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Update August 8, 2022: The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) will be hosting a Zoom presentation by Adrian, KO8SCA, from his home in New York. Adrian will take us through the challenges facing the 3Y0J team and preparatory work that has been completed so far for this epic adventure. The plans for the 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island is planned for January 2023. The presentation will be held at 1030z, Friday, August 19th, and will be Simulcast live-streamed via the HRDX Youtube channel.
Update July 1, 2022: The 2nd deposit for the Marama has been paid. The team is fully committed to go to Bouvet and activate this rare #2 DXCC. In 2 months time we ship the container and in 6 months we depart for Bouvet.
Update June 3, 2022: Press release #10
In late April we successfully conducted a 4-day vessel inspection in Brazil that ended with a very good result. The inspection was carried out by a 3rd party vessel inspector and covered more than 105 checkpoints. The vessel inspection focused on safety equipment, instruments, navigation, engines/machinery, deck, tenders, fuel&fluids, interior, and exterior. Marama is in very good condition and hence the overall feedback is positive. The vessel went through significant upgrades with regards to machinery and engines in 2021 and has since been tested for years, most lately during the previous Antarctica season. The inspection file resulted in a punch list of only a few minor items to be followed up, no major findings during the 4-day inspection.
The team is currently working on the final preparations for packing the container scheduled to be shipped from Oslo in early September. Preparing the packing and shipping the container is extremely time consuming and requires a focus on details as our more than 2 years of work now is being materialized into packing lists and labeling the equipment. Today we have finally decided our container will be shipped to Port Stanley, Falkland Island. In Port Stanley a local team of ham radio operators will assist us in receiving the container, conduct a container inspection and make sure all is OK before the team arrive in early January. To Bouvet the team will bring with us 6500 kg of equipment, which includes several tons of fuel and food. Our contract allows for 22 days on the island, but we have food for 30 days and a plan for rationing should we have to stay beyond 22 days.
At this stage all the operators have already paid their full deposit of their individual $20,000 operator fee. This is your insurance that we will do whatever we can to make this DXpedition a success. In a few weeks we will pay our 2nd vessel deposit to Marama. Ultimately this represents a huge undertaking for us financially as well a commitment to go to Bouvet and activate the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island. With all the preparation and planning over the course of the last two years you can rely on our commitment and our determination to go onshore Bouvet in a zodiac 7 months from now.
Going to Bouvet would simply not be possibly without the support from the vendors, clubs, foundations, and individual sponsors. June 1st, we completed our budget update, and this shows we’re still missing roughly $100,000 out of our $690,000 budget to be able to go to Bouvet. As we now prepare for the next vessel deposit, we need your support to close the gap. Please consider supporting us by donating upfront.
Thank you, Oslo 3rd June 2022
Ken Opskar LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye LA7THA, Co-Leader
Erwann Merrien LB1QI, Co-Leader
Update May 13, 2022: Video available of the presentation by Cezar VE3LYC to the Chiltern DX Club (CDXC) .
Update May 5, 2022: The 3Y0J team was busy this past week assembling tents, antennas and testing the radios. They were assembling 4 SunSDR2 DX and are mounting the Silcom masts and Innov tribander Yagis XR3. Check out the many pictures and video on the 3Y0J FaceBook page
The team still needs support for the DXpedition. Send funds via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update April 17, 2022: Video of Adrian, KO8SCA, talking about the DXpedition
Update April 3, 2022: Press Release #9 from 3Y0J team - 3 April 2022
Today it is 9 months until the operators travel to South America to board Marama and go to Bouvet. We’re getting closer!
We can announce the last operator on the team that will be Pete N0FW. We’re extremely happy to have Pete on the team with his experience and knowledge. Pete is a well know DXpeditioner, he has been on more than 16+ DXpeditions, some quite rare ones, and he is a lowband enthusiast for a long time with 322 confirmed current DXCC on 160m – so he has great ears!
In 3 weeks’ time we will perform a 4-day vessel inspection in Itajai in Brazil. Marama that has completed several trips to Antarctica this winter season will undertake some maintenance during her stay in Brazil. At the same time this allows us to do a detailed inspection of the vessel. Another purpose of the trip to Brazil is for us to complete the vessel loading plan. The team have worked hard to detail out all the equipment we will bring to Bouvet, and amongst other during this trip each equipment will be allocated a space in the vessel. The purpose of creating this plan is to make sure we have a smooth loading of the zodiac once we go ashore Bouvet. We have at this stage planned how to sequence all the equipment in a specific predetermined order from vessel to zodiac, and how to build the camp slowly. The detailed plan to build up the camp indicates that we will be able to setup a camp on Bouvet even with short weather windows down to 80-120 min that will take only 4 zodiac trips. We’re quite determined to go ashore when the first opportunity arise!
April will be a busy month for us as all team members gather in Oslo April 28th. For 4 days the team will perform a system integration test where we will do a thorough test of the radios, amplifiers and antennas in a real environment like what we can expect at Bouvet. During this event team members will practice on the installation and familiarize with it. A lot of equipment will undergo it’s final testing and packing and be stored until the container leaves Oslo in September 2022.
Going to Bouvet is a huge undertaking financially and it would simply not be possibly without the support from the vendors, clubs, foundations and individual sponsors. We’re currently missing $120,000 out of our $690,000 budget to be able to go to Bouvet. As we now prepare for the next vessel deposit, we need your support to close the gap.
If you want to have the opportunity to work the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island, please consider supporting us by donating upfront.
Thank you, Oslo April 2022
Ken Opskar LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye LA7THA, Co-Leader
Erwann Merrien LB1QI, Co-Leader
Update March 19, 2022: Video of Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA talk with Tim, K3LR from DX-Enginering
Update March 17, 2022: "The 3Y0J team is looking for one more operator. Specifically we're looking for a NA SSB operator. If you always have wanted to go on a most wanted DXpedition like Bouvet then send us an email. We would love to have you on the team, and can guarantee an exciting challenge! It will be all hard work. You will have to sail for 10 days, get seasick, then carry 6.3 metric ton into a zodiak, do a wet zodiac landing, fight the elephant seals, climb a rock, haul all equipment up, install the camp in harsh and cold environment, operate A LOT we have 12 radios one for each, sleep in a cold place, no beer or steak being served but you eat MRE, toilet is w/o insulation - but great seaview, be prepared for an emergency evacuation and sail back for another 8 days. Team agreement says you can talk your own native language in the pileup and say hello to your friends in Romania, Germany, Colombia or whatever. There is no shower for 3 weeks. The fee for this luxury vacation is only $20,000. But you will have the biggest pileup ever. And if there is a shortfall of donations you have to pay more.
(1) can take 7 weeks vacation in Jan/Feb 2023
(2) SSB contester or DXpedition experience
(3) from NA"
Update February 27, 2022: By Ken LA7GIA
What’s going on right now in the team? In such big projects you have an overall plan e.g how to conduct the DXpedition, what vessel, dates, equipment and how to do the fundraising. At the same time you don’t want to miss out on the small details and this has our highest attention.
(A) These days we are going into the fine details. By 1st March we will produce detailed equipment list for all gear, i.e radios, antennas, tents, cables, filters, tables, chairs, food etc. The detailed equipment list will include packing details, dimension and weight so we can finalize the logistics. To make sure we have all needed gear on the list we will run through multiple QC sessions to pin down any missing items that will go into a punch list. All purchasing will soon be finalized.
(B) The detailed equipment list will be used to prepare 3 loading plans. Loading of the container in Oslo summer 2022, loading of vessel Marama and loading equipment into the milpro zodiak. Be rest assured we will not put the equipment into an arbitrary sequence and hope for the best! The loading plan and how to build the camp has evolved over the course of 20 months since we started planning this DXpedition back in April 2020, and within the next 3 months it will be finalized. It means that each equipment will be packed and tagged indicating its sequence, content and what zodiak run it belongs to. This in a predetermined order, we will not shift equipment around because the tagging serve a purpose that will achieve our goals. We don’t want to e.g land with the antennas, just to discover the coax or guy anchors or installation tools are in the sailboat!
(C) We’re preparing for a tiered approach where we will go onshore even during a very short weather window. The short weather window will allow us to bring onshore a single generator, antennas and 5 radios and tent for certain period. The first landing will of course also include necessary food, water, heating and safety equipment for this period. After that the next zodiak runs will continue supplying another generator, more antennas, more fuel, radios, spare parts etc. As soon as we have the 2nd generator onshore Cape Fie this will be a fullscale DXpedition. We have prepared this high level approach of how to sequence the equipment and soon this will materialize into a very detailed plan of exactly what equipment is being loaded in what sequence. It means that we don’t need a half day or full day of nice weather to start operating – we will do that even for very short weather windows down to 90-120 min.
(D) We plan for a vessel inspection in Brazil in mid April. During this inspection we will prepare for a detailed vessel loading plan that will tell us exactly where we will store each single equipment in the sailboat so to optimize the zodiak loading and landing at Bouvet.
(E) We plan for a System test in Late April for 5 days where all team members will meet in Oslo, socialize, assemble the equipment and familiarize and test the radio/amps/antennas on air. After that we will do any adjustments if needed.
(F) by 1st June all these important loading plans that are so important for the logistic concept will be finalized. Going to Bouvet is an enormous amount of planning and preparation, it means prioritizing down other parts of the hobby and prioritizing UP everything that is Bouvet related. It means spending literally hours every day on the 3Y0J project. Only this way can we achieve success.
Let’s go to Bouvet!
Update February 10, 2022: Press Release #8 from 3Y0J team / 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island , January 2023
Since we signed the contract with Marama we have been working on fine tuning the dates and port of departure. Today we can confirm that the departure date for the 3Y0J DXpedition will be January 6th 2023. It is complex to plan the logistics of such a huge project like the 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition which involves many parties. The new dates are mainly related to the Marama vessel logistics, but as well the new dates enable us to return to Cape Town in late February 2023. We can confirm the scheduled duration of the DXpedition is 44 days and that we have reserved a week additional contingency at the end giving us more flexibility. We have contracted 22 days at Bouvet Island, and it means we will spend more than 3 weeks at Bouvet. As we have the flexibility to still decide the port of departure Ushuaia or Port Stanley this will be done at a later stage.
It is with great pleasure we inform that we have completed all equipment selection for this trip.
For the station setup we will lineup 12 stations, that will include 8 human mode CW/SSB stations and 4 FT8 stations so to achieve our new goal of 200,000 QSOs. We will be using the Elecraft K3S, a well proven in the field DXpedition radio as the CW/SSB radio and SunSDR2 DX as the FT8 radio.
During peak time we will run up to 12 radios simultaneously by using 4O3A triplexers and InnovAntenna/Wimo tribanders together with Messi&Paoloni coax. We plan for minimum downtime on the radios, and to achieve this we will setup the 4 FT8 stations to run 24/7 so that these can either be run by one operator separately or be run by any other operator in a simplified SO2R setup. This will be done so that each operator can log into the FT8 machine from his operator position and run CW/SSB and FT8 simultaneously. Running several radios by a single operator this way has shown to be very efficient.
At Bouvet we are pleased to announce that we will use the well-known S.P.E. EXPERT amplifier. We will bring with us various models where the 1.5K-FA will be the main model, but for 160m we will be using a 2.0 kW amplifier and a vertical running a K3S with diversity RX. We will also have several spare amplifiers.
We are also pleased to inform that as the RX antenna system we will be using a ground independent RX loop system developed by LZ1AQ. This RX antenna will be located 300 meters away from the camp and will provide us with a RX antenna for 160-30m with 8xRX output signals. It also includes possibility to switch from loop to dipole mode.
We have procured 5 rugged YANMAR diesel generators to provide the station supply that will also include 1 spare generator.
Going to Bouvet is a huge undertaking financially and it would simply not be possible without the support from the vendors and our sponsors Expert Electronics, S.P.E., 4O3A, Messi&Paoloni and LZ1AQ. If you want to have the opportunity to work the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island, please consider supporting us by donating upfront.
Thank you, Oslo February 7th 2022
Ken Opskar LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye LA7THA, Co-Leader
Erwann Merrien LB1QI, Co-Leader
pdate February 3, 2022: "More DX Engineering equipment arrived in Oslo today. We're preparing for a good topband setup. For 160m and 80m we bring with us 3 antennas for EACH band both spiderpoles and DX Engineering aluminium verticals. This is different technologies and thus we can adapt to various site conditions. We can also risk losing 2 antennas on 160 and still we're ON. Same on 80m. We have a good amount of spare parts and you can trust us we will be WELL prepared. Dave WD5COV has started installing the 160m alu vertical in US where he will construct a fallen derrick system to get it up in the air. All 21m tall 160/80m verticals will be guyed in 4 directions and 4 levels and have 40 ground radials. We have a 1500W power limit which is an excemption from the regulation. We also bring with us a RX antenna system to be installed 300m away from the camp so we can feed this signal to all 160-30m stations simultaneously!"
Update January 18, 2022: Video available: Otis, NP4G and Dave, WD5COV talking about the latest on the 3Y0J Bouvet Island Dxpedition!
Update January 14, 2022: "Today Friday 14th January at 21:00 UTC our two team members Dave WD5COV and Otis NP4G will appear on DX Engineering Live Show! Please tune in for a great show!
DX Engineering is providing us with all the lowband verticals 160-30m for free, as well additional equipment and spare parts. DX Engineering provides us with an exceptional good service making sure this trip will be a success both for us and the DXers. Thanks!"
pdate December 31, 2021: From their Facebook page: "We’re full speed ahead with planning and testing – these are busy days! Yesterday the team spent 12h in the field/lab/shack in Oslo to prepare and test the radios for the Bouvet trip. We tested a various number of antennas and configurations to compare the different radios in a multistation environment to see the response from each radio and how they behave. The field day in -12C/10F also gave us some fresh air during installation of the (temporary) test antennas. We will continue the testing."
Update December 23, 2021: 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island - Press Release #7
We’re happy to inform about some news related to the upcoming Bouvet DXpediiton.
We have selected the Norwegian brand Arctic Lavvo who will supply us with their Venor Gamme tent. Arctic Lavvo will deliver custom made tents to the project that includes three tents for radio operation and sleeping. The manufacturer having its factory at latitude 70N is taking the extra step to ensure their high-quality products will sustain the Bouvet climate. The tent having been tested at JW Svalbard in extreme conditions up to 40 m/s will be improved further by adding extra guying levels and by strengthening the aluminium frame. We’re confident selecting a Norwegian manufacturer with huge experience from this kind of climate is a wise decision.
We also would like to inform about the selection of SILCOM as the sponsor of our yagi antenna masts. SILCOM will deliver custom made antenna masts rated for the Bouvet climate. They will be named ALU-3Y0J and GLV-3Y0J where we will use the alu mast for the tribanders and the smaller steel mast for the dualbander yagis. All masts have been through detailed engineering to optimize the technical specification and rating to fit our InnovAntenna/Wimo Yagis. The masts being a square telescopic mast with tilt-over functionality and winch can easily handle 35 m/s at 10m level.
We’re taking the preparation to the next level by procuring a milpro Zodiak. The strategic decision to buy the milpro Zodiak will enable us to train continuously on the critical beach landing in Norway. Having access to the exact same zodiac we will use at Bouvet, is just another step we have taken to ensure the success of this DXpedition.
We also have a change in the team. 3 team members are leaving the team due to various health and personal issues. Sandro VE7NY, Laci HA0NAR and Dima RA9USU are unfortunately leaving the team. We are happy to inform that we have already onboarded Cezar VE3LYC and Otis NP4G in the team. Their experience will be a great addition to the team.
So far the team have spent more than $130,000 out of the total budget. We have reached an income level of $500,000 but still critically need additional $160,000 support to be able to make it.
Going to Bouvet is a huge undertaking financially as all our expenses are upfront. If you want to have the opportunity to work the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island, please consider to donate upfront. We ask all clubs and individuals to support us so that we can put on a 3 weeks DXpedition show from Bouvet.
Update December 1, 2021: "Team 3Y0J are pleased to invite you to the upcoming Zoom meeting this Saturday December 4th: Antenna Plans and Propagation studies.
You will have the opportunity to study their antenna plans and the propagation analysis, as well as interact with the team during a Q&A session. 3Y0J signal is predicted to be S7-S8 in all parts of the world on 20m if you have a modest station – including North America. You can gain access to the Zoom meeting via this link
See you soon! The 3Y0J Team"
Update November 27, 2021: The following were posted on the 3Y0J FaceBook page:
Erwann, LB1QI, Co-Leader of the 3Y0J Team, posted the following: "Thanks to the generous support of Clubs and individuals worldwide, we have now reached 75% of our anticipated budget.
This is great but still not enough to pay the bills.
We need as much as possible upfront donations to be able to set a foot on Bouvet island and activate the #2 Most Wanted entity in the world.
Our stations will be QRV in all modes CW, SSB and FT8, no one will be left on the side. We are currently working at optimizing the efficiency of our radio setup and antenna layout to maximize the number of QSOs and do our best to work you during your best propagationopening time.
With your precious help we will make it!
There are several ways to help:
You can use Paypal for donations: (email@example.com) in your app or via our website
Please consider making a donation to our DXpedition, there are no small contributions. And of course, don't forget to visit our web site to learn more about our project and stay update.
Best Regards, The 3Y0J Team"
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Update November 14, 2021: Video available of the ZOOM presentation on the Bouvet Project 2022 by Mike Crownover, AB5EB, hosted by the Association of Amateur Radio of Venezuela. it is in English but Steve, W4DTA, was translating to Spanish.
Update October 28, 2021: Press Release #6 from 3Y0J team
We have reached our first payment milestone for the Marama vessel contract. Today we have paid the first deposit, and with this payment we confirm our plans of activating the #2 most wanted entity Bouvet. We would like to thank each individual and club who has contributed to this payment with their upfront support, especially thanks to our Lead sponsor NCDXF. It is a huge task and undertaking to go to Bouvet and we still critically need additional upfront support to close the budget.
We are happy to announce two additional operators to the team to make it complete with 13 operators. Dave WD5COV will rejoin us on this adventure to Bouvet. Dave is a well-known and recognized DXer and DXpeditioner who has embarked on over ten major DXpeditions including three in the top ten most wanted category.
In addition, we have included Peter in the team as a combined crew and dedicated FTx operator. Peter is an experienced captain and expedition leader with huge experience from offshore sailing, sailing in remote polar uncharted areas and specializes in supporting some of the most complex expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica. He is experienced in safety evacuation procedures, MOB maneuver in cold water, beach landings in difficult locations and he is an experienced zodiac operator that will be based in Norway. He will be heading up the zodiac landing at Bouvet.
Our preparation for Bouvet includes planning, constructing, and testing a system for landing zodiacs safely, this will be tested in rough sea in Norway before and after Christmas. We plan for several systems and techniques to adapt to the onsite conditions. We plan for safely landing the zodiacs in different manners also with some swell, unmanned and with less risk for operators. And we prepare for the event that zodiacs are capsizing and we still can retrieve the equipment. We have done the first prelim sea trials of the zodiac equipment in Norway and will continue sea trials to further mature the concept. We plan for a gasoline powered winch system to lift equipment up the cliff, and this will be tested in Norway after Christmas. We plan to access the 25 ft cliff with professionals means, and if needed prepare for climbing and bolting a short route to gain access. We refresh our climbing experience, and some team members will be certified climbers. In 2022 we will practice safe rope access training and evacuation down the cliff with instructor also including emergency evacuation with injured operator. We will have IRATA educated instructors training with us.
We also have an extended off-island team of 5 Norwegian professionals and experts from the maritime industry assisting us. These are former captains and chief engineers with huge experience within RIB SAR vessels, maritime risk assessment and safety training. Some of them have stayed several seasons at Bouvet, stayed anchored at Cape Fie, have passed Bouvet more than 60 times and have done zodiac landing at the same spot. With all these upcoming events and the knowledge in the extended team – be rest assured this will be a well planned and executed project.
Update October 21, 2021: "Today we have finalized the procurement of all our 3Y0J antennas. All antennas will be supplied by our sponsors InnovAntenna, DX Engineering and Spiderbeam. We have run extensive HFTA analysis that shows our signals is prediced to be STRONG all over the planet. We will bring a mix of antennas with us with different material and technology. We have prepared a main antenna farm, backup antennas and a replacement strategy. We have focused on bringing quality products with us. You can expect our 160m toploaded vertical to be 21 m tall and our yagis will be 7 to 10m up on solid antenna masts that can withstand 35 to 44 m/s wind. We have various yagis with us. And we plan dedicated yagis for Asia, EU and NA/SA on a triplexer/diplexer system. We will run inband on 40-10m. All this will be visible on the antenna layout drawing. InnovAntenna will launch a new product DXR-3 Bouvet - a yagi designed for our DXpedition which you can soon buy at DX Engineering.
The antennas will soon be shipped to Norway for inspection and testing, we have a site off the west coast to test the equipment in harsh weather. Some low band verticals will be shipped to Arizona for assembling and testing, some yagis will be shipped to New York, and finally topband antennas will be sent to Hungary. This is truly an international project where all team members contribute with a common goal to activate Bouvet to give you that much needed QSO!
Let's make it happen - support 3Y0J via paypal firstname.lastname@example.org"
Update October 16, 2021: Video available, showing the narrow area of volcanic rock at Kapp Fie that will be the QTH of 3Y0J, 250' above the black sand beach where they will be landing in Zodiacs.