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DX news and calendar: 3Y0J
Added/updated on
January 14, 2022
Callsign(s) 3Y0J   
Event start-end date November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022
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DXCC   3Y - Bouvet     
IOTA   AN-002 - Bouvet Island     
CQ zone 38
Grid square JD15
WEB page http://www.3y0j.no/
Planned modes CW, SSB, Digital
Planned bands 160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 30 m, 20 m, 17 m, 15 m, 12 m, 10 m
Source DXNews & DX-World & OPDX           Tags: Expedition, DXCC

Information

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: (bouvet@3y0j.no) 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"

See the 3Y0J donation chart 


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 bouvet@3y0j.no"


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. 


Update September 15, 2021: 3Y0J team is full speed ahead with the planning, below is just some info abt what we're doing right now.

1. We prepare for the first vessel deposit which is due next month.

2. The logistic team which Gjermund LB5GI is leading are working on several important topics

a.) preparing a safe way to land the operators and the equipment on Bouvet. A flexible system that allows for various conditions will be engineered, constructed and soon tested at a beach in Norway with enough swell. We are working on several different systems to adapt to the conditions. One system consist of 2 zodiaks, buoys, anchor, capstan and rope to safely land the dinghy with and without personell/equipment. 

Gjermund and Rune LA7THA is working with some experienced Norwegian professionals within the maritime industry in Norway to test this system live.

b.) prepare a winch system for lifting the equipment up from the beach to the cliff at Cape Fie. Again we prepare for a flexible system that can adapt to various shapes and height of the cliff, we will use both electrical and non-electrical systems, and also manual systems. The most bulky item is the diesel generators (75 kg). System to be engineered, constructed and tested in Norway soon. Effort is being lead by Rune.

c.) a system to assist us in bringing the equipment from the cliff up to the camp roughly 200 ft up at 70ft ASL being planned.

This will help us when bringing 4.5 metric tonn of equipment, fuel and water up to the camp.

3. We are currently reviewing the antenna layout once again. InnovAntenna being our main sponsor. We're working on a staged approach to allow setting up the camp also during very short weather windows with a setup that will be expanded with more stations and antennas until we reach the full setup. Adrian KO8SCA is currently preparing for testing the tribander yagi.

4. Erwann LB1QI is leading the ancillaries systems and is working on the tent selection. Heated or not heated tents? Lowprofile tents, 25-30 m/s windgusts and windbreakers is essential.

5. We are working on the station setup, but so far we have not selected the exact setup - we have several options on the table when it comes to radio and amplifiers.

6. Safety has a high attention in the project, and we will do what we can to avoid accidents and injuries. Bill KO7SS is taking the lead on Safety. Bill is dedicated to oversee all planning and operations wrt safety. We will run risk workshops, discuss safety, safety procedures, mitigate risk, construct emergency shelter, prepare evacuation plan of personell, evacuation of injured operator from camp to vessel etc

In a while we will start with zoom meetings - there you can follow our journey to Bouvet. You can get the latest news, discuss with us on various topics, get feedback and hints, interact with operators, Q&A and much more.


Update August 31, 2021: Press Release #5 from 3Y0J team 
3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island, November 2022 

We are happy to announce that Northern California DX Foundation has voted to grant $100,000 to the upcoming 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet. This is an all-time high donation and matches the previous donation given to Bouvet projects. The 3Y0J team is very grateful and honored in the trust NCDXF has shown by supporting our project.

The DXpedition will be carried out by “Amateur Radio DXpeditions”, a Norwegian non-profit organization created for the purpose of conducting DXpeditions. With an overall budget of $650,000 this will be the most expensive DXpedition ever. With the NCDXF donation we hope to succeed in the fundraising as our first payment milestone for the vessel contract is approaching. By end October we will pay 30% of the vessel contract, and by that time we must have regained confidence that we can succeed financially. We critically need upfront donations to be able to make it. While we have a solid plan, a “young and strong team”, a dedicated crew and vessel Marama – we need your upfront support to go there and make 120,000 QSOs from Cape Fie at Bouvet.

Donations to the 3Y0J project can be done through paypal on our website or by bank wire transfer.

We wish to recognize and thank the Northern California DX Foundation as the Lead Sponsor for our 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet. Without the support of the NCDXF, operations to the world’s rarest entities would be difficult.

Thank you,

Ken Opskar LA7GIA, Co-Leader 
Rune Oye LA7THA, Co-Leader 
Erwann Merrien LB1QI, Co-Leader 


Update August 13, 2021: Notice from The Intrepid-DX Group:

"We now find ourselves the #3 team in line to go to Bouvet. This recent development is not comfortable for us so we are now re-examining the Top Ten most wanted DXCC entities with a plan to redirect our efforts to an activation that will be most beneficial for everyone.

We are now closing our plans to visit Bouvet, however we plan to activate a different rare and much needed entity in January/February 2023. That is now our focus.

Watch for more updates on this exciting new project.

We wish our former 3Y0J Teammates a safe and productive journey to Bouvet. Thank you."


Update August 10, 2021: 3Y0J 2022 team consists of: Adrian KO8SCA, Axel DL6KVA, Bill KO7SS, Dima RA9USU, Erwann LB1QI, Gjermund LB5GI, Ken LA7GIA, Laci HA0NAR, Mike AB5EB, Rune LA7THA, Sandro VE7NY. The twelfth operator will be determined later, there is a plan for that. Stay tuned!


Update August 9, 2021: Press Release #4 from 3Y0J team
3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island, November 2022

The 3Y0J team are delighted to inform about our continued effort to activate Bouvet island. After cancellation of the previous attempt due to the ill-fated sale of the vessel Braveheart we decided to continue the effort and search for a suitable and affordable vessel.

Today we announce that we have signed a contract with an expedition vessel with a proven track record and experienced polar crew that will take us to Bouvet in November 2022. The vessel is MARAMA and is fully booked for the 2021/2022 season. The cost is significantly reduced compared to our previous Braveheart charter. With the signing of the vessel contract we will start fundraising immediately. On this journey to Bouvet we have assembled a team of 12 operators and we plan to spend 20 days around Bouvet. The QTH at Bouvetøya will be Cape Fie at the South East part of the island, the only feasible part where a DXpedition can safely setup the camp on rocky ground, we will not set camp on the glacier. We will have a wide area of 150 x 800 ft to setup the camp and the antenna farm.

Back in April 2020 we started our effort to activate Bouvetoya - a Norwegian DXCC in South Atlantic Ocean and also known as the world’s most remote island. In close co-operation with NPI we received the needed permits in September 2020 to activate Bouvetoya, which also included a helicopter permit. We also together with NPI researched and was provided photos that showed a beach landing was possible. In November 2020 we were approached by Intrepid and we joined our efforts. After the sale of Braveheart in June we informed Intrepid that we would continue our effort to activate Bouvetoya and search for a suitable and affordable vessel. Last week we were ready to launch the vessel news to the team members. As we sent out this information it was leaked to Intrepid group which caused Intrepid in a hurry to send out a press release the following day that they would go to Bouvet. The act of the team member came as a big surprise to us, the same did the announcement from Intrepid as they were informed we would continue the project.

As of today we still hold the only valid amateur radio team license specifically issued for the purpose of activating Bouvet (3Y0J). With the NPI permits, the license, the signed vessel contract and a new expedition vessel we’re ready to move forward. The team of 12 operators will fund much of the budget but we also need the global DX Community to support our mission and help us make this important activation of the #2 most wanted DXCC entity. It is only through this kind of support that we can achieve our mission of making 120,000 contacts or more from Bouvet in November 2022. Without support there will be no activation.

In closing, we especially wish to thank our many Foundations, Clubs and Individual donors. Without this kind of support, operations to the world’s rarest entities would not be possible.

You can soon follow our plans from our website 3Y0J.NO (please note change of website to .no ) and the 3Y0J Facebook groupe

Thank you,
Ken Opskar LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye LA7THA, Co-Leader
Erwann Merrien LB1QI, Co-Leader


Update August 4, 2021: Press Release from the Intrepid DX Group

Dear Global DX-Community.
On June 18th, we announced that we were continuing to seek new transportation to Bouvet in support of our Bouvet 2023 project. At the same time, we have refunded all donations as there was a high degree of uncertainty that we could move forward.
We are pleased to announce that we have found a suitable/affordable vessel willing to take us to Bouvet. We are negotiating the terms of that charter contract now.
We have submitted a new application to the Norwegian Polar Institute.
We have revised the Leadership of our team as follows:
David Jorgensen-WD5COV Co-Leader, Operations, Antennas.
Kevin Rowett-K6TD Co-Leader, Systems/Networks, Procurement, Logistics
Paul Ewing-N6PSE Co-Leader, Planning, Public Relations, Tents, Logistics.
Together, this leadership team will assemble 12 Operators to make this vision a reality.
We are revising our website and soon, we will begin fundraising for this renewed effort.
We are extremely grateful for all our past Sponsors and Donors and we hope that you can support this renewed effort.

Sincerely,
The Bouvet 2023 Team


Update July 10: All donations by PayPal are refunded. All donations by mail are refunded. We still have a few bank wires for Araucaria DX Club, LA DX Group and RSGB to refund. If you do not receive your donation refund within seven days from today, please contact intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com


Update June 19: From the Intrepid-DX Group:
Since the cancelation of 3Y0J, we have been working closely with Nigel Jolly to form a new plan, with a new owner of Braveheart and a revised payment plan that enables Nigel Jolly to continue managing Braveheart and will keep it available for DXpeditions for years to come.
We are working out the details of this plan and hope to have some very positive news very soon. We have not given up!
Thank you, Bouvet 2023 Team


Update June 14: We regret to inform you of the following news.

The global pandemic has impacted the expedition charter vessel business very hard; this includes the venerable RV Braveheart which has provided outstanding safety and service to many DXpeditions. As you know, we had signed a contract with Braveheart for 3Y0J.

Today, we were informed that Braveheart will be sold. As a result, Nigel Jolly will no longer be associated with the ship, our contract with the ship has been cancelled and our deposit will be refunded. This is a very disappointing development to all involved.

At this time, we are cancelling the 3Y0J Dxpedition. We have ceased accepting donations and we will begin refunding 100% of the donations using the same method they were received, i.e., PayPal, cash or check. This process will take several weeks to sort out, so please be patient.

We wish to thank our team for putting their trust in us. We wish to thank all of the donors and sponsors that gave generously to this project. We will continue to research other ships and possibly find another suitable vessel for a future project.

73,
Paul Ewing, N6PSE
Kenneth Opskar LA7GIA


Update June 7: What could the weather be like at Bouvet island in January 2023?

We could have longer periods of good weather with 2-18 mph (1-8 m/s), but we could also have days with 44 to 50 mph (20-22 m/s) and wind gust at 67-75 mph (30-33 m/s) that will test our equipment to the fullest. We have studied the weather statistics for a long time and have direct access to the Norwegian Polar Institute database of weather statistics:

  • Wind speed, mean last 10 minute.
  • Wind direction, general direction last 10 minutes.
  • Wind speed, maximum last 10 minutes.
  • Wind direction, general wind direction last 10 minutes with highest wind speed.
  • Wind speed, maximum 3 sec duration mean last hour.
  • We have engaged with Norwegian Polar experts that have visited Bouvet island more than 60 times (!), who have stayed at the island for long periods.

InnovAntenna will supply us with the 20-10m yagis. Their products will be wind-rated at 125 mph (well above the expected maximum wind gust). We’re very confident that these antennas will survive the harsh weather at Bouvet. InnovAntenna will supply us with spare antennas and sufficient spare parts. You should know that we’re extremely focused on all the small details that together is needed to make this trip a success.

DX Engineering will supply us with the low-band antennas where some selected antennas will be shipped to Norway for further testing during the 2021/22 season. This will be done by the LA team members, and the antennas will be exposed to high wind and cold climate conditions.

Our experienced antenna team lead by Dave WD5COV will also have all the 20-10m yagis shipped to his place for extensive testing and preparation.

We have detailed information that will make this trip a success – you should know that we are determined to go there. We’re a “young and strong” team.

So far we have raised $520,000 including the $20,000 operator fee – but we still need your support to be able to leave Cape Town. Support us by paypal: intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com

73 3Y0J team.


  

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