The Bouvet Island 3Y0Z DXpedition Team reports that it has found “a suitable landing zone on Bouvet Island” and identified the apparent “best operating location in the area” for the early 2018 venture. The proposed site is approximately 600 feet above sea level on the Slakhallet Glacier on Bouvet’s northeastern quadrant, the DXpedition team said in a December 7 news release. An on-site inspection upon landing will determine the team’s ultimate operating location.
The team has selected Antarctic shelters to house stations, sleeping quarters, and an eating and meeting facility. “These were selected to survive the high winds, precipitation, and temperatures expected on Bouvet,” the team said.
The 10 HF beams used on the Amsterdam Island (FT5ZM) DXpedition will be used on Bouvet. Verticals for 160, 80, 60, 40, and 30 meters will be placed to minimize interaction.
Three experienced DXpedition leaders — Ralph Fedor, K0IR, Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Erling Wiig, LA6VM — and a large team of operators will activate Bouvet, the number 2 most-wanted DXCC entity. The last Bouvet activation was 3Y0E in 2007-2008. A dependency of Norway, Bouvet (Bouvetøya) is a subantarctic island in the South Atlantic.