Attention DX’ers

Antarctic operations

In Antarctica, Chris W2RTO, is on the air from KC4USV at McMurdo Station, mostly operating FT8 on 14.075 MHz.

Given the 24 hours of daylight this time of year and the challenging terrain, the lower bands are unusable in Antarctica, but a dipole may be in the offing for 40 meters later in the season.

W2RTO is in the Antarctic getting research sites up and running with their communications needs. QSL via K7MT.

Chris tries to be on the air at 0000 UTC for about 30 minutes a day, Monday through Saturday, and at 0600 UTC.

Marco de Pas, DK5SXQ will arrive in Antarctica on December 20, remaining into February, operating as IA0/DK5SXQ from the Italian-French base Concordia. He’s in Antarctica to install a LIDAR (light detection and ranging) system but expects to have some spare time to operate.

Seba, SQ1SGB, plans to be on the air from VP8HAL at the Halley 6 Research Station until February 8. If he is successful in erecting an antenna, he’ll operate on FT8, JT65, and SSB on 40 and 20 meters. QSL through EB 7 DX.

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