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Author Topic: Why is Bouvet so rare?  (Read 1295 times)
G3RZP
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« on: August 30, 2009, 02:37:55 AM »

Why is Bouvet Island so rare? There must be lots happening there. How do I know?

If I\'m at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute and I want, as a Chairman, to book a meeting, up on the computer comes a list of geographical locations for the meeting. Included is Bouvet Island.

I get back from a business trip, and do my expenses on the computer based expense system, Concur. One place it lists for me to have been is Bouvet Island...

I booked a hotel in Geneva on line. It wanted to know where I came from....on the list was Bouvet Island.

All these computers suggest that there are things happening on Bouvet like people living there, having meetings,and so on. So why are there no hams there and it\'s not on the air?

Or is it the reality that some DXer decided to play a joke on the computer listers when working on producing a list? Or did someone  get a copy of the DXCC list and copy that? Will we ever know?

(I have Bouvet \'in the fist\' as they say, so I\'m OK!)
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AB3CX
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2009, 06:45:27 AM »

This is in Wikipedia:  (Bouvet is normally uninhabited)

Bouvet Island is located at 54°26′S 3°24′E / 54.433°S 3.4°E / -54.433; 3.4. It is 49 km² in area, 93% of which is covered by glaciers which block the south and east coasts.[1]

Bouvet Island is the most remote island in the world. The nearest land is Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, over 1,600 km (1,000 miles) away to the south, which does not have a fixed population but is inhabited with a Nordic all-year round research station.

Bouvet Island does not have any ports or harbours, only anchorages offshore, and is therefore difficult to approach. Wave action has created a very steep coast. The easiest way to access the island is with a helicopter from a ship. The glaciers form a thick ice layer falling in high cliffs into the sea or onto the black beaches of volcanic sand. The 29.6 km (18.4 miles) of coastline are often surrounded by an ice pack. The highest point on the island is called Olavtoppen, whose peak is 780 m (2,559 ft) above sea level.

Despite being uninhabited, Bouvet Island has the unused Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) .bv.[2
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K0OD
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009, 05:37:17 PM »

I know EXACTLY what you\'re talking about.

I often see uninhabited dots like Bouvet, Peter I and South Georgia on e-commerce ship-to lists. Plenty of USA sellers indicate they will ship flowers or whatever to North Korea. Seems those who write those lists just pilfer them from other online lists. Never mind that there is virtually no direct way to send parcels from the USA to N. Korea.

Funnier yet:

My company\'s ecommerce site once used a shopping cart that came pre-loaded with the names of some 300 countries (you removed those you didn\'t want to ship to). Four of the countries I had never heard of. As a life-long DXer I plunged into research.  

The countries didn\'t exist and never did. I was told they were dreamt up by some programmer a few years before who wanted to monitor theft of his copyrighted work.

Google showed something like 50 websites (not using that cart) listing those four non-existent countries as ship-to or bill-to possibilities.

As I recall, one was Bongo-Bongoland
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KC0W
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 08:10:17 AM »

You are 100% correct about businesses claiming they ship to these places, but the real truth is they do not.

 I had to send an overnight letter to Montserrat a few years ago. Fedex stated they could handle it. I later learned the letter was being held up in British Virgin Islands for 3 - 4 days because Fedex couldn't forward it on to Montserrat.

No refund when it finally did get there, a week late.....Tom KCØW
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G3RZP
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 02:22:24 AM »

I reckon it was a joke put in by a DXer. Outside the geographers and Antarctic specialist, only DXers
know about Bouvet!
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W4YA
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009, 06:02:51 PM »

There is a website where you can add your name to a micro chip that will be carried on the next Mars rover. They list the number of people in each country who have signed up. Six are listed as living on Bouvet Island!
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K0OD
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2009, 06:04:35 AM »

I just ordered some parts from MFJ. They show Bouvet, Heard Island and South Georgia as ship-to's. Wonder if they offer Next-Day Air to Bouvet.

Cuba and North Korea aren't listed.
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W4YA
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2009, 06:25:22 AM »

The next time I visit my Bouvet time share, I will do an accurate census of the place and send a report to this forum.
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N3OX
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2009, 08:23:18 AM »

If you go and count and don't operate, people are going to be a little upset :-)
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W5RB
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2009, 01:17:16 PM »

I have it on good authority that most of the residents of Bouvet are full of guano.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2009, 03:12:18 PM »

I moved from Bouvet to here because it was cold and lonely there.

Also I got tired of fish.
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K0OD
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2009, 01:44:08 PM »

Steve, no need for a steady diet of fish or sea birds

I checked the shopping cart at
http://www.omahasteaks.com/


They list Bouvet. Seriously!. That way you can dine on fresh-off-the-hoof angus while waiting for the twice-a-year ice breaker from Oslo to pick you up,
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