|Beautiful picture from the HF0ARC qrz.com page.|
I was running my Yaesu FT991 at 35 watts and used my sloper HyEndFed 10/20/40 wire antenna. I was surprised when I managed to make the contact already on the first attempt! An eQSL for the contact followed the next day. This contact definitely is one of the most special and memorable moments of my ham radio career!
|Location of King George Island in the South Shetland Islands (source)|
Polish Antarctic Station Henryk Arctowski was established in February 1977. On the beaches near the station numerous whale bones can be found, remains from the time when the site was used by whalers to process whales killed nearby. Nearby the station are various colonies of three different types of penguins. The station is named for Henryk Arctowski (1871-1958) who as a meteorologist accompanied the 1897-1899 "Belgica" expedition, the first expedition to overwinter in Antarctica. According to Wikipedia, Arctowski proposed the original notion of a wind chill factor, arguing that wind could be as damaging to human flesh as cold in harsh climates.
The South Shetland Islands are IOTA AN-010.
|Arctowski Station (source)|
|Penguins n front of Arctowski Station (source)|
|Whale bones at Arctowski. Photographer T. Janecki (source)|
|Winter at Arctowski. Photographer T. Janecki (source)|
|Arctowski Station. Photographer T. Janecki (source)|
|eQSL to PA7MDJ from HF0ARC|