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Fielddays “Olymp” and “Watzmann”

INFO from www.waponline.it after i inform my friend Gianni. Thanks Gianni for supporting me all the timeat the expeditions!

Antarctica-German Seismological Observatories  (WAP DEU-NEW ONES)
Lars DPØGVN,  will operate again  /P for 4 days on a expedition to two of the German Seismometer Stations called “Watzmann” and “Olymp”, around 100km far away from Neumayer 3 Station.
Lars has just told us that he will start today Wednesday 29th August.
He will be QRV on 14.310MHz  beginning 29 Aug. from  17:00UTC until 31 Aug.
German’s continuous monitoring of regional and global seismicity started in 1982. Thousands of digital seismogramms have been recorded with different local networks of seismological stations around Georg Von Neumayer Station. In the beginning the remote stations were located only some 5 to 10 km away from the base. With growing experience the extensions of the network became subsequently larger.
Besides the S-13 seismometers in the seismic observatory (VNA1) there are at present two remote seismographic stations operating. The former stations on the Ekström Ice Shelf  were abandoned in 1999 because they did not significantly improve the accuracy in localizing local and regional events. The remote stations are called “Watzmann” (VNA2) and “Olymp” (VNA3) and are located on the ice rises.
These 2 sites are brand new an will be insert on the next release of the WAP-WADA Directory.
Watzmann  Seismological Observatory-VNA2, WAP DEU-NEW (43 km from Neumayer 3) Ekstrom Ice shelf, Halvfar Ryggen 70° 55′ South , 07° 23′ West (see the two pictures on the Left)
Olymp Seismological Observatory-VNA3, WAP DEU-NEW (83 Km from Neumayer 3), Ekstrom Ice shelf, Søråsen  ice risen, 71° 14′ South , 09° 39′ West (picture to the Right)
The location of VNA2 proofed to be a good place for seismological observations, with relatively easy access also during winter, a small aperture, short period detection array with 15 vertical-component seismometers was installed there in February 1997. Digital data from both remote stations are telemetered continuously to the base.


And now its done… After 3 Days expedition we are back at Neumayer3 Station.

The way to “Olymp” is something around 110km and took us more than 14h to drive with the Snowplow and the sledge. Thats why i just could install the antenna at 22:00UTC. I tried to get somebody on 20m but there was no propagation in this time. After we had done our work next morning we have to leave “olymp” and move on to the “watzmann” observatory. Sorry i couldn’t activate the “olymp” observatory, but hopefully next time in the summer.

After 14h again in the snowplow we arrived at the “watzmann” observatory and i installed my antenna (Fritzel FD-4) on the mast who is already on the container there (there is just a container on the watzmann not on the olymp).
Next day in the afternoon i stated t call cq and about 17:30UTC i got first answers. propagation wasn’t the best but i got ~30 QSOs with around 10 countries. I was happy that i could activate this one. Bad news for US hams again. i tried to get some of them 23:00 UTC and as well next morning but no answer or propagation as well, sorry. hopefully i will come back in summer to “watzmann” or “olymp” with much better propagation.

73 de Lars





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