The Bouvet Island DXpedition – 3YØZ
Press Release #7
August 22, 2017
This Press Release is meant to be an update to our many financial supporters in the DX community and to others who may be considering supporting our efforts to activate the #2 DXCC most wanted— BOUVET Island.
Our fundraising began about this time last year, so we have been at it for 12 months. We are extremely grateful for the excitement, encouragement and actual contributions that have come our way. It has truly been amazing to see how the DX community has stepped up to help “make this happen.”
We believe that we have negotiated a contract with our transportation partners that gives us a good idea of what our costs will ultimately be. This expense represents most of our overall costs. Regarding the remainder of our budget, cost control is a daily challenge and a priority for leadership and the team. We take it very seriously.
However, recently we made a couple of changes affecting the expense side of our equation. This accounts for a small, 3% increase in our overall costs, but will make life on Bouvet safer and more comfortable. We have decided to add a second operating shelter (OP B) and a third sleeping shelter (Sleep C). This will allow us to have more room to place our 14 one-KW stations (12 HF and 2 EME) and to separate the operating modes. This will make our 14 to 16 estimated days of 24/7 operating more comfortable and less challenging. The bottom line is we have a small percentage increase in costs, but the on-island benefits are well worth the extra expense.
In summary, looking at our income from the Operating Team itself, the DX Foundations, DX Clubs and individual DXers, worldwide and at our estimates of what our costs will turn out to be, we feel we are in a good and enviable position…but we are still short over $100,000.
With this in mind, we are continuing to ask for your financial support. You may visit our DXpedition website and click on a “donate” button.
Many thanks and CU in the pileups!