R1AND Novolazarevskaya Antarctic station

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Novolazarevskaya Station (Russian: Станция Новолазаревская) is a Russian, formerly Soviet, Antarctic research station. The station is located at Schirmacher Oasis, Queen Maud Land, 75 km from the Antarctic coast. It was opened on January 18, 1961 by the 6th Soviet Antarctic Expedition. The maximum summer population is 70. Novolazarevskaya has an airstrip that serves both research-related and commercial flights.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Activities from this station are permitted only during summer time due to the difficult conditions during the winter. Radiohams activities was begun since 1999, the first operator was Mikhail Fokin – RW1AI, than from 2000 to 2001 Victor Karassev – RD1AL and, after some years of stand-by from 2007 the operator is Wally Mykitenko – RU1ZC.

The propagation from my QTH to the South pole via the equator in this period is not good and signals are very weak. But, after some days of running after, today the signal of R1AND in 20m CW was feeble but intelligible. Just some calls and the QSO is made!!!

Finally also Antarctica region is in my logbook!!!

For all infos about this research station there is the official web page of the research project .

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