Antarctica is no one's land, and you need no passport to get there. About 90% of this land is covered by thick ice and temperatures may reach -80°
Celsius. Although being considered a continent, Antarctica with its 14,000,000 square kilometres, is the largest island. At present, only a few
are operational from the coldest place in the world. They belong to the international scientific and research community.
Many thrilling calls belonging to different bases and issued by different nations are QRV from time to time from this frosty continent although often on a sporadic basis.
We must keep in mind that these operators are mainly researchers, scientists or skilled radio operators in charge of assuring radio communications with their homeland.
For this reason when they turn up on the band they cause terrible pile-ups as everyone would like to have that call in their log !
Among some of the active calls you may pick up from Antarctica you can work the following : LU1ZG (General Manuel Belgrano II Base),
VK0JJJ (Douglas Mawson Station), DP0GVN and DP1POL (Neumayer III Station), 8J1RL(Syowa Station), RI1ANF
(Bellinghausen Station), RI1ANP (Progress Station), RI1ANR (Novo Runway), RI1ANC (Vostok Station),
RI1ANT (Mirny Station), KC4AAA (Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station), KC4AAC (Palmer Station), VU3BPZ/P
(Maitri and Bharati bases), IA0ZM (Zucchelli Mario base), some ZL5 calls (Scott Base) plus many others.
Anyway, if you are lucky enough to QSO with a station from Antarctica make sure you have the right QSL manager ! There's no bureau there !
An extensive coverage of all activities by radio amateurs transmitting from Antarctica may be found on the WAP
web page. If you are interested in collecting awards from Antarctica, you
might read the information concerning the W.A.C.A. ( Worked Antarctic Callsigns award ),
and the W.A.D.A. ( Worked Antarctic Directory Award ).
Other Antarctica-related awards and features may be found on the pages of Reddolphin.it
Further info may be obtained from the following WAP publications:
W.A.D.A. ( Edition 2017 ) listing stations, bases, camps, refugees etc. ordered
by country with WAP/WADA reference, detailed station name, detailed QTH location, latitude/longitude, used in Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic and Peri-Antarctic
areas since 1945;
W.A.C.A.( Edition 2017 ) listing almost 4000 callsigns used in Antarctica since 1945 with WAP reference, station name, years of activity.
Many WAZ zones cover (but not exclusively) Antarctica and adjacent Antarctic waters. These zones, all converging to the South Pole, are 12, 13, 29, 30, 32, 38 and 39.
If you refer to the ITU zone definition they are 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 and 74.
Finally, a good source of information concerning present activities carried out in Antarctica by various states, scientific organizations etc. may be found on the following web sites:
British Antarctic Survey
U.S. Antarctic Program
Visit the new :
" ANTARCTICA DIGITAL DATABASE