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    3Y0Z - DX Pedition - News

    News from 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Team
    Scheduled for early 2018, the groups VE7CT is bowing out.
    He has recommended W7IV to take his place.
    W7IV, Paul, "brings years of maritime experience, a love of contesting, and a zeal of [a] relatively new DXpeditioner."
    A second grant has been received, this one from the German DX Foundation, INDEXA, the Southeastern DX Club, the Greater Milwaukee DX Association and the Eastern Iowa DX Association.
    Three of the Bouvet 2018 team are manning a stand at Hamradio 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Look for them at the GDXF stand in Hall A1, stand 553.
    73 Al 4L5A
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    3Y0Z News 22 July 2017
    Bouvet Island DXpedition with second contributions. Additional contributions have come from INDEXA, the German DX Foundation, the Southeast DX Club, the Greater Milwaukee DX Association, the Eastern Iowa DX Association, and most recently the Northern Illinois DX Association. We sincerely appreciate this support and would love to see your club or organization added to this growing list.
    73 Al 4L5A

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      #3
      July 29, 2017: We regret loosing our team member, Andy – UA3AB. We have traveled with Andy previously and regret he cannot join us this time. Andy cannot be away from home for an extended period of time and be unable to return home in the event of an emergency. Our friend, Hawk – SM5AQD will be joining our team. Hawk’s personality, experience, and work ethic will blend beautifully with our team.
      73 Al 4L5A

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        #4
        As in any group, the moral compass, accountability, and integrity of amateur radio operators covers a wide spectrum. The best of these character qualities in the ham radio community came to light last week.

        FlexRadio Systems and Ranko Boka, 4O3A, of SKY SAT wanted to be absolutely positive that they would in no way compromise the success of the Bouvet Island DXpedition. They looked at this DXpedition as a once in a lifetime experience for many DX’ers and put the success of 3Y0Z above personal gain, competition, and acclaim.

        FlexRadio Systems and SKY SAT were concerned that: a.) Parts availability for production of the FlexRadio amplifiers may be a problem. b.) Sending a total of 14 amplifiers to Bouvet would cut into inventory they had promised to their customers. c.) Meeting our shipping date might compromise their testing and quality control.

        We will take several new FlexRadio Power Genius XL amplifiers to Bouvet. However, FlexRadio and Ranko reached out personally to ACOM to assist in supporting 3Y0Z. On short notice, and within 24 hours, ACOM agreed to help make the Bouvet DXpedition the best that it can be and agreed to provide 12 ACOM 1500 amplifiers.

        ACOM, FlexRadio Systems, and SKY SAT/4O3A put aside personal gain and competition and worked together to help the Bouvet Island DXpedition be a better experience for you the DX’ers. These are truly quality people.

        Ralph Fedor – K0IR
        Bouvet Island DXpedition Co-Leader
        73 Al 4L5A

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          #5
          Press Release
          FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
          NCDXF announces major grant of $100,000 to the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition
          August 5, 2017
          The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce a contribution of $100,000 to the 3YØZ Bouvet Island DXpedition planned for January 2018. Bouvet is #2 on the ClubLog Most Wanted List. This is the largest contribution in the history of NCDXF.
          In 2016, NCDXF-sponsored DXpeditions activated five of the ten most-needed entities. These DXpeditions put 457,000 QSOs into DXers’ logs. That year we spent $156,000 to fund these and other DXpeditions. The 3YØZ DXpedition to Bouvet Island early next year is likely to be one of the most expensive DXpeditions ever attempted – estimated at over $740,000. The 20 team members have already contributed just over half of this amount.
          DXpeditions to rare entities like Bouvet and others in the Southern Ocean are becoming more expensive, a trend that we believe will continue.
          NCDXF’s primary purpose is to help fund well-organized DXpeditions to rare, difficult and expensive entities, like Bouvet. During the last 45 years, NCDXF has granted over $1 million to hundreds of DXpeditions – helping to put an “all-time-new-one” (ATNO) in the log and make DX happen for thousands of DXers worldwide. The credit for these large grants goes to the NCDXF contributors, individuals and clubs who support the DX community. Without those contributions, DXpeditions to entities like Bouvet or other rare locations would not be possible.
          If you agree with the importance of NCDXF's work, and if you are not a current contributor, we hope you will become one today by clicking here. Your contribution will continue to help make DX happen. You can also support future DXpeditions by including the NCDXF Cycle 25 Fund in your estate plan.
          We wish the 3YØZ team a safe and very successful trip to Bouvet Island next year.
          73 .
          Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
          NCDXF Vice President
          73 Al 4L5A

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            #6
            The 3Y0Z team is extremely grateful to the Northern California DX Foundation for their $100,000 contribution to our Bouvet Island DXpedition. We are honoured and privileged to receive the largest grant even given by NCDXF.

            This contribution by the NCDXF mandates that we as a team, and each of us as an individual, recognise the responsibility that accompanies the level of trust placed in us. It demands the best of us, being on Bouvet singly focused on the DX and amateur community worldwide — nothing else. We as a team accept that responsibility. We pledge to do our best – nothing less. Our goal is to have your call in our log and get home safely – nothing more.

            While we are light years from where we started this project, we still have work to do and financial challenges to meet to get us to Bouvet, give you those QSO’s, and get home again. We thank the NCDXF and all of you who have helped us financially and with your good wishes. You have moved us well down the path to Bouvet and we would be honoured by your continued support. Together we will make this happen.

            Thank you.
            73 Al 4L5A

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              #7
              13 year old KG5HVO, Bryant, is the youth pilot station for the upcoming 2018 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet.
              73 Al 4L5A

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                #8
                3Y0Z. Sept. 7 – 10, 2017: 18 of our 20 team members from 6 nations assembled in Atlanta, GA for planning meetings, safety briefings, equipment packing, inventorying, container packing and getting to know each other.
                It was a very successful weekend for us.
                A highlight was testing our 2 meter EME setup.
                It worked!
                We completed a QSO with our pilot, PA2CHR.


                3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Team leaders Generators ready

                Team leaders K4UEE, KØIR and LA6VM. Generators are being tested and run up behind them.


                3Y0Z Bouvet Island EME Antenna and test QSO PA2CHR

                We assembled and tested our 2 meter EME station during this exercise and worked PA2CHR.
                73 Al 4L5A

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                  #9
                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                  The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ
                  Press Release #8
                  September 21, 2017

                  Our team meeting in Atlanta, GA from Sept. 7th through the 10thwas 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 members.
                  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 propagation.
                  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 noproblems 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 antennas…beam.
                  Counting the days,
                  73,
                  Bob-K4UEE
                  Ralph-KØIR
                  Erling-LA6VM
                  73 Al 4L5A

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                    #10
                    3Y0Z News 10 October 2017
                    Oct. 10, 2017: OUR SEA CONTAINER IS PACKED!! After weeks of inventorying, packing, padding, and weighing supplies and equipment; we have sealed our container and loaded it aboard a truck bound for the port of Savannah. The container will go by sea to Manzanillo, Mexico; by rail to Balboa, Panama; then by sea to San Antonio, Chile; Copihue, Chile; and finally Punta Arenas, Chile. The contents will be taken aboard our ship in Punta Arenas and meet our team at King George Island in the South Shetlands on January 13, 2018.
                    73 Al 4L5A

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                      #11
                      3Y0Z Press Release #9
                      October 17, 2017

                      After over 10 years of dreaming and 2 years of rigorous planning, we have turned a page. Our team is intact and ready. We have 17,000 pounds of equipment. It has been tested, sorted, inventoried and packed into our 40-foot sea container. We have discussed all conceivable contingencies, including rough seas, clouds and fog, high winds and emergencies at sea and on shore. We have studied propagation, maximized our location on the island, selected the best radio equipment, and have thought first and foremost of safety. All of this culminated when we sealed our sea container on October 9th , entered it into customs bond, placed it on a truck and watched it begin its journey to Punta Arenas, Chile. Our die has been cast. Now, a new chapter begins: one of reflection, waiting anxiously and hoping (praying) that all will go well from this point on.

                      We have been blessed by the worldwide support of individual amateur radio operators, clubs and foundations. They have backed us, overwhelmingly. We are inspired by the support we have received, both financially and in spirit. We want to live up to all that is expected of us on this “generational” DXpedition, which is likely the largest and most challenging DXpedition — ever. Indeed, there may never be another like it. We now have time to appreciate the responsibility that this project thrusts upon us. We feel it, and we will do our utmost to meet the DX world’s expectations from Bouvet – the number 2 “most wanted” entity.

                      You will start seeing band plans, more detailed propagation information, QSL information and more on our website. Our Facebook and Twitter social media outlets will keep their conversational tone, but shift their focus to how you can best work us, plus current events and news of interest. Our updated propagation forecasts continue to validate our predictions, as visualized on our website propagation page.

                      Our team now has a singular focal point, King George Island, where the next chapter begins. We will meet our ship there on January 13th, and sail 2,200 miles to Bouvet. By departing from King George Island rather than Punta Arenas, we save about 400 miles of sea travel. This essentially gives us one or two more days on the air from Bouvet. We will savor those days, because they will give us QSOs that otherwise would not have been made.

                      We have asked more from our team members than for any previous DXpedition. This includes their time, effort and money. We thank all of you who are helping to defray some of their costs. We continue to welcome new and additional support to help with these expenses.

                      We are counting the days..

                      Bob-K4UEE
                      Ralph-KØIR
                      Erling-LA6VM
                      73 Al 4L5A

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                        #12
                        3Y0Z Bouvet Island News 23 November 2017

                        Our sea container should now be between the ports of San Antonio, Chile and its destination, Punta Arenas, Chile. The logistics have at times been confounding, but we are actually ahead of schedule with our shipping.

                        We have our license and callsign for our maritime mobile operation on the way to Bouvet. One of the problems with shipboard operation is static charge build up on antennas from the winds and precipitation. This is a particular problem with antennas that are not at DC ground. Having a transceiver exposed to this hazard can be disastrous for the radio. We are aware of the issue, and are instituting ways of dealing with this threat.
                        73 Al 4L5A

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                          #13
                          3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS.
                          Our DXpeditions Biggest Unknown:
                          How much will our helicopter flights cost us?
                          Helicopters are at once our wings and our Achilles' heel; a godsend for safety and access to the best operating site on Bouvet, but devilishly expensive to operate. They are essential to our success, safety, and making lots of QSO's from Bouvet. The more gear they can bring ashore, the more contacts we can make. Therefore, helicopters directly impact the number of all time new contacts we will deliver to you, the number of new band modes we can give you, and the overall number of contacts we make.
                          Our team members will underwrite the cost of getting all the basic and essential equipment ashore to enable us to do a good job on this DX- pedition. Whatever this costs us, we will do it. However, to do a great job and get ashore two antennas for every band, adequate fuel and gen- erators for full power 24/7, an amp on every radio, and a second shelter for operating, we must dig a little deeper to pay for those extra flying hours.
                          If you can help us buy a few more hours of flying time, you will put doing the best job possible firmly within our grasp. Please go to our
                          website: <www.bouvetdx.org> click on the News and Updates tab and help us if you can.
                          The 3Y0Z DXpedition Team
                          73 Al 4L5A

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                            #14
                            The Bouvet Island DXpedition 3Y0Z team has been very busy. In the last week, we’ve had Skype conference calls with the CEO of our transportation company and with the captain of our ship. We can report that everything we can control is under control.

                            Our sea container is in Punta Arenas, and should be moving out of customs bond or may have already done so. We are gathering some additional last minute supplies to take as extra baggage, including ice screws, should we find ourselves camping on re-frozen melt areas on the glacier. We have finalized our shelter layouts, fuel calculations, maritime mobile antenna plans, and have assigned some duties relating to flight and cargo staging. The team members will all be taking a formal marine safety course before embarking.

                            Neither our transportation company nor the ship’s captain expressed any worries or concerns over the recent seismic activity near Bouvet.

                            And, yes, we are still struggling with he helicopter flying hours issue.

                            3Y0Z DX Pedition Team
                            73 Al 4L5A

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                              #15
                              Pilots of 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition:
                              Val, NV9L - Chief Pilot <3Y0Zpilot@gmail.com>.
                              Joe, JJ3PRT - Japan and Asia. <joeaoki@hi-ho.ne.jp>.
                              Bryant, KG5HVO - Youth Pilot and also pilot for Zones 16, 17, 18, 19. <3Y0Zyouthpilot@gmail.com>.
                              Tony, K2SG - North America. <3Y0ZPILOT@comcast.net>.
                              Siso, HK3W - South America. <hk3w.inf@gmail.com>.
                              Johan, ZS2I - Africa. <zs2i.johan@gmail.com>.
                              Steve, VK6VZ - VK, ZL, Oceania. <vk6vz.bouvet@gmail.com>.
                              Bjorn, ON9CFG - Europe. <ON9CFG@telenet.be>.
                              73 Al 4L5A

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                                #16
                                Video Bouvet Island
                                Team SubICE starting out a day drilling the first ever ice core on Bouvet Island, as part of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) Leg 3, 2017. The ice core will provide new information about past climate in the under-studied sub-Antarctic region.

                                73 Al 4L5A

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                                  #17
                                  The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ

                                  Press Release # 10

                                  We recently reached yet another milestone in our quest to activate Bouvet Island. DAP, the Chilean company that owns and operates the M/V Betanzos and the helicopters has satisfied the last contractual requirements, prior to departure. We submitted to them a “fit for purpose” checklist with 120 items as part of our contract. They have satisfied all the checklist items, and we will be transferring almost ½ million US dollars to them in the next few days.

                                  So, we are happy to report that we are on schedule for a January 13, 2018 departure to Bouvet Island, the World’s most isolated island and the number two most wanted DX entity. All team members will meet in Punta Arenas, Chile no later than January 10, 2018. We will attend a one and one-half day marine safety course, purchase last minute supplies and then fly across the Drake Passage to King George Island in the South Shetlands. There, we will board the newly refurbished Chilean vessel M/V Betanzos, and begin our 9 to 11-day voyage to Bouvet. The team feels confident knowing that the ship’s captain and many of the crew have been with the vessel for eight years, and have extensive Southern Ocean experience. The Captain reports he has previously been to Bouvet.

                                  Sea ice has been reported along a direct route to Bouvet, and that may dictate we take a more northerly course, before turning East to approach Bouvet. That may add day or two to our transit time.

                                  Our two helicopters have completed their 100-hour inspections, and are ready for service. There has been a thorough review of landing procedures and shelter and antenna layouts. We have three alternative anchoring systems to secure the shelters and antennas to the ice on the surface of Bouvet.

                                  So, the plan remains unchanged. We will have two stations on every open band whenever humanly possible, gain and directional antennas where possible, high power stations and a propagation-driven operation. The primary modes will be CW, SSB and RTTY. FT8 will be utilized if it is the only productive mode. Anyone preparing to utilize FT8 must read the 3YØZ FT8 protocol on the Band Plan page of the DXpedition website.

                                  Complete information on band plans and frequencies, propagation predictions and QSL procedures are available on the DXpedition website: www.bouvetdx.org. You will find strategically placed “donate” buttons if you want to help with our substantial costs. I hope you share in the excitement of this great undertaking. We anxious to get underway!

                                  73,
                                  Bob-K4UEE
                                  Ralph-KØIR
                                  Erling-LA6VM
                                  73 Al 4L5A

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                                    #18
                                    3Y0Z Bouvet 2018 on Ham Radio Now.
                                    Hal Tourley W8HC is our tour guide for this preview of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition, where 20 top DXpeditioners will travel to the most remote spot of land on Earth to warm up from the brutal winter we're having in North America.

                                    73 Al 4L5A

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                                      #19
                                      3Y0Z DX Pedition Team hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile.

                                      3Y0Z Bouvet DX Pedition Team Hotel Punta Arenas Chile

                                      Hotel Punta Arenas, Chile. Author - Nodir Tursun Zade EY8MM.
                                      73 Al 4L5A

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                                        #20
                                        Nodir, CE8/EY8MM Magdalena Island, Magallanes Region, Chile.


                                        CE8/EY8MM Penguins, Magdalena Island, Magallanes Region, Chile.

                                        Penguins, Magdalena Island, Magallanes Region, Chile. Author - Nodir Tursun-Zade.



                                        CE8/EY8MM Nodir Tursun Zade. Magdalena Island, Magellanes Region, Chile.

                                        CE8/EY8MM. Magdalena Island, Magellanes Region, Chile. Author - Nodir Tursun Zade.

                                        CE8/EY8MM Magdalena Island, Chile. Pic 3




                                        Magdalena Island, Chile. Author - Nodir Tursun Zade.
                                        73 Al 4L5A

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                                          #21
                                          Jan 9, 2018: The 3Y0Z team will be using a Garmin (formerly DeLorme)
                                          In Reach SE satellite tracking device that will enable you to follow along with us and see our travel route on a near-real time map as we journey to the "Most Remote Place on Earth."

                                          Hal, W8HC will activate an InReach SE when he leaves his WV QTH January 9th and will leave it "on" during the trip (while moving) until the team is on Bouvet Island.

                                          This device uses Iridium satellite technology and is set to send a "way point" along the route every 30 minutes. These points will show up on our Bouvet "MapShare" website, as we travel to Chile and eastward on our vessel, the Betanzos on the 10-12 day journey across the South Atlantic, and onto our ultimate destination - Bouvet Island.

                                          If all is working properly, and the device has good visibility with the satellites, our MapShare viewers will be able to see our current position, including GPS coordinates and speed. You will be able to enjoy the full resolution capabilities with Topo and Aerial view options provided and can toggle-in and toggle-out of the website's detailed Google map.

                                          In addition to the MapShare, we will be using the InReach device to send messages along the way to provide updates and important information. These messages will show up on the MapShare route as small blue rectangular boxes, which viewers can click to read.

                                          We will also have the option to post messages to our social media outlets- Facebook and Twitter.

                                          Please bookmark our Bouvet MapShare website:
                                          https://share.garmin.com/bouvet

                                          We cordially invite you to "journey" with the 3Y0Z Team... follow along with us on this incredible DXpedition to Bouvet Island!
                                          73 Al 4L5A

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                                            #22
                                            Some great ham friends seeing Jim Mornar and Jerry Rosalius off on their way to the airport towards Bouvet Island. — with Jerry Rosalius, Jerry Rosalius, Bob Jaconson, John Holmes, Mark May, Mike Kelly and Jim Mornar.
                                            From Valerie Hotzfeld NV9L.


                                            3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Part of the Team in USA


                                            73 Al 4L5A

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                                              3Y0Z News 10 January 2018
                                              Arrived safely in Santiago... bumpy flight down from ATL... 1.5 hours clearing customs. Met up with Erling LA6VM, Just LA9DL and Pista HA5AO... We have about a 3-hour layover until our next flight to Punta Arenas (PUQ).


                                              3Y0Z DX Pedition K9CT Santiago, Chile

                                              73 Al 4L5A

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                                                #24
                                                3Y0Z Team members LA6VM, LA9DL, JR4OZR, W8HC Punta Arenas, Chile.


                                                3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team members LA6VM LA9DL JR4OZR W8HC Punta Arenas Chile


                                                3Y0Z Team members. LA6VM LA9DL JR4OZR W8HC. Punta Arenas, Chile. Author - Nodir Tursun Zade EY8MM.
                                                73 Al 4L5A

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                                                  #25
                                                  3Y0Z Team Punta Arenas, Chile

                                                  3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Team Chile

                                                  73 Al 4L5A

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                                                    #26
                                                    3Y0Z News 13 January 2018
                                                    Full Day of safety and fire trainings.

                                                    3Y0Z Bouvet Island Rainbow Cabo del Hornos Hotel, Cape Horn.


                                                    Rainbow over Cabo del Hornos Hotel (Cape Horn). Author - Nodir Tursun - Zadeh EY8MM.


                                                    Betanzos. 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition vessel. Punta Arenas, Chile.

                                                    Betanzos. 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition vessel. Punta Arenas, Chile. Author - Nodir Tursun - Zadeh EY8MM.
                                                    73 Al 4L5A

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                                                      #27
                                                      3Y0Z Press Release #11


                                                      Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has made navigation between King George Island and Bouvet slow and of increased risk. We will therefore depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet. This has necessitated changes to preparations. That process is underway and moving as fast as possible.

                                                      Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days. We estimate that our sailing date and QRV date will move back 24 to 36 hours. Our QRT date will be extended as necessary to provide everyone with the best possible chance of working Bouvet.


                                                      K4UEE – Bob
                                                      LA6VM—Erling
                                                      K0IR -- Ralph

                                                      3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Team Punta Arenas, Chile. Ready to go.




                                                      3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Team in front of Magellan Monument
                                                      73 Al 4L5A

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                                                        #28
                                                        3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition News 14 January 2018.
                                                        Erling and Ralph review current sea ice conditions in the Antarctic. These satellite images will be made available to us on a daily basis along with other advanced weather data and will be useful "tools" for identifying and avoiding sea ice as we navigate toward Bouvet.

                                                        3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition News 14 January 2018 Ice condx



                                                        73 Al 4L5A

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                                                          #29
                                                          Press Release #12
                                                          3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition
                                                          16 January 2018


                                                          Preparation for our departure continues, albeit at a somewhat slower pace than we had hoped. However, the vessel is now fully fueled and all our DXpedition gear, food, and medical and survival gear is aboard. And, you have likely read that team members completed their cold water survival, CPR, and fire-fighting training.

                                                          Two team leaders and our merchant marine captain team member (W7IV) have been aboard the vessel. They observed the crew and contractors working hard to complete their projects,

                                                          We are awaiting final clearance to sail which will be issued by the Chilean Navy, the regulatory authority for maritime safety.

                                                          We remain confident in our success and are anxiously waiting to get underway. Whatever delay we encounter will not impact our results on the island.

                                                          Ralph – K0IR
                                                          Bob -- K4UEE
                                                          Erling-- LA6VM
                                                          73 Al 4L5A

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                                                            #30
                                                            3Y0Z News 17 January 2018
                                                            All safety training is complete now. They are only waiting for final clearance from the Chilean navy and they will be on their way.
                                                            73 Al 4L5A

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                                                              #31
                                                              3Y0Z News
                                                              Its looks Betanzos is out of the port already
                                                              Its possible to see where ship is located also to use
                                                              https://www.marinetraffic.com/ service

                                                              73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                #32
                                                                3Y0Z News 18 January 2018
                                                                Team planning to leave hotel around 10 - 11z today.
                                                                Radio on the ship will be installed later when ship start sailing.
                                                                They will be active as 3G9A/MM.
                                                                73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                  #33
                                                                  3Y0Z On the way They leave Punta Arenas port around 19Z today

                                                                  3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition start




                                                                  73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                    #34
                                                                    3Y0Z team are now aboard the MV Betanzos and sailing to Bouvet Island.
                                                                    They departed Punta Arenas around 1230Z today.
                                                                    The trip to the island is expected to take about two weeks.

                                                                    3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Betanzos Helicopters

                                                                    73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                      #35
                                                                      Our tugboats have arrived. High winds from the north this morning on our departure from Punta Arenas.



                                                                      3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Tugboats





                                                                      All the JP1 for helicopters and gas for our generators finished loading during the night.


                                                                      3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition JP1 for helicopters






                                                                      3Y0Z DX Pedition WB9Z






                                                                      73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                        #36
                                                                        3Y0Z Bouvet Island News
                                                                        Hopefully 3G9A/MM will QRV soon.

                                                                        3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition 3G9A/MM




                                                                        73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                          #37
                                                                          3Y0Z 3G9A/MM Lunch time

                                                                          3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition 3G9A/MM Lunchtime




                                                                          73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                            3Y0Z News 20 January 2018.
                                                                            We had an uneventful traverse of the Magellan, and are currently just southeast of the Falkland Islands, making approximately 11 knots. At the moment, we have fair winds and following seas, and our weather forecast looks good for the next 12 hours. However, the weather can change quickly in this part of the world.

                                                                            Our team is in good spirits, but one or two are feeling the effects of moderate seasickness. We have one maritime mobile station active, with most of our QSOs on 20 and 40m. We are running 100 watts to a Hustler vertical on the bow of the ship and an OCF dipole hung from the bridge area. Our transmissions include grid square information. We hope to add a second station, soon.

                                                                            73, Ralph, K0IR
                                                                            73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                              3Y0Z News
                                                                              The team just have passed Falklands.
                                                                              The ocean is calm.

                                                                              Everyone feels good

                                                                              3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition 3G9A/MM Nodir EY8MM


                                                                              73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                3Y0Z 3G9A/MM Second Day from Hal, W8HC.
                                                                                Team Leader Bob K4UEE sharing some info.
                                                                                Nodir EY8MM explaining the purpose of the antenna coil to Betanzos Captain Pedro.
                                                                                Deep dish pizza
                                                                                Sunset on the Atlantic. Day 2 of our journey abourd the Betanzos.

                                                                                3Y0Z 3G9A/MM Second Day Bouvet Island DX Pedition

                                                                                73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                  Here are the latest photos from the 3Y0Z team on their way to Bouvet. Per Ralph K0IR, seas were calm this morning. So they are able to travel at around 12 knots.

                                                                                  3Y0Z 3G9A/MM Bouvet Island DX Pedition Shack





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                                                                                    3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition News 24 January 2018
                                                                                    Weather nice and expected date of arrival 29 January 2018.
                                                                                    73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                      3Y0Z Bouvet Island News 25 January 2018.
                                                                                      Information from Nodir, EY8MM.
                                                                                      Wx is nice They start to see some icebergs.
                                                                                      Team members feeling well.
                                                                                      73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                        3Y0Z News. January 25, 2018, 2100 UTC:
                                                                                        Today, the seas remained relatively calm, but the temperature has dropped significantly, and the wind velocity is increasing.
                                                                                        We passed another iceberg today.
                                                                                        The weather is supposed to deteriorate tomorrow.

                                                                                        We spent the day moving our anchorage systems and support masts from the cargo hold to an area closer to our helicopter staging area, hoping to make our loading and flights to the island more efficient and faster.

                                                                                        Propagation is becoming closer to that predicted in our model. Once we are on the island and have better antennas with no noise, we expect we will hear much better. Right now, signals are fairly weak, but definitely there under some local noise from the ship.

                                                                                        After tomorrow, it looks like the weather will calm a bit. We are hopeful this will coincide with our arrival time at Bouvet. We are well past the half-way point of our voyage.

                                                                                        73, Ralph, KØIR


                                                                                        3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition Iceberg

                                                                                        73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                          3Y0Z Bouvet Island News January 26, 2018, 0945 UTC: The forecast for worsening weather was accurate. The seas are an estimated 15 to 20 feet, and we are in heavy snow, as we continue toward Bouvet. There will be fewer of us at breakfast this morning.

                                                                                          Yesterday afternoon, the team and ship’s crew moved our rod anchors, T-post anchors and the DX Engineering antenna masts to the rear of the ship for faster access during landing operations. This was a good thing, since these operations would not be possible today. Last night, N4GRN, N9TK and KØIR began planning the loading and sequencing of helicopter flights to the island. We plan to run one helicopter with only sling loads and one with only interior loads and passengers. One aircraft can operate off of the rear helicopter pad and one off the hanger deck.

                                                                                          Today, we will continue to work on load sequencing, and continue our packing and re-packing of the personal gear we will each take to the island. The landing process will focus on safety and building of our infrastructure, so that it can support the number of people on the island at any given time.

                                                                                          Ralph, KØIR


                                                                                          3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition NM1Y EY8MM PA5M

                                                                                          73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                            3Y0Z News. Saturday, January 27, 0120 UTC: Thursday night, our weather took a major turn for the worse, as we were overtaken by a low pressure system with winds about 35 knots and confused seas at 5 meters.

                                                                                            The ship has been pitching quite a lot, but is riding well. This short video courtesy of Jeff, NM1Y best tells the story of our day, yesterday, and why we have remained below decks (click on video at the left).

                                                                                            We had to QRT our maritime mobile operation and secure the radios, because of the ship’s rolling. We did not want to risk damage to the radios.

                                                                                            We have yet to ascertain the status of our ship-mounted antennas for possible damage. The Hustler vertical is mounted on the bow, and took many salt water baths yesterday (as you can see in Jeff’s video).

                                                                                            Today’s forecast looks a little better. We hope to be back at full speed, and have 3G9A/MM QRV again, after checking and repairing the antennas.

                                                                                            – Hal, W8HC

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                                                                                            http://www.bouvetdx.org/wp-content/u...2Kbps_288p.mp4
                                                                                            73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                              3Y0Z News. January 27, 2018, 0530 UTC: Last night was a tough night for us. The full fury of the South Atlantic was unleashed upon us. Shifting winds and turbulent seas changed our ship’s motion from severe pitching to pitching and yawing to very marked rolls. That which was not secured is no longer where it was. Some of those who were up and about yesterday are down and out today. Personal items are scattered, and some small items are lost in the mix. Bathroom floors are wet from water splashing out of the toilet bowls.

                                                                                              It was a tough night, but we knew this was likely when we signed on. We will persist and continue towards Bouvet.

                                                                                              Ralph, KØIR
                                                                                              73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                                News from 3Y0Z Team
                                                                                                Wx is better now. Everybody is feel well. They expecting to reach Bouvet Island 31 January 2018.
                                                                                                73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                                  3Y0Z News. January 28, 2018, 1200 UTC: 54 degrees 30 minutes South; 14 degrees 54 minutes West.

                                                                                                  The seas have calmed somewhat. The predominant motion of the ship remains a moderate roll. We have not restored our maritime mobile stations, due to difficulty in securing the equipment to prevent damage. There are occasional breaks in an overcast sky. Visibility is estimated at 15 to 20 miles. Our current forward speed is 8.8 knots; a compromise between creature comfort and structural stresses and getting to Bouvet.
                                                                                                  Attendance at breakfast this morning was sparse, with most team members preferring their bunks over caloric intake.

                                                                                                  N9TK, N4GRN, and KØIR continued working on flight sequencing last night, and should complete the process this evening. We have a lot of “stuff” to get ashore as fast as possible in the weather windows Mother Nature sees fit to give us.

                                                                                                  Our forecast is for moderate snow ahead, followed by clearing. Icebergs remain visible but have decreased in number.
                                                                                                  73 – Ralph, K0IR
                                                                                                  73 Al 4L5A

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                                                                                                    #50
                                                                                                    W8HC, Hal, one of the 3Y0Z team members reports at 1520 UTC "Satellite navigation shows the ship 623 nautical miles from Bouvet."
                                                                                                    73 Al 4L5A

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