UPDATE – Short video of RI0Q team travelling over the frozen Laptev Sea during their recent IOTA AS-152 expedition.


MARCH 27 –

Below is a short Quadcopter video flying over Bol’shoy Begichev island.


MARCH 26 – More images of the activity from AS-152 + news update here. In addition the team plan to QRT on Friday (March 27th). Blizzards are forecast and the team need to return to the mainland. Logs uploaded here

MARCH 22 – Shortly after 04:00z (March 22) RI0Q started activity on 20m CW. 


MARCH 21 – Outside temperature is -35C (it’s not been above -30C on this trip). Minor problems occur with generators and stove (fuel hoses burst from frost). One working tent is set up to get some warmth. Assembly of yagi and GP continues. QRV thereafter. 

MARCH 19 – After numerous set-backs and hiccups, the team are in position to head to the island tomorrow (March 20). Recent updates here

MARCH 15 – In Russian, media film about RI0Q adventure below:

MARCH 14 @ 17:00z – This is not our day. We got up at 8 am and departed the village. Blizzard did not stop, and after a kilometer Viktor’s snowmobile stalled – the fuel supply stopped. We decided to return to Volochanka. They found a malfunction in the village and fixed it. We hope to be able to leave tomorrow. We have been travelling for almost two weeks, and the island is still 1000 km away. [read more..]

MARCH 9 – Team head for the island on March 11. Remember to keep an eye on this page for future updates. 

MARCH 7 – Igor UA9KDF + team are fine and well. They have arrived at the hotel in Dudinka and soon ready for the next step of their journey. Bookmark this page for updates. 

MARCH 4, 2021 – According to UA1QV, the RI0Q team plan to arrive in Norilsk on March 7. A few days later they will depart for Khatanga arriving there on March 15 (weather dependent). Pictures from RW0BG.

MARCH 1, 2021 – The expedition will soon be underway (March 2). You can follow their progress here

SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 –  All our Arctic expeditions are very expensive. All the time, before each expedition, we always come up with something new and special to make your support of us more interesting and attractive. In this expedition we want to introduce a special QSL called “fast”. All “fast” QSLs will be sent out from the very first functioning post office on our way back. Most likely it will be in Khatanga settlement (UA0Q).

“Fast” QSL is a special designed postcard with a real 1987 year photograph of Preobrazheniya polar meteorological station (18 km from Bolshoy Begichev island) stamped by two stamps. The first one is the original 1987 year stamp found at Preobrazheniya station (closed in 1990 and abandoned). The second is a modern copy of this stamp made for our 2021 expedition. The cost of a QSL is $30. It can be paid via PayPal. See here. Those who wish to receive this exclusive card must order it prior to the expedition start. All others will receive traditional confirmation (OQRS, LoTW, Club Log). IOTA credit via Сlub Log will be opened 6 months after the end of the expedition.

JUNE 15, 2020 – Dates are not yet confirmed, however the Arctic Legends team (RT9K) recently received their RI0Q license with a view to being active from Bol’shoy Begichev AS-152 in early 2021.

The following tweets from Igor, UA9KDF provide more info: