JANUARY 22 – Regular updates also appear on the 3Y0Z website

Lunchtime for some of the team.

JANUARY 21 – Homemade map by Pat, F2DX. He mentions the projection helps to better understand the difference between the initial starting point (South Shetland) and their actual point of departure (Punta Arenas). This gap was caught up in a little less than 48 hours of navigation. [On the other hand, of course roads plotted on this map cannot take into account possible changes, notably because of ice or particular weather conditions].

JANUARY 20 – We had an uneventful traverse of the Straits of Magellan, and are currently just southeast of the Falkland Islands, making approximately 11 knots. At the moment, we have fair winds and following seas, and our weather forecast looks good for the next 12 hours. However, the weather can change quickly in this part of the world.

Our team is in good spirits, but one or two are feeling the effects of moderate seasickness. We have one maritime mobile station active, with most of our QSOs on 20 and 40m. We are running 100 watts to a Hustler vertical on the bow of the ship and an OCF dipole hung from the bridge area. Our transmissions include grid square information. We hope to add a second station, soon.

73, Ralph, KØIR

Calm seas.

JANUARY 19 @ 21:30z3G9A/MM now QRV. First station in log LU4AT.

JANUARY 19 @ 17:30z — Pictures by W8HC showing the MV Betanzos navigating the Magellan Strait. Boat tracker

JANUARY 19 @ 12:30z – With the aid of tugboats, the team have now departed port and the long voyage to Bouvet begins. Follow their 3G9A/MM voyage here or here. Good luck ! Departure videos below by W8HC and NM1Y.

 

On our way…..

Posted by Jeff Jolie on Friday, January 19, 2018

 

 

Posted by Hal Turley on Friday, January 19, 2018

Short interview with co-leader K0IR in video ^^.

JANUARY 18 – EMBARKATION

 

Posted by Hal Turley on Thursday, January 18, 2018

[pictures credit: NM1Y]

[pictures credit: W8HC]

 

Embarking Bentanzos

Posted by Jeff Jolie on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Co-leader K4UEE filming team embarking MV Betanzos

JANUARY 17 – Helicopters heading to the ship.

Team member JR4OZR happy

JANUARY 16 — [TEAM say] Preparation for our departure continues, albeit at a somewhat slower pace than we had hoped.  However, the vessel is now fully fueled and all our DXpedition gear, food, and medical and survival gear is aboard.  And, you have likely read that team members completed their cold water survival, CPR, and fire-fighting training.

Two team leaders and our merchant marine captain team member (W7IV) have been aboard the vessel.  They observed the crew and contractors working hard to complete their projects.

We are awaiting final clearance to sail which will be issued by the Chilean Navy, the regulatory authority for maritime safety.

We remain confident in our success and are anxiously waiting to get underway. Whatever delay we encounter will not impact our results on the island.

Team leaders looking at latest sea-ice coverage (Jan 14)

JANUARY 14 — 3Y0Z team leaders review current sea ice conditions in the Antarctic. These satellite images will be made available on a daily basis along with other advanced weather data and will be useful “tools” for identifying and avoiding sea ice as the team navigate toward Bouvet.

JANUARY 13 — [TEAM say] Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has made navigation between King George Island and Bouvet slow and of increased risk. We will therefore depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet. This has necessitated changes to preparations. That process is underway and moving as fast as possible.

Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days. We estimate that our sailing date and QRV date will move back 24 to 36 hours. Our QRT date will be extended as necessary to provide everyone with the best possible chance of working Bouvet.

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island team attending a safety training course, preparing for their long journey.