Bouvet DXpedition aborted


Big Island ARRL News, 04 February 2018, 1440 UTC, Post #448.


Reporters:  Bob (K4UEE), Ralph (K0IR), Erling (LA6VM).


Engine problems on board the vessel taking a DXpedition team to remote Bouvet Island have forced cancellation of the operation.  Here is the official press release from the event organizers:

Bouvet DXpedition aborted

2000 UTC 3 February 2018

During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days.

Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines.
This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas.

As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition.

Bob – K4UEE
Ralph – K0IR
Erling – LA6VM

via OPDX

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