autostation

Automatic weather observing stations
(land autostations, and ocean buoys)

ocean buoy
land autostationocean buoy

Below are checklists of Automatic weather observing stations (autostations) on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

The Argos and GOES DCS (Data Collection Systems) are designed so that a wide variety of Data Collection Platforms (DCPs), including land autostations and ocean weather buoys, can transmit their observations to various satellites, which then transfer them to centralized ground stations for processing and further dissemination. Philatelic items that refer to a DCS can therefore be considered to contain an implicit reference to land autostations and ocean weather buoys.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Land autostations
Ocean buoys Ocean buoys


Below is a list of Automatic weather observing stations (autostations) on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Land autostations
ArgentinaNoneCancel on cover2011Automatic observing station
Australian Antarctic TerritoryNone(Printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2008"Automatic Weather Station at Wilkins Runway" (in logo text)
Australian Antarctic TerritoryNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2008"Automatic Weather Station at Wilkins Runway" (in logo text)
Australian Antarctic TerritoryNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover (different)2008"Automatic Weather Station at Wilkins Runway" (in logo text)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2006Automatic observing station
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2006Automatic weather observing station site (in text within the lower-left photograph)
Cyprus960 fdc (Mi959 fdc)Cachet on FDC2000Automatic observing station
Greenland739 (Mi734)2016(two) automatic observing station(s)
Greenland741 (Mi736)Self-adhesive
India708 (Mi662)1975Automatic observing station
India708 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
India708 folder1FDC folder (Calcutta cancel)
India708 folder2FDC folder (New Delhi cancel)
India708 folder3FDC folder (Trivandrum cancel)
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1967Arctic automatic radiometeorological station
Uganda1194 (Mi1326)1994Automatic observing station (in center of stamp), more clear on 1198 (Mi1330)
Uganda1198 (Mi1330)Automatic observing station
Tunisia1435 (Mi1687)2008Automatic observing station
Tunisia1435 dsDeluxe sheet (1435)
Tunisia1435 fdcStamp on FDC
Tunisia1435 folderFDC folder, also inside, also back
Ocean buoys
Central African RepublicC115 (Mi326A)
iC115 (Mi326B)

Imperforate
1973Nomad ocean buoy
Central African RepublicC115 proof1Signed proof (blue)
Central African RepublicC115 proof2Signed proof (black)
Central African RepublicC115 proof3Signed proof (red)
Central African RepublicC115 proofsColor proof strip
Central African RepublicC115 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Central African RepublicC115 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC50 (Mi128)
iC50
Also annotated
Imperforate
1979FGGE ocean buoy; the buoy data were collected by a NOAA/ATN satellite as part of "Programme Argos"
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC50 fdc1Stamp on FDC (PJ cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC50 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesNoneCachet on cover1979"Programme BOUÉE OP79/3, Expérience météorologique mondiale"
GermanyNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover2018The MARNET measuring network consists of various measuring stations in the German Bight and the western Baltic Sea. They automatically register marine data such as temperature, salinity and surface currents. There are 9 automatic measuring stations and 7 further buoys that only measure the swell. This measurement network is operated by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).
Grenada491 (Mi517)1973Nomad ocean buoy
Korea (North)3730 (Mi4032)Two of MS4 (2x 3730+2x 3731)1998Ocean buoy
Maldive Islands466 (Mi481)
i466

Imperforate
1974Nomad ocean buoy (note: mis-spelling of "metereological" instead of "meteorological")
Maldive Islands470 (Mi485)
i470

Imperforate
Micronesia297 (BL39)On stamp of SS11998Ocean buoy
NigerC71 (Mi157)
iC71

Imperforate
1967Nomad ocean buoy
NigerC71 proofSigned proof
NigerC71 color-proofColor proof
NigerC71 proofsColor proofs
NigerC71 essayAdopted essay
NigerC71 fdcStamp and (printed) cachet on FDC
Panama460D (Mi816)
i460D (Mi822)

Imperforate with changed color
1965Nuclear observatory, anchored in the ocean: provided automatic meteorological bulletins during a 10-year period
Panama460Ef (BL34)
i460Ef (BL35)
On one of MS2 (460D-460E)
On one of imperforate MS2 (i460D-i460E), changed colors
Peru1423 (Mi1938)2004Ocean buoy
Peru1423 folderFDC folder, also inside, and back
South AfricaNone(Light green/cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1983Department of Transport, "weather buoys" (in logo text)
South AfricaNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet1984Department of Environment, "weather buoys" (in logo text)
South AfricaNone(Light green/cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1985Department of Transport, "weather buoys" (in logo text)
South West AfricaNone(Pale green/cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1984Department of Transport, "weather buoys" (in logo text)
United States4893 fdc1 (Mi5079 fdc1)(?) cachet on FDC2014Ocean buoy
United States4893 fdc2 (Mi5079 fdc2)(HL) cachet on FDC, also back


Below is a list of Automatic weather observing stations (autostations) on launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Ocean buoys
United States1981-08-10Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on GMS-2 launch coverOcean buoy
Japan1981-08-11Minamitane(Space Voyage purple and orange) cachet on GMS-2 launch cover
Japan1981-08-11Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage purple and blue) cachet on GMS-2 launch cover
United States1989-09-05Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on GMS-4 launch coverOcean buoy
Japan1989-09-06Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage blue and pink) cachet on GMS-4 launch cover
Japan1989-09-06Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage brown and pink) cachet on GMS-4 launch cover


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