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.
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.
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.