Antarctica in the Logbook

Okay, this is the best day ever in my ham adventures – I finally made contact with a station in Antarctica. I have been trying off and on for over 20 years. FT8 is such a great mode for hunting DX; I highly recommend learning it.


DPØGVN is a club station located at the German Antarctic Research Station “Neumayer III” in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. The setup there consists of a receiver and a transmitter which operate independently of each other in the WSPR segments of the amateur radio HF bands.

Antarctica in the Logbook

This is a perfect place for a receiver setup because the RF environment, too, is amazingly QRM-free with a noise floor well 20, 30, or even more dB below what we are used to in urban areas.

Antarctica in the Logbook
Greyline Propagation Enhancement

The project is meant to run for several years to gain long-term data on radio propagation and spectrum pollution in a very specific HF environment as the station is located within the southern auroral oval.

Watch the video

It took a few tries…
Antarctica in the Logbook

Eight days later I had another contact with DP0GVN. Check it out-

Using WSJT-X and GridTracker software to operate FT8 mode
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