The “Dormant DXer”

My KWS-1 – built in 1958 – with 700 watts on most bands that I would work 3Y0I, who needs a linear? When I purchased the Gold Dust Twins – and specifically the KWS-1, I only thought about it as a nostalgia / living history purchase and “whim”. The deal fell in my lap – both the 75A-4 and the KWS-1. After using the…

3Y0I: Bouvet in November 2019

The DX Rebels are Going to Try Bouvet Again in November There isn’t much going on DX wise for me anymore, but I still get excited when I hear news of another attempt at Bouvet. Who knows – maybe we will get some Glorioso news some day too – preferably when the sunspot cycle swings up for Cycle 25. Maybe I will make my…

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 . . .

Bouvet Island from the West Coast

From Orinda, its “130 at 130” – 130 degrees south east at 0130z For several years – yes years – if you’ve followed my blog, you’d know that I am a ZS propagation junky. I know every minute and hour of every season when the West Coast can work ZS – in the evening short path and the morning long path. The only difference…

2008 and 2009: We Won’t Get Fooled Again

2018 and 2019 look eerily like 2008 and 2009 as far as DXing and Sunspots are concerned [Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – hi hi . . . ] Back in 2008 – Petrus was in his tent on Bouvet. I heard him and called him. I remember he had a low voice – not particularly loud or clear. He only…

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”…

3Y0Z Cancelled

Today, 3Y0Z announced (and first reported by DX News) that they are discouraged that the prospects that they can get another ship to go activate Bouvet is not working out, so they will abandon the project. After they get their container back and pay off all bills – they will send a pro-rata refund to all donors. https://dxnews.com/forum/forum/dxing/2122-3y0z-dx-pedition-news?view=stream The 3Y0Z principles and team is…

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…

Bouvet and the Race to the Bottom (again . . . )

2018, 19 and 20 look like 2008, 2009 and 2010 Looking at the coming of 2+ years at the bottom of Cycle 24 going into 25, and thoughts of Bouvet pop in my mind. Its a mini cliff hanger: “Who will activate Bouvet before (even) 20M closes down?” FT5GA activated Glorioso in Sept / October 2009, when even 20M was dead. Their team completely…

RI1ANO and 3Y0Z

RI1ANO has been tearing up 30M tonight – solid 599+ and working the entire US. 3Y0Z is 2000 miles farther and more SE, but since its a water path, I doubt that will be a big deal. We were both right in the grey line when I worked him, and it sure was a major pipeline. SSN = ZERO, K = 4, A =…