The little chapel “Notre Dame de l’Ocean”

On the TAAF territories administered by the French authorities , freed from any religious affiliation, it is easily surprised to see a chapel present on each Base. This one on Amsterdam Island is tiny but charming, the Virgin Mary stands on her throne on a small altar. It is regularly frequented on Sunday. A few meters away, a bench invites to rest in the wind looking at the sea, and the bench of the chapel is the best observatory based, one could find.

Consecration ceremony of Marambio Base to the Virgin of Lujan

Last Jan. 3rd 2013, with the presence of the priest Marcelo Lopez, and the whole Team of the 44th overwintering campaign,

Argentinean Base Marambio-Antarctica Argentina has been consecrated to the Virgin of Lujan; it was a great ceremony  that has been reported on the Base diary.

Attendees did pray with eyes and hearts the image of the Virgin of Luján, patron of Argentina, with a commitment

of faith and love.


A “Special” Church built at Concordia “Dome C”

Daniele Karlicek did visit our web site and our  space on Facebook at:
( and did post his comment:
Beautiful initiative, the one of building a Church in Antarctica! I did it myself, by reproducing with ice, the Dome Church of my town (Muggia, in the Province of Trieste) at Base Concordia “Dome C” during my overwintering stay on last 2010-2011 Antartic Campaign.
Here is the pictures.
Daniele Kalicek is a young Italian Researcher; he works for the Department of Geosciences at the University of Trieste, specifically in the laboratory of isotopic Geochemistry.
Daniele  did winter over at Concordia “Dome C”, the French-Italian Multinational Base in Antarctica where he was involved in the maintenance of the equipments used to make aerosol analysis, collecting samples for scientific studies. He follows several plans in the field of glaciology that involve several Universities and agencies. Another of his task down there was to carry out every day, aerosol atmospheric samplings, snow and precipitations, observing and record data weather.
Daniele said: The nearest Base is the Russian Vostok, about 600 km from Concordia “Dome C” so we must be able to take care of ourselves, particularly during the winter over time. The insulated atmosphere and the extreme conditions did fascinate to me, and perhaps, this one is one of the more extreme adventures that a man can make.
Thanks Daniele, you did great… it was a nice way to say a prayer, Lord will be be certainly grateful of your job!

Antarctic Chapels in philately

While WAP hasn’t lost the hope, about the project of building a small Chapel at the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station in the settlement of Terra Nova Bay-Antarctica, we are pleased to see that other Countries  are honoring their Antarctic sites of cult with polar emission and covers.

It is the case of USA Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo, already well shown through the page of this dedicate Church in Antarctica’s Section here on WAP website.

This is also a nice oportunity to wish all our readers and supporters a very  Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2011.
Thanks to Francois, F8DVD for sending us this nice envelopes and covers

The Chapel of Base Marambio, Antarctica

It was the 16th of April 1996 at Marambio Base when his Reverend Excellence the Military Bishop of the Argentine Republic,  Monsignor D. Norberto Eugene Martina in solemn Pontifical, came to this Antarctic Station to bless and inaugurate the Oratory of the Chapel dedicated to the Santísima Virgen de Luján.

This solemn ceremony was presided over by the  Air Operations Commander, Brigadier Rubén Mario Montenegro, while  Military administrations, civil and special guests did attend the rite as well.
Godfathers of this ceremony were the Head of Argentina Air Force’s General staff, General Brigadier Juan Daniel Paulik and his wife Maria del Carmen Luxardo Garcia de Paulik.

The Antarctic Chaplain Father Nicholas Daniel Julian (picture here to the left) did participate in the construction and he builds of the oratorical.
More information and photographs, are available at: 

This, is one of the Churches built in Antarctica by the faith of people involved and it’s certainly a good sign to recall Lord and the Virgin in the white desert.

Thanks to you all!

Mail from our readers

by Kathi Kennedy Smith from USA (
Are their different religions in  Antarctica? All of the churches from your site appear to be Catholic. Are there conflicts or cults of any kind established in Antarctica?
Here is the answer from WAP:
Hello Kathi,
some Church is multi-confessional, so that is the case of the Chapel of the snow at US McMurdo Base, other are Ortodox as the St. Kliment at the Bulgarian Base or the Russian Ortodox Trinity Church at Bellinghausen Base.
Antarctica is a peaceful place and for sure there are no conflicts of any kind also because it seems ridiculous to  fight  because of the religion … if I am not wrong,  all religions are preacing peace and reciprocal respect!
Regards Gianni I1HYW
..the reply from Mrs.Kathi Kennedy Smith was:
Dear Gianni,
That is so wonderful to hear! I hope to visit some of those beautiful churches one day. Thank you for responding so quickly and for working to keep the peace and the beauty of Antarctica intact. Sincerely, Kathi
…this is another way to love Antarctica!
Support WAP Pproject to build a small church to MZS Station at Terranova Bay!

A possible dream that have difficulty in materializing!

This is the title appeared on one of the oldest  and most popular newspaper of the Province of Cuneo, Northen Italy. Corriere di Saluzzo has just published an article about the Chapel in Antarctica, following an initiative launched seven years ago  by Gianni Varetto I1HYW (journalist and Ham radio operator), one of the founders of WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program). The idea of building a chapel in the area of the Italian Research Base Mario Zuchelli Station  in Antarctica is still waiting the permission from the Italian Antarctic Dept. (PNRA) even if Pope Benedictus XVI has blessed it during a recent visit at Madonna della Guardia” Sanctuary in the city of Genova.

is hard to believe that a little Chapel with a crucifix could be something that have to take years to be approved by the competent authorities, specially if founds are not necessary as donations have already been proposed by the Companies which have propose to donate it.

So Italy, the Country of the Roman empire, the site of the Vatican State, the cradle of the Christianity is so lazy to accept a donation of a little Chapel to be built on  the Icy Continent in an area where, several people are spending months away their families without a support of a spiritual place where going for a prayer!

We are keeping this  goal as a kind of challenge to achieve, by the Bless of Lord!

Church dedicated to “Notre Dame des Vents” at Kerguelen Island

“Notre Dame des Vents” is the most southern France Church in the world.
It hosts some religious services throughout the year on the occasion of major events and is a place of contemplation and meditation for wintering.

Kerguelen, a Sub-Antarctic island of volcanic origin, is located in the South Indian Ocean, approximately 3,300 mi. (5,310 km) southeast of the southern tip of Africa. Also known as Desolation Island, it is the largest of the 300 islands, islets and reefs in the Kerguelen Archipelago, which lie between 48° to 50°S and 68° to 70°E.


On August 6, 1955, a French law was passed, creating the new autonomous territory of Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF), which also includes Terre Adélie (Antarctica), Crozet Archipelago, and the tiny islands of Amsterdam/St-Paul and Kerguelen, where during 1956-1957 the TAAF established at Port-aux-Français a geophysical station for observations in meteorology, geomagnetism, aurora and airglow, ionospheric physics, cosmic rays and seismology. The lone chapel on the island is called Notre Dame des Vents” and the statue of Notre-Dame is well shown at Mount Ross dominating the ocean down on.

There is a Gold Book inside of the Chapel, which tell the visitor the story of its construction. Being a carefully Mother, “Our Lady of the Wind”  at Kerguelen, awakes over the waters of the Southern Ocean to protect sealers and personnel at the Base! The stained glass give a beautiful light that invites to stay calm and safe in this place warm and inhabited. The large cross Christ was particularly impressive on his legs folded, it has an unconventional attitude. The good condition of the chapel very well maintained, is remarkable and to it we have to recognize the sensibility of TAAF Management to whom we’ll be alway grateful.

Church in Ice Cave at Belgrano 2 Station, Antarctica.

Uruguayan photographer Amado Becquer Casaballe spent a month on the Almirante Irizar Argentine icebreaker, traveling through the most southern seas of the planet (past the Polar Antarctic Circle) until the Argentinean Belgrano 2 Base, the
country’s permanent scientific base in Antarctica. It’s a trip the icebreaker makes only once a year to change the base’s personnel. During his voyage, Becquer Casaballe lived eternal days, trespassed ice seas, saw white crosses cemeteries that remembered the fallen in the area, and managed to manipulate his camera with huge gloves.

That way, he could photograph the ice desert capturing images that show its peacefulness and beauty, now endangered for the world’s warming. The above shot shows a Church inside an ice cave at the Belgrano 2 base.

As our readers know, WAP is collecting information and pictures to document what important is, for the people in Antarctica, to have a place to pray Lord, an holy place to free one’s spirit and thank Lord for his magnificence.

In the year 2003, WAP did propose to the italian authorities build a little Church at the Italian Base “Mario Zucchelli Station” at Terra Nova Bay… our proposal is still alive waiting the wall of bureaucracy to fall down!
TNX Amado Becquer Casaballe for the pic.


Stella Maris Chapel at Cape Horn Island.

Capilla-Stella Maris.jpgWe have already seen several testimonies by the presence of buildings set up in honor and devotion of Lord and Mary the Virgin, in Antarctica and Sub Antarctic Territories.

A small rustic wooden Chapel Stella Maris “Star of the Seas” belonging to Mar’s Mayoralty of Cape Horn, is another sign of devotion in the Antarctic territories. It
lies near the light keepers house, its doors open for those who wish to
pay their respect to all the seamen who’s lives were lost in these

It is in fact  dedicated to those captains and crews from all over the world, who have made the long journey around Cape Chapel inside.jpgHorn, and who have lost theiCapilla-Stella-Maris_2.jpgr lives down there.

Cape Horn is widely considered to be the southernmost tip of South America, on Horn Island, one of Chile’s Wollaston Islands, which are part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The Dutch navigators Jakob Le Maire and Willem Schouten were the first to sail through Cape Horn, in 1616 (died 1625). Schouten named the point “Cape Hoorn” after the town of Hoorn in Holland, where he was born. Cape Horn is located on Isla Hornos, the most southerly of the Hermite Islands.
Map-Williams.jpgTierra del Fuego is separated from the South America mainland by the Strait of Magellan.

Horn Island 55°59′00″ South, 67°16′00″ West, marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage the strait between South America and Antarctica, it is notorious for its storms and heavy seas.

The cape lies within Chilean territorial waters, and the Chilean Navy maintains an operational  station up there.

report is part of the huge documentation collected by WAP in support of
the project to build a Chapel at the Italian Base MZS in Antarctica
…God willing!

The Chapel of “Notre Dame des Oiseaux” on Possession Island, Crozet Archipelago (TAAF)

We would like to discover an aspect of the life in a Sub-Antarctic Base, I mean the one connected with Spirituality. Chapel-Crozet.jpgWell we have to assume that, not everybody know that on Possession Island (Crozet Archipelago) French Austral  Territories, there is a Chapel called “Notre Dame des Oiseaux” (Our Lady of Birds).

Before talking about this little Church in such a remote place, I would like to use what Father Emmanuel Duche (thanks so much) did report after his visit to TAAF on last July-August 2000, to introduce the subject.

Father Duche wrote: It is certainly the rare privilege to find oneself for a month,  the priest of the vastest parish of the world. This privilege was mine as I had the opportunity to accompany the trip of the M/V Marion Dufresne between July 18th and August 16th, 2000. As chaplain of the French Navy, I am doubtless in the habit of visiting the oceans but until now, no mission had driven me so much to the South…. then Father Duche did end his notes with a  great consideration: It’s the honor of our Country  to
guarantee the freedom of conscience and also to allow a priest to visit
every year these territories at the end of the world where manifestly,
the wind of the Spirit blows in abundance.FT5W-Chapel.jpg

The Chapel of Crozet, is located not too far away Alfred Faure Base. It’s a small sober cubic building, built on the winter season of 1984 in memory of Pierre Frigola,  a young researcher tragically perished here, the year before. It was the 1993 when the 31st Mission to Crozet (TNX Jean-Luc Verselin MD) found the Chapel
in poor conditions. Thanks to the ability and generosity of the members
of the mission, little by little they did restore it and its small bell
wooden tower just over the building and  made it a real place of prayer.

TAAF-CrozetThe Chapel now offers  itself
to the overwintering personnel as a place of silence and peace. A
useful refuge able to reveal and relish the depth advantage of the
experience lived in this archipelago at the end of the world, where the
wind mingles with the Sea and all the birds of the sky. 

A nice Philatelic emission of 1997 did show all the Chapels located on Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam Islands of the French Antarctic Territories (TAAF). WAP wish also to praise the French Government and Ecclesiastic Authorities, for taking care of this particular aspect of the life: the Faith. 

It is a great honor  for WAP to guest histories like this. We are still fighting with the Italian bureaucracy to find out a solution about our proposal to build a little Chapel  at the Italian Antarctic Station MZS. Italy, the place where the Roman Church was born, the place where the Pope lives … Italy that have a huge Research Base in Antarctica, does not have a small place to allow a propitious recollection! Our hope will never  get lost.

We catch what Father Duche said as a good hope:  It
will be the honor of our Country  to guarantee at the end of the
world as well, the freedom of conscience and having a little place to
pray, to thank Lord to allow the wind of the Spirit blowing in abundance over the world in a peaceful life. Thanks and credit to:

Chapel of “San Francesco de Asis” at Esperanza Base, Antarctica

Capilla San Francesco de Asis_Esperanza.jpgContinuing our virtual tour of the Antarctic Bases, speaded alla round the Icy Continent, we stop today at Esperanza Base, a nice Argentinean Station at Hope Bay. Thanks to Mr. Peter Sinke, a german friend who did sent this interesting pictures of a Chapel locater right here at 63° 32′ 42” South, 56° 59′ 46” West. Inside view-r.jpg
If visiting Antarctic Peninsula, it is a great landing if you can go to Base Esperanza (WAP ARG-04).
This Argentinean Station, is a year-round base that is the home for several families with children. The base has family-friendly facilities not found on most Antarctic bases. There is a chapel used for worship, a community center and a school. Base Esperanza-Capilla de San Francesco de Asis.jpgThe Post Office sells stamps, and mail sent from here will reach any parts of the world in a relatively short time. When walking on the gravel roads through the base, one feels like to be really in a small town. The base has also a little Museum, an infirmary, 13 housing buildings, and a graveyard. The Chapel shown in the pictures is the one at Esperanza Base, and it is dedicated to San Francesco de Asis. It may not be the smallest chapel in the world but must be one of the most remote, and for sure it is the most Sothern one dedicated to S. Francesco. TNX Peter Sinke