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3Y0X Peter I Island DXpedition is on the air

Date : 11 / 02 / 2006
Author : Chris Jones - VK2ZDD

3Y0X Peter I Island DXpedition is on the air! (Feb 8, 2006) -- The Peter I Island 3Y0X DXpedition is out of the fog, on the island and on the air. Most, if not all, of the 22-member DXpedition team now are on the tiny island in the Bellinghausen Sea near Antarctica. Suggested frequencies for the 3Y0X DXpedition are SSB: 1842.5, 3750, 7093, 14,190, 18,145, 21,295, 24,987 (most likely listening down) and 28,475 kHz; CW: 1822.5, 3523, 7023, 10,103, 14,023, 18,073, 21,023, 24,893 and 28,023 kHz; digital: 10,135, 14,084, 18,108, 21,102, 24,928 (most likely listening down on 17, 15 and 12) and 28,092 kHz. Except as noted, the 3Y0X operators will be listening up. Do not transmit on the DXpedition's frequency! The DXpedition expects to update its on-line log search once or twice a day. After waiting on the ship for fog to lift, the first helicopter load landed on Peter I Island at 1830 UTC on February 7. "This is a beautiful place, but visibility is presently poor," the team reported in an update earlier today. "We've seen the tops of volcanoes but only for a brief period." The 3Y0X team expects to have eight or nine operating positions QRV within the next 24 hours. The Peter I Island DXpedition was the recipient of a $7500 ARRL Colvin Award grant to help finance the team's visit. The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has been a premier contributor to the major undertaking, estimated to cost upward of $500,000, making it the most costly DXpedition ever undertaken. Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Ralph Fedor, K0IR, are the co-leaders of the 3Y0X effort.

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