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3Y0X leaves Peter 1st Island

Date : 25 / 02 / 2006
Author : Chris Jones - VK2ZDD

3Y0X - the long-awaited DXpedition to Peter 1st Island, Antarctica - has finally gone off air, after notching up a spectacular number of QSOs during its two weeks of operation. The 22-strong DXpedition team, led by Ralph, K0IR, and Bob, K4UEE, arrived at the remote island by ship on 5 February. They made landfall two days later by helicopter and immediately started making contacts. By the time the operation was closed down on 19 February, the 3Y0X team had logged down 87,034 QSOs.

Now, the team are preparing to head back to Punta Arenas in Chile - a four day journey by ship. They were planning to stop off at Deception and King George islands en route back to Punta Arenas but their departure from Peter 1st Island was delayed when the weather closed in, preventing a helicopter from picking up their remaining gear on the island. According to a team spokesman, the delay will "definitely impact any plans to operate from King George".

Because of its remote location and freezing conditions, Peter 1st Island is very rarely activated. It has been said indeed that more people have been into space than have set foot on the island. As a result, it is a hugely sought-after entity for DXers.

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Thanks to the RSGB


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