15.06.2018 currently : Juni 18 : 2018: 9X0T[1] VP6D[2] 3Y0I[3] 3Y Info[4]
15. Jun 18 Fr   FR/F4HPX[5]   3W9NH   J3/G0VJG VP9/WA4PGM VP5DR        
16. Jun 18 Sa     3W9NH   J3/G0VJG VP9/WA4PGM[6] VP5DR        
17. Jun 18 So     3W9NH   J3/G0VJG   VP5DR        
18. Jun 18 Mo     3W9NH[7]   J3/G0VJG ZF2LT VP5DR        
19. Jun 18 Di         J3/G0VJG ZF2LT VP5DR        
20. Jun 18 Mi         J3/G0VJG ZF2LT VP5DR        
21. Jun 18 Do         J3/G0VJG ZF2LT VP5DR     H44XG    
22. Jun 18 Fr         J3/G0VJG ZF2LT VP5DR     H44XG T88YL  
23. Jun 18 Sa         J3/G0VJG ZF2LT VP5DR     H44XG T88YL  
24. Jun 18 So     8Q7DT   J3/G0VJG ZF2LT[8] VP5DR     H44XG T88YL  
25. Jun 18 Mo     8Q7DT   J3/G0VJG   VP5DR[9]     H44XG T88YL  
26. Jun 18 Di   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT   J3/G0VJG       H44XG T88YL  
27. Jun 18 Mi   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT   J3/G0VJG[10]     KH1/KH7Z H44XG[11] T88YL[12]  
28. Jun 18 Do   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT    KB3KYH/VP9   KH1/KH7Z    
29. Jun 18 Fr   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT    KB3KYH/VP9   KH1/KH7Z    
30. Jun 18 Sa   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT    KB3KYH/VP9   KH1/KH7Z    
01. Jul 18 So   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM  KB3KYH/VP9 OX3LX VQ5Z   KH1/KH7Z    
02. Jul 18 Mo   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM  KB3KYH/VP9 OX3LX VQ5Z   KH1/KH7Z    
03. Jul 18 Di   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM  KB3KYH/VP9 OX3LX VQ5Z   KH1/KH7Z    
04. Jul 18 Mi   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM   OX3LX VQ5Z   KH1/KH7Z    
05. Jul 18 Do   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM   OX3LX VQ5Z   KH1/KH7Z    
06. Jul 18 Fr   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM   OX3LX VQ5Z   KH1/KH7Z[13]    
07. Jul 18 Sa   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM VP2V/N9DK OX3LX VQ5Z[14]        
08. Jul 18 So   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT 4K6/DL7ZM VP2V/N9DK OX3LX        
09. Jul 18 Mo   6W/ON4AZP    8Q7DT[15] 4K6/DL7ZM VP2V/N9DK OX3LX        
10. Jul 18 Di   6W/ON4AZP [16]     4K6/DL7ZM[17] VP2V/N9DK OX3LX        
11. Jul 18 Mi         VP2V/N9DK OX3LX        
12. Jul 18 Do         VP2V/N9DK OX3LX          
13. Jul 18 Fr   A25A       VP2V/N9DK OX3LX          
14. Jul 18 Sa   A25A       VP2V/N9DK[18] OX3LX[19]     3D2**[20]    
15. Jul 18 So   A25A           3D2**    
16. Jul 18 Mo   A25A             3D2**    
17. Jul 18 Di   A25A             3D2**    
18. Jul 18 Mi   A25A                  
19. Jul 18 Do   A25A       PJ2/KM4SII          
20. Jul 18 Fr   A25A[21] 7Q7JK       PJ2/KM4SII          
21. Jul 18 Sa     7Q7JK       PJ2/KM4SII          

The Italian DX Team, led by I2YSB, plan activity from Rwanda as 9X0T during September/October 2018 (actual dates to be confirmed).
Press Release #1
Dec 1, 2017
VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition (OC-182)

The Perseverance DX Group (pdxg.net) is pleased to announce their planned activation of Ducie Island (a Marine Protected Area), currently Clublog #29 most wanted. Planning has begun for an expedition in Oct/Nov, 2018.

Landing permission, visas and radio license have been issued. A team of 14 operators will be on the island for up to 14 days. The team will depart from Mangareva, French Polynesia aboard the expedition ship Braveheart. Seven (7) operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/CW/Digital, including FT8.

The team includes: Dave K3EL, Pista HA5AO, Les W2LK, Heye DJ9RR, Mike WA6O, Jacky ZL3CW, Arnie N6HC, Steve W1SRD, Chris N6WM, Laci HA0NAR, Ricardo PY2PT, Walt N6XG, Gene K5GS, currently one open position to be filled.

Watch the usual DX sources – we will announce additional details as they develop.

Website:  vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook will also be available.

Please direct questions to:  info@vp6d.com

Team Ducie – 2018
Following our previous announcement we have received a huge number of requests and suggestions to make our project better and more successful. We REALLY appreciate and consider them all. Majority of the notes – understandably – refer to increasing a number of bands and modes we’ll be active on from Bouvet Island. This all pushes us to expand our plans.
Even though we initially planned the 3YØI DXpedition with a small (but sturdy) power-sailor yacht and by a small, reliable and experienced team, we can’t deny we’ve also been looking for a chance to go there with a bigger team. It’s clear we should do so to meet the huge demand of ATNO and to provide as many slots/modes worldwide as possible. We’ve also been looking to different option to reduce expedition’s cost while utilizing maximum resources: operators, equipment + right security measures.
As also announced before, we’ve found a suitable and – the most important – reliable ship in a perfect shape with a responsible crew with Southern Oceans and Antarctic experience – at much lower cost.
    After negotiations with the ship’s owner, we were able to reduce our DXpedition’s budget to – ATTENTION! – 225.000 USD in total. YES – we’re talking about the REAL cost of bringing a BIGteam and a GOODgear to the island. And another “YES”: we’ve already secured MORE THAN A HALF of our estimated budgetamount and signed an initial contract with the ship’s owner.
Since any other DXpedition to Bouvet Island isn’t going to materialize anytime soon, and most of the donations funded to previous Bouvet’s activation are being sent to DX Foundations around the world (and yet they were dedicated by donors to this particular entity), we decided to apply for grants to cover missing amount of our budget.
By doing so, we feel much confident that’s a right decision-making and we’ve got right arguments in hands:
    Drastically lower cost of the project while still maintaining an experienced and reliable big team and equipment to meet DXers’ demands. At at least 1/3 of cost of any other similar expedition announced recently!
    After careful reading of application and grant rules of DX foundations we apply to, none of them states they’d support a specific group of operators/applicants but they’re clearly in charge to support projects that meet application criterias and ventures to bring rare DXCC entities on the air and which continue ham radio legacy. It’s our turn and chance now, isn’t it?
    As said before, the money collected by different organizations are meant to be spent on the very precisely defined purposes: eg. Bouvetøya on the airwaves for the ham radio community worldwide. Thus, once granted, in this particular case and circumstances, we shouldn’t ask individual donors for donating to the same entity over again, but expecting the support from the foundations themselves. Individual donors already donated much to a project that turned out unseccessful and with the foundations’ support received, we wouldn’t feel ethically “OK” and in charge to ask for private money for the same goal.
    At last, but not least, we wish to bring back life to DXpeditioning and to make it more open for next ham radio generations by cost reducing and opening – at last – “DXped doors” to new experienced operators.

We strongly believe that DX foundations we’ve applied to will understand our arguments and possibilities and will rise to the challenge of our way of thinking: more ham radio, more attractive activations from the most wanted entities and less money and business involved. Crossing fingers for bringing Bouvetoya onto airwaves.  It’s our chance now!

Wish to join 3YØI? Send an email for more info to: dom@rebeldxgroup.com
Don’t forget to attach your ham radio CV and to ask your boss for 1 month+ vacations ;-)NEWS UPDATE — After receiving absolutely no single word of reply to our invitation from the 3YØZ organizers (we leave that for your own judgement), an important decision has been taken by our team.

    We’re now open for applications to join the 3YØI Bouvet Island Expedition

A full inspection of the expedition vessel by the team in person is planned after our trip to the Pacific. There are 2 reasons to this. We wish to avoid any circumstances that wouldn’t allow us to put 3YØI on the air and we also wish to reduce spending to minimum. Thanks to proper planning, total cost of the expedition is already much lower than any other similar venture announced recently. More savings to come after the inspection.

Our main container in already on route to South Africa, where our journey to Bouvet will begin from.

As said before, we invite experienced operators to join efforts to activate the 2nd most wanted entitiy during Antarctic summer. More details available on request by email at: dom@rebeldxgroup.com. Don’t forget to attach your ham radio CV and to ask your boss for 1 month+ vacations!
DX-World just received info from a Norwegian contact that the 3Y0I license has been renewed. A landing permit has also been issued by the Norwegian Polar Institute.

No dates of activity are mentioned but the permit is good until February 2019. However, DX-World contact suggests activity could be sometime this year. (see new info below)

For info, this website has recently been updated.

    Our trip, planned originally at the end of 2017, was cancelled at the request of the organizers of the “3YØZ” expedition. Due to their cancellation, we are now returning to the implementation of our project and preparations for our trip as a matter of urgency.

Furthermore, from the above website:

The first ever Polish expedition to the subantarctic Bouvet Island by 3Z9DX, SQ8X, SP3DOI, YU4DX and J69DS.

For the purpose of the expedition, a 24m-high seagoing yacht with PowerSail sails and 2 engines of 250 HP was chartered. The unit is adapted to move in extreme weather conditions. During the stay on the island, before the bad weather, we will be protected by proper construction of expedition tents. The whole trip is financed from the private resources of the participants.

Our expedition will start in South Africa, from where we will sail to Bouvet Island. We will cover over 2,800 nautical miles in the far South Atlantic. (It’s over 5200 km!)

After landing on Bouvet, we will install a camp and shortwave radio on the glacier plateau (it covers 93% of the island’s surface. In good weather, we will get to Olavtoppen – the highest peak of the island rising 760m above sea level.

Our expedition will take place during the subantarctic summer in the Southern Hemisphere. A sea journey in stormy conditions will take about 12 days one way. If the weather is favourable for us, we will spend about two weeks on the island. With successful winds, the expedition plan will close in about a month and a half.

Tom, LA4LN, the Norwegian Radio Relay
League (NRRL) HF Traffic Manager, informed OPDX the following in an E-mail:
  Dear DX friends,
    There has been some confusion about what amateur radio calls have
  been licensed for use from the Bouvet Island (2nd Most Wanted DXCC
  Entity; IOTA AN-002) for the year to come.
    The Norwegian Communications Authority informs me that the following
  licenses are valid as of 25 January 2017:
    3Y0G  Granted to ON4WW, valid from 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2017.
    3Y0Z  Granted to LA6VM, valid from 1 December 2017 to 30 April 2018.
    3Y0H  Granted to RA9USU, valid from 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018.
    3Y0I  Granted to 3Z9DX, valid from 13 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

  EDITOR'S NOTE: So far the 3Y0Z operation is the only DXpedition scheduled
  to hit the airwaves sometime in early 2018.
Thomas, F4HPX will be active from Reunion as FR/F4HPX between May 25 to June 15, 2018. QRV on 40-15m CW, SSB & Digi. QSL via H/c, LoTW, eQSL, Club Log OQRS.
Kyle, WA4PGM will be active from Bermuda during June 6-16, 2018. QRV on 160-6m mostly CW. QSL via HC direct, LoTW.
Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be active from Hoi An, Vietnam as 3W9NH between June 14-18, 2018. QRV on HF (possibly 6m). Participation in All Asian DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.
Lawrence, K8HTC plans activity from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands as ZF2LT during June 18-24, 2018. QRV on HF. QSL via HC
Dave/W9DR hält sich bis zum 25. Juni auf Turks and Caicos  Islands (WW Loc. FL41aw) auf und plant als VP5DR ausschliesslich  auf 6 Meter in CW und SSB aktiv zu sein. QSL via W9DR (d).
Nobby, G0VJG will be active from Grenada during June 13-27, 2018. Focus on 6m SSB + HF bands. Callsign pending. QSL via G4DFI.
Haru, JA1XGI announces he will be active from Honiara, Solomon Islands during June 21-27, 2018. QRV as H44XG on 40-30-20-15-10m; mainly CW, sometimes FT8 (DXpedition Mode). QSL via HC
Tatsuko, JJ1BDT will be active from Koror, Palau as T88YL during June 22-27, 2018. She is new to HF bands so asks for patience. QRV holiday-style on 40-17-15m, SSB/ QSL via JR1FKR.
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 would apply to Amateur Radio operator expeditions. This includes the Special Conditions that stipulate stringent quarantine procedures, vessel inspections and certifications, anchoring and landing requirements, wildlife avoidance measures, zero-impact requirements, and reporting requirements. Biosecurity requirements will be part of the SUP.”

A DXpedition to the Refuge could last up to 14 days, with only 12 days of radio operation, given that deployment and breakdown of the camp and radio equipment usually takes 2 days on each end of the trip, the FWS has estimated.

“Complete avoidance of seabird colonies will minimize nest disturbance and prevent burrow nest cave-ins,” the FWS said in its Compatibility Determination. “Activities on Baker Island will always attract the land crabs that inhabit this location. All efforts must be taken to avoid inadvertently feeding or entrapping these animals.”

The FWS would also have to approve QSL cards to ensure that they include “an informative or educational statement about the Refuge.” The FWS called QSLs “a valuable outreach tool.”
 Providenciales, Turks + Caicos Islands
HF and 6M DXpedition to IOTA NA-002 grid FL31vs by VE3IKV and W4TAA/VE3MMQ in July 1-7, 2018
    SSB, CW on 50.107 with CW beacon
    Also FT8 MSK144 JT65a
    Antenna: 8-el yagi 12.1dBd gain + 100W
    Liaison via ON4KST pages.
    QSL direct to VE3IKV
Daniel, SM0UDH will be active from the Maldives as 8Q7DT between June 24 to July 9, 2018. QRV holiday-style on HF bands (SSB & Digi). QSL via HC
Dominic, ON4AZP will be active holiday-style from Senegal as 6W/ON4AZP between June 26 to July 10, 2018. QRV on 40-10m SSB. QSL via HC
David, DL7ZM and Boris, 4K4A will be active from Nasir al-Din al-Tusi Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory (1500m asl, Grid: LN40HS) as 4K6/DL7ZM during July 1-10, 2018. QRV on 6m only; CW/SSB/FT8 using 100w, 7 and 3 element yagi and a noise cancelling system. QSL via AD0PY (direct).
David, N9DK will be active (sometimes /MM) from the British Virgin Isles as VP2V/N9DK between July 7-14, 2018. QRV on 80-2m, all modes. QSL via HC
Bo, OZ1DJJ plans to be QRV from eastern Greenland as OX3LX during July 1-14, 2018. Possible side trip to NA-243. Bo mentions this is not a DXpedition so will only be QRV when not at QRL. Best chance of working OX3LX is in the morning around lunch and after dinner (local time UTC+2). During weekends also night/morning. QSL via OZ0J.
Dave, WJ2O announces plans for a South Pacific DXpedition.

    KH8 – 8 June (2 days)
    5W – 11 June (2 days)
    KH8 – 13 June (4 days)
    KH1 – 27 June (10 days with KH1/KH7Z group)
    3D2 – 13 July (4 days)

Dates are approximate. Dave also mentions he was surprised to learn that KH8 no longer has active hams on the island and it has risen to #83 on the Club Log Most Wanted.
Andre, NJ0F will be active from the Lotsane Lodge, Tuli Block, Botswana as A25A between July 13-20, 2018. QRV on 80-10m; SSB, CW, RTTY, FT8. QSL via NJ0F.