Bouvet Island deserves a better effort…..

Posted: July 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

Bouvet Island3

Bouvet Island is one of the most remote places on earth. It is currently the #2 most wanted DXCC entity world-wide.

In October 2014, Mark ON4WW announced his plans for a one man, three month Dxpedition to Bouvet and he sought pledges of donations.  Mark launched a website at

Mark’s plans were very detailed and well thought out, however the fatal flaw was that it was a single man Dxpedition. Major funding organizations such as the NCDXF will not fund one man operations.

Mark’s budget of $285,000 USD for a three month operation is considerable compared to the cost for 6-10 men to visit for a considerably shorter time. After a few months of lining up potential donors and considerable publicity, Mark decided that he could not go forward with his plans.  Mark is known as a very fine operator however the global DX Community has very high expectations, much higher than any one man operation could possibly meet.

It is unfortunate that Mark was not able to go forward with his plans but in the long term, the DX Community will be better served by a larger team effort. Perhaps Mark will re-consider his plans. I feel that he could achieve success with a larger team that could qualify for Foundation funding.

Bouvet Island

Alex-UN7PCZ also announced in March, 2015 that he had received permission from the Norwegian Polar Institute to operate as 3Y0F with a 12 man team in December 2015 into January 2016. Alex has launched a website with photos of his antennas, coax switches, coax cables and a photo of his dog.

Alex launched a website at:

Since his original announcement, there have been no details about his plans, his team or his method of transportation. No sponsors are listed and Alex is not returning email messages. It does not seem likely that this team effort can go forward in five months without a significant ramp up time, serious fundraising effort and well detailed plans.

It is unfortunate that there are people that want to activate Bouvet but cannot pull it together to get beyond their initial steps. For Dxpedition Leaders, rare entities such as Bouvet, and P5 North Korea are like “cat nip” to a cat. We often dream of how can we make these activations and what can we do to help ensure our success.

Bouvet is a very remote and dangerous place, requiring a large vessel and a helicopter for landing and rescue. I hope that Bouvet can soon attract the kind of men that have led similar efforts to Peter 1, Heard Island and other rare and remote places.

Bouvet Island deserves the best effort possible.

What do you think?

  1. Al Burnham, K6RIM says:

    Alex has a good-looking dog!

  2. Pat Cox says:

    Glad to have worked and confirmed 3Y5X on 3 January 1990 on 10 meters. I will not stand in the way of anyone else having their opportunity to work Bouvet. So, when and it is activated again, have at it and enjoy the greatest hobby in the world. 73 de K4AVO

  3. Roger says:

    I need Bouvet as an ATNO.

    The How’s DX column in August QST [which arrived in the mail yesterday] says, ” [the] 3Y0F might take place from Bouvet Island.” I guess the operative word is “might”. Hopefully more definitive information will be forthcoming.

    73 Roger K5RKS

    • n6pse says:

      I firmly believe that it would take over a year of planning and fundraising to even prepare for such an activation. So far there is no news or fundraising effort. I would say this effort is unlikely to move forward. Bouvet really deserves a solid effort.

  4. Ken says:

    Paul, is there a chance that Intrepid will activate 3Y0/B in early 2017?

    73 Ken, LA7GIA

    • n6pse says:

      Ken, Bouvet would be an interesting project and we are always interested in interesting projects and big challenges. The budget for Bouvet would be enormous due to the need of a helicopter and a larger ship to support the helicopter. Given our experience with VP8 and the difficulty in raising money from the global DX community, I feel that such a project would not be adequately supported and so I have doubts that it can be done successfully by anyone.

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