Archive - April 2021

3Y0J Bouvet 2023 – Message of thanks….

I am really pleased to have been confirmed as the QSL Manager for the 3Y0J project to Bouvet in January 2023. At #2 in the Most Wanted Lists it will no doubt be the biggest Dxpedition I’ll deal with and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

The Intrepid DX Group have a very high reputation and an excellent track record from their past Dxpeditions 
such as South Sandwich (VP8STI) & South Georgia (VP8SGI) in 2016 and I am excited at the chance to work with them. The Bespoke OQRS has been tailored over recent Years to the needs of a Qsl Manager with a view to managing major DXpeditions such as this. It has proved with Dxpeditions such as 5V7EI, 9J2LA, A25UK, VK0EK, VP8PJ, VP6D and many more that it’s certainly up to the job.
I would like to wish the Team the very best of luck with your preparations ahead and of course a huge thanks for the privilege of being your QSL Manager.
Please see the links below that give further information. These are updated as and when appropriate.

Dismayed at the number of Sunspots?

Are you dissatisfied by the sunspot numbers we aren’t having? Soumyadeep Mukherjeee of Kolkata, India, has found an optimistic way to look at young Solar Cycle 25. Add together a hundred days of sunspot activity (see image).
“I imaged the sun for 100 days in a row, from 25th December 2020 to 3rd April 2021,” says Mukherjeee. “This image is a blend showing every sunspot that has appeared on the solar disk over these 100 days. There were a total of 19 active regions.”
His composite shows that sunspot activity is clustered in two narrow bands approximately 25 degrees north and south of the sun’s equator, respectively. This is typical of young solar cycles. As Solar Cycle 25 matures, the bands will converge toward the equator, and become more densely populated. By the time Solar Maximum arrives in 2025 (that’s the official NOAA prediction), 100-day composites should be very congested, indeed”.

3Y0J Dxpedition to Bouvet Island

Press Release from the Intrepid-DX Group
3Y0J Dxpedition to Bouvet Island, January/February 2023
As we completed our successful VP8STI-South Sandwich and VP8SGI-South Georgia DXpeditions in 2016, we began to plan for our next Dxpedition. Our target is the Norwegian Island Bouvet. This is the #2 most wanted DXCC entity.
At this time, it gives us great pleasure to announce that we have joined forces with Intrepid Norwegian DXpeditioner Ken Opskar-LA7GIA in our quest to activate Bouvet.
Together, in January 2023, 14 men will board the Braveheart in Capetown and make the treacherous voyage to Bouvet. We will plan to spend twenty days at Bouvet and weather permitting, we plan to have 14 to 16 good days of radio activity.
This will be an arduous and expensive mission. Our budget is $764,000 USD and the 3Y0J team will fund much of this mission. We desperately need the global DX Community to support our mission and help us make this important activation of the #2 most wanted DXCC entity. It is only through this kind of support that we can achieve our mission of making 100,000 contacts or more from Bouvet. We plan to make best use of Propagation and Modes on 10-160 meters.
We pledge to assemble the strongest team possible and to use good operating practices to optimize your ability to reach our stations. We are confident that the Braveheart crew can get us there and back safely.
In closing, we especially wish to recognize and thank the Northern California DX Foundation and the International DX Association as our premier donors. Without the support of the NCDXF and INDEXA, operations to the world’s rarest entities would not be possible.
You can follow our plans from our website and the 3Y0J Facebook pages:
Thank you,
Paul Ewing-N6PSE Co-Leader
Kenneth Opskar-LA7GIA Co-Leader