Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.          Why has the MDXC decided to establish the Antarctica Award?

2.          What relations are there between the MDXC and the Diamond DX Club?

3.          Why do you use the WABA Directory 2003 for the Antarctica Award?

4.          Why does the Antarctica Award not issue its own reference numbers?

5.          A recent new Antarctic Directory, published a couple of weeks after yours, bears a certain resemblance to the Antarctica Award list. Can you explain why?

6.          What relations are there between the MDXC and the RSGB IOTA Programme’s management?

7.          Why have you included IOTA Reference Numbers for the bases?

8.          Will the MDXC appoint local Checkpoints for the Antarctica Award?

9.          Will the participants’ scores be published?

10.     Does the MDXC envisage to make profit on the Antarctica Award?

11.     Is the MDXC open to co-operation?

 

Why has the MDXC decided to establish the Antarctica Award?

Antarctica is an inhospitable land that fascinates amateur radio operators, also because, like the radio waves, neither borders nor politics affect it. The MDXC is the largest DX club in Italy, and several members interested in Antarctica, as well as in DXing and island chasing, urged us to turn our attention to the frozen continent. The Antarctica Award project took shape in February 2004, developed in the following months and was finalized at the same time as the restyling of the Club’s web site.

 

What relations are there between the MDXC and the Diamond DX Club?

There is not any relation of any kind, and the MDXC is not and has never been interested in passing judgement on matters unconnected with the Club’s own activities.

 

Why do you use the WABA Directory 2003 for the Antarctica Award?

Because in our judgement its scientific and historical approach to the matter makes it by far the current most reliable source of information on Antarctic bases.

 

Why does the Antarctica Award not issue its own reference numbers?

We have adopetd the WABA Directory 2003 reference numbers in order to avoid confusion, as Antarctica enthusiasts have been accustomed to that system for years. Unnumbered bases that have been activated in the last two years have been issued their own number (for instance CE-12 for the Chilean “Ardley Refuge”, activated by CE9/R1ANF on 15 May 2004), and other numbers will be issued in the future when a “new one” is activated.

 

A recent new Antarctic Directory, published a couple of weeks after yours, bears a certain resemblance to the Antarctica Award list. Can you explain why?

The Antarctica Award openly makes declared use of the WABA Directory 2003, a valuable piece of work that resulted from an extensive revision exercise. The WABA Directory 2003 was first presented at the XVIII Italian HF-DX Convention in September 2002 (see 425 DX News #587), later on it was made available on-line for free consultation (425 DX News #598) and downloading (425 DX News #609). An in-depth study of the revised WABA Directory, including detailed explanations on the changes made (corrections, integrations, etc), was published in the March 2003 issue of Radio Rivista, the monthly journal of ARI, the Italian amateur radio IARU society (click here for a .pdf copy of the article – in Italian). Having said that, we neither know nor are insterested in knowing where that «recent new Antarctic Directory» took its data from: a certain degree of resemblance is quite obvious, as Antarctic bases cannot be relocated somewhere else according to one’s liking. At all events, Antarctica enthusiasts will appreciate the ultimate common aim: the closer the resemblances, the fewer the misunderstandings, the ambiguities and the inconsistencies.

 

What relations are there between the MDXC and the RSGB IOTA Programme’s management?

There is not any relation of any kind.

 

Why have you included IOTA Reference Numbers for the bases?

Because it is common knowledge that the MDXC is interested in amateur radio activities that take place from islands, and all of the Antarctic bases – even the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole – are located on islands that count for IOTA. The Antarctica Award makes use of the WABA Directory 2003, which is the official source of information for the IOTA Programme as far as Antarctic Base locations are concerned.

 

Will the MDXC appoint local Checkpoints for the Antarctica Award?

Yes, the MDXC intends appointing local Checkpoints. They shall be selected preferably among the club members, but we do not exclude to turn also to non-members. The list of appointed Checkpoints will be published on this web site.

 

Will the participants’ scores be published?

Yes, the scores will be published on this web site. Participants are encouraged to increase their scores whenever they want and for as many times in the calendar year as they want. However, the deadline for mailing an update in order to have up-to-date scores included in the next year’s Antarctica Award listing is 30 November.

 

Does the MDXC envisage to make profit on the Antarctica Award?

The Mediterraneo DX Club is a non-profit organization. The members of the MDXC Board of Directors have no business relations of any kind with the amateur radio sector, including, but not limited to, equipment and accessory trade, contributions to specialized trade magazines, production of marketable software, books and booklets. The Antarctica Award Directory is available free of charge and the MDXC undertakes to use any and all proceeds beyond out-of-pocket expenses to support amateur radio operations from Antarctica by the printing of QSL cards for stations in need (as we have already done for AY1ZA’s operation from the South Orkneys).

 

Is the MDXC open to co-operation?

It is a tradition for the MDXC to co-operate in projects promoted in the common interest of amateur radio, with no bias against anybody. Whereas we are not interested in either stirring up or participating in controversy, we are prepared to open confrontation on technical matters, as long as judgements are based on facts and mutual respect for the people involved is preserved.

 

Further inquiries should be sent to

antarctica.award@mdxc.org

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