DP0POL/mm arrives Non-Stopp in AntarcticaJanuary 17, 2021
2021-01-17: we will be reaching the edge of the ice shelf some time tonight. The QO-100 station is safely packed back into its boxes. It is again quite stormy, so we might not be able to start unloading the ship until Tuesday.
After another great day on the air, the QO-100 activity of DP0POL/mm has come to an end. Altogether, we made 2759 QSOs with 760 different stations in 50 DXCC entities. During this trip, 28 different Maidenhead squares have been activated by DP0POL/mm.
Felix DL5XL and Theresa DC1TH live via the QO-100 satellite, creating a huge pile-up on the NB transponder:
The following QO-100 grid squares map is from PA3FYM (on twitter). Remco is one of the most active users on the geostationary amateur radio satellite and the route of DP0POL/mm can be seen quite easily:
All of this was done without any kind of automatic satellite tracking, the antenna was adjusted manually all the time. All contacts have been uploaded to LotW. If a confirmation is missing, please feel free to contact DL5XL. QSL cards will be printed shortly, our QSL manager is DL5EBE (bureau or direct, no OQRS).
During the upcoming Antarctic summer season, we will be on QO-100 signing DP0GVN (DXCC is CE9, Grid Locator IB59UI).
Thanks to everyone who made this operation possible, particularly AMSAT-DL, DK3ZL and the crew on board of RV Polarstern!
73 from all of us at DP0POL/mm (DC1TH, DJ0HO, and DL5XL).