ANTARCTICA - The Adventure

The AntarcticAward Program by IK3GER


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 scientific bases 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

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:

Research Stations| British Antarctic Survey| Cool Antarctica| U.S. Antarctic Program


* ANTARCTIC NET : starts at 23.00 UTC random on Saturdays on 7078 KHz by LU4DXU.

* Also check 14.160 MHz, 14.188 MHz, 14.203 MHz, 14.243 MHz from 16:00 UTC onwards.

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Special callsign/QSL in honor of Russian Arctic explorer Ernst Krenkel



The aim of this page is to provide the reader as much as possible updated info of any known activity from the 6th continent carried on by operators serving in the dozens of Antarctic research bases scattered in Antarctica and surrounding islands flying flags of different nationalities.



  • RI1AND
  • QSL

    Mikhail, RW1AI, will be stationed for one year starting in April 2016 at Russian Novolazarevskaya(1) Base (Antarctica, Schirmacher Oasis, Princess Astrid Coast, Queen Maud Land, IOTA AN-016, WAZ 38, ITU 67, WAP RUS-09, and QRV as RI1AND. The station was reported last time on 5 August 2017. QSL via his home callsign RW1AI direct, bureau.

    (1)The base, active since 1961, is also endowed with an important airstrip (known as Novo Runway) 1200 m long located 15 Km south of the base itself, serving for logistics and commercial flights. Local time = UTC.



  • Photo

    If you have worked KC4AAA, KC4AAC, and KC4USV remember that these stations use LOTW since 2014.

    KC4AAA from Amundsen-Scott base at South Pole, IOTA AN-016, WAP USA-36. The station is usually heard working SSB over the weekends. Last reported activity was on August 31, 2017. QSL goes via K1IED


  • 8J1RL & 8J60JARE
  • QSL card

    Yath, JG2MLI is finally on the air from the local club station 8J1RL at the Japanese permanent Antarctic research station of Syowa (aka Showa), located on the small (just 2 km long) and rocky East Ongul Island, IOTA AN-015, facing the Queen Maud Land in Eastern Antarctica, WAZ 39, ITU 67, WAP JPN-03, JAFF-0033,WWL KC90TX, UTC +3.

    Besides being QRV as 8J1RL, Yath is also on the air with the special callsign 8J60JARE to commemorate the 60 years of duty of the base which was established in 1957. Activity will last throughout January 2018. QSL direct to JG2MLI or via JARL bureau.

    Both callsigns are reported active on August 2017.


  • RI1ANO
  • The base

    Signals from the Russian Bellinghausen research station(1) on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, WAZ 13, ITU 73, WAP RUS-01, AA U-04, WLOTA-0312, WWFF RFF-154, are again on the air thanks to Alexander, UA1OJL, who will be active as RI1ANO between now and March 2018. Reported almost daily on frequency in August 2017. QSL via RN1ON

    (1)This facility, located on King George Island (IOTA AN-010) in the South Shetlands, is one of the first Russian research stations founded by the Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1968. It is a permanent base established in 1968, and it bears the name of the Russian explorer of the Antarctic Fabian von Ballinghausen.Local time is UTC-4.


  • LU4ZS
  • Photo

    Unexpectedly, the Argentinian Vicecomodoro Marambio(1) Base on the Island of Seymour, IOTA AN-013, WAZ 13, ITU 73, located around the tip of the Graham Land on the Antarctic Peninsula, is QRV again as LU4ZS. The station has been heard again, after March activity, working on 14178 KHz SSB on July 28, 2017.
    See Summary of Activity for daily updates on activity. QSL via LU4DXU

    (1)This base is located on Marambio Island (aka Seymour Island) and it is the most important Argentinian base in the continent. This permanent station inaugurated in 1969 is managed by the Argentine Antarctic Institute. Local time is UTC-3.

      ( ANTARCTICA )

    • VU3LBP
    • Photo

      Raj, VU3LBP, has showed up again from Indian research station at Bharati, Antarctica, Princess Elizabeth Land, IOTA AN-016, WAZ 39, ITU 71, WAP IND-04, WWL MC80AA, 69°24'28"S - 76°11'14"E. He will remain active till November 2017. QSL via I1HYW.
      Anyway, last report of his activity dates back to August 9, 2017 and I ask myself are you still there, Raj ?
      See Summary of Activity for daily updates on activity.

      (1)Bharati is a permanent base operational since March 2012 managed by the Indian Antarctic Program. It is one of the 3 Indian research stations active in Antarctica. Local time is UTC+7.


    • ZS8Z
    • Photo

      David, ZS1BCE (also ZD9A) has been reported QRV from Marion Island, IOTA AF-021, WAZ 38, ITU 57, WAP ZAF-10, ZSFF-0012, as ZS8Z on 7150 KHz on June 1, 2017. He is scheduled to remain on the island until mid-2018. QSL via ZS1LS

      UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 David continues to be present on the band both in the morning on 7 MHz SSB and on the DX net run on 14200+/- KHz around midday C.E.T.

      (1)Marion Island along with smaller Prince Edward Island are Nature Reserves, and are administered by the South African Environmental Management. Despite having a IOTA REF as AF, these two islands are considered sub-antarctic islands as their position is halfway between South Africa and Antarctica. Local time is UTC+3.

      ( ANTARCTICA )

    • FT3YL
    • The base

      Francois, F4HLT, has started operation on February 18 as FT3YL from the French scientific station Dumont d'Urville located on Petrel Island (Antarctica), Adelie Land, IOTA AN-017, WAZ 30, ITU 70, WAP FRA-01.
      At the moment he's using a ground plane antenna, don't expect a big signal from him! His licence is valid from December 2016 to February, 2018. QSL via F6KPQ.

      As announced on this page time ago Francois has had problems with his arial system. Now, after having moved his shack to another spot, he continues to have problem with the antenna. Read more »

      Summary of Activity for daily updates on his activity.

      N.B.The Dumont d’Urville Station in Adelie Land is served by the icebreaker Astrolabe from its port of departure at Hobart in Tasmania. This polar-adapted supply vessel is 65m more on Astrolabe.


    • HF0ARC   
    • Photo

      Sebastian, SQ1SGB, is reported active as HF0ARC from Polish research station Henryk Arctowski located on the Island of King George, IOTA AN-010, WWL GC07SU, WAZ 13, ITU 73. He will stay at the base till 23 October 2017. See Summary of Activity for daily updates on activity. QSL direct via home call

      (1)The station was set up in 1977, and is actually managed by the Polish Academy of Sciences. It is operational all-year round in the field of biology, geology, climatology etc. Local time is UTC-4.


      ( ANTARCTICA )

    • RI1ANC   
    • The base

      thanks to Alex, RD1AV, Russian Vostok Station will be again on the air as RI1ANC, from icy Antarctica, IOTA AN-016, WAZ 29, ITU 70, RFF 168, WAP RU-13, WWL OB31KM. The station is reported often active in this month of September 2017. His activity is extended to mid-February 2018. QSL goes to RN1ON.

      Vostok station was established in December 1957. It is a permanent base located at almost 3500 m above sea level in inland Princess Elizabeth Land, and sits atop a giant ice-covered lake first discovered in the 1970s. The base lies in a point which is considered the southern pole of cold and where the lowest temperature on earth (-89.2°C/-128° F) has been measured. Vostok base usually houses 25 scientists in the summer dropping to 13 in local winter season. Local time is UTC+6.




    Summary of Activity

    Click on the column heading to sort the table by date, call etc.

    19/09/2017CE8EIOTierra del Fuego7.16205:15
    20/09/2017HF0ARCSouth Shetlands7.07401:00
    11/09/2017FT3YLDumont D’Urville14.19004:00
    19/09/2017LU1XSTierra del Fuego7.01500:00
    17/09/2017LU2XPTierra del Fuego14.07420:15
    08/09/2017LU2XXTierra del Fuego14.18520:00
    18/09/2017LU3XXTierra del Fuego21.07417:45
    17/09/2017LU4XZTierra del Fuego14.20716:45
    19/09/2017LU5XAITierra del Fuego7.13823:30
    08/09/2017LU7XZTierra del Fuego28.07422:00
    17/09/2017LU8XQLTierra del Fuego21.07417:30
    19/09/2017LU9XTTierra del Fuego21.07616:30
    13/09/2017VP8EMEFalkland Is.14.07612:15
    20/09/2017VP8LPFalkland Is.7.07401:15
    18/09/2017VP8NOFalkland Is.10.13720:30
    19/09/2017ZS8ZMarion Is.7.16803:45

    Weather at some South Pole Stations

    Recorded on Wednesday September 20, 2017

    Halley VI-24°-11°
    South Georgia33°



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