Thursday, June 18, 2020

BBC World Service annual mid-winter Antarctica broadcast set for June 21

Music requests and special messages for the staff at the British Antarctic Survey

Listen to the Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast

This is possibly the BBC World Service's most unusual program as well as serving its smallest intended audience. It is broadcast each year on 21 June to a guaranteed audience this year of just 44 people: the men and women scientists and support staff overwintering at four British bases in Antarctica.

There are just eight among the seals and penguins of King Edward Point on South Georgia and only four at nearby Bird Island. The biggest base, Rothera, on the Antarctic Peninsula houses 19 winterers – the population can reach 100 in the Summer. Furthest south still is Halley VI on the Brant ice shelf where the Sun does not rise for many weeks and temperatures of -30° C are made worse by bitter winds. But life is more comfortable for the 13 lucky residents because they are in the futuristic new modules of Halley VI – the previous five bases have either been dismantled or even lost beneath the ice.

All time UTC
June 21, 2020

2130-2200 on  6170 ASC 250 kW / 207 deg to Antarctica English special program (Ascension island relay)
2130-2200 on  5790 WOF 300 kW / 180 deg to Antarctica English special program (Woofferton, UK relay)
2130-2200 on  7360 WOF 300 kW / 182 deg to Antarctica English special program
2130-2200 on  9580 ASC 250 kW / 207 deg to Antarctica English special program
(DX Mix-Bulgaria)

Additional story on Antarctica Midwinter Broadcast and audio file at: 

Previous broadcast available at You Tube
Ralf Bender Shortwave Channel:

BBC Midwinter Broadcast # 2

The 2018 BBC Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast