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Author Topic: 3Y0Z. Bouvet 2018  (Read 23925 times)
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« on: December 30, 2017, 09:50:34 AM »

http://www.bouvetdx.org

The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ
Press Release # 10
December 29, 2017
 

We recently reached yet another milestone in our quest to activate Bouvet Island.
 

DAP, the Chilean company that owns and operates the M/V Betanzos and the helicopters, has satisfied the last contractual requirements prior to our departure.  We submitted to them a “Fit for Purpose” checklist with 120 items as part of our contract.  They have satisfied all the checklist items, and we will be transferring almost 1/2 million U.S. dollars to them in the next few days.

So, we are happy to report that we are on schedule for a January 13, 2018 departure to Bouvet Island, the World’s most isolated island and the number two most wanted DX entity.  All team members will meet in Punta Arenas, Chile no later than January 10, 2018.  We will attend a one and one-half day marine safety course, purchase last minute supplies and then fly across the Drake Passage to King George Island in the South Shetlands.  There, we will board the newly refurbished Chilean vessel M/V Betanzos, and begin our 9 to 11-day voyage to Bouvet.  The team feels confident knowing that the ship’s captain and many of the crew have been with the vessel for eight years, and have extensive Southern Ocean experience.  The Captain reports he has previously been to Bouvet.

Sea ice has been reported along a direct route to Bouvet.  This may dictate that we take a more northerly course before turning south to approach Bouvet.  This may add day or two to our transit time.

Our two helicopters have completed their 100-hour inspections, and are ready for service.  There has been a thorough review of landing procedures and shelter and antenna layouts.  We have three alternative anchoring systems to secure the shelters and antennas to the ice on the surface of Bouvet.

So, the plan remains unchanged.  We will have two stations on every open band whenever humanly possible, gain and directional antennas where possible, high power stations and a propagation-driven operation.  The primary modes will be CW, SSB and RTTY.  FT8 will be utilized if it is the only productive mode.  Anyone preparing to utilize FT8 must read the 3YØZ FT8 protocol on the Band Plan page of the DXpedition website.

Complete information on band plans and frequencies, propagation predictions and QSL procedures are available on the DXpedition website:  www.bouvetdx.org.  You will find strategically placed “donate” buttons if you want to help with our substantial costs. I hope you share in the excitement of this great undertaking.  We anxious to get underway!

73,

Bob-K4UEE
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WA2VUY
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 07:51:18 PM »

Should be some entertaining pileups.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 06:51:37 AM »

Sounds like some great progress! Looking forward to jumping into the pileups head-first.

Safe travels to the team  Cool
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 01:30:53 PM »

These are my friends and I am very excited! I am hoping they do us all proud. You have some top notch ops in this group.
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N5VYS
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 03:32:28 PM »

Their maritime call sign has been announce.

Obie N5VYS
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N5PG
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 08:43:40 PM »

   
   3G9A/MM, vessel Betanzos.

  https://dxnews.com/forum/forum/dxing/7554-3g9a-mm-3y0z-bouvet-team
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 03:52:04 PM »

  Due to sea conditions they will sail directly to Bouvet from Punta Arenas instead of from King George Island in the South Shetlands. Here's the news item on their site:

  http://www.bouvetdx.org/press-release-11/
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 10:22:06 PM »

Not sailed yet, Betanzos still docked in Punta Arenas.
https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-70.864/centery:-53.125/zoom:16
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2018, 05:30:49 AM »

Any word on why there still in port they were to sail on the 13th Huh
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 12:47:51 PM »


The captain of the MV Betanzos is probably waiting for better weather/ocean conditions thus the delay.

We had the same issue with ZL9HR which was delayed by two days while we waited for better southern ocean conditions before making the run for Campbell Island NZ.

Hopefully they will be on their way soon !

73'
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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2018, 09:47:40 AM »

are they on their way yet ?

Bob
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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2018, 10:09:18 AM »

are they on their way yet ?

Bob
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NO! Many false cluster spots are showing up - either pirates or E31A QSO's being mis-reported...or???

Their ship, the Betanzos, has not left port yet. You can track their position in real time here:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:777230/mmsi:725000291/imo:7310923/vessel:BETANZOS#IrjZAqtjXemvHHQW.99

I also have many other 3Y0Z Bouvet links posted here:

http://callingdx.com/3Y%C3%98Z-DXpedition-Bouvet-3Y0Z.htm

73 / Randy
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73, Randy / WB9LUR - http://www.CallingDX.com

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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2018, 11:09:33 AM »

WX doesn't look too bad at present   https://www.windy.com/-54.422/3.357?-57.303,-19.424,4

Strange no bulletins etc since Saturday.
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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2018, 11:36:39 AM »

Yeah, I was looking at the satellite weather from Chile to Bouvet and it doesn’t look that bad from my perspective. Of course, I’m not a meteorologist or a ships captain either Smiley If the weather is halfway decent, you have to wonder what’s keeping them delayed? It would be nice to get another update from the crew.
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2018, 11:54:20 AM »

WX doesn't look too bad at present   https://www.windy.com/-54.422/3.357?-57.303,-19.424,4

Strange no bulletins etc since Saturday.

What difference will a few days make at this point?  My records show I made my donation to this DXpedition in September of 2016 so it's already been a long wait.  At least it's about to finally happen.

Your link says the winds are 28 knots.  Even in Cape Cod Bay that kind of wind would make for an unpleasant fishing or whale watching trip.

73,

Chris  NU1O
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