The Island


Amsterdam Island was discovered in 1522 by the Spanish explorer Juan Sebastian Elcano. The Dutch captain, Anthonie va Diemen named the island in 1633 and a Dutchman, Willem de Vlaming was the first to land on the island in 1696. From the late 1700’s onward an interesting history of the island unfolds with stories of people marooned on the island, shipwrecks, political changes, and even attempts at farming which led to the existence of a herd of feral cattle which still occupied the island until about a decade ago. We’ll talk more about all these things over the coming months. Stay tuned.

Amsterdam Island on pictures by Pierre Lipere ©

Amsterdam Island And Our Logo

Have a look at our logo. What do you see?

There are three peaks on the logo signifying the three island groups in the French Antarctic Territory: Corzet, Kerguelen, and Amsterdam-St. Paul. We are in the southern hemisphere, so the southern cross hangs in the southern sky.

Why the gold-orange color?

Amsterdam Grasses_1-1During the winter, the native grasses of Amsterdam turn a brilliant gold-orange color. This photo by J.M.P. Salles illustrates the brilliance of the grasses.

Overview of the North Side of Amsterdam Island and Our Operating Sites

The image below was prepared by George, N4GRN. On the image you can see the relative separation of our two operating sites and the difference in elevation. Our propagation studies show very similar propagation from each site. There are some slight differences which we will take advantage of.  It is too dangerous for us to more from one site to another during darkness. Therefore when team members are assigned to the higher Antonelli site during the evening hours they will take their sleeping bags with them and spend the night there.

Ralph – K0IR

Latest news:


With almost 165,000 QSOs, FT5ZM is now QRT. They went QRT a little earlier th

February 12, 2014 read more

Antonelli camp operations finishing soon

UPDATE – As the team reached 160,000 QSOs, Ralph, K0IR reported to Chief Pilot,

February 10, 2014 read more

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