Fall Like Weather Pattern in SF Bay Area

Yesterday we had a gorgeous Maxfield Parrish like sunset – “pinky – blue” sky. This is because the Jet Stream seems to have behaved a little bit more like our Winter pattern – there is a dip from the Gulf of Alaska combined with the clouds and cool temperature – and the fact that the daylight hours are noticeably shorter now – and it…

Back To School – and, Will 3Y0I Happen?

Autumn is my favorite time of year – and yesterday I saw the first orange and red leaves on my neighbors pepper tree. Interestingly enough, while some of the Sierras are down in the 40’s – and a very few in the 30’s – Orinda might also get down in the high 40’s tonight (very early morning). As I expected, this Summer was the…

Bottom of Cycle 24 . . . and 3Y0I News

Well, interestingly enough (irony?) the cycle dropped into “sustained Zero” territory pretty much just after 3Y0Z met their demise. On another note – I emailed Dom regarding 3Y0I – and asked him if he had shipped his gear to Cape Town, and he said “Yes, a while ago”. Fingers crossed – but all this year – and especially after 3Y0Z, I realize working Bouvet…

Will 3Y0I Happen This Fall?

An unscientific “poll” was conducted at KY6R this morning, and apparently, 3Y0I will happen in 2018. I’m guessing that if it does, we will hear soon that gear has been shipped – or will be shipping soon. Since its wise to give a month or two to ship such gear to Cape Town (where VK0EK shipped its gear) – shipping in August would mean…

3Y0I: Will it Happen?

Magic 8 – Ball says YES!

Visalia IDXC and Hamvention Announcements

It will be interesting to see if there are any new announcements – product wise or DX-pedition wise during this years Visalia IDXC or Hamvention. I expect some new product announcements, but am guessing there won’t be anything really exciting regarding DXpeditions. Speaking of DXpeditions, DXPedition of the Year, where 3Y0Z no doubt would have won could very well be won by a non-mega…

December 2018 Bouvet Conditions

Sliding down the sunspot cycle As I had expected, 3Y0Z had the last chance at some “decent” higher band propagation. We are now already at the bottom of the sunspot cycle as far as I am concerned. However, the low bands are getting better – so those with great antennas on 160 – 30M will be the big winners when Bouvet and Glorioso are…

VK0EK, 3Y0Z and 3Y0I . . .

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: Propagation Predictions With VOACAP Online

Even though conditions at the end of 2018 will be down from where they are now – 20M should still be good. I’m glad I will have the UrbanBeam up on the US Towers ALM-31 at that time. 17 and 15M still could show some life. 40 and 30M will be good. Jari and his team have added several new features on the VOACAP…

3Y0I: The Next Best Hope for a Bouvet Activation

The “ham spirit” shown by the 3Y0I Team, plus their professional web site and upcoming live blog convinced me to donate $200. While I know my generous donation to 3Y0Z is lost, I am hoping something good can come out of all of this. https://bouvetoya.org/?lang=en The best way I can thank 3Y0I for keeping the Bouvet Candle burning – and very graciously inviting the…