3Y0I – West Coast Prediction – Vernal Equinox

One thing that some “pundits” have missed – and its the same thing that happened with VP8STI – South Sandwich – and that is that West Coast Signals will be coming in from their West – and NOT their Northwest. Why does this matter? Because coming in from the West, we are mostly an all water path, and we skirt around those mountains and…

3Y0I and “Synchronicity”

At about 0600Z today, the Atlantic Tuna left Capetown for Bouvet Island. 3Y0I is now officially under way and I wish them Godspeed. There is no doubt, this DXpedition has been “unconventional”, but the way I’ve always figured it – the team that goes gets to play it their way. I remember with VK0EK, we were considered somewhat unconventional – because we had science…

3Y0I, The Vernal Equinox and the VK0EK 3rd Anniversary

VOACAP Online showing the grey-line at (of all times) 4:20! If all goes well, we could be calling 3Y0I by the Vernal Equinox. Getting to and activating Bouvet is about the most difficult thing to do in DX-landia, so it is never guaranteed – as we all learned with 3Y0Z. Looking back at the 3rd Anniversary of VK0EK, the team left Capetown on March…

2019: The Year of 3Y0I and The Gold Dust Twins

I have perhaps one of the best restored Collins 75A-4 receivers and speaker . . .  I fell in love with my 75A-4 and am in awe every time I use it. I recently picked up a rough looking KWS-1 transmitter to match. The KWS-1 will be restored in January, 2019 . . .  During my week off between Christmas and New Year’s, I…

If I Build It . . . . (Death of a 40M Dipole)

I had a 40M dipole up 60′ for 3Y0I . . .  Two weeks after putting it up, my neighbor drops a note off at my doorstep saying he is cutting down the 70′ tree that one end is attached to. The “offensive” and scraggly Monterrey Pine that the dipole is in on one side I did enough tests, and the dipole was 10…

West Coast – 3Y0I Pilot Test (40M)

As you already know – I usually do ZS tests at night for the short path – always on 40M. Tonight I was able to hear E51DOM/MM (in Cape Town) sending CW at 0430z and he was loud enough to make a QSO (if I were running more the 100 watts that I am). Dom was only running 150 watts into a makeshift antenna…

Latest Bouvet Propagation Prediction

Its a mostly water path from San Francisco to Bouvet Island . . . and the sunset grey line is pretty much perfect as far as when they will go and activate . . . I believe 40 – 17M. Propagation prediction tools are notoriously bad even at 40M – and are terrible below that. In fact, I usually take the prediction and shift…

Ghost of VU7RG

VU2ELJ which was right through the 3Y0I – Bouvet grey line path The VU long path at the end of our day on the West Coast is a path that does open regularly, but not nearly as much as the oath to ZS. Today was great – 40M was very quiet and I was hearing all kinds of great DX starting an hour before…

All I Want For Christmas is a Bouvet ATNO!

Dear Santa. I have my two front teeth, so what I really want is an ATNO from Bouvet Island and 3Y0I. I know you especially like Hamm’s, so I expect you just might come through . . .  No helicopters will be needed with 3Y0I . . .

Which 40M Antenna Will Win for 3Y0I?

The DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array wins the ZS path (orange), the dipole wins the South Shetlands path (light blue), so which antenna will win the highly coveted Bouvet Path (yellow)? Time will tell. The most interesting thing is that in both cases, the UrbanBeam did hear the stations in both places. It was not quite as good as the winner – but…