In 2007, the Five Star DXers Association, FSDXA, organized a large DXpedition to St. Brandon Island in the Indian Ocean. This DXpedition still rates as the most successful ever in terms of the number of contacts during an absolute sunspot minimum. The call sign, 3B7C, was for three intense weeks in September 2007, synonymous with global fellowship and heartfelt joy that is so typical among large numbers of ham radio operators all over the world, as they shared the best hobby of them all – amateur radio.
3B7C is primarily a photo book based on the documentary tradition within photography. The author, Pete Arninge (SM5GMZ), has been working as a journalist for more than 30 years, with 15 of those years devoted entirely to photojournalism. It is also a book filled with personal reflections and observations, showcasing what amateur radio really is all about as it erases borders and puts prejudices and preconceptions aside.
The 3B7C team of 20 operators, from a variety of countries, succeeded in getting 137,500 QSOs into their log. This is the story about how it was done.
PEPPE ARNINGE has been a freelance contract photographer for Scanpix Sweden (AP, AFP, Reuters, DPA and Corbis) since 1998. He also worked under contract with New York-based picture agency WpN between 2005 and 2009. Based in South East Asia, his single pictures and photographic stories have regularly been published in almost every newspaper in Scandinavia. He is a graduate of the University of Stockholm and holds degrees from Berghs School of Communications and the Swedish Institute of Film. JOHAN STIERNSPETZ has been a professional graphic designer, art director, illustrator and photographer since the early 1980s, specializing in logotypes and books. He was educated at RMI Berghs School of Advertising and Fine Arts and also holds degrees in interaction design and CCS programming. In mid 1980 he founded his own design studio, Talking Design. Since 2008 the Publicera Publishing Group, Ltd have used Talking Design as a partner. Johan also produces his own books under the Publicera logo.