3Y0J Bouvet 2022

Press Release #4 from 3Y0J team
 
3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island, November 2022
 
The 3Y0J team are delighted to inform about our continued effort to activate Bouvet island. After cancellation of the previous attempt due to the ill-fated sale of the vessel Braveheart we decided to continue the effort and search for a suitable and affordable vessel.
 
Today we announce that we have signed a contract with an expedition vessel with a proven track record and experienced polar crew that will take us to Bouvet in November 2022. The vessel is MARAMA and is fully booked for the 2021/2022 season. The cost is significantly reduced compared to our previous Braveheart charter. With the signing of the vessel contract we will start fundraising immediately. On this journey to Bouvet we have assembled a team of 12 operators and we plan to spend 20 days around Bouvet. The QTH at Bouvetøya will be Cape Fie at the South East part of the island, the only feasible part where a DXpedition can safely setup the camp on rocky ground, we will not set camp on the glacier. We will have a wide area of 150 x 800 ft to setup the camp and the antenna farm.
 
Back in April 2020 we started our effort to activate Bouvetoya – a Norwegian DXCC in South Atlantic Ocean and also known as the world’s most remote island. In close co-operation with NPI we received the needed permits in September 2020 to activate Bouvetoya, which also included a helicopter permit. We also together with NPI researched and was provided photos that showed a beach landing was possible. In November 2020 we were approached by Intrepid and we joined our efforts. After the sale of Braveheart in June we informed Intrepid that we would continue our effort to activate Bouvetoya and search for a suitable and affordable vessel. Last week we were ready to launch the vessel news to the team members. As we sent out this information it was leaked to Intrepid group which caused Intrepid in a hurry to send out a press release the following day that they would go to Bouvet. The act of the team member came as a big surprise to us, the same did the announcement from Intrepid as they were informed we would continue the project.
 
As of today we still hold the only valid amateur radio team license specifically issued for the purpose of activating Bouvet (3Y0J). With the NPI permits, the license, the signed vessel contract and a new expedition vessel we’re ready to move forward. The team of 12 operators will fund much of the budget but we also 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 120,000 contacts or more from Bouvet in November 2022. Without support there will be no activation.
 
In closing, we especially wish to thank our many Foundations, Clubs and Individual donors. Without this kind of support, operations to the world’s rarest entities would not be possible.
You can soon follow our plans from our website 3Y0J.NO (please note change of website to .no ) and the 3Y0J Facebook group.
 
Thank you,
Ken Opskar LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye LA7THA, Co-Leader
Erwann Merrien LB1QI, Co-Leader

JW0W – Prins Karls Forland Island, Norway

The Team are back home after a successful Dxpedition to Prins Karls Forland Island, Norway, (IOTA EU-063) having made just under 16,000 contacts in the four day trip.
 
The full log has been uploaded to M0OXO Bespoke OQRS and OQRS is now open. The Log will also be on Clublog for statistic purposes only.
 
All funds go Directly to the Dxpedition Team so if you wish to make an extra donation at the time of requesting your card they would be very grateful.
 
Qsl Cards are being designed and further news on this will be posted when available.
 
Please use the Missing QSO Form in OQRS to report any missing or busted calls. This is for your convenience and is the fastest way to get your enquiries dealt with. Enquiries via Social Media will not be accepted.
 
Thank you,
 

9X2AW Rwanda

Harald (DF2WO) will be qrv as 9X2AW from Kigali, Rwanda between the 13th & 28th September 2021 from Grid KI48xe.
 
He is preparing his 160m antenna and will build a Hexbeam with Bamboo Sticks for working on the Bands 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters. He will also use wire Dipoles to cover the 30 and 40m Bands.
He will be running CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
 
As usual, QSL will be via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.

A43MI / A44M Oman

Listen for the guys from the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society this week operating as A44M from Masirah Island (IOTA AS-014), Sultanate of Oman during the RSGB IOTA Contest.
 
Outside the Contest the Team will work as A43MI.

NL0H Alaska (IOTA Contest)

Henry NL0H is preparing to be active for the next few days including during the RSGB IOTA contest from St. Lawrence Island IOTA NA-040.
 
He has been trying to set up a 10-80 end fed at the top of the mountain, his main obstacle on the Island. Although low to the ground to the South, on the North side it is 500ft above the water. He is not sure how good it will work but he is hopeful it will make a significant improvement. He has been hearing good sigs from VK on 80m, EU on 15m and also VU and Asia on 17m.
 
He will be qrv 15-20-40-80 during the contest although his focus will be on 20-40 and his only anticipated problem is how long his batteries will work for.
 

9X2AW Kigali, Rwanda

Harald (DF2WO) will be qrv as 9X2AW from Kigali, Rwanda between the 13th & 28th September 2021 from Grid KI48xe.
 
He is preparing his 160m antenna and will build a Hexbeam with Bamboo Sticks for working on the Bands 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters. He will also use wire Dipoles to cover the 30 and 40m Bands.
 
He will be running CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
 
As usual, QSL will be via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.

RSGB IOTA Contest 2021

Well just a week away from the RSGB IOTA Contest 2021.
 
Keep up to date with the latest announced operations on the fabulous website of Bill NG3K, without doubt the best place to find any new ones you may be waiting for.
 
There is always some surprise activation’s in this Contest so keep your eyes peeled over the next week as the stations start tuning up!