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8J1RF info



8J1RF is a brand new amateur radio staion in Antarctica. 8J1RF is
setting at Japanes 4th Antarctica station "Dome Fuji Station". Dome
Fuji Station is located at 77.317S/39.703E (GL: KB92UQ), 3810m above
sea level.
At Dome Fuji Station, there is no blizzard but atmospheric temperature
is extremely low. It is about -40 degree centigrade now. The lowest
temperature is -80 degree centigrade. It is an extreme cold place!!

8J1RF operator is Obi, JA0WJN. He is a member of the 44th Japanese
Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE44). He stays Dome Fuji Station
from 2003 January to 2004 January with another 7 crews. He will back
to Japan at 2004 March.

He started AO-40 operation from 12th February. 1st AO-40 QSO was made
with DJ1KM.
8J1RF station system is
   RIG: FT-847, FT-897, FT-817
        2.4G converter(Maki Denki)
   ANT: 2.4G 1m dish, 435M 12 ele Qubical Quad, HF 4ele Tri Bander
The converter is rolled electric heat sheet and blanket, and put into
a tuckerbox near the antenna.
Rotator does not work at such a cold place. He must adjust antennas
direction by manual. He puts FT-817 to the converter and adjust the
direction hearing MB in the -40C world!! So he often stop operation
for a while.

He operates 8J1RF at his free time. His possible operation time is
weekday 0930-1000z, 1230-1300z, 1630z- and weekend. Locat time at
Dome Fuji Station is UTC+3.

This is not DX pedition. He will opeprate 8J1RF wherever possible at
his free time. You don't need so hurry. Pleas do not make pile up on
AO-40.

All the QSLs will issue after his return. Please wait until next year.
QSL route is only via bureau.


PS. 8J1RL at Syowa Station also has AO-40 equipment. I hope 8J1RL will
start AO-40 operation soon.

73


Masa   JN1GKZ     Tokyo Japan
   jn1gkz@qsl.net     http://www.ne.jp/asahi/m-arai/gkz/

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