Update December 1: Following the generous grant of U$25.000 today we received an donation from amateur radio enthusiast who donate PayPal of 10.000 USD shrinking our missing budget to 55 thousands USD. We're are very grateful for supporting and believing in our project. We strongly encourage to donate via our GoFundMe page where it's possible to place donor's callsign and list your name among other donors who have been backing the 3YØI DXpedition.
Update October 30: Team look for support for 2nd attempt – more here
Update July 1: "The Rebel DX Group is a 'DX light' Band of Brothers with no foundation or large club support. We rely on our personal funds, Rebel Members, and your potential donations. Any donations received from ClubLog's OQRS system will be used to purchase fuel for our 2nd attempt at Bouvet 3Y0I this November, 2019. Expected fuel costs will be over $100,000.00 USDs, again."
Update Apr 10: "The entire 3Y0I Bouvet Team is home and all are resting after the Rebel attempt at Bouvet", they posted to https://www.rebeldxgroup.com on 18 April. "Our license is renewed, our equipment stored in Cape Town", they add, and "we're already making plans for Bouvet in the Fall".
Update Apr 4: After spending 2 weeks at sea, and being only 70nm from Bouvet before a ferocious storm struck, the Atlantic Tuna is now berthed at Cape Town port. Dom, 3Z9DX informs DX-World that the ship “is solid as a rock” and only “some electronic equipment suffered damage”.
STATEMENT FROM CAPTAIN OF MV ATLANTIC TUNA
Update Mar 31: Dom 3Z9DX reported Atlantic Tuna's location at 42.03S, 16.09E 06:00 UTC speed 9 knots. Weather improves a little bit. They feel ok but tired. Forecasts indicate a bigger improvement tomorrow.
Update Mar 28: Once they reach Cape Town and go through a detailed technical inspection of the vessel, there will be a special official statement issued to the ham radio community by the captain of MV Atlantic Tuna with further information on:
- a detailed explanation of the situation encountered at South Atlantic nearby Bouvet Island and reasons for the decisions taken,
- procedures applied during the recent issues encountered near Bouvet Island,
- reported damages of the vessel and their results,
- information how the team coped with the extreme situation encountered at the vessel,
- estimation of necessary repairs’ deadlines.
Update Mar 27: And yet! The captain of the MV Atlantic Tuna had to take a difficult but responsible decision to take a course back to Cape Town, South Africa. But the 3YØI Expedition is NOT cancelled – we don’t give up that easily [😉]
I just had a long conversation with Dom 3Z9DX on board on the MV Atlantic Tuna. The seas calmed down enough to let them do a proper technical inspection of damages caused by the severe cyclonic storm last night. Here are more details on the latest dramatic events. [MORE HERE]
Update Mar,27: The MV Atlantic Tuna is making attempts to escape from a severe storm that is crossing an area surrounding Bouvet Island.
In a satellite phone conversation, Dom 3Z9DX explained the vessel’s captain decided to shift their course off the island to relocate the vessel into a safer area by following the wind’s direction to the East.
Further details unveiled by Dom regarding the bad storm’s outcome are not too good: they lost one of their radars and marine antennas. Neither of their /mm antenna survived the storm.
The good news is that despite the bad conditions, the Team, the crew are safe and in good condition. [MORE HERE]
Update Mar,24: We have crossed 47 deg. South. We crash 8 meters tall waves for last two days and the seas are furious – reports Dom 3Z9DX from MV Atlantic Tuna. – Despite furious seas we continue our voyage to Bouvet. Everybody’s fine.
Update Mar,23: They are at the mid point of their sea journey to Bouvet. If sea conditions continue the same they are expected to get to the island on the 27th evening or 28th.
Update Mar,21: We just entered the “Roaring Forties”. The vessel hits 8-10 meters tall waves and the seas are wild and bumpy. It’s gonna be a rough ride towards Bouvet – Dom 3Z9DX said..
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Update Mar,20: Bouvet weather forecast here and here
Update Mar,19: THE 3YØI BOUVET ISLAND EXPEDITION HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN. THE MV ATLANTIC TUNA, WITH THE TEAM ABOARD, DEPARTED FOR BOUVET ISLAND ON MARCH 19, 2019, AT APPROX. 6:00 UTC. IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL, THEY SHOULD REACH BOUVET IN 7 DAYS (AROUND MARCH 26). LANDING ON THE ISLAND WILL BE STRICTLY DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS UPON ARRIVAL. 3Y0I BLOG TRACKERS HERE / HERE / HERE LOW BANDS WITH THE UPCOMING BOUVET ISLAND, 3Y0I EXPEDITION Now that the 3Y0I team is on their way for their true adventure, it is time to look at some of the elements of their upcoming activity, specifically on low-bands. On Monday OH2BH had a detailed discussion with DXpedition leader Dom, 3Z9DX and their low-band specialist Tack, JE1CKA to understand their location and their options to produce an efficient 160/80m signal while considering their challenging environment. Dom has detailed experience on the zodiac landing on Bouvet while Tack, JE1CKA – a WRTC-rated contester and seasoned DXpedition operator – is now in charge of the low-bands. Tack has excellent field knowledge for creating powerful low-band signals. Their camp will be located some on the glacier at 100 ft. next to their landing area in the South-East corner of the Island with open view to EU/JA but mountains to the NW (USA) at a distance of eight (8) kilometers. They will be running 1.3KW with each of four (4) stations, CW, SSB, FT8 plus one for a CW/FT8 combo. When dealing with several unknown factors including high wind situations, they will have four options for 160/80m: 1: Running simple dipoles at the glacier, 2: Running slopers from the glacier edge to the landing beach, about 100 ft. lower, 3: Running 18m long fiber masts as verticals and Inverted-Ls and, 4: Three element wire beams for 160/80M slightly above glacier. In general, with the current conditions, the high-volume bands are expected to be 20/30/40 meters. It is assumed that 160/80 would bring a long awaited opportunity to catch these much needed band-pointers. On high bands they will have three fixed beams for EU, NA and Asia along with several multi-band verticals. JE1CKA himself will focus on 160/80 operations and will do cw exclusively for most of the operation. 3Y0I will use specialized observers for the 160/80 operations from three main focus areas. Martti, OH2BH (EU), Wayne, N7NG (NA) and Yasu, JR1AIB (Asia) will carefully follow the proceedings, and Martti will communicate potential adjustments via Satcom to the expedition venue. This is a historical undertaking, likely under very severe conditions with no DX Foundation support nor involvement. Dear Fellow DXers: It’s time to include 3Y0I team in your prayers for their safe landing and happy return. They are going late in the season but are professionally prepared. Their success will be exclusively in the hands of Mother Nature as always. We are all wishing the 3Y0I team and the M/S Atlantic Tuna a safe journey. For the 3Y0I team: Martti, OH2BH, Wayne, N7NG, and Yasu, JR1AIB
Update Mar,14: A short but essential update this time. An important decision to our DXpedition plans has been taken today, which will reflect in extending the initial 3YØI plans. We decided to take more provisions than initially planned. So did we regarding the fuel. More than 90,000 diesel liters has been fueled up (approx. 1 liter = U$1 = $90.000 we paid from our private money). That’s all because if weather permits, we plan to stay up to 3-4 weeks at the island itself (excluding sailing and landing time), giving much more chances for ATNOs all over the world. We are loading every list gear to the vessel. We have already installed and launched our maritime station from Cape Town’s shipyard. We’ll be signing as E51DOM/mm on way to and from the island on HF bands. As these preparations are bringing to a close, we will announce our departure and estimated on-air dates very soon. [source]
Update Mar,8: From now on, the only website providing direct information about our mission is here. Wayne NØUN, responsible for managing our rebeldxgroup website had to step back due to personal reasons. He has recently been deliberately attacked by a number of American hams using words “scammer” and other offensive terms and we do all agree he didn’t deserve such behaviour. Due to the above, we will not update that website anymore. The updates on 3YØI will also be available at our Facebook and Twitter. To all those individuals calling names and calling our project a “scam” – we kindly remind a couple of facts. Our expedition is covered by private funds and it’s been a very independent, personal project. Unlike other major DXpedition, for instance 3YØZ, we did not receive any foundation sponsorship and WE WILL not ask nor accept ANY. The only third party money we received up to date (less 5% of our total budget, the entire rest is covered by private funds) come from 100% VOLUNTARY donations of individual supporters – we are very grateful for their trust in our enterprise! Unlike those organizers, we will not accept any unclear rules of funding DXpeditions by foundations’ board members who are participants of the same DXpeditions applying for grants! As for us, the lack of transparency, twisted rules and sponsoring themselves with other foundations’ and individual sponsors’ funds is simply unacceptable. Yes, we are in Cape Town for over 4 months now, and according to our plan, this has been good decision making. Unlike 3YØZ leaders, asking for almost $1M donations for over 2 years of preparations, but at the same time not being able to inspect their vessel in full in prior of departure (which outcome we all know), we are able to examine each and every bolt and screw at our ship and we personally helped to fix past technical problems and we got involved in preparations to obtain full SAMSA’s strict and difficult to pass certification by end of February. Note: nobody rebuked their 2 years of preparations and asking for more and more money that as final result – landed into a bin. We are being criticised for staying and working in Cape Town for our own money, although we do that on purpose: we want to take a closer look at the preparations in person – to make things more than twice sure we don’t miss something. These bitter words of ours may hurt, but we feel like being deliberately criticised and attacked on purpose – just because we’ve been brave enough to be solitude standing, independent, willing to activate top DXCC #2 and being able to do that. Unfortunately, it’s so clear that there are other competitive DXpeditions’ participants among those individuals who attack us and our friends. They are generally speaking – the ones who didn’t succeed recently, and now trying to torpedo our plans, using some tricks and methods not only among hams, but also here in South Africa. Actually, we consider that once back to Cape Town from Bouvet, we will write a long story about all backstage events and will address them to those rude troublemakers. As bringing to a close, we fully guarantee we will NOT read all comments like those anymore and they will all be totally ignored by the 3YØI Team. They bring absolutely no input to our plans and their authors may keep their thoughts for themselves – we don’t need you! Moreover, we will continue our independent plans and projects. We devote our private time, resources, knowledge, family time and money in something that is not their invention and they have absolutely no rights to impact our plans. They may feel free to get started with their own, separate DX projects – nobody, including us, will stop them to. Good luck! As a bottom line: if you belong to that group of individuals not wishing us best of luck – please do not call us while 3YØI will be on the air. We don’t need you nor your support. Your QSL card neither. We will enjoy the trip – regardless of its final outcome – much more than you, and we’ll have nothing to regret. Activating Bouvet Island our goal and sacrifice, not yours.
Update Mar,7: The 3Y0I Team re-assembles in Cape Town, while operators return to South Africa. Meanwhile, the rest of the team members who are currently in ZS, finalize the very last vessel preparations. Stay tuned for further news coming soon.
Update Feb,21: ..SOMETIME IN THE NEXT 10 DAYS YOU WILL BE TRACKING THE TWO TO THREE DAY SEA TRIAL OF OUR SHIP THE “ATLANTIC TUNA.. ..IF THE SEA TRIAL GOES AS EXPECTED, WE WILL ANNOUNCE OUR DEPARTURE DATE.. LATEST NEWS UPDATE
Update Jan,26: We will make an announcement when our ship leaves South Africa. At that point, you will have 7 to 10 days of notice as that is what we anticipate travel time to Bouvet will be. Read full latest news at DXNews
Update Jan,11: THIS IS AN ENTIRELY REFURBISHED AND REFITTED SHIP AT A COST NORTH OF A MILLION DOLLARS. IT IS EXTREMELY SUITABLE FOR RUNNING THE DEEP SOUTH IN ROUGH SEA CONDITIONS. OUR VESSEL IS ABLE TAKE UP TO 300 TONNES OF CARGO AND 160,000 LITERS OF FUEL, MAKING IS FULLY SELF-SUFFICIENT FOR UP TO A 4-MONTH LONG TRIP – WITHOUT THE NEED TO REFUEL AT A SEA PORT. THE SHIP WILL WAIT OFF-SHORE WHILE THE TEAM STAYS ON THE ISLAND AND WILL BE IN REACH IN CASE OF MEDICAL SUPPORT OR EVACUATION. ITS VAST AND SPACIOUS INTERIOR HAS ALLOWED US TO PRE-ASSEMBLE SOME OF OUR ANTENNAS AND EVEN OUR DOME TENT. A NEW HYDRAULIC CRANE WILL HELP US LOAD/UNLOAD THE ZODIACS. OUR VESSEL IS FULLY EQUIPPED WITH ALL NEW ELECTRONICS, INCLUDING REDUNDANT RADIO, SATELLITE AND NAVIGATION SYSTEMS.
Update Jan,2: WE’RE AWARE WE START TO FACE A SITUATION THE MOST SUITABLE AND SAFE WEATHER PERMITTING SEASON TO REACH BOUVET ISLAND IS ABOUT TO SLIP AWAY. NEVERTHELESS, WE’RE IN SOUTH AFRICA SINCE THE LAST DAYS OF OCTOBER, TRYING SO HARD, SACRIFICING OUR FAMILY TIME, JOBS, MONEY AND OTHER RESOURCES TO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN FOR YOU, DXERS.
Update Dec,25: THE 3Y0I REBEL TEAM IS SPENDING OUR HOLIDAYS IN THE CARGO HOLD OF OUR SHIP PRE-ASSEMBLING SOME OF OUR GEAR. Read the full news here
Update Dec,21: We’ll utilize the following while at Bouvet Island: 3 x 2-element directional multiband Yagi antennas by Kohjinsja, 3 x 8-band verticals 2 x verticals for 80 and 160m bands Sloper for 80 and 160m, elevated from a cliff towards ocean beach Dipole antennas (backup) Over 2km of coax 4 diesel power generators 6.5 kW each (+ backup) 4 transceivers (+ backup) 4 x 1.3 kW power amplifiers For logging: military grade robust laptops by Panasonic Toughbook 2x BGAN satellite modems Iridium satellite phones and communicators Professional gear for image and 4K movies taken from the ground and air. Read the full news here
Update Dec,10: The 3Y0I Team has decided to follow the new FT8 standards and change our software to WSJT-X Version 2.0 Expedition Mode (Fox /Hound) NOTE: We would like to remind you that older versions 1.8, 1.9 (or JTDX) WILL NOT decode signals sent from WSJT-X Version 2.0. Today, December 10, starting at 1700Z we will conduct 24 hours of testing via FT8 Expedition Mode version 2.0 on our listed 3Y0I Band Plan frequencies. We welcome all Hams using version 2.0 to participate in this 24 hour test. This will be helpful for us and all who make contact when we land on Bouvet. Our Callsign during this 24 hour test will be E51DOM/mm.
Update Dec,1: The 3YØI Team is about to do other extensive training next week + gathering some additional equipment they’ll need at Bouvet Island. Also, new possibilities emerge: they can take 2 additional operators (CW + SSB) with them. If you’re flexible and a weather-experienced individual, and willing to join an 1-month long adventure of your lifetime, drop a message asap at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be quick!
Update Nov,27: They announced this past week that they have chosen pilot stations They also mentioned, "There will be no full time online log. The DX- pedition Team does plan to upload to ClubLog twice a day. Pilots will not handle busted calls, log/mode requests or DXpedition details. They are Pilots to report to and assist the DXpedition Team with propagation openings/bands/times from a very far away place – to you." Departure dates are still not known. It is still a mystery... Remember, they plan to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, if the weather cooperates.
Update Nov.26: With the the 3Y0I Bouvet Island team now assembled and carrying out final preparations for their upcoming DXpedition, look for them to sign E51DOM/MM once leaving Cape Town, South Africa. They will also provide a live tracking link to view their progress. QRX for more once the team depart..
Update Nov.22: The 3Y0I team recently underwent cold water rescue training. More information.
Update Nov.17: Plans are to operate CW, SSB and FT8 (Fox & Hound mode on all bands except 160m) as follows: CW 1822 3502 7002 10106 14002 18072 21002 24892 28002 50105 SSB - 3785 7090 - 14190 18140 21200 24940 28440 50140 FT8 1840 3567 7056 10131 14090 18095 21091 24911 28091
Update Oct,20: The 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island is "planned for the southern hemisphere's summer time", but "exact dates will be announced when closer to our departure". For the time being, they have posted their band plan (160-6 metres, CW, SSB and FT8 Fox & Hound mode) to the DXpedition's website. The team includes 3Z9DX, SP3DOI, SP7VC, SP8S (ex SQ8X) and YU4DX. Plans are to "install a camp and ham radio equipment at the ice cap covering 93% of Bouvet". If "we are lucky with weather", they say, "our stay at the island will last for 2 weeks".
Update Oct,15: Tack, JE1CKA is joining the 3Y0I DX Pedition that is apparently upcoming within the next few months. Tack will concentrate on CW and 160 and 80m activity.
Update Aug,27: The following was posted August 24th, on the 3Y0I Web page: Kohjinsha’s antennas and 3Y0I -- We’re pleased to announce our new partnership. The Japanese company Kohjinsha becomes our supporter and a sponsor of our antennas we take down to Bouvet Island and many more our expeditions in the future. The company is known for its compact and robust setups and that’s what we exactly need at the island. Read more about their competitive con- structions and other ham radio equipment: http://www.kojinsha.jp/en_index.html
Update May,11: Following our previous announcement we have received a huge number of requests and suggestions to make our project better and more successful. We REALLY appreciate and consider them all. Majority of the notes – understandably – refer to increasing a number of bands and modes we’ll be active on from Bouvet Island. This all pushes us to expand our plans. Even though we initially planned the 3YØI DXpedition with a small (but sturdy) power-sailor yacht and by a small, reliable and experienced team, we can’t deny we’ve also been looking for a chance to go there with a bigger team. It’s clear we should do so to meet the huge demand of ATNO and to provide as many slots/modes worldwide as possible. We’ve also been looking to different option to reduce expedition’s cost while utilizing maximum resources: operators, equipment + right security measures. As also announced before, we’ve found a suitable and – the most important – reliable ship in a perfect shape with a responsible crew with Southern Oceans and Antarctic experience – at much lower cost. AFTER NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SHIP’S OWNER, WE WERE ABLE TO REDUCE OUR DXPEDITION’S BUDGET TO – ATTENTION! – 225.000 USD IN TOTAL. YES – WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE REAL COST OF BRINGING A BIGTEAM AND A GOODGEAR TO THE ISLAND. AND ANOTHER “YES”: WE’VE ALREADY SECURED MORE THAN A HALF OF OUR ESTIMATED BUDGETAMOUNT AND SIGNED AN INITIAL CONTRACT WITH THE SHIP’S OWNER. Since any other DXpedition to Bouvet Island isn’t going to materialize anytime soon, and most of the donations funded to previous Bouvet’s activation are being sent to DX Foundations around the world (and yet they were dedicated by donors to this particular entity), we decided to apply for grants to cover missing amount of our budget. By doing so, we feel much confident that’s a right decision-making and we’ve got right arguments in hands: Drastically lower cost of the project while still maintaining an experienced and reliable big team and equipment to meet DXers’ demands. At at least 1/3 of cost of any other similar expedition announced recently! After careful reading of application and grant rules of DX foundations we apply to, none of them states they’d support a specific group of operators/applicants but they’re clearly in charge to support projects that meet application criterias and ventures to bring rare DXCC entities on the air and which continue ham radio legacy. It’s our turn and chance now, isn’t it? As said before, the money collected by different organizations are meant to be spent on the very precisely defined purposes: eg. Bouvetøya on the airwaves for the ham radio community worldwide. Thus, once granted, in this particular case and circumstances, we shouldn’t ask individual donors for donating to the same entity over again, but expecting the support from the foundations themselves. Individual donors already donated much to a project that turned out unseccessful and with the foundations’ support received, we wouldn’t feel ethically “OK” and in charge to ask for private money for the same goal. At last, but not least, we wish to bring back life to DXpeditioning and to make it more open for next ham radio generations by cost reducing and opening – at last – “DXped doors” to new experienced operators. We strongly believe that DX foundations we’ve applied to will understand our arguments and possibilities and will rise to the challenge of our way of thinking: more ham radio, more attractive activations from the most wanted entities and less money and business involved. Crossing fingers for bringing Bouvetoya onto airwaves. It’s our chance now! Wish to join 3YØI? Send an email for more info to: email@example.com Don’t forget to attach your ham radio CV and to ask your boss for 1 month+ vacations ;-)
Update May,1: After receiving absolutely no single word of reply to our invitation from the 3YØZ organizers (we leave that for your own judgement), an important decision has been taken by our team. WE’RE NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THE 3YØI BOUVET ISLAND EXPEDITION A full inspection of the expedition vessel by the team in person is planned after our trip to the Pacific. There are 2 reasons to this. We wish to avoid any circumstances that wouldn’t allow us to put 3YØI on the air and we also wish to reduce spending to minimum. Thanks to proper planning, total cost of the expedition is already much lower than any other similar venture announced recently. More savings to come after the inspection. Our main container in already on route to South Africa, where our journey to Bouvet will begin from. As said before, we invite experienced operators to join efforts to activate the 2nd most wanted entitiy during Antarctic summer. More details available on request by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to attach your ham radio CV and to ask your boss for 1 month+ vacations!