Its hard to believe that its been 2 years since the team started their long journey to Heard Island. We almost had to cancel the project right before Visalia 2015, but a miracle happened during Visalia – as we were fund raising at a table for the full three days.
Bouvet is “in play” and even more than I expected – from http://www.arrl.org/news/3y0i-bouvet-dxpedition-invites-3y0z-team-to-join-forces
“The 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition team this week publicly invited the members of the ill-fated 3Y0Z team to join forces as part of “rebooted preparations” for the venture, but 3Y0Z team co-leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, told ARRL that his group has other plans. Dates for the 3Y0I DXpedition, meanwhile, remain up in the air at this point, but the team said it would announce its expected dates of operation soon.”
So, my reflections at the 2 year VK0EK anniversary is that DXpedition Teams rarely just give up. I’ve donated to both 3Y0Z and 3Y0I – so lets see who gets there. Now we have two motivated groups and there is no conflict of interest there – 3Y0I not only stood by as 3Y0Z tried – they even invited them to join forces.
I can imagine that 3Y0Z – with all of the donations tied up in that project that they are most likely working out something regarding DAP in Chile – and the failure of the Betanzos. Its not the first time that a ship was compromised on a DX-pedition, but its the only one I can remember where they actually arrived and had to turn back. I remember the harrowing experience that Jim and Kirstie Smith had after activating Heard Island and their return with no engines firing – using the wind and current to guide them home.
I do hope BOTH 3Y0Z and 3Y0I activate Bouvet – there will be more demand than BOTH can deliver.