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
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.
Don’t forget our fundraiser, any donation are appreciated
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…
Video (in Russian) — Radio Amateur Expedition to Victoria Island (Franz Josef Land) October 2017. IOTA EU-190 https://youtu.be/xBfTmdZUUf4 via @Hk3w
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…
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
The BENIN 2018 dxpedition by the KOP Team of the Provins ARC, F6KOP web site is online at :
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.
Maurice, F5NQL, KOP Team n° 10
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.