The San Diego DX Club
An ARRL Affiliated Club
Wednesday Evening, September 23, 2015
Ham Radio from McMurdo Station
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.
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