Big Island ARRL News, 08 May 2017, 20:30 hrs, UTC, Post #191.


Accessed on 08 May 2017, 20:30 hrs, UTC.

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According to team members, the Bouvet Island (3Y0Z) expedition is proceeding well, with transportation and emergency backups in place.  The long air and ocean voyage to this uninhabited subantarctic island dependency of Norway begins in mid-January 2018.

The dxpedition will be one of the most dangerous and expensive portable operations in the history of amateur radio:
“Our departure will be approximately mid-January, 2018, possibly sailing to Bouvet from King George Island. We expect 9-11 day voyage to Bouvet.
When the weather allows, we will land on the island by helicopter. Our first priority will be to inspect the terrain, select a site clear of crevasses and establish our shelters stocked with emergency supplies.
Once secured, we will bring the rest of our equipment ashore and commence radio operations as soon as possible.”
“We expect to be at Bouvet for 21 days, and allowing for weather, hope to be on the air for 14-16 days.”

“This is likely the most expensive DXpedition ever attempted and the operating team has committed to fund up to 50% of the costs. We are hopeful the DX community will fund the remainder. You may follow our planning progress and see our fund-raisings results on our website”


You can practice your dxpedition contact skills by participating in the 2017 ARRL Field Day event on 24-25 June 2017.  The Eden Roc park and community pavilion will be the site of Hawaii Island’s Field Day emergency communications exercise.

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Russell Roberts (KIH6JRM)

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Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section