Monday, August 8, 2016

TAAF - Amateur Radio Expedition to Juan de Nova

This is a pre-paid envelope created for a ham radio DX expedition to Juan de Nova that took place between March 29 to April 11. They used this to mail QSL cards back to those who had contacted the expedition.

I don't know much about HAM radio, but I believe there is a branch of the hobby that involves trying to reach far away remote stations. It's known as DXing. After contact has been made, the HAM operator can request a confirmation card known as a QSL card, acknowledging that contact took place.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

German Lighthouses 2016

This year the lighthouses are the Staberhuk Lighthouse located on Fehmarn Island and the Kampen Lighthouse on the island of Sylt.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ocean Grove, Australia

Ocean Grove is a town on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victora, just a little south of Melbourne. It's a popular seaside tourist destination and it's population quadruples in the summer. Reminds me of a place I grew up in, without the seaside.

Charles Sturt was a famous British explorer of the Australian interior. Between 1828 and 1830 he mapped out the path of several rivers, hoping to prove the existence of an inland sea. And in 1844 he led an expedition into the interior of Australia.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MV Polarstern PS99

Sent back from Polarstern after supporting Arctic ocean research activities between Tromso and Longyearbyen. Detailed descriptions of the ships weekly activities can be found on the awi website.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Brazil, 400th anniversary of Belém

The Brazilian city of Belém, also known as Belém do Para, was founded in 1616 by the Portuguese. It was named after the historic Lisbon parish of Santa Maria de Belém. Belém is Portuguese for Bethlehem. The city is considered the gateway to the Amazon river: the Metropolis of the Brazilian Amazon region.