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3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Aborted Over Safety Concerns:

from The ARRL Letter on February 8, 2018
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3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Aborted Over Safety Concerns:

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition website still invites visitors to "Follow Our Story Here." But that story took a disappointing turn on February 3, when the long-anticipated and costly DXpedition was abruptly aborted -- even as the Betanzos, the vessel that had transported the DXpedition team from Chile, sat at anchor in full view of the remote South Atlantic island where they'd hoped to operate. The DXpedition team had arrived just a couple of days earlier and was awaiting the opportunity to transport the team and equipment to the island by helicopter.

"During the last 72 hours, we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet," a February 3 announcement on the DXpedition's website said. "No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next 4 days. Then, last night, an issue developed in one of the ship's engines. This morning, the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the DXpedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas [Chile]. As you might imagine, the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition."

On February 5, the team co-leaders -- Bob Allphin, K4UEE; Ralph Fedor, K0IR, and Erling Wiig, LA6VM -- announced a change in itinerary, saying, "Our captain has decided that it is in the best interest of safety and expediency to proceed directly to Capetown, South Africa, rather than Punta Arenas, Chile. We are now heading north to avoid the possibility of encountering ice." Most of the team members were reported "resting in their bunks and in good spirits."

Co-Leader Ralph Fedor, K0IR, looks out at Bouvet Island from the Betanzos.

A little later that same day, Fedor reported that the Betanzos had passed through some ice but that the seas then cleared. He said the voyage was "considerably smoother" than earlier in the day.

"We are, of course, very, very disappointed," Fedor said. "We are slowed, but safe."

The cost of the 3Y0Z DXpedition approached $750,000, about half of that coming from the 20 team members -- top operators from several nations, with considerable DXpedition experience. In the planning stages for 2 years, the DXpedition had attracted contributions large and small from clubs and individuals around the world -- including $100,000 from the Northern California DX Foundation -- its largest grant ever -- as well as an ARRL Colvin Award and a Yasme Foundation grant.

A dependency of Norway, Bouvet is the third most-wanted DXCC entity. The last Bouvet activation was 3Y0E, over the winter of 2007-2008.


The ARRL Letter

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by AA7LX on February 10, 2018 Mail this to a friend!
What is important -- is safety for the Boat and safety for all those on board. '73... George, AA7LX
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