Amateur Radio von Bouvet

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Lage und Geschichte

Kontinent: Afrika - IOTA: AN-002 -Koordinaten: 54.34S 3.28O - Zonen ITU 67, CWQ 38 - DXCC-Entity: 024 - Zuweisung: 3Y

Lage und GeschichtezoomDie Bouvetinsel (norwegisch Bouvetøya) ist eine unbewohnte Vulkaninsel auf dem Südatlantischen Rücken im Südatlantik, 2500 Kilometer südwestlich des südafrikanischen Kaps der Guten Hoffnung. Sie ist ein von Norwegen abhängiges Gebiet (norwegisch Biland), ohne jedoch Teil des Königreichs Norwegen zu sein. - Bouvet gehört zu den am schwierigsten erreichbaren und einsamsten Inseln der Erde. Der nächstgelegene Kontinent ist das südlich gelegene, etwa 1700 km entfernte Antarktika (Königin-Maud-Land), der südamerikanische Kontinent (östlichste Spitze von Feuerland) ist 4200 km entfernt; die nächstgelegenen Nachbarinseln sind Montagu Island in der Inselgruppe Südliche Sandwichinseln und die Gough-Insel der Tristan da Cunha-Gruppe, beide je etwa 1850 km entfernt. Die Bouvetinsel gilt damit als das am weitesten abgelegene Stück Land überhaupt. Die 9 km lange und bis zu 7,5 km breite Insel hat eine Fläche von 49 km² und ist zu 93 % von Gletschern bedeckt. Im westlichen Teil der Insel befindet sich ein Vulkankrater, auf dessen nordöstlichem Rand sich mit dem 780 m hohen Olavtoppen ihr höchster Punkt befindet. Der Krater öffnet sich nach Norden, wo der Posadowsky-Gletscher ins Meer kalbt. Im westlichen Teil des Kraterinneren befindet sich das 700 Meter breite und in Nord-Südrichtung drei Kilometer lange Wilhelm-II-Plateau.

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Bouvet from the Akademik Tryoshnikov - Team SubICE starting out drilling the first ever ice core on Bouvet, as part of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), 2017.It will provide new information about past climate in the under-studied sub-Antarctic region. - secure linkext. Link
A Bouvet tour with Google Earth secure linkext. Link
The Bouvet Lifeboat mystery - secure linkext. Link

07 - Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier, 1793
08 - 1. August 1927: Inbesitznahme/Occupation by Harald Horntvedt
09 - Hütte/Hut, Cap Circoncision, 1927
10 - Cape Valdivia
11 - Cape Circoncision (via Google Earth)
12, 13 - Nyrosa
14-19 - Neue Forschungsstation / New Research Station, February 2014
Photos: 02: Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center / 06, 10, 12, 13: Dolph Kessler / 14-17: NRK Norsk Riksringkasting / 18, 19: Norsk Polarinstitutt




Rundflug und Absetzen der Forschungsstation auf Bouvet

Zwei Videos von www.nrk.no/norge/ny-_ekstremstasjon_-pa-bouvetoya-1.11525409




Erste Aktivierung. Gus Browning LH4C Oktober 1962

Erste Aktivierung. Gus Browning LH4C Oktober 1962zoomGus Browning, W4BPD, meldete die Aktivierung von Bouvet mit LH4C im Oktober 1962 an und erhielt die Erst-Anerkennung für das DXCC. Zwischen Juli und November 1967 berichtete er im DX-Magazin 73 ausführlich über die Reise, die er angeblich mit einem südafrikanischen Eisbrecher von Tristan da Cunha aus angetreten habe. Der Name des Schiffes, des Kapitäns und des "African Guy" der Gus auf die Insel begleitet habe bleiben ebenso unerwähnt wie exakte Daten. Es steht zweifellos fest, dass Gus die Insel nicht betreten sondern allenfalls mit dem Schiff umrundet hat. Der gesamte Bericht ist eine Fiktion. - Ragnar Otterstad, LA5HE, schreibt am 29. Juli 2013 in einem Mail an das W4PPD-Archiv: "Just too bad that Gus cheated on Bouvet LH4C. I felt it particulary sad as I arranged his licence and picked the callsign."



Download [2.78 MB]Gus Browning LH4C - 73 DX Magazine Juli-November 1967 [PDF , 2.78 MB]
Download [12.07 MB]Ragmar Otterstad, LA5HE about LH4C and 3Y1VC (Interview with OE1WHC, 2018-01-15) [WAV , 12.07 MB]

Sie waren (nicht) dort - They were (not) there

11.01.18

00 LN7BC 1951-07-xx NN "GM2DBX has worked LN7B, 14395 kc/sec, 'phone. This station is on Bouvet Island - a Norwenigan Depedency in the Antarctic." (RSGB Bulletin 08/1951, p71)
01 LH4C 1962-11-22 Gus Browning, W4BPD Gus Browning WP4BPD Working from ship, but 1. DXCC. IOTA-Approved
02 3Y0AB 1969 Don Miller, W9VNV Captain Don(ald) Alan Miller W9WNV (AE6IY) Did not go
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04a 3Y3VC 1977-02-24 John Snuggerud, LA1VC 15:00-17:00z. 27 Contacts
04b 3Y3CC 1977-02-24 Audun H. Hjelle, LA3CC 15:00-17:00z, 5 contacts
05 3Y5DQ 1978 Thor Wisnes 550 contacts. IOTA-approved
06 3Y1VC 1979-01/02 John Snuggerud, LA1VC IOTA-approved
07 3Y0A 1981 Hans, DK6KX Did not go
08 3Y0FP 1988/03 Kent Larsson, SM7DSE, 7S8AAA Offshore, no landing possible
09 3Y0B 1988 Joseph H. Hayes, W9RF, and group Did not go
10 3Y5X 1989/12 Club Bouvet: Einar Enderud, LA1EE; Kare Pederson, LA2GV; Erling Johan Wiig, LA6VM; Jin Fujiwara; JF1IST; Jacky Calvo, F2CW; Willy Rüsch, HB9AHL 47.000 contacts (30.000 SSB, 16.800 CW, 291 RTTY). IOTA-approved
11 3Y/R0L 1993-05-30/31 R0L unauthorized
12 KC4/N4GCK 1994 Robert D. Wilber, N4GCK unauthorized
13 3Y2GV 1997 Kare Pedersen, LA2GV 3 hours. IOTA-approved
14 3Y0C 2000/2001 Chuck Brady, N4BQW 17.000 contacts. IOTA-approved
15 3Y/ZS6GCM 2007-12-16 Petrus Kritzinger, ZS6GCM No cards printed
16 3Y0E 2008-01-07 - 2008-02-09 Petrus Kritzinger, ZS6GCM IOTA-approved
17 3Y0Q 2009-05-02 ??? Pirate operation
18 3Y0FQ 2015/16 Alan Lebedev, UN7PCZ Cancelled due to lack of funding
19 3Y0G 2017 Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX Cancelled due to lack of commitment for a 2 month operation
20 3Y0I 2017 Granted to Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX Valid 2017-01-13 to 2017 12-31 Granted by the Norwegian Communications Authority, not used
21 3Y0G 2016/17 Granted to Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW Valid 2017 to 01-01 – 2017-04-30 Granted by the Norwegian Communications Authority. Planned a three month one-man expedition. Did not go
22 3Y0Z 2017 Granted to Johan Wiig Erling, LA6VM Valid 2017-121-01 to 2018-04-30 Granted by the Norwegian Communications Authority
23 3Y0H 2018 Granted to Dmitri Zhikharev, RA9USU valid 2018-01-01 to 2018-02-28 Granted by the Norwegian Communications Authority, not used
24 3Y0Z 2018/01 Nodor Tursun-Zade, EY8MM; Istvan “Pista” Gaspar, HA5AO; Haruni “Hal” Kukita, JR4OZR; Ralph Fedor, K0IR; Robert C. Allphin, K4UEE; Craig A. Thompson, K9CT; Erling Johan Wiig, LA6VM; Just N. Qvigstad, LA9DL; George R. Nicholson, N4GRN; Arnold I. Shatz, N6HC; James A. Mornar, N9TK; Jeffrey W. Jolie, NM1Y; Michael Dirksen, PA5M; Hakan “Hank” Eriksson, SM5AQD; Keith Charles Witney, VE7KW; Glenn R. Johnson, W0GJ; Gregg L. Marco, W6IZT; Paul F. Merrill, W7IV; Hal L. Turley, W8HC; Jerry W. Rosalius, WB9Z Aborted / Abgebrochen




03 - 3Y1VC - 1979 - John Snuggerud, LA1VC

03 - 3Y1VC - 1979 - John Snuggerud, LA1VCzoom"Ende 1978 rief mich Ragnar Otterstad, LA5HE, in der Firma an. Rag kam ohne Umschweife zur Sache. Er sagte, dass LA1VC demnächst nach Bouvet aufbrechen werde, aber nur ein paar kleine 100-Watt-Transceiver besitze. Rag wies darauf hin, dass ich ganz in der Nähe von Dentron Radio in Twinsburg, wohnte und fragte mich, ob ich vielleicht "die Leute an der Spitze" kenne. "Nöö", antwortete ich, "aber was kann ich für dich tun?" Um es kurtz zu machen: Rag wollte wissen, ob Dentron bereit sei, 3Y1VBC eine ihrer MLA-2500- Endtufen und einen MT-3000 Antennentuner zu leihen. Ich rief also Dentron an und bekam Warren, WA1GUD (nun W1GUD) an den Apparat. Wir hatten noch nie voneinander gehört. Ich schilderte die Situation, und zu meiner Überraschung sagte Warren: "Können wir machen". Jetzt kam das dicke Ende. "Da ist noch etwas", sagte ich. Die Geräte müssten binnen zweier Tage per Luftfracht nach Norwegen gesendet werden. Wieder war die Antwort: "Kein Problem". Dentron hielt Wort, die Geräte trafen rechtzeitig ein und trugen viel zum Erfolg von 3Y1VC bei. Einige Jahre später besuchte ich auf den Aland-Inseln die Station von Martti, OH2BH, und dort befand sich das Dentron-Equipment! Es stand offensichtlich für künftige DXpeditionen bereit." (Info und Photo Donald A. Kalvonen, K8MFO, via K8CX HamGallery)



04a/b - 3Y3CC, 3Y3VVC - John Snuggerud, AudunHjelle - 1977-02-14(24?)

04a/b - 3Y3CC, 3Y3VVC - John  Snuggerud, AudunHjelle - 1977-02-14(24?)zoomPhoto LA3CC, UA3CC via K8CX HamGallery




10 - 3Y5X -1989-12-25 - 1990-01-13, Club Bouvet

10 - 3Y5X -1989-12-25 - 1990-01-13, Club Bouvetzoom3Y5X QSL card: "This challenging expedition included five radio amateurs, two scientists, a film team of two, a helicopter crew of two, and a camp assistant. The expedition arrived at Bouvet December 25, 1989 and started landing operations the 27th. The amateur radio operation commenced December 28. During the next 16 days, the radio amateurs made nearly 50,000 contacts on CW, SSB, and RTTY, 160-10m. The scientists mapped the census of penguins and seals and studies the behavior of penguins. The film team shot seven hours of 16mm film for cinema and TV. The 250th anniversary of the discovery of Bouvetøya was celebrated and a commemorative plaque in the honor of Consul Lars Christensen was bolted to a rock on the island's western shore (Nyrøysa).

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Download [9.18 MB]3Y5X - Interviews KW-Panorama Radio Österreich International, 1989-12-23.,30; 1990-01-13 [MP3 , 9.18 MB]
Download [5.64 MB]The Club Bouvet, 3Y5X, Story - QST 10/1990 [PDF , 5.64 MB]


14 - 3Y0C- 2000-12 - 2001-02 - Charles "Chuck" Brady

14 - 3Y0C- 2000-12 - 2001-02 - Charles 'Chuck' BradyzoomCharles Eldon „Chuck“ Brady, Jr. (* 1951-08-12., in Pinehurst, North Carolina; † 2006-07-23, Orcas Island, Washington. Brady studierte von 1969 bis 1971 Medizin an der University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill und erhielt 1975 einen Doktortitel in Medizin von der Duke University. Sein medizinisches Praktikum absolvierte er anschließend am Hospital der University of Tennessee. Als Sportmediziner arbeitete er bis 1986 an der Iowa State University, der University of North Carolina und der East Carolina University. 1986 trat Brady der Navy bei und erhielt dort ein Training als Fliegerarzt. Danach arbeitete er unter anderem auf dem Flugzeugträger USS Ranger (CV-61) und auch bei der Kunstflugstaffel Blue Angels. Im März 1992 wurde Brady als Astronautenkandidat von der NASA ausgewählt. Am 20. Juni 1996 startete Brady als Missionsspezialist mit der Raumfähre Columbia zur Mission STS-78, dem bis dahin längsten Flug eines Space Shuttles. Aufgabe waren Schwerelosigkeits-Experimente im Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS), die als Grundlage für zukünftige Experimente auf der Internationalen Raumstation (ISS) benötigt wurden. - 1999/2000 studierte Brady an der University of Texas in Galveston für einen Master in Biologie und schied danach aus dem aktiven Dienst aus. Am 23. Juli 2006 beging Brady in der Nähe seines Hauses auf der Insel Orcas Island Selbstmord. - Als N4BQW war er 2000/2001 drei Monate auf Bouvet. Andere Operationen: Johnston Island, Kure Island, Palmyra and Jarvis Island, Midway Island, Wake Island, Baker and Howland Island und Kingman Reef.
Photos: Dennis Wells, ZS1AU (3Y0C Pilot) via K8CK HamGallery, NASA



Download [1.08 MB]3Y0C - Chuck Brady - 2000-12-20 - 14MHz SSB [MP3 , 1.08 MB]
Download [449.49 KB]3Y0C - Bouvet Island - QST 03,04/2001 [PDF , 449.49 KB]
Download [5.98 MB]3Y0C by ZS1AU, DX Magazine 11/12-2002 [PDF , 5.98 MB]


16 - 3Y0E - Petrus Kritzinger - 2008

16 - 3Y0E - Petrus Kritzinger - 2008zoom



Download [2.49 MB]3Y0E - SSB [MP3 , 2.49 MB]
Download [350.51 KB]3Y0I (3Y0E) SSB with OE3GCU [MP3 , 350.51 KB]

17 - 3Y0Q - Pirate 2009-05-02

Starkes Signal in China - aber kein Übertragungsweg möglich
Februar 2010: 3Y0M, ebenfalls ein Pirat



Download [6.14 MB]3Y0Q - 2009-05-02 - 10.119,7 CW stateside [MP3 , 6.14 MB]


18 - 3Y0F Project by Alan Lebedev, UN7PCZ - 22 December 2015 to 15 January 2016

18 - 3Y0F Project by Alan Lebedev, UN7PCZ - 22 December 2015 to 15 January 2016zoomPress Release #1 (Mar 7, .2015) by UN7PCZ /3Y0F
Greetings to all DXers
Our regards to all, with the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. We wish you all the very best. - We know that many of you eagerly await 3Y0F Bouvet DXpedition status information. Many of you already offered assistance, including financial support. We are very grateful for the help being offered. But until there is full clarity with DXpedition logistics and budget, we will not be open to receive donations. This operation will be conducted with 12 ops, 6 sets of radio equipment and 17 antennas. If we do everything right, we should succeed, mindful of all proper safety procedures, which is our major concern. Bouvet Island climate is very perilous. Without safety precautions, member’s mutual support and compliance with rules of conduct long stay there is all but impossible. Much of our upcoming expenses are directed at assuring the safety of participants and minimizing DXpedition risks. If we had unlimited finances, it would have been simpler to have a vessel ‘on call’ throughout DXpedition duration. We would be able to call for instant equipment delivery, medical supplies or an urgent evacuation from Bouvet, if needed. It would be safe to stay at the Norwegian Neryoisa scientific research station built in 2014. Unfortunately, since 3Y5X operation this area is closed to all visitors except for the NPI personnel. We were permitted in the Slakhollet plateau area and one other location with the strict rules of conduct during our stay. We are not accountants or professional money managers. We are hams, and have no desire to dazzle you with statistics and analysis of donation collections for major DXpeditions. We are more concerned with getting us to and from the island safely and doing an absolute maximum number of QSOs on all bands 6-160, CW, SSB and RTTY. But to do that we need a lot of money, great team and detailed planning of the entire undertaking, from start to finish.

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19 - 3Y0G - Project by Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX - 2017

19 - 3Y0G - Project by Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX - 2017zoom



20 - 3Y0CI - Neu geplant für 2018

09.02.18

20 - 3Y0CI - Neu geplant für 2018zoomDie erste polnische Expedition zur subantarktischen Insel Bouvet, mit 3Z9DX, SQ8X, SP3DOI, YU4DX und J69DS
Einer Bitte des Teams von 3Y0Z entsprechend, haben wir den ursprünglich für Ende 2017 vorgesehenen Plan aufgegeben. Da diese Expedition leider abgebrochen werden musste, nehmen wir uns nun mit vermehrter Dringlichkeit die Realisierung unseres eigenen Projekts vor. Unsere Lizenz für 3Y0I wurde erneuert und gilt bis Februar 2019. Das Norwegische Polar-Institut hat uns die Landeerlaubnis erteilt. Wir haben eine 24m lange Hochsee-Yacht mit Powwer-Sails und zwei 250 HP-Maschinen gechartert. Das Schiff ist für Unternehmungen bei extremen klimatischen Bedingungen ausgestattet. Auf der Insel werden wir uns gegen die zu erwartenden Wetterbedingungen durch speziell gestaltete Expeditionszelte schützen. Die Unternehmung wird von den Teilnehmern zur Gänze selbst finanziert,

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21 - 3Y0G Project by Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW, 2016/17

21 - 3Y0G Project by Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW, 2016/17zoomProject presentation: "Why a one man DXpedition to Bouvet Island ?- There is no better way to celebrate my 50th birthday and my 25 years in ham radio than by going on an ultimate adventure, and at the same time making a lot of people happy hitting the airwaves from a rare location like Bouvet Island. The time period for this operation will be from mid-January till mid-April 2016, targeting a goal of 100,000 QSOs on CW, SSB and RTTY on all HF bands. Access to the island is already granted by the Norwegian authorities for the mentioned period. The ham radio world has been waiting for a proper DXpedition to Bouvet Island for many years. I have the planning skills, experience and determination to make this happen to everyone's satisfaction. But I need financial support well in advance in order to secure the required transportto and from the island. Hence, I need a partner with the same passion and determination as me, willing to use financial muscles up-frontas project funding. My partner will of course receive revenue from a successful DXpedition to cover the up-front funding. 250,000 EUR for a Bouvet Island DXpedition, now that is a bargain! The financial projections are well established. A one-man DXpedition can keep costs to a minimum, and exercise cost control throughout the project with ease. However, the transport with safe landing at Bouvet Island does come with a price tag not aligned with most people's wallet. Other costs are possible to cover at a later stage, and/or will likely be subject to vendor or service provider donations. You will see that the project is well thought through, and that access to the island is already granted by the authorities. Moreover, the most favorable location for a ham radio operation has been determined and agreed with the same authorities. Further detailed planning will make sure there are no surprises once I land on the island."
The whole project: linkext. Link
The project was abandoned due to lack of funding. All donations were payed back.



24 - 3Y0Z - 2018-01 Abgebrochen / Aborted

12.01.18

24 - 3Y0Z - 2018-01 Abgebrochen / AbortedzoomToday, 27 April 2018, 3Y0Z announced (and first reported by DX News) that they are discouraged that the prospects that they can get another ship to go activate Bouvet is not working out, so they will abandon the project. After they get their container back and pay off all bills – they will send a pro-rata refund to all donors.

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3Y0I

March 2019

3Y0Izoom02 January 2019
The Seasons holidays season is over in South Africa, and that gives us hope things start to accelerate in terms of our ship preparations. We now can unveil the name of the vessel taking us to Bouvet Island. Meet “Atlantic Tuna”
The ship is really tough one as it has been built in Iceland and used to sail across the Northern Sea in the worst possible sailing conditions, Its crew has got a hell of such experience.
Currently, the ship is being refurbished from its very bottom to its top, meaning not only reconditioning of its hull but also any of the equipment installed onboard. All navigation, communication and engine systems are brand new, meeting the most demanding technical and safety requirements.
Getting the ship ready is a time and money consuming process that requires a lot of patience and flexibility from us. The vessel needed to go through of all very strict survey by (SAMSA) procedures
To be allowed to leave the shipyard + each and every crew member (including the 3Y0I team) had to get first aid and fire-fighting training international certificates.
There still are some technical obstacles keeping the “Atlantic Tuna” in the shipyard. Extensive South-African bureaucracy doesn’t help at all. We’re aware we start to face a situation the most suitable and safe weather permitting season to reach Bouvet Island is about to slip away. Nevertheless, we’re in South Africa since the last days of October, trying so hard, sacrificing our family time, jobs, money and other resources to make it all happen for you, DXers.

DX Pedition News 22 November 2018
Dom (3Z9DX) as Military Search and Rescue Instructor provided rescue training with the 3Y0I Team in Cape Town, South Africa today.
The 3Y0I Team spent 6 hours training in 11° Celsius water using different zodiac boats and practicing how to launch zodiacs from the shore line.
Training also included how to swiftly load and unload cargo and how to survive in case of a zodiac “incident”.

DX Pedition News 04 December 2018
Training continues in Cape Town for the 3Y0I DXpedition Team. Today was more First Aid and First Responder Training.Somebody once said, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”. Well that goes for pretty much everything in life now doesn’t it? Perhaps instead of asking why the Team has no RTTY plans or why we haven’t set sail yet – you should be asking, “what can I do to help?”
When the Rebel Team feels they are ready to go, the Rebel Team will go.3Y0I Bouvet Island

3Y0I Bouvet Island DX Pedition News 20 December 2018
We’ve just completed our 50-day long training and preparation period prior to our DXpedition to Amateur Radio’s “Mount Everest”; 3Y0I from Bouvet Island.
No wonder South Africa became our “little homeland”. Fine weather, exceptional hospitality from the locals and especially the warm welcome offered by local Hams resulted in good vibes across our entire team. There is nobody rushing us. Being independent creates more chances, opportunities and flexibility in terms of our project’s goals. We approach our goals in small steps, but yet we’re always moving forward.
As a team, we’ve dedicated a lot of time and effort into improving our condition and practical skills at:
First Aid Training
Marine Fire-Fighting Training
Water Safety Training
Rescue Techniques
STCW95, ENG1, First Aid
All training we’ve participated in (and all certified by SAMSA – South African Maritime Safety Authority) were completed successfully and all participants have received their graduation certificates. Despite the high cost ($1,600 USD), taking part in this training mattered deeply to us for two important reasons; first, we wish to provide the highest skill measures for all team members and by doing so – to meet all requirements of international marine regulations. Very few folks are aware sending non-trained teams as crew members to locations like Bouvet, is illegal. Individuals taken on board all commercial (non tour) vessels must receive proper certified training and prove they qualify.
Secondly, we wish each and every team member to have – at a minimum – an idea of what we expect to deal with during our cruise and during landing at the island. Each team member must know the crucial basics of providing safety and support to others. The Rebels are not the type who arrive 1, 2 or 3 days before departure without any preparation and basic knowledge. The experience we’ve all just gained will last forever and be useful on our next project (not just Ham Radio).
Certainly some of you are familiar with our landing plan at Bouvet Island: with zodiac “type” high power boats. With these type of boats we can safely transport up to 200kg of gear to the shore while facing 2-2.5m waves. Nobody has said it’s going to be an easy task, but we are ready. Additionally, by splitting our gear into rounds, we’ll minimize the risk of accidents in the rough water and we’ll be able to take more items. There’s another big advantage of zodiacs over helicopters: cost reduction and much more flexibility in terms of weather conditions. In case of worsening conditions we’ll be able to “wait it out” and to proceed with our “Bouvet attack” under a more suitable and safer “weather window”.
Once ashore, our equipment will be transported up the glacier with professional alpine gear. An interesting fact: the glacier at Bouvet contains a lot of salt water. That’s because waves crashing Bouvet’s cliffs create sea water droplets taken by strong winds that fall over the islands ice cap. Our camp will be ice covered up to several dozen meters above volcanic land. These two factors mean our antenna environment should be genuinely radio-suitable and effective.
Today, we continue preparations of our expedition vessel for this demanding trip. Taking part in these preparations has been a part of our plan from the very beginning. This is an entirely refurbished and refitted ship at a cost north of a million dollars. It is extremely suitable for running the deep South in rough sea conditions. Our vessel is able take up to 300 tonnes of cargo and 60,000 liters of fuel, making is fully self-sufficient for up to a 4-month long trip – without the need to refuel at a sea port. The ship will wait off-shore while the team stays on the island and will be in reach in case of medical support or evacuation. Its vast and spacious interior has allowed us to pre-assemble some of our antennas and even our dome tent. A new hydraulic crane will help us load/unload the zodiacs. Our vessel is fully equipped with all new electronics, including redundant radio, satellite and navigation systems.
Many of you ask for details regarding our Ham Radio and technical “backstage”. We’ll utilize the following while at Bouvet Island:
3 x 2-element directional multiband Yagi antennas by Kohjinsja,
3 x 8-band verticals
2 x verticals for 80 and 160m bands
Sloper for 80 and 160m, elevated from a cliff towards ocean beach
Dipole antennas (backup)
Over 2km of coax
4 diesel power generators 6.5 kW each (+ backup)
4 transceivers (+ backup)
4 x 1.3 kW power amplifiers
For logging: military grade robust laptops by Panasonic Toughbook
2x BGAN satellite modems
Iridium satellite phones and communicators
Professional gear for image and 4K movies taken from the ground and air
In addition to the above, there is over a ton of outdoor and technical equipment (eg ladders, tools), alpine gear (crampons, lifts, pickax, harnesses, lines, helmets, sledges) and marine (sea water suits, vests etc.) loaded in the cargo hold. More than 1 year of preparation and 4,200 lbs. of cargo already loaded.
Our contacts made at Bouvet Island will all be confirmed with unique QSL cards designed by Stan SP8S (there are no such cards in the history of ham radio, yet) and via LoTW. Stan is known for his QSL for such major DXpeditions as K5D, FT5ZM, HKØNA, XRØY, JX5O, VK9LA, TI9/3Z9DX, P5/3Z9DX, T31T and many others.
We are very thankful for ALL donations received, thank you, thank you, thank you!
All the best of sunny greetings from South Africa. Stay tuned for more exciting 3Y0I news in the following hours/days.

3Y0I Bouvet Island DX Pedition News 5 July 2018
"When no news means good news"
Yes, we know. Lately, we haven't been updating our website recently, but we've been focused on securing crucial details of arrangements of our project recently.
We have received a couple of questions regarding the way we're going to land at the island and why we dropped the heli way. The answer is simple: cost reduction and security measures. Once helicopter's cost doesn't bother us, we can stay around the island longer - waiting for the best suitable sea conditions to proceed with zodiac landing. by doing so, we also reduce any security risk, not to mention, the cost involved. We don't want to jeopardize the project by playing with the wrong cards, or rather - just one "heli card".
Just a reminder: our total budget estimation counts 225k USD, far less than any other similar DXpedition project recently. We're running 95k USD short now and looking for solutions to secure the missing part.
We're in touch with DX Foundations we have applied to (eg. NCDXF, Indexa). We have received a big number of questions out of their application forms we had to answer to in details. We understand all of that, of course. The most recent project didn't succeed and they're simply cautious. Nevertheless, this all takes a lot of critical timing to our project and we start to have an impression, we're not welcome there and whatever information we provide, our applications would be dropped, forcing us to reduce the number of participants. This is the bad news.
The good news is that we are able to re-negotiate our vessel's contract to cut extra cost by 15k USD! We plan to run its inspection in person in Cape town in late July. We have also scheduled another cargo to RSA with a second part of our gear going to Bouvet Island. We also bear in mind security measures. Each participant of our expedition will land at the island while wearing a rescue drysuit to protect from cold and other unpleasant conditions. In addition, a professional CPR and first aid obligatory training will be provided to each of participant in prior of leaving Cape Town. We'll have a skilled paramedic on the board, too.
The 3YØI Team

14.03.2019
A short but essential update this time. An important decision to our DXpedition plans has been taken today, which will reflect in extending the initial 3YØI plans. We decided to take more provisions than initially planned. So did we regarding the fuel.
More than 90.000 diesel liters has been fueled up (approx. 1 liter = U$1 = $90.000 we paid from our private money). That’s all because if weather permits, we plan to stay up to 3-4 weeks at the island itself (excluding sailing and landing time), giving much more chances for ATNOs all over the world. We are loading very last gear to the vessel.
We have already installed and tested our maritime station from our ship. We’ll be signing as E51DOM/mm on way to and from the island on HF bands. As these preparations are bringing to a close, we will announce our departure and estimated on-the-air dates very soon.

3YØI Press Release #1
March 21, 2019
Welcome Roaring Forties!
Fresh news from the Atlantic Tuna’s deck. Dom 3Z9DX, the 3YØI leader, in a brief satellite conversation with Stan SP8S shared some new details.
– We just entered the “Roaring Forties”. The vessel hits 8-10 meters tall waves and the seas are wild and bumpy. It’s gonna be a rough ride towards Bouvet – Dom 3Z9DX said. – The team is in good moods and no sea sickness so far – he added.
– I could easily hear the noise of roaring seas behind Dom’s voice – adds Stan SP8S, the 3YØI’s spokesman. – As for these oceanic conditions, the ship sails with an average speed of 6-7 knots/hour. Once the vessel crosses 40° South, it enters one of the worst zones for oceanic sailors: stormy weather, big waves non-stop hitting vessels as such as some are unable to sleep at all, not to mention the risk of getting seriously seasick – adds Stan SP8S.
– After 3 months spent in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3YØI preparations, I know this entire project is about being max patient, flexible and not taking things for granted. Imagine being seasick for 1 week and then being forced to proceed with landing and securing their camp to survive in such violent weather conditions. And once this all is done, you need to sit next to the radio and fight enormous exhausting pileups no one at home shack is able to imagine. The 3YØI DXpedition is planed almost like a military operation. The team is very determined, responsible and trained – says Stan.
ETA for MV Atlantic Tuna Bouvet Island is set for March 25/26 but that may slightly change +/- 1 day due to very changeable weather conditions.
The team will wait as long as necessary for a suitable “weather window” to proceed with landing on the island. So far, predictions are positive, especially for the end of March. See attached charts below, and see noticeable clearances around March 30 – that might be what’s the team would be looking into.


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