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The Mediterraneo DX Club issues the Antarctica Award (AA) for contacting amateur radio stations operating from the various human settlements (henceforth referred to as Bases) in Antarctica, defined as the area south of 60 South latitude, including islands and ice shelves, to which the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty apply.

 

The Antarctica Award is not intended to replace the popular WABA/WASA awards, but to complement them and carry on a tradition that dates back
to 1991. For these reasons the AA Directory makes use of ARI-Diamond DX Club’s WABA Directory 2003, which is also the official source of information for the RSGB IOTA Programme on Antarctic Base stations. Changes shall be made and integrations (including new reference numbers and possible new Bases) shall be added depending on ongoing and future developments of Antarctic activities, as well as on possible new information on past activities.

For AA purposes the Antarctic territory has been divided up into six sectors, plus one central sector As follows:

 

        Latitude                   Longitude

Sector 1      6000S-7959S        0000E-5959E

Sector 2      6000S-7959S        6000E-11959E

Sector 3      6000S-7959S        12000E-17959E

Sector 4      6000S-7959S        18000W-12001W

Sector 5      6000S-7959S        12000W-6001W

Sector 6      6000S-7959S        6000W-0001W

Sector 7      8000S-9000S        0000E-0001W

The Bases have been grouped according to their “nationality”. The current AA Directory lists Bases established and operated by the following countries: Argentina (LU-), Australia (VK-), Belgium (ON-), Brazil (PY-), Bulgaria (LZ-), Chile (CE-), China (BY-), Ecuador (HC-), Germany (DL-), Finland (OH-), France (F-), India (VU-), Italy (I-), Japan (JA-), Korea (HL-), New Zealand (ZL-), Norway (LA-), Peru (OA-), Poland (SP-), Russia (UA-), South Africa (ZS-), Spain (EA-), Sweden (SM-), Ukraine (UR-), United Kingdom (G-), United States of America (K-).
 

The AA Directory also provides for the following special cases:
 

German Democratic Republic (Y-)  Bases established and operated by
the former GDR before the accession to the Federal Republic of Germany, effective from 3 October 1990
.
 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U-)      

Bases established and operated by
the former USSR before 24 December 1991.
 

Multi-National Bases (MN-)
This category is for, but not necessarily limited to, bases established and operated by two or more countries, or by multi-national teams from non-governmental organizations or private expeditions. Maudheim Station on the Quar Ice Shelf (7103 S - 1056 W) was an early example of Multi-National base, as it was established by the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition (NBSAE) of 1949-52.

 

AA reference numbers (nationality indicator + 01, 02, ecc) are issued to those Bases that have been activated on the amateur radio bands since 1 January 1961. The AA Directory conforms to the WABA Directory 2003 with regard to the twenty reference numbers issued in the past that, following a major revision, were either deleted or withdrawn pending further investigation.
(see Appendix).

REQUIREMENTS:

 

The Antarctica Award is available to either licenced amateurs and SWLs.
All contacts must have taken place since 1 January 1961.Contacts may
be made on any amateur radio HF band from 10 to 160 metres
(single band endorsements will not be issued).Contacts may be made
on CW, SSB and RTTY (single mode endorsements will not be issued).

 

        Basic Award

It is issued for confirmed contacts with 5 different Bases located in at least 3 different sectors.

         Updates

Participants are encouraged to increase their scores at any time. However, the deadline for mailing an update in order to have
up-to-date scores included in the next year’s AA listing is:
30 November. The AA listing is published on the
Mediterraneo DX Club’s web site (www.mdxc.org).

         Endorsements

AA endorsement stickers are available as additional credits are granted. Stickers are provided upon request for confirmed contacts with 10, 15, 20. etc. different Bases.

         Honour Roll

It is issued upon request for confirmed contacts with 25 different Bases located in at least 6 different sectors.

         Certificate of Excellence

It is issued upon request for confirmed contacts with 50 different Bases in at least 6 different sectors.

 

FEES (including P&P when appliable)

 

 

 


MDXC Members

 

EUR

USD $

EUR

USD

 Basic Award

15,00

18.00

12,00

15,00

 Updates

2,00

3.00

1,50

2,50

 Endorsement           
 Stickers (each)

2,00

3.00

1,50

2,50

 Honour Roll

15,00

18.00

12,00

15,00

 Certificate of
 Excellence

15,00

18.00

12,00

15,00

 

The Mediterraneo DX Club 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.

 

WHAT TO DO:

Complete Part 1 (please tick boxes where appropriate) and Part 2 of the Application Form. Please list cards by sector and alphanumerically by reference number, and take the name of the Base from either the QSL or the AA Directory. Example: 

Sector            Ref.No.                 Base                                            
Callsign               DD/MM/YY              UTC               Band             Mode

1                   JA-02              Syowa                                                  8J1RL                 08/01/00                  18.45         20              CW

1                   U-06                Molodezhnaya                                4K1A                  07/12/90                  00.01         30              CW

1                   UA-06             Molodezhnaya                                       R1ANT                18/01/96                  19.22         20              CW

2                   VK-02             Casey                                                    VK0KC               14/02/91                   16.52          20             SSB

3                   F-01                Dumont d’Urville                                     FT4YD                30/11/91                  18.38          20             SSB

4                   U-09                Russkaya                                              4K1H                  02/03/87                  01.36          40             CW

5                   G-19                Station KG- Fossil Bluff                         VP8GAV              08/12/94                  20.50          20             SSB

5                   MN-05             Evaodden Camp II                                  3Y0PI                 04/02/94                  06.19          20             SSB

6                   DL-01              Georg von Neumayer                            DP0GVN               12/12/86                  23.30         40              SSB

7                   K-08                Amundsen-Scott                                   KC4AAA               01/01/94                  18.25         20              SSB

 

Send the Application Form together with the QSL cards [1], appropriate fees and return postage to the Award Manager (address below) or the appointed local Checkpoint [2].

 

Award Manager:

Gianni Marruccella, IZ8CGS
P. O.  Box  5
80029 - S. Antimo (Na)

Italy -

E-mail: antarctica.award@mdxc.org

 

[1]  Front/back scannings sent on magnetic storage medium instead of the original cards are acceptable. However, the originals must be in the applicant’s possession and the Award Manager reserves the right to check on any claimed QSL/contact. 

[2]  The list of appointed local Checkpoints will be published on:  www.mdxc.org

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