Amateur Radio Activity from
Wednesday 23 March 2005
is reported that a visit for Amateur Radio activity from the island
of Rockall is on for the month of June 2005.
plan is for an expedition to leave the Orkney Islands (over 300
miles away) on 11th June 2005, arriving in the area of Rockall
around 14th June and remaining there until 21st June.
will include an amateur radio team led by Dave Wood MM0ALM assisted
by well-known and experienced island activator Seamus "Jim"
Cameron MM0CWJ from the Hebrides (and, as resident on South Uist,
possibly the closest ham to Rockall 240 miles out in the Atlantic).
will rely on a member of the SAS to get them onto the rock from
an inflatable boat and hope to put up a small tent on a tiny ledge
a few metres square.
will be primarily SSB (all bands, as appropriate)...the callsign
will be MS0IRC/p, the Hebridean island radio club call....the
expedition QSL manager will be G0HXN.
also hopes to operate 50MHz, including during the sea voyage,
This will be a hazardous operation requiring extreme good fortune
to succeed...few people have landed on this isolated rock which
is beyond the range of normal rescue helicopters.
in perfect weather, the Atlantic swell can be intimidating"
- in "moderate" seas, it will be surging up and over
the top which is only about 20m above sea level - and as the rock's
face varies from very steep to near-vertical, an attempted landing
is not for the faint-hearted.
This is not a Caribbean cruise! It is a truly daring attempt to
activate one of the most elusive IOTA islands, for the first time
original Islands on the Air (IOTA) number for Rockall was reaciviated
due to unauthorised operation from the island. This operation
will be fully authorised.
text based on words from Andri, GM3VLB)