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 as 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 his log !

Among the active calls 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 (Bellingshausen  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 (Mario Zucchelli 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


Are You Allured by Antarctica? Then Get A Copy Of" THE ANTARCTIC DICTIONARY "  

* 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


The aim of this page is to supply the reader as much as possible updated info about 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.



  • Photo

    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. Local time is GMT+13. 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. Local tiime is 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.

    Update February 2018 Both callsigns were reported active in January 2018 but no report in February 2018. This might be because there is a personnel turnover at the base every year on February. This might also affect the radio operator in charge at the facility.


  • IA0ZM
  • The base

    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
  • QSL

    DP0GVN is often heard on frequency operated by DH5CW, Matthias, who works mostly CW. He will reside at 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) until February 2019. The station is often reported in March 2018. This call may be used by both station personnel and visitors. QSL via DL5EBE.


  • RI1ANA
  • QSL

    Nikolai, RW6ACM, has started operations from Molodezhnaya station, Enderby Land, Antarctica, IOTA AN-016, WAP RUS-08, RFF-0161, as RI1ANA. The station is reported active in 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.


  • LU1ZAB
  • The base

    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.

    Both stations have been reported active until the end of February 2018.


  • RI1ANL    
  • The base

    Nik, RW6ACM, is back in Antarctica and now active until March 2019 as RI1ANL from Novolazarevskaya Base located in Antarctica, Queen Maud Land, 70°46' S, 11°49' E, IOTA AN-016, WAP RUS-09, AA UA-08, WWFF RFF-162, WAZ 38, ITU 67, using CW, SSB and digimodes. QSL via RN1ON.

    The Russian Novolazarevskaya station located 75 km from the Antarctic coast is a permanent research station built by the Soviets in 1961, and managed by the Russian Antarctic Expedition Institute. The base can accomodate up to 70 people during local summer season. It boasts an ice-runway known as Novo Runway in use to both commercial and base-related logistics, and suitable for landing of huge Illyushin 76TD heavy-cargo transport planes. Local time: UTC+3.


  • RI1ANO    
  • The base

    Signals from the Russian Bellingshausen 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. 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 Ballingshausen. 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.

    Update 31 March 2018 on March 31, 2018 Alex has concluded his activity at the base.


  • RI50ANO    
  • The base

    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 Bellingshausen 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. Reported very active in March 2018. QSL via RN1ON.

    Update 31 March 2018 on March 31, 2018 Alex has concluded his activity at the base.




Summary of Activity

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09/04/2018DP0GVNNeumayer III703023:30
21/04/2018LU1XPTierra del Fuego707402:45
21/04/2018LU1XZTierra del Fuego368502:00
18/04/2018LU2XPTierra del Fuego1407421:30
17/04/2018LU2XXTierra del Fuego710822:00
21/04/2018LU3XXTierra del Fuego707402:15
22/04/2018LU5XAITierra del Fuego357300:30
12/04/2018LU8XAFTierra del Fuego2807618:45
14/04/2018LU8XWTierra del Fuego707422:00
07/04/2018VP8AIBFalkland Is.2107420:30
22/04/2018VP8EMEFalkland Is.357300:30
22/04/2018VP8IMDFalkland Is.350000:15
22/04/2018VP8LPFalkland Is.2849518:15
21/04/2018VP8NOFalkland Is.357501:45
21/04/2018VP8VPCFalkland Is.1815322:30

Weather at some South Pole Stations

Recorded on Sunday April 22, 2018

Halley VI-10°14°
South Georgia39°




Some Webcams in Antarctica