Thursday, June 30, 2016

Major DXpedition to Bouvet in Planning Stages

NASA image of Bouvet Island, via CIA World Factbook
Well-known DXpeditioners Ralph Fedor, K0IR; Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Erling Wiig, LA6VM, are putting together a "large team" DXpedition to Bouvet Island – the world's second most-wanted DX entity – for late 2017 or early 2018. 

According to the ARRL Letter, the group says it has already reached an agreement for transportation with RV Braveheart owner Nigel Jolly, who recently became a licensed ham in the U.S. and received the vanity call of K6NRJ. The group's preliminary plan has been accepted by the Norwegian Polar Institute (Bouvet is a dependency of Norway). The announcement is being made now, the group said, "so that other DXpedition teams that may be considering Bouvet … can redirect their time and effort elsewhere." The island was last activated in 2008.