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    #81
    3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition News. 1445 UTC:
    Position: 53 degrees 42 minutes South, 0.41 degrees West.
    Heading 58 degrees.
    Speed 7 knots.
    The wind is from 165 degrees and pushing us along in moderate following seas.
    Our ride is now considerably smoother than earlier, today.
    We did pass through some ice between 1200 and 1300 UTC.
    The sea is clear now.
    We are headed for Capetown, South Africa.
    This is the safest and most expedient course for us.
    We thank those who have expressed concern and good wishes.
    We are, of course, very, very disappointed.
    We are slowed, but safe.
    Ralph, KØIR
    73 Al 4L5A

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      #82
      3Y0Z News 6 February 2018
      Team is fine. Weather is better now.
      They on the way to Cape Town.
      73 Al 4L5A

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        #83
        3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition News 7 February 2018
        From SARL (South African Amateur Radio League) website.
        This update is from Bob K4UEE which I received in a email an hour ago.
        The ship is running on one engine and at reduced power, Pierre ZS6A is quite correct.
        The ETA in CPT could be 20th plus or minus a couple of days.
        He and the team would find it an honour to meet the ZS DX people at a get together to be arranged when there is more clarity of the ETA and the immigration process.
        The DAP in Punta Arenas are handling the ship and cargo logistics and I have put them in contact with a local travel company for the hotel and transport bookings.
        I have made them very aware of the pressure on hotel space in Cape Town.
        As an example,the Mining Indaba is on at the moment and everything is booked out.
        When there is more information about the planning of the get together, a welcoming party and the possible venue , I will pass it on.
        73 de ZS1S
        73 Al 4L5A

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          #84
          Number of the people asking why 3Y0Z not operate from Norwegian Station.
          You can see how that station looks


          Bouvet Island Norwegian Station

          73 Al 4L5A

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            #85
            3Y0Z Bouvet Island DX Pedition News
            February 8, 2018, 2045 UTC: 49.32 degrees South, 6.73 degrees East. 1,058 nautical miles from Capetown.
            We are continuing our slow voyage to Capetown, currently making 6 knots, with one of our two engines out.
            The team is healthy, with plenty of food and water, and working to keep our spirits up.
            We cannot, however, escape the cloud of disappointment hovering over us and the DX community.
            We traveled 2700 nautical miles to Bouvet, but the last mile proved to be the most difficult.
            As we type this, a tugboat is on its way to assist our vessel to the port of Capetown.
            We will continue to keep everyone informed, as this saga plays out.
            We would like to thank all of our friends and families who have been with us every mile of the way.
            Your good wishes, thoughts and prayers have sustained us over the last three weeks.
            Ralph, KØIR Bob, K4UEE Erling, LA6VM
            73 Al 4L5A

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              #86
              3Y0Z News 9 February 2018
              Team members are fine and waiting for tugboat. Wx is much better. Its warmer. Temp +12C.
              73 Al 4L5A

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                #87
                3Y0Z News 10 February 2018
                Information about tugboat not confirmed yet.
                Ship mooving forward.
                Last night ship rocked all night and its good that team rested previous 2 day.
                The weather turned bad.
                73 Al 4L5A

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                  #88
                  3Y0Z Bouvet Island News 12 February 2018
                  K9CT reported on the air that the 3Y0Z operators, still shipboard heading east, expect to arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 February 2018.
                  They will then fly to Johannesburg, leaving there the 19th on a very long flight home.
                  73 Al 4L5A

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                    #89
                    3Y0Z Update - 1645Z February 14 by K0IR, Ralph Fedor
                    February 14, 2018, 1645 UTC:
                    We continue our slow pace toward Capetown.
                    We are currently making 5.6 knots and are 293 miles from Capetown.
                    We are showing 2 days and 5 hours until we reach Capetown.
                    The weather is pleasant.
                    Our seabirds have decreased in number since we left cooler waters.
                    Recently, a pod of Orcas passed by, and the bridge spotted a whale.
                    Those were the highlights of the day.
                    There's not much left for us to do.
                    We have one /MM radio to occupy the 20 of us.
                    It's a bit difficult to arrange and confirm our flights home and to prepare for Customs/Immigration in Capetown without the internet, but we are managing - sort of.
                    Thanks again to everyone and the good wishes we encounter on the air.
                    The "dit-dits" are appreciated.
                    73 Al 4L5A

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                      #90
                      3Y0Z Bouvet Island News. February 16, 2018, 1320 UTC:
                      ETA at Capetown harbor is 0930 on Saturday morning. We understand that immigration and customs will come aboard at 1700, and we will likely be cleared to depart the vessel.
                      DAP has us all booked into a local hotel near the waterfront.
                      On Sunday, there will be a reception held at a local yacht club sponsored by a local radio club and numerous DXers.
                      We are very much looking forward to that and are certainly honored.
                      The first of the team will begin departing for home on Sunday night, and the majority will be on their way Monday evening/early Tuesday morning.
                      A few more will straggle out and be on their way home on Wednesday.
                      When we depart the vessel on Saturday, that will be our 31st day aboard the ship. Needless to say, we are ready to set foot on dry, un-moving ground once again.
                      Ralph and I are very proud of this team.
                      They have endured many hardships since departing home in early January.
                      They have been patient and resilient and good company.
                      There will be more updates in the future, as we begin to unravel this attempt and plan our subsequent strategy.
                      73, Bob, K4UEE
                      73 Al 4L5A

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