Message in a bottle found on VK0M by sub-Antarctic station

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W0PV, Nov 4, 2019.

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  1. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    An intriguing mysterious discovery. One report speculates a possible amateur radio connection and asks for any possible assistance. Below are bold hypertext links to the story from several sources, with some selected excerpts and photos.

    73, John, WØPV

    Official Australian Government web site.

    The Register in the UK, which wrote this cheeky blurb,

    "Assuming the bottle-chucker is not a weather or penguin researcher, we reckon there might be a ham radio link to this tale. DX-peditions are run by borderline-insane radio hams who collect the rare honour of running their kit in territory where no one has ever broadcast before. But a brief search has failed to turn up anything obvious. We know there are a fair few Reg readers who dabble in a bit of radio hamming so we're hoping you can help track down the elusive bottle-chucking Pole."

    and finally, probably the most detailed and illustrated report from ABC (Australia Broadcasting),

    "Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Stella Thomas was picking up marine debris from the shores of Macquarie Island when she spotted a green glass bottle, cork intact, nestled in kelp"



    "With the help of forceps and her 40 colleagues, Ms Thomas extracted a message from within the wine bottle but it appeared to be blank"


    "After some careful shading over the paper the message was revealed, but crucial elements of the note remain unknown"


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  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    41 people worked on this?!

    Probably sent by STING---

    A year has passed since I wrote my note
    But I should have known this right from the start
    Only hope can keep me together
    Love can mend your life
    But love can break your heart
    I'll send an SOS to the world
    I'll send an SOS to the world

    I hope that someone gets my
    Message in a bottle

    If I am (one who is) considered 'borderline-insane', then we are ALL in trouble...

    Chip W1YW
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2019
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  3. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I should be so lucky if I was ever to be considered "borderline insane" by that Register writer! Oh, well, one can always dream..
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  4. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Furthermore, I hope that's the first and last message in a bottle ever mentioning an email address. What is this world coming to?

    Call me old-fashioned, but...
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  5. N7XCZ

    N7XCZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes I agree it was Sting
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  6. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I should have included the partially recovered message text info in the OP. Here is how the web link put it,

    ... the following partial message.

    "Hi, my name is ????. I am from Poland (Europe). I am during a trip to Bouvet Island. Today is April 6th 2015. If you find this message, send email. My email address is 'JUDBAS@....PL'. "

    The internet confirms that a polar cruise ship had travelled to Bouvet Island, a Norwegian volcanic island in the Southern Ocean, south west of Cape Town, during April 2015.

    Any 3Y destined hams from SP recognize that email preface? :rolleyes:
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  7. SM5PEY

    SM5PEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think that was the final part of the GREAT expedition to Peter 1 Island - I was lucky to work one of the French operators while they were acting on Bouvet Island. So maybe there is some saved report of that operation and the full crew-list. I know that there were one or more great support organisations that supported them. The full info could be found in those final reports. Unfortunatly my QSLcard from Bouvet Island is down in the basement and I cannot get hold of that right now.
    This is not more than the CW "E" but it is as mouch I can deliver today.
    Good DX for all you, that help to activate new DXCCs.
    Ginnie SM5PEY
  8. SP9AZF

    SP9AZF Ham Member QRZ Page

    It'd be helpful if they could post a good quality scan or photo of the message, maybe someone can make out the rest of it somehow.
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  9. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Fake news"

    If the bottle is of Polska origin it probably originally contained Vodka or Slivovic(e ).
    Such clear liquids are seldom , if ever, stored in GREEN bottles.

    How long does cork last in salty water? This one looks too fresh.

    Beer bottles , generally of green color are seldom corked.

    Do we know the original post date ? April 1st?

    Does the message contains anything about
    "for QSL include $5 via BOX 88 ..."

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2019
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  10. K0UO

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    Looks like somebody's clearly out of something to do ( took 40 people to look at a message in a bottle)
    I find them all the time along the coast of Belize, it's been pretty interesting over the years.
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