Bouvet Island: The Toughest Nut to Crack?

Bouvet Island This is one of those personal feelings that you get, and its not something really clear and concrete. Its a feeling that with time it might become more clear. This is where hindsight will become 20/20. I feel that 3Y0Z represents the end of an era – perhaps the end of the “Ultra Mega Going to Very Hard Places to Get to”…

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…

DXpeditions are Risky!

I’m praying that the 3Y0Z Team gets home safely. That’s all that matters now. I donated $250 and want the team to keep it to help with costs. I hope they can recoup some from the company they chartered – the principles of 3Y0Z are the best of the best and I’m sure they had the right contingencies in their contract. Having been a…

3G9A Louder on 40M Tonight

The team is more than half way and their signals on 40M are getting louder (peaking S9), which I kind of expected. My 40M phased array is now just about as good as the 40M doublet up 60′, which is also something I expected given all of my testing with ZS6CCY – Bill, who tells me the phased array is better than the doublet….

Z60A Kosovo: A “Warm Up” for 3Y0Z?

It seems that Z60A will warm up the airwaves over the next couple of weeks and into the time 3Y0Z is on the air. It looks like February will be  block buster DX month after all. I have been hearing ON4UN on 40M CW all Winter, so I know EU has been easy to work in the mornings. However, we are now entering the…

3G9A: Great Signal at 0444z on 40M

I just worked them easily and their signal seems better tonight than last night. The doublet is the winner and they are about 579. They are close to South Georgia, and one thing I noticed is at this latitude, about 8 hours of their night is right in the greyline. This should really help since the SSN is Zero, and will probably stay the…

40M Antenna Directions, Pattern and Gain

The 3Y0Z beam heading is 130 degrees, which is where my doublet up 60′ is pointed. Its pattern is: My DX Engineering DV-40-P is pointed NE – SW, and its pattern is: WIth 3 dB gain in the NE and SW direction, and only 1 dB gain towards Bouvet. Interestingly, with the array switched to the NE position, ZS6CCY says my signal is 6…

3G9A on 20M with a Coronal Disturbance

I worked 3G9A at 2330z 3:30 PST), and as you can see, they are in sunlight still: They were very easy to work, and while the Falklands is no big deal from my QTH, I am at least watching 20M to see when it is open and when it closes. They were only S7 at best, but Q5, even with some crackly static sounding…