3Y0J Bouvet Island New 18 June 2021
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!
Bouvet 2023 Team
3Y0J Bouvet Island News 13 June 2021
To the global DX community.
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.
Paul Ewing, N6PSE
Kenneth Opskar LA7GIA
3Y0J Team planning to be active from Bouvet Island, IOTA AN - 002, in January - February 2023.
Team - N6PSE, LA7GIA, DL6KVA, JH4RHF, K6TD, HA0NAR, W1SRD, LA7THA, N2WB, N7QT, WD5COV, LB1QI, KO8SCA, AB5EB.
Honorary Team members - LA1VC (SK), N4BQW (SK).
They will operate on 160 - 10m All modes.
EA5RM Chief/EU Pilot.
W6AER West Coast Pilot
W2IRT East Coast Pilot
JR4OZR JA/Asia Pilot
KM4SII Youth Pilot
HK3W South America Pilot
VK3HJ VK/ZL Pilot
QSL via M0OXO, OQRS.
Sponsors who donate $50 USD or more PRIOR to the DXpedition start will have their QSL card sent directly, as well LoTW confirmation.
If you sponsor us you can enter a raffle with exclusive souvenirs from Bouvet trip ++
Sponsors QSL+LoTW will have priority!
For non-sponsors (will be activated after DXped):
1.) OQRS Direct QSL+LoTW: via paypal $20
Mailed anywhere in the world unlimited number of QSOs, including LoTW.
2.) OQRS Bureau QSL: via paypal $3 (delayed at least 12 months)
Mailed anywhere in the world unlimited number of QSO, card only.
Do NOT request via the normal Bureau card services as these will NOT be answered. Only use the OQRS online service.
3.) Direct mailed cards (delayed)
Send your direct card to M0OXO with sufficient return postage via the regular Direct Mail system. Suggested minimum donation is $7 for direct mail QSLs.
Complete log will be uploaded to LoTW (delayed at least 12 months)
Information from Intrepid DX Group:
Press Release from the Intrepid-DX Group
3Y0J Dxpedition to Bouvet Island, January/February 2023
As we completed our successful VP8STI-South Sandwich and VP8SGI-South Georgia DXpeditions in 2016, we began to plan for our next Dxpedition. Our target is the Norwegian Island Bouvet. This is the #2 most wanted DXCC entity.
At this time, it gives us great pleasure to announce that we have joined forces with Intrepid Norwegian DXpeditioner Ken Opskar-LA7GIA in our quest to activate Bouvet.
Together, in January 2023, 14 men will board the Braveheart in Capetown and make the treacherous voyage to Bouvet. We will plan to spend twenty days at Bouvet and weather permitting, we plan to have 14 to 16 good days of radio activity.
This will be an arduous and expensive mission. Our budget is $764,000 USD and the 3Y0J team will fund much of this mission. We desperately 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 100,000 contacts or more from Bouvet.
We plan to make best use of Propagation and Modes on 10-160 meters.
We pledge to assemble the strongest team possible and to use good operating practices to optimize your ability to reach our stations. We are confident that the Braveheart crew can get us there and back safely.
In closing, we especially wish to recognize and thank the Northern California DX Foundation and the International DX Association as our premier donors. Without the support of the NCDXF and INDEXA, operations to the world’s rarest entities would not be possible.