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September 3 – Vlad UA4WHX updates to say:
No operation was possible from Vaygach Island EU-086 as a few hungry polar bears camping around the landing site of the station left us with no time for radio. Chasing them with a helicopter flying over was time-consuming and not easy. They had been there for a few weeks so the staff had to stay inside until help came with the expedition.
More on the above can be read here
UPDATE III – New pictures from R11PVB activity.
UPDATE II – The A4S beam has now been fixed. [link]
UPDATE: Only two working stations left. The A4S beam was destroyed by hurricane force winds and rain, so no directional antenna. Only now using two SteppIR verticals. No Digi in use. The WX is bad. +5C at daytime and about 0C at night. Wind & rain. Tents are completely wet. To warm up the team uses open fire but wood is 100m below on foot. The Team is OK, though. QRT time is not defined yet. Guys will have a phone chat with the vessel later today. Logs couldn’t be uploaded at the moment, possibly later – more likely when the team is QRT and gets onboard the ship. More than 2500 QSOs made for now with all continents including Antarctica.
A team of South African operators from the Western and Northern Cape will be visiting “The Hell”, also known as Gamkaskloof or Gamka’s Valley, situated in the Swartberg Mountains of the Southern Cape in the area between 33.28 S 21.15 E [KF06nr] and 33.33 S 21.42 E [KF06rq]. They will be using the special callsign ZS9HEL.