Deutscher Amateur Radio Club reports that a group of Italian scientists will set out for Concordia Research Station in mid-December. Marco/IK5SQX/DK5SQX and Nicola/IZ7ZNZ are part of the group. Marco begins his journey on December 30th with the new French icebreaker L’Astrolabe, sailing from Hobart (Tasmania) and expects to reach Dumont D’Urville (WAP FRA-01) on January 5.

From there a voyage on to Cape Prud’Homme (WAP MNB-NEW) and hopes to activate this location if weather conditions allow. Afterwards, he continues to Concordia (WAP MNB-03), which Nicola will reach by plane. They plan to get on the air as soon as possible, however research work will take precedence. Marco is due to leave the station during February, while Nicola will stay on for a bit longer. Look for IA0/DK6SQX or IA0/IK6SQX on 20m (SSB).

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