Preparations Part I

This step is very important before leaving. We need to anticipate all the trouble, all the needs for one year. I can carry with me 120 kg (on the boat) and 20 kg (on the plane). But within this 120kg I need to anticipate for 1 year… One year of soap, shampoo, clothes, computer, movies and also the radio equipment.

We need to send the 120 kg by ship 3 months before the leaving, and split in 3 metallics cases, so 40kg per case maximum.

Case 1: 85 cm x 50 cm x 35 cm, 9,5 kg (empty)

Case 2: 85 cm x 50 cm x 35 cm, 9,5 kg (empty)

Case 3: 110 cm x 60 cm x 40cm, 14,5 kg (empty)

So the payload is approximatively 86,5 kg for 12 months minimum. We need to deal with it. 😀

Next step, buy and check all the radio equipment.



I’m student in networks and telecommunications, I go to Dumont d’Urville (Antarctica) for my next job.


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My mission consist to manage the network, measure the magnetic field of the earth and seismological survey.


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I’m a beginner in HF radio but I want to try to install a ham radio station at Dumont d’Urville a french scientific base.

My job is my priority, I can transmit juste only during my spare time. I’m not a DXpedition. This activity will be secondary to the scientific work.

During this mission of 1 year in Antarctica, my QSL manager is F6KPQ a french radioclub in Britany.


Radio club F6KPQ by François Mariotti - Photography

Thank to the Clipperton DX Club ( and Batima Electronic ( for their support.