3Y0Z Bouvet Is DXpedition (Press Release #12) @Bouvet_3Y0Z

Press Release #12

3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition

16 January 2018

Preparation for our departure continues, albeit at a somewhat slower pace than we had hoped. However, the vessel is now fully fueled and all our DXpedition gear, food, and medical and survival gear is aboard. And, you have likely read that team members completed their cold water survival, CPR, and fire-fighting training.

Two team leaders and our merchant marine captain team member (W7IV) have been aboard the vessel. They observed the crew and contractors working hard to complete their projects,

We are awaiting final clearance to sail which will be issued by the Chilean Navy, the regulatory authority for maritime safety.

We remain confident in our success and are anxiously waiting to get underway. Whatever delay we encounter will not impact our results on the island.

Ralph – K0IR

Bob — K4UEE

Erling — LA6VM

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News From Ken LA7GIA @la7gia #6o6o

We landed safely in Dubai this evening before our final leg back home. What an experience to visit Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia! We had a fantastic vacation to an unusual destination. We did not see any other tourists..

Thanks to the Ministry in Puntland (photo) for inviting us and staying with us in Garowe during our visit. They sorted out the license, visa, security, transport and all negotiations. Without their support it would simply not be possible to do this trip.

More info in an upcoming QST article.

We will check the busted calls soon, and post an updated log on clublog soon. After that, please send future log requests to Charles M0OXO.

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6O6O News January 15 2017 via @la7gia

Good morning from Somalia. Final day. We will operate as normal until 15UTC when we start disassembling the antennas. After noise disappear abt 20 UTC we will continue for some hours on wire antennas for 40+30m during the night. Our flight is due early tommorrow morning local time.

Despite not being able to operate in prime time between 15-20 UTC , more than 100 operating hours in total, we are close to 17.000 QSOs which already are on clublog and LoTW.

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6O6O Daily news by @la7gia

Daily news;
1. Now last three days. Big guns has left the QSO party. Its time for the QRP and 100W and wire guys. We will work you
2. Our BigIr had to be taken down due to slight damage because of the high winds during the night. We repaired it this morning.
3. We installed the K9AY loop which works great especially on 40m.
4. Look for us on 15/20m to US this evening as well 30+40m.
5. ALSO SSB soon today 😁
Below a tired DXer…

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Video (in Russian) — Radio Amateur Expedition to Victoria Island (Franz Josef Land) October 2017. IOTA EU-190 https://youtu.be/xBfTmdZUUf4 via @Hk3w

6O6O Somalia Daily news

1. Everyday the Ministry visit us to chat and see how things are going. They also have started to prepare our secure departure and make sure our luggage will be in the aircraft.

2. Adrian will do some RTTY this afternoon and we will try a SSB session everyday.

3. We will install an inv V for 80m. We will also most likely install a K9AY loop.

4. We will be 40m LP to west coast at 14:30 UTC. Also look for us on 20m to NA at abt 20 UTC

5. Todays lunch is fried Goat…

6O6O Daily News via @la7gia

Daily news:
1. We did the first ever FT8 qso from Somalia today (Adrian). Congratz!
2. KPA is still dead
3. We did some 80m transmission last night. Our BOG did not work properly on that band so we lsn on the vertical with S7 noise. We will extend the BOG today. It worked fine on 40m.
4. Tomorrow we will appear on Hamnation Live show https://twit.tv/shows/ham-nation at 0300 UTC

News from 6O6O Somalia via Ken @la7gia

So we have several noise sources. One is the stadium light that is switched on and off when in use, and usually off at 20-21 UTC. In addition there is a local noise source that appear around Maghrib prayer time which is due just after sunset. This week that is 14:43 UTC. So LP on 40m to US west coast is difficult. Neither is it possible for us to operate on any band at this time due to high noise level. That means we can not be on 15 or 20m to US at our evening time, nor low bands to EU or VK/n the evening. We start TX as soon as noise disappear.

Another thing is the high level event in the country wich has imposed restrictions on our ability to move around, and hence has prevented us from doing the final installation of our RX antenna system outside the hotel. For our own safety we have been advised to remain at our hotel. However, this event is soon over and we will most likely be allowed to continue our installation either tomorrow tuesday or wednesday. Doing this installation means having armed body guards around while installing the RX system. Hopefully will a proper RX antenna system reduce the noise level such that we can operate on low bands even during the evenings. We will know this after the event is over and we have installed the RX antenna. Our current RX antenna picks up too much noise.

A third thing is the propagation that is not in our favour. We don’t see the expected openings to neither Asia nor NA, which again leads us to working EU while we expected to work Asia or NA.

As such there are several things that affect our operation which is out of our control, however we hope that this can be resolved the coming days such that we also can start operating on 80 and possibly 160 meter.

So we have several noise sources. One is the stadium light that is switched on and off when in use, …

TY Benin AF 2018

The BENIN 2018 dxpedition by the KOP Team of the Provins ARC, F6KOP web site is online at :

https://ty2018dx.wordpress.com/

This international dxpedition is led by Jean-Luc/F1ULQ and Damien/F4AZF.

You will hear our KOP team friends from March 7-18, all bands HF and modes, CW , Digital and SSB modes.

QSL via Christian/F5GSJ (D/LotW/OQRS/b).

More information to follow especially for the callsign.

88/73

Maurice, F5NQL, KOP Team n° 10

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND.

Andy, M0HLT, is now active as ZD8AC from Georgetown for the next two years. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He hopes to be on the air Saturday afternoons on 20 or 15 meters on/near the RSGB IOTA frequencies. He will be using his TS-50 and a Spider beam (40-10m). QSL via eQSL.