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   New warmer work QTH.


UPDATE - -12/2014 -I have departed the South Pole Station...  I enjoyed my 11 months at the Pole and had a great time working from KC4AAA. 


Now good on LOTW

This is the current KC4AAA card.  If you work us, get one from Larry - - K1IED!


USAP-NSF patch.


   Three of the older KC4AAA QSL cards.  Not sure what vintage.



Date Taken:  Austral Winter 1956
Photograph By:  U.S. Navy, NSF

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Adrey Garret uses a ham radio at Williams Air Operating Facility during the 1956 winter. Ham radio was the only means of voice communication with friends and family back in the United States for Navy personnel living and working in Antarctica in the days before satellite telephone technology became common.


This photo was taken just before we installed the 3 element 17M beam that is now up and fixed on the US.

The antennas in the photo are a 6 element 20M,  a 3 element 40M both fixed on the US

and a TH7DX tribander fixed on Europe.

We had no antennas for 10/12/15/80 or 160 pointed to the US.



   The Ham antennas are located just between the storage berms and the satellite antennas

shown above. 

Another view of the antenna farm.  The 40M beam is in the forground with the 20M just behind it.  The 17M

and the TH7DX are hard to see in the background.


KC4AAA Shack. 

The Kenwood TS-480 and the Alpha 87 were located in another building

about a mile away from the shack (photo below).

We operated the equipment in remote to minimize RFI to the

large radio telescopes.

JT-65 contact with KK0M.

We had difficulty getting some of the digital modes working at first because the

remote line going to the rig was introducing noise into the TX audio.

Once we corrected this issue we had a great time working JT-65

and PSK-31.  We were able to make a few modifications that allowed us to

regain the use of CW and RTTY.


KF3CD/Bicycle Mobile QSO with Antarctica KC4AAA

KF3CD - Bicycle Mobile QSO from West Chester, PA. On April 17 at 00:00 UTC with KC4AAA at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.


Amateur Radio Testing at the South Pole


The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) administered several Amateur Radio examination elements to applicants at Amundsen-South Pole Station in Antarctica — the home of KC4AAA. The examination was administered under new FCC rules which became effective on July 21, permitting VECs to administer Amateur Radio examinations remotely.

“All six candidates earned a new or upgrade license,” said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. There were three new Technicians, two upgrades to Amateur Extra, and one candidate who went from unlicensed to Amateur Extra.”

Joe Musachia, W5FJG (standing in the photo above), served as the volunteer examiner at the South Pole, while Penny Harts, N1NAG, and Rose-Anne Lawrence, KB1DMW, were the VEs at ARRL Headquarters.

IT and Satcom Team Summer and three of the Winter-overs 2013-2014

Station main entrance after a long Winter.  Sun is just peeking over the horizon.

Station main entrance, in the Summer.

Because the exact location of the Geographic South Pole drifts slightly, a new Pole marker

is fabriciated each year to mark the new location.  Personnel Wintering over at the Pole

get to design the Pole marker for the next year.  The fourth Pole Marker was

designed during my stay.  All the Winterover names from the 2013-2014 season are engraved on this one.





IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless subatomic particle called the neutrino. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma-ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. The IceCube telescope is a powerful tool to search for dark matter and could reveal the physical processes associated with the enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature. In addition, exploring the background of neutrinos produced in the atmosphere, IceCube studies the neutrinos themselves; their energies far exceed those produced by accelerator beams. IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, encompassing a cubic kilometer of ice.





The South Pole telescope (or SPT) is a telescope deployed at the South Pole that is designed to study the Cosmic Microwave background. Constructed between November 2006 and February 2007, the SPT is the largest telescope ever deployed at the South Pole. This telescope provides astronomers a powerful new tool to explore dark energy, the mysterious phenomena that may be causing the universe to accelerate.



The astronomical instrument BICEP2 was deployed at the South Pole in 2009 to look for evidence that would support the theory of inflation, which tries to explain how the universe looked a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.

BICEP2 builds on the small aperture telescope design of BICEP1, but greatly increases the number of detectors to increase mapping speed. The BICEP2 detectors are polarization sensitive bolometers made from a pair of transition edge sensors coupled to orthogonal phased antenna arrays. The transition edge sensors provide background-limited sensitivity at the observing frequency of 150 GHz while antenna arrays improve the scalability of the design.


BICEP2 focal plane with four detector tiles, at the South Pole before installation in November 2009.   The telescope optics are cooled to 4K





This is our GOES3 raydome. (Geostationary Operational Enviromental Satellite) was launched in June 1978, and is one of the oldest communications satellites still in operation.  We can access GOES for six hours a day, it provides phone and Internet connectivity here at the South Pole.  We also access two other communication satellite systems besides GOES3.

Above is a photo of the South Pole TDRS system (SPTR),  before the raydome was installed.

SPTR (or spitter as we called it) is the high speed system used to send scientific data.

GOES3 raydome with the SPTR raydome in the background.

Megastructures - New South Pole Station Documentary National Geographic.  


QSL manager for the Midway Island Long-Term operation (W5FJG/KH4) was - Dick N7RO. Please send all cards to him!



I had the pleasure of operating from Mamba Point in Monrovia Liberia from mid 1987 to mid 1989 under the call sign EL2JM. At that time I was a first tour State Department Communications Officer working at the Diplomatic Telecommunications System's Regional Relay Facility in Liberia. (KKN-44)

My station consisted of a Kenwood TS-940S, an Alpha 76PA Amp. Antennas were a Hy-Gain vertical and a home brew dipole for 20m. My house was located on a hill side on the beach at Mamba Point up 400 feet from the water. This photo is the view looking West out over the water where my dipole was pointed to the US.

Monrovia, Liberia EL2JM

This was the first time for me to operate as the DX, but certainly would not be the last. My career with the US State Department would eventually allow me to operate long term from Amman Jordan (JY9ZK), Khartoum Sudan (ST2JM) and Jeddah Saudi Arabia (7Z1AC).

I left the State Department in 2003, andthen worked as a contractor for AT&T and ITT Systems in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please QSL for my other calls EL2JM, JY9ZK, ST2JM, and 7Z1AC to:

Joseph V. Musachia

1101 Dismuke

Houston, Texas 77023

For KH4/W5FJG qsl to Dick N7RO and  KC4AAA to Larry K1IED

73 Joe


I am looking for copies of any of my QSL cards.  If you have one, and are in a possition to e-mail

me a copy, I would like to include them on this page.  Thank you!!!

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