Perseverance DX Group has announced the intention to activate South Orkney Islands, and is planning an expedition to take places in February/March 2020. A team of experienced DX and Contest operators will operate from Signy Island (WAP GBR-Ø9) for up to 15 days. The process of obtaining landing permission is underway. The call sign will be announced at a later date. The team will sail from Punta Arenas, Chile aboard R/V Braveheart. Seven operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/CW/Digital.
The Team includes: Dave K3EL, Les W2LK, Steve W1SRD, Ricardo PY2PT, Gene K5GS, Arliss W7XU, Heye DJ9RR, Laci HAØNAR, Mike WA6O, Vadym UT6UD, Walt N6XG and Rob N7QT.
Additional details will be released as they develop. Website: https://sorkney.com/
WAP archive has pics of field Huts still in place at the following un-referencended sites of Signy Islands in the South Orkneys:
Foca Cove, Gourlay Peninsula, Cummings Cove. Let’s have a look of them.
Cummings Hut (WAP GBR-NEW) –Pic aside-
The U.K. Cummings Scientific Hut is located at Cummings Cove at 60°43’45” South, 45°39’50” West. It is visited regularly by British Antarctic Survey personnel from Signy Island (WAP GBR-Ø9). It has accommodations for 2 people, with food and fuel for 2 person-months. Cummmings Cove feels very remote and the hut is lovely on the outside, but very basic on its inside.
Foca Hut (WAP GBR-NEW) -Pic aside-
Foca Hut located at 60°41′ 50″ South, 45°38’40” West is a BAS refuge hut, established in the years 1959-60 near the head of the Foca cove; it is known as
Gourlay Huts (WAP GBR-NEW) -Pic below-
Gourlay Hut 60°43’50” South, 45°35’05” West, is worth a visit during the summer, as penguins and fur seals congregate there.
Gourlay itself also has some amazing views, just from the hut across Rock Haven, a popular spot for seals as well as penguins .The Gourlay peninsula 60°44’ South, 45°36’ West, is an ice-free site that guests 2 Huts; the hut on the left is a standard hut with a couple of bunks and on the right is the work hut.