VK0EK – March 6 – April 20, 2016


Yesterday, the team got to do some sight seeing around Cape Town. Here is Lions Head. Photo by Jim, N6TQ


A look down at the stadium, next to where the teams hotel is – which is near the wharfs where the Braveheart is docked. Photo by Jim, N6TQ


The team gets a safety briefing by Billy from the Braveheart. As you can hear from the latest audio log, they will be leaving Cape Town in just hours from now. Photo by Adam, K2ARB.


I expect one last batch of photos and one more audio log before they leave Cape Town, and then, for the next 10 days or so we should be able to track the Braveheart as it makes its long journey. If you noticed closely, in the first “buoy picture” (yesterday) there was a Hustler vertical lying on top of a buoy box – so as long as the seas are kind to them, we might hear individual calls on the air during their trip. If they do come on the air, it will be using a call with this format (since the Braveheart is a New Zealand licensed ship:


So for example, ZL/N6TQ/MM if Jim gets on the air. And if you work any of these – please QSL to their home address. I don’t have any more details other than that at this time.

Please also look for their WSPR beacon – I have added a menu item for that.

We might also receive some more audio logs and pictures, but that is a “wait and see”, and probably depends mostly on the condition of the sea.


Rich, KY6R

2 thoughts on “Getting Ready to Leave

  1. Jan ZS6BMN says:

    Thank you very much, Rich, KY6R! So pleased that the weather has played along and that you could experience the ‘fairest’ Cape at its best. (Inland the weather was terrible, overcast and rain for the past two days). Thank you for spending time giving these much appreciated updates. Like old Dash I do wish that I could have been a stowaway on the ‘Braveheart’ 😊! Can only say a big ‘Thank You’ to you all and best wishes for a safe and adventurous journey!
    73 de Jan, ZS6BMN (now reverting to quiet monitoring mode😊).

    1. ky6r says:

      Thanks Jan – I’m pretty sure we have worked either on 40M or 20M – during the West Coast LP when its our morning and your evening. Thanks for your support, and I’ve added a WSPR map link to this Blog Site’s menu.

      73 and see you in the pileups (and VK0EK Log!)


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