VK0EK – March 6 – April 20, 2016


Are we there yet? Can you imagine traveling 12 days to go activate the #5 DXCC entity that hasn’t been activated for 19 years? The VK0EK and crew of the Braveheart sure can!


The wind is calm for that part of the world, and they are no doubt using the Laurens Penninsula and Anzac peak as a sort of shelter. The wind seems to be coming in from the South(ish).


The swells are coming in from the Northwest.


The weather forecast looks good to land and deploy. Fingers crossed. I expect to get a flurry of information from the team shortly and will post. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take shelter off shore tonight and set up tomorrow – that was the plan indicated by Bob, KK6EK yesterday.

It is a few hours away from sunrise here near San Francisco, and being 12 hours ahead – its Tuesday late afternoon, early evening at Heard Island. The plan is that they will start getting their gear ready for an early morning deployment and then take all day to set everything up. We could see them on the air in about 24 hours – but now the plan happens in whatever SAFE manner that it will. The better they do the setup now – the more likely everything will stay up and running. They will get some snow during their stay, and also high winds – and lots of fog, mist and rain. But keep doing the “sun dance” that you have been doing – it seems to be working.

2 thoughts on “Hello Heard Island!

  1. Paul N1BUG says:

    I would like to think I could imagine but I know I can’t. I have watched many DXpedition videos/DVDs several times each; read DXpedition books; followed news and commentary on countless others. I have camped and hiked in cold weather/snow/wind where there were no other humans for tens of miles (had my tent knocked down by a moose, campsite raided by a bear and raccoons, visited by eagles, etc.), carried radios and antennas up mountains. But in reality, I am sure these are merely tiny glimpses into what it is really like. I doubt all of this combined can begin to convey the true essence of the remote DXpedition experience. Nevertheless I continue to absorb every bulletin, every story, every picture hoping to get just a little closer to understanding what it is like.

    I can’t begin to imagine what this must be like for Dr. Schmieder, being back at Heard Island after 19 years – a place that by his own words he thought then he would probably never see again. What a story! Perhaps he will be motivated to write another book after this adventure. I would surely love to buy it!

  2. Kay Schmieder says:

    Love these updates. After listening and watching Bob plan this trip I am so glad I can still be a part of this incredible journey.

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