The San Diego DX Club

An ARRL Affiliated Club







Next Regular Meeting:
Wednesday Evening, September 23, 2015


Ham Radio from McMurdo Station
and Yesterday Camp, Antarctica

Ron Flick, K6REF, spent almost five weeks in Antarctica in Nov-Dec 2014, including McMurdo Station (KC4USV, Ross Island Grid Square RB32), and three weeks on the Ross Ice Shelf at Yesterday Camp near 80°S, 180°W (Grid Square AB01).

He logged about 430 contacts from KC4USV, and 125 as KC4/K6REF from Yesterday Camp using a 20-m dipole strung 8 ft off the ice on flag sticks ubiquitous in Antarctic deep field camps, and his FT847 powered by a 12V go-cart battery.

The purpose of the trip was to install 16 seismometer stations measuring the mechanical properties of the Ross Ice Shelf, which holds back glaciers moving toward the ocean from West Antarctica, thus slowing global sea level rise.

Ham radio was part of the public outreach for the National Science Foundation sponsored research project.


Reinhard Flick earned a PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego after obtaining his BS in Physics from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He is the Staff Oceanographer for the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, and a Research Associate at Scripps.

He has spent 46 years studying nearshore processes including tidal flow-induced electric potentials, waves, surfzone turbulence, tides, sea level, and beach and cliff erosion in a career of academic research and administration, program management, public service, and consulting comprising theoretical, laboratory, sea-going, and field efforts, including deep-field camp on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. He has authored or co-authored over 70 scientific works including several book chapters, and the 1997 World Book Encyclopedia entry on Tides.

He has served as an expert witness in dozens of court cases involving sea level, waves, currents, tides, and coastal erosion. These include two murder cases, and a few tidal boundary disputes, one being United States versus Alaska in the United States Supreme Court.

Flick is a certified SCUBA diver and sailing instructor, holds a US Coast Guard 100-ton Masters Credential, and amateur radio license K6REF.He enjoys volunteer sail crew at the Maritime Museum San Diego, and sailing with his wife Myra and friends on their 49’ ketch Friendship.



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