Bouvet lies at 54 degrees, 25 minutes South and 3 degrees, 22 minutes East. It’s the product of a volcanic eruption that last occurred in 4,000 B.C. Bouvet is 97% ice-covered, and with surrounding rocks and small islands, has an area of 19 square miles, with 18.4 miles of coastline. Its location, ice, rock cliffs, high seas, harsh climate and surrounding pack ice and icebergs isolate it from human presence. Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier first saw the island in 1739. The island was not seen again until 1808. There was a disputed landing by Benjamin Morrell. But, the first documented landing was by the Norvegia expedition in 1927, which named the island Bouvetoya, and claimed it for Norway. More on the Bouvet Island DXpedition…
Fred, AB1OC and I recently returned from the Dayton Hamvention, which was held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, OH for the first time this year. Here is a summary of our visit.
We always arrive 1 day before the Hamvention to attend Contest University. We get to listen to professors who are experts in contesting, propagation and other aspects of Ham radio and always learn something new. The presentation that stands out in my mind was on Space Weather by Dr. Tamitha Skov, who is a regular on Ham Nation and has a web site Space Weather Woman.
On Friday it was time to visit the first day of Hamvention. We spent most of our time visiting the vendors. The new venue had 5 buildings with vendor booths and 2 more buildings for Forums. It took us most of Friday and some of Saturday to visit all of them. Here are some of the highlights.
Icom has a new SDR transceiver coming out later this year, the IC-7610. We got to see it in person at their booth. The display was impressive. If the performance is as good as the IC-7300, this will be a great transceiver.
The Elecraft booth was very busy – we got to see their upcoming 1500 W amplifier, the KPA1500, which will cover 6m – 160m.. this one is going on the wishlist.
Next, we visited the Flex Radio booth and spent some time playing with the Maestro, which will have at Field Day for the GOTA station. Their newest radios, including the Flex 6600 have buttons and knobs and a display.
At Kenwood’s booth, we got to look at their newest HT, the TH-D74, a tri-bander which does APRS, D-Star and has a great looking color display.
We then visited the Begali booth where we got a chance to try out a large variety of Begali Keys.
At the Begali booth, Fred picked out his Hamvention toy for this year – the Sculpture Mono key.
We made several visits to the AMSAT booth and saw Burns, W2BFJ, one of our newest club members. We also talked to their educational lead about ARISS opportunities to contact astronauts on the space stations and learned the details about how cube sats are built and launched. We also picked up a copy of their latest satellite book, which is one of the best books on the topic we have read.
We also visited the ARRL booth where we received a warm welcome from Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, ARRL CEO, who spoke at our club meeting last year. He is very interested in our HAB project.
After the Hamvention closed for the day, we attended many of the dinners and activities at the Crowne Plaza with the contesting community. At the Top Band dinner, we saw a very interesting presentation from Nodir, EY8MM, about his home country, Tajikistan and his plans for 160m operations during the Bouvet Island DXpedition coming up in 2018.
Overall we had a great time at the Hamvention and are looking forward to attending in 2018.
Wake Island … Been There, Done That, No T-Shirt Though
While I was looking at the ClubLog’s Most Wanted List recently, I noticed that Wake Island is #41. This brought fond memories flooding into my mind!
The Year was 1961. I was a junior in High School. We had just moved to Hawaii. My Dad was looking for employment. One Day he came home and announced he got a one year contract as an Electronic Technician in Wake Island. I had never heard of it before.
The next thing you know, we were on a DC3 via Kure and landing at Wake. We had brought a Hallicrafters HT-32A and a Hammarlund HQ-170. Forty-Five minutes after being assigned our quarters, we threw 25 feet of random wire out the window and, through the Harvey-Wells Matchbox, loaded up around 14015 Khz with a short CW CQ. It was a mob … I remember my first QSO was with W5WZQ of contest fame. The pileup was so heavy and thick, I had a hard time peeling the signals apart. The HQ-170 had a neat feature, a band-spread vernier dial that went plus and minus 3 kHz from the center frequency. So I would go down 3 kHz for a few QSOs and up 3 kHz for a few, and soon the pileup was spread all over the spectrum.
Needless to say, in the coming year, Dad and I worked endless pile-ups every band we got on. Adding a 4 element Hygain tri-bander and a Hallicrafters HT-33 KW amp didn’t hurt either. I entered the 1961 CQ WW CW DX contest and got the All-time record high score for Oceania which held for many years.
We vowed to return QSL 100 percent and that ran up the postage costs. Fortunately, we were considered a USA FPO address so, soon PO Box 68, Wake Island had virtually daily cards filling its capacity. Here a just a few of our QSLs.
A 12-man team will be active from Niger as 5U5R between March 9-21, 2017. QRV on 6 to 160 meters; CW, SSB and RTTY with at least 4 stations on the air simultaneously. Full details here
Like to chase DX? There is quite a bit of good DX on the air this week. I just worked 5U5R from Niger, which was an ATNO (All Time New One) for me! 9N7EI from Nepal and TU7C from Cote D’Ivoire are also on the air.
The DX World website has a calendar for the month which shows all of the DXpeditions for the month. It also has announcements for upcoming DXpeditions.