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POLAR BRIDGE – 1988 –
USSR – NORTH POLE
On 3 March 1988, a joint Russian/Canadian Expedition
set out from Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago in the USSR to ski 1750km via the North Pole to Cape Colombia on Ellesmere Island, Canada.
All communications with the Expedition were handled by Canadian and
Russian radio amateurs. Radio equipment
provided by ICOM included HF and VHF base stations, amplifiers, with 2-meter
handheld and VHF-AM rigs to communicate with the supply aircraft. Using the facilities of SARSAT/COSPAS
satellites plus UoSAT with its digitalker, the thirteen trekkers were able to
navigate across the Arctic ice, carrying 90-lb packs for three months. The skiers reached the North Pole on 25
April, and triumphantly concluded their historic expedition on 1 June on
reaching Cape Colombia.
During the period I
managed to contact some of the stations who had provided support communications
for the expedition. Although I could
hear the moving group station EX0VE or CI8UA from time to time, neither station
heard EI2CL in the pile-ups.
The following is a
list of the expedition support stations in the log book of EI2CL:
J 12 March VO1SA/UA0 Sredniy Island - see QSL
J 21 March CI8CW Cornwallis Island
J 21 March 4K0D 85ºN 148ºW
J 9 April CI8XN Resolute Bay, Cornwallis Island - see QSL
J 15 April EX0PM Dikson Island - see QSL
J 15 April CI8JH Cornwallis Island
J 18 April EX0CR 80ºN 90ºE
J 19 April EX0DR Dikson Island
J 19 April 4K0DX ice island UPOL-28 at 89º24N 172ºE -
J 23 April 4K0DC "30km from the North Pole"
J 25 April EK0AA Dikson Island
J 25 April 4K0E
J 25 April CI8CPU Resolute Bay, Cornwallis Island - see QSL
J 27 April EX0CR 80ºN 90ºE
J 1 May 4K0DR ice island UPOL-28
J 1 May CI8C Resolute Bay, Cornwallis Island - see QSL
J 10 May
EX3HR base station Moscow - see QSL
J 17 May EX0PM Dikson Island
19 May CI8CR Resolute
Bay, Cornwallis Island.
Added on 8 February 2003, a philatelic cover with postage
stamps of USSR and Canada, cancelled at Krasnoyarsk Airport on 3 March 1988, at the North Pole on 26 April 1988 and at Resolute, NWT on 1 June 1988.
To see, click here.
Added on 11 June 2010, a pictorial cover
of USSR, with pictorial North Pole 25 April 1988 cancellation. To see, click here.