Update March 8, 2023: Operation ended with 120,000 QSOs in the Log.
Update March 7, 2023: We are heading to the end. Only 2 x VDA and 2 x verticals 40,30 antennas will be in the air. We will finish the operation at 00UTC and start packing antennas. We have to be on the ship in the morning at 05UTC.
The weather has improved today, and we are all ok, but the fatigue is getting to everybody
Update March 5, 2023: We reached 100,000 qso a while ago. Today it is very windy, and it got cold. A big storm is coming, and maybe we will QRT for a long time all night, perhaps even tomorrow.
Update March 4, 2023: In log 80k QSOs. Yesterday we went fishing with locals and OK6DJ, OM5ZW, OM4AYL. David caught a giant fish. We had a 2m shark near the QTH.
Problems with low bands. After a strong storm, the 80m vertical fallen. We didn't operate CW due to high SWR but only FT8. It's fixed now. 160m is still a big disaster. Strong interferences from the aggregates. Again only a few QSOs FT8. The low bands are a problem here. Neither Beverage nor EWE is listening. There's a mess from the generators. But the priority is the upper bands. 10m is open till 02.00 local times. Incredible pile-ups on 10,12m.
Over the weekend is ARRL SSB. We will be only 17,12 SSB and 10,15 CW.
QRT info: we start packing antennas on Tuesday, and by Wednesday morning, we will be on with only 2xvertical 30,40m and 2xVDA. Wednesday morning QRT.
Still very warm, and the wind starts to blow quite strongly.
The team is in a good mood and has had no significant health problems. 3B7M.
Update March 2, 2023: They were QRV on 80 and 160m but have very high QRN and are not listening well, despite using an EWE and a 260m long Beverge. They report good openings on the higher bands.
Update March 1, 2023: Logs are updated. We have about 35K QSOs in the log. Yesterday we finally built all antennas, so we should be QRV. 3xSpider, 2xvertical 40,30, DXcommander, Vertical 80m, vertical 160m beverage, EWE. We have big electrical problems. Generators are overheating. At lunchtime, it's almost 40C in the sun and 32 in the shade. The power supply cable from the generator room to the ham shack has burnt out. We had to fix the replacement cable, but we're fine. There are terrible rain and storms here. There are storms every day. That's why there are so many operation outages. From today, we will focus more on low bands. ft8 on 80m will operate on 3567 kHz. Yl Sisa is doing a lot qso on 10m SSB with Ruda OK2ZA. The team is in good health shape.
Update February 28, 2023: They inform that will not be active on 6 and 60m bands.
Update February 26, 2023: Important information: - FT8 is via MSHV software. Identical or similar way as from TN8K. GPS clock synchronization will be on a regular base (JA window & EU radar QRM on 80m reported) - the log is to be uploaded gradually to the clublog as the 3B7M team will provide it - Log correction ONLY after the expedition. Request send directly to the expedition QSL manager OK6DJ. During the expedition, no log modifications. Please check your band slot after the log update. - operation on QO100 is planned earliest for the second half of the expedition - There is a satellite connection to the team via inmarsat - bgan. It is possible to transmit to the 3B7M team your Facebook and the 3B7M web form significantly abbreviated information.
73s OK1FCJ 3B7M.
Update February 24, 2023: All clearances received. The ship has been refueled and is underway. You can follow the ship’s route and position here. The journey will lead first to Raphael Island (also known as the North Island). There they pick up the island crew, evacuated earlier before the cyclone, and sail to Saint Brandon Island (also known as the South Island). The total length of the cruise is approx 26-28 hours.
Update February 23, 2023: The delay on departure is 24 hours because the minister of the blue economy did not permit us to go to sea due to the ongoing cyclone in the area so we will sail a day later; we rebooked departure flights by 48 hours; which cost us a lot of money, the radio operation will be extended by 2 days until 8.3., greetings from the team OK1FCJ, 3B7M.
Update February 23, 2023: They have arrived to Mauritius and today they plan to start sailing to the Saint Brandon islands. You can follow them in their Facebook page.
Update January 17, 2023: Miro, OM5RW, joins the team. He is a very experienced operator and will focus on 160m.
Update November 29, 2022:After long discussion with team members we will be active on QO 100 sat. Hardware is ready, the only problem is dish, but i hope we agree with the local 3B8 hams and will activate QO 100 from 3B7. Stay tuned!
OM5ZW, OK6DJ, OM3PC, OM4MW, OK2ZA, OM3KAP (YL) and OM4MM will be QRV from Saint Brandon Islands as 3B7M from February 24 to March 5, 2023.
They will operate on 160 - 6m in CW, SSB and Digital Modes.