A number of South African radio amateurs, as well as harbour officials. were there to wish them well and see them off. Paul / ZS1S, who is on the CTARC committee, has been heavily involved with assisting the team with their preparations. He will now be able to heave a sigh of relief as his duties there (other than working VK0EK, of course) are now complete.
The team have erected a Hustler 4BTV multiband vertical antenna on the vessel, and we expect to hear and hopefully work them as they proceed to Heard Island. The DXpedtition team face a bumpy journey across the ocean, followed by the interesting task of transferring tons of equipment and antennae by inflatable boats from the Braveheart across to the island when they arrive. Followed by the DXpedition itself, removing everything they brought with them back to the Braveheart , and the remainder trip across to Australia thereafter.
Follow the DXpedition's progress and get the latest news from their website: vk0ek.org.
Photos by Nick / ZS1ZD
|Bob / KK6EK|
|Paul / ZS1S makes his farewells to the team|
|The m/v Braveheart - loaded, provisioned and ready to go. It was formerly a Japanese research vessel|
|The team pose for a group photo just before departure|