3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION (News from the
Web page dated October 10th).
"OUR SEA CONTAINER IS PACKED!! After weeks of inventorying,
padding and weighing supplies and
equipment, we have sealed our container
and loaded it aboard a truck bound for the port of Savannah. The
will go by sea to Manzanillo, Mexico; by rail to Balboa, Panama; then
sea to San Antonio, Chile; Copihue, Chile and finally Punta Arenas,
The contents will be taken aboard our ship in Punta Arenas, and meet
team at King George Island in the South Shetlands on January 13,
Check the Web page for pictures at:
Our team meeting in Atlanta, GA from Sept. 7th through the 10th was a great
success. Eighteen of our 20 operators were present, coming from as far away as
Japan and representing 7 of the 8 home countries of our team
Our meetings began with a review of our goals, the challenges we have met, and
those we have yet to encounter. We had a Skype conference with the CEO of our
transportation company in Punta Arenas, Chile, and then discussed safety, our
shelter deployment plans, antennas, transceivers and amplifiers, propagation,
medical and emergency issues, operating practices, scheduling, and
We spent many hours unpacking and then staging our equipment. We inventoried
everything and then began moving it from temporary storage to our 40-foot sea
container. We also prepared our customs documentation which included the 6,000
items on our inventory. We ran a tank of gas through each of our eight 6.5 KW
generators, drained the oil from them, and readied them for shipment. There
were many of trips to local stores for more shipping cases, duct tape, nuts and
bolts, electrical supplies, fuel cans, etc.
Our EME team needed to be certain there were no problems with their complex
station and antenna system. They worked until 4:30 AM assembling their 2-meter
station and antenna array and were rewarded by completing a QSO off the moon
with PA2CHR, our EME pilot station. The station works!
Our sea container leaves Atlanta the first few days of October. It will be
placed aboard a ship bound for Punta Arenas, Chile. We are hopeful that it will
there no later than December 1st. Our team members have all purchased their
airline tickets to Punta Arenas for a couple days of meetings and orientation.
Then we will fly across the Drake Passage on the morning of January 13th to
board our ship at King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. We plan to
sail for Bouvet that same afternoon. We will arrive at Bouvet sometime between
January 23rd and 25th. Our actual landing date is weather dependent. We will be
lucky to be on the air within a few days.
Every detail of our landing sequence, shelter construction, antenna layout,
equipment setup and radio operations is well thought out. Also, our emergency evacuation
routes and plans have been identified.
We are humbled by the support of the DX community. Over 100 clubs and
foundations and over 1550 individuals have supported us financially. If you
have already supported us, we thank you. But, please ask your fellow DXers to
join you. If you have yet to contribute, we ask for your consideration. While
our operators are prepared to dig deeper into their pockets to make this
DXpedition happen, your continued support would make our faces, as well as our
Erling-LA6VMPress Release #4, Bouvet Island DXpedition 2018, December 7,
The Bouvet Island DXpedition Team is happy to report the following:
After extensive examination, we have found a suitable landing zone on Bouvet
Island and have identified what appears to be the best operating location in
the area. Our proposed site is at 540 24’ 23” South and 30 24’ 39” East at approximately 600 ft.
ASL. This is on the Slakhallet Glacier
on the northeast quadrant of Bouvet. It
is relatively flat with areas of maximum slope not exceeding 8 degrees. This is well below slope levels that are
prone to avalanches. We have less
information on the presence of crevasses, but do not detect any on the highest
resolution images that we have. Of
course, an on-site inspection upon our initial helicopter landing will
determine our actual operating location.
We have researched and selected our Antarctic shelters. These four shelters
will house our stations, our sleeping quarters, and our eating and meeting
facility (the MEG tent). These were
selected to survive the high winds, precipitation, and temperatures expected on
Bouvet. We will heat our operating
shelter and the MEG tent. Our sleeping
shelters will not be heated for safety reasons.
The ten HF beams that served us so well on Amsterdam Island (FT5ZM) will
accompany us to Bouvet. We intend to
deploy them on a line along 2400 to 600.
This will keep the antennas from beaming into each other when aimed at
Europe, Japan, and North America. Our
verticals for 160, 80, 60, 40, and 30 meters will be placed to minimize
interaction. Images of our antenna
plans, shelter layouts, and shelter interiors are on our website.
The Japanese support team has reorganized and will be led by Hiro, JA4DND. Joe, JJ3PRT, will be our new pilot for
Japan. JA4BUA, Kuwa, will be in charge
of web and IT duties, and JK1KSB, Oku, will do our public relations. In addition, we’ve added a VK-ZL-Oceania
Our on-line store has opened! You can
now shop at Café Press for 3Y0Z souvenirs — mugs, hats, cups, T-shirts,
etc. You can purchase fun and usable
products and at the same time…support the 3Y0Z team.
Our Facebook page, 3Y0Z-Bouvet Island DXpedition, now has over 1500
followers. Stop by for photos, articles,
updates, and meeting fellow DXers.
Fundraising is an on-going process for us.
This is a demanding and expensive project; possibly the most expensive
DXpedition ever. We ask for your financial support. Please click on our
“Donate” buttons on our website and help us make this happen.
The Bouvet Island DXpedition-2018 Team wishes you and your families a wonderful
Holiday season and a New Year filled with DX!