Bouvet Island – 3Y0I

The 3YØI team has arrived to South Africa recently. We’ve been very busy with DXpedition’s preparations over past couple of weeks. Today, thanks to amazing hospitality of local ZS DXers team (ZS6P, ZS1A, ZS1AN, ZS1VDV, ZS1LS, ZS1OSM, ZS1FJ), we were invited to the Royal Cape Yacht Club for a dinner party. It was a real pleasure to catch up with local hams and to talk about DXing from Africa. We’re all very thankful for their kind invitation. It’s been a great great time together there! More to come soon.

The southern hemisphere’s summer is coming soon, so do Rebel plans start to accelerate. Announcing the 3YØI band plan – frequencies and modes we’ll use while operating from Bouvet Island.

160M 1822 1840
80M 3502 3785 3567
40M 7002 7090 7056
30M 10106 10131
20M 14002 14190 14090
17M 18072 18140 18095
15M 21002 21200 21091
12M 24892 24940 24911
10M 28002 28440 28091
6M 50105 50140


FT-8 Guidance for working 3YØI WSJT-X Fox / Hound

We are asking everyone to follow these guidelines for calling 3YØI on FT-8. You will get through faster by using these simple guidelines:

  • To avoid confusion please use WSJT-X Version 1.9.1
  • We will use DX-pedition mode for all bands except 160m
  • Configure the software & radio per the WSJT-X and your radio’s installation instructions.
  • Do not use 3YØI as your first FT8 on the air experience
  • Your operating frequency control should be under CAT (rig) control from the program – NOT manually from your VFO. You must add to WSJT-X.
  • Your WSJT-X software must be configured as a Hound.
  • Call us ONLY if you are able to decode 3YØI responding to other Hounds or if you decode a CQ from 3YØI. You may initiate a calling sequence by double clicking 1 on any 3YØI response.
  • 3YØI will be transmitting BELOW 1,000 Hertz. You MUST select an open calling frequency between 1,000 – 4000 Hertz.
  • Once 3YØI replies to a Hound with RR73 the QSO is completed and logged.
  • The Hound does not need to send 73 to complete the QSO.

Note 1: This assumes you have WSJT-X configured for Double Click on call sets Tx enable

Note 2: If you don’t complete a QSO within five minutes after being called by 3YØI that you should restart a new QSO.



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