An Icebreaker, the Braveheart is approaching Heard Island with a group of ham radio operators. Heard Island is fifth on the list of most wanted countries by ham radio operators world wide. North Korea which has restricted the use of amateur radio is first on the most wanted. Below is a description of this incredibly hostile group of islands.
The islands are among the most remote places on Earth: They are located approximately 4,099 km (2,547 mi) southwest of Perth, 3,845 km (2,389 mi) southwest of Cape Leeuwin, Australia, 4,200 km (2,600 mi) southeast of South Africa, 3,830 km (2,380 mi) southeast of Madagascar, 1,630 km (1,010 mi) north of Antarctica, and 450 km (280 mi) southeast of the Kerguelen Islands. The islands are currently uninhabited.
Here is a picture of a group of Antartic explorers who were stranded on Heard in 1929. Definitely not on your list of places we’d like to go for a summer vacation. Stay tuned for some pictures when they have landed and set up camp.