* 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 17:00 UTC onwards.
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Special callsign/QSL in honor of Russian Arctic explorer Ernst Krenkel
REPORT OF ACTIVITY
FROM BASES IN ANTARCTICA
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.
- KC4AAA, KC4AAC, KC4USV
If you have worked KC4AAA, KC4AAC, and KC4USV remember that these stations use LOTW since 2014.
KC4AAA operates from Amundsen-Scott base, located at the geographic South Pole, IOTA AN-016, WAP USA-36, at an elevation of 2835 meters a.s.l. It is one of the three US Antarctic bases along with Mc Murdo on Ross Island, the most important, and Palmer on Anvers Island. All stations are managed by the National Science Foundation. Temperatures are very severe in the austral winter (average monthly temperature is -60° C.) which begins in March and lasts down to October, whereas during the short austral summer it averages around -28° C. The station is usually heard working SSB over the weekends. QSL goes via K1IED
Summary of Activity below for daily updates on activity.
- 8J1RL & 8J60JARE
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 continue throughout January 2018.
QSL direct to JG2MLI or via JARL bureau.
Both callsigns are reported active in January 2018.
Signals from the Russian Bellinghausen research station 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 until March 2018. Reported active in January 2018. QSL via RN1ON
This facility, located in the southwestern portion King George Island in the South Shetlands, is one of the first Russian research stations founded by the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. It is a permanent base established in 1968, and it bears the name of the Russian explorer of the Antarctic Fabian von Ballinghausen. Thanks to the influence of the surrounding ocean, the climate is not as severe as in other location of the antarctic continent. Coldest temperatures average around -7° C. (19° F). In the vicinity of Bellingshausen station there are other polar stations namely Artigas base (Uruguay), Presidente Eduardo Frei (Chile), Great Wall station (China), Escudero (Chile). Some other stations are located farther. Local time is UTC-4.
David, ZS1BCE (also ZD9A) was often reported QRV in December 2017 from Marion Island, IOTA AF-021, WAZ 38, ITU 57, WAP ZAF-10, ZSFF-0012, as ZS8Z. No report of this station in January 2018. He is scheduled to stay on the island until mid-2018. QSL via ZS1LS
(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.
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 has been regularly reported active in January 2018. 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 metres 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.
The month of November marks the beginning of the Austral summer season and sees the reopening of the Italian scientific research base
Mario Zucchelli located in Antarctica, Terranova Bay, WAP ITA-01, WAZ 32, ITU 71. It is not yet known if there will be any possibility to have the base callsign IA0MZ back on the air during that period.
The base, built in 1985, will be operative for 4 months from November 2017 to February 2018. Since 1985, the base has hosted more than 30 scientific expeditions with a turnover of 300+ Italian and foreign researchers. The M.Zucchelli base also provides any kind of support for the French-Italian personnel on duty at
Concordia Dome C base built on the Antarctic Plateau at an elevation of 3233m in 2005. Local time is GMT+13.
DP0GVN showed up again around mid December from the German base of Neumayer III on Atka Bay, Ekstrom Ice Shelf, Dronning Maud Land (Antarctica, IOTA AN-016, WAZ 38, ITU 67, WAP DEU-08, DLFF-022, WWL IB59UH). Activity has continued regularly until the end of 2017 but no report in January 2018. This call is used by both station personnel and visitors. QSL via DL5EBE.
Nikolai, RW6ACM, has started operations from Molodezhnaya station, Enderby Land, Antarctica, IOTA AN-016, WAP RUS-08, RFF-0161, as RI1ANA. No activity reported in the new year. Plans are to be QRV until February 2018. QSL via RN1ON.
The base was first established in 1962, decommissioned for some years, and since 2006 has reopend on a seasonal basis i.e. only during austral summer time. It is located in the Thala Hills, East Antarctica, at a few metres above sea level. Local time is UTC+6.
Alex, UA1OJL, is the radio operator in charge at RI1ANO and is now on the air with the special callsign RI50ANO from Russian research station at Bellinghausen in the South Shetlands, IOTA AN-010. This special callsign will be in use up to March 31, 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the base. In January 2018 the station has been reported QRV almost daily. QSL via RN1ON.
Further news under RI1ANO. For updates on activity see the table below.
- LU1ZAB & LU4ZS
Recently, two new stations have appeared in the Antarctic panorama. The former is LU4ZS operating from the Argentinian Air Force
Base Antártica Marambio located on Seymour Island, IOTA AN-013, WAZ 13, ITU 73, WAP ARG-21, grid GC15, at 64°14' S - 56°37' W, lying east of the Graham Land peninsula in the Weddel Sea. The base was established in 1969. This is the most important logistical base among the 12 Antarctic stations managed by Argentina. Local time is UTC -3. QSL via LU4DXU.
The latter is LU1ZAB the Argentinian
Base Aérea Teniente Benjamín Matienzo located in Larsen Nunatak, one of the Foca Nunataks, on the right side of the Graham peninsula, IOTA NA-016, that overlooks the Weddel Sea, at an elevation of only 25 metres a.s.l., in WAZ 13, ITU 73, at 64°58' S - 60°04' W. The base was established in 1961, and while it was a permanent facility until 1985, is now open during the summer season only. At the base meteorological, ionospheric and oceanographic observations are carried out. The base is also endowed with an airstrip. Local time is UTC -3. QSL via LU4DXU.
Summary of Activity
Click on the column heading to sort the table by date, call etc.
|DATE D-M-Y||C A L L||Q T H - Base||MHz||UTC
|14/01/2018||CE8EIO||Tierra del Fuego||7.133||05:00|
|16/01/2018||LU/N3BNA||Tierra del Fuego||1.840||03:30|
|02/01/2018||LU1XS||Tierra del Fuego||14.019||01:00|
|13/01/2018||LU1XU||Tierra del Fuego||14.075||22:00|
|19/01/2018||LU2XP||Tierra del Fuego||14.074||08:45|
|07/01/2018||LU3XX||Tierra del Fuego||7.074||02:45|
|29/12/2017||LU6XQB||Tierra del Fuego||14.075||01:30|
|15/01/2018||LU8XAF||Tierra del Fuego||3.573||01:45|
|07/01/2018||LU9XT||Tierra del Fuego||10.136||22:00|
Weather at some South Pole Stations
Recorded on Friday January 19, 2018