The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1406.1
March 19, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Clusters
Network and N7NG for the following DX information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19. March, 2019 0300Z [edited]
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, specif-
ically on low-bands. On Monday, OH2BH had a detailed discussion with DX-
pedition 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.
See JE1CKA at QRZ.com - https://www.qrz.com/db/JE1CKA/
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-
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
3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update, dated March 19th). The following
was posted on the 3Y0I Web page [edited]: The 3Y0I DXPEDITION HAS BEGUN --
The 3Y0I 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, we should reach Bouvet in 7 days around March
26th. Landing on the Island will be strictly dependent on weather con-
ditions met upon arrival. ***Estimated*** launch date of 3Y0I on the air
might be about last days or March. This information may be subject to
change (sea and weather conditions safety first!)
The Team plans to stay at the island at least for 2 weeks, with an option
to extend the stay to 3-4 weeks, if weather and other factors permit.
We will sign as E51DOM/mm on way to and back from the island.
You may track our vessel at:
* https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0tARRAqk3ftzEN8piDb2UOWqGrnOX349o (should be operational later today)
Stay tuned for further updates and cross fingers for us. History has begun!
PS. NOTE: the Team will NOT monitor DX clusters nor personal email boxes
during the DXpedition.
For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following
Web pages: https://bouvetoya.org
https://www.rebeldxgroup.com (seems to be back online)
http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations)