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3Y0Z Bouvet Island – Press Release #4
07 December 2016, Bouvet Island DXpedition 2018
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 54024’ 23” South and 30 24’ 39” East at approximately 183 m 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. Kuwa, JA4BUA, will be in charge of web and IT duties and Oku, JK1KSB, will do our public relations. In addition, we have added a VK-ZL-Oceania pilot, VK6VZ.
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. (www.cafepress.com/3y0z)
Our Facebook page, 3Y0Z-Bouvet Island DXpedition, now has over 1 500 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!
Club Log's Most Wanted List. The latest Most Wanted List, generated on 1 December, is available at https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php. The information is derived from QSOs uploaded to Club Log (currently 394 million log entries available for analysis) and, to improve quality, only QSOs that have QSLs confirmed are considered to be worked.
ARRL 10-Meter Contest. The ARRL 10 metre contest is on the air next weekend and starts at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 10 December and ends at 2359 UTC on Sunday 11 December. All stations operate no more than 36 hours out of the 48-hour period. It is a phone and CW contest and the exchange is a RS or RST report and a sequential serial number starting with 001. Stations in the USA, Canada and Mexico will send a RS or RST report and their state or province abbreviation. Maritime mobile stations send a RS or RST report and their ITU Region (R1, R2 or R3). Visit www.arrl.org/10-meter for all the information.
Palestine, E4. Bodo, DF8DX as E44QX (8 to 12 December) and Herman, DL2NUD as E44HP (8 to 18 December) will be active from Jericho, Palestine. Expect EME activity on 23, 13 and 9 cm, but Bodo will also operate CW only on the HF bands. QSL via home calls (for E44QX also via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS).
Rodriguez Island, 3B9. By the time you read this, Olof, G0CKV, will once again be active as 3B9HA from Rodriguez Island (AF-017) until 12 December. Activity will be holiday style focusing on the low bands and CW. QSL via M0OXO or LoTW.
Marion Island, ZS8. A couple of sources are reporting that David, ZS1BCE, will once again return to Marion Island as a communications technician and be active as ZS8Z, possibly late December or early next year to May 2018. Activity will be limited to when time permits on various HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via ZS1LS.
Antarctica. Francois, F4HLT is active as FT3YL from the Dumont d'Urville Station on the Adelie Land group, IOTA AN-017. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via F6KPQ.
Antarctica. Oleg, ZS1OIN, plans to be active as RI1ANA from the Molodyozhnaya research station until April 2017. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.
Japanese Antarctica. - Yath, JG2MLI will be active as 8J1RL and 8J60JARE (special call sign for the 60th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition) from the Syowa Station on East Ongul Island (AN-015), Antarctica between 1 January 2017 and 20 January 2018. He will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 40 to 10 metres. QSLs via the JARL bureau or direct to JG2MLI.
West African Tour. Once again, Peter, HA3AUI will be active as 6W2SC from Senegal and J5UAP from Guinea-Bissau between approximately 20 January and 5 March 2017. He will operate mainly CW on 20 to 10 metres. Some IOTA and/or WFF activities as 6W2SC/p are being considered. QSL via HA3AUI (direct) and LoTW, log search on Club Log and http://cqafrica.net.