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. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Hi Jack... "

    I like to make a suggestion.
    When anybody has an uncontrolled urge to go deep-end and hijack the thread - can they post it in invisible font?
    Or use attached handy label above to warn innocent bystanders.

    73 Shirley
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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    This is an "Amateur Radio News" thread about a message in a bottle.

    Please keep reasonably on topic - there are plenty of forums for yet another WinLink debate - but please not in a "news thread" about something utterly unrelated to WinLink and the topic of amateur radio privacy, encryption, compression and all those issues.

    Thank you

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  3. AA4MB

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    In keeping 'on topic' I note the following:

    When pitching bottles into the ocean, I'm sure that before casting it into the sea, said caster's companion probably said, "NO! You can't throw that out there ... you have to have an actual POLISH bottle from your mother country, you ninny!" Or, maybe not.

    The obviously staged pictures don't agree with each other; one is typed out clearly on an unrolled piece of paper and the other one purports to be almost blank with presumably some indentations which allow shading to reveal part of the message. Or maybe not.

    I think it was sort of implied that 40 (or 41?) folks were standing around when it was opened ... but I must have missed where it said that 40+ government employees 'worked' on this. Or maybe not.

    I plan to take a day off from work soon and sit around after having a glass of wine or two and think of something non-controversial to post here ... in order to watch hams make mountains out of molehills or argue with each other in their effort to 'out smart' their fellow radio aficionados.

    Or not. :)
  4. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    two more for detectives

    What self-respecting Pole would wrote "...from Poland (Europe)...."

    Most commercially , machine made bottles have some kind of trade marks / data ON THE BOTTOM.

    This is so much fun.
  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page


    It makes no sense to remove later posts and keep the original. Suggest you remove #17.

  6. KA4DPO

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    It said "Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine".:eek:
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  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Done. Thanks - just missed it is all.

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  8. N1YR

    N1YR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    If you read all the comments to the Register article, the bottle was likely dropped from the 'tour' ship Ortelius by a Polish doctor. The ship circled Bouvet on April 6 and 7, 2015, but was not able to put the 'explorers' onto the island using the ship's Zodiacs.

    A Register reader "SquidEmperor" contacted a Russian, Artemy Lebedev, who had blogged about that trip on the date noted in the message. In a Register reply comment, SquidEmperor announced that Artemy confirmed that the Polish doctor was on the boat at the time, and would contact her.

    The comment didn't say whether Artemy based her identity on her nationality alone, or if he recognized the fragment of the email address.

    His blog entry:
  9. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. Good catch.

    The problem is the dumb media's speculation that lists it as one of us 'borderline-insane' hams--like we're a bunch of basement dwellers put in a reckless position of exotic travel.

    As someone--one of MANY-- that sponsors DXpeditions, we need to remember that DXpeditioners are the ultimate environmental crusaders and international diplomats: They make friends; help out; enable; leave no trace--- AND PICK UP THE TRASH of others.

    When was the last time you heard a complaint about a DXpedition from the people who live there?

    Chip W1YW
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2019
  10. W5NNX

    W5NNX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Probably a 3Y log while MM....

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