IOTA   EU-189

 

 

 Rockall is 188 miles west of the St Kilda islands in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

This was the last un-numbered  IOTA  island in Europe and probably the most difficult and dangerous to activate due to its nature and location in the North Atlantic with violent storms occurring in this part of the world year round 

Even under calm conditions landing and more importantly getting off again can be a problem due to the ever present swell

 

                    

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                                                MSØIRC/p

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On the morning of the 16th June 2005 after spending 46 hours at sea a well equipped and experienced team who's main aim was raising money for charity landed on Rockall.

Two of the team were radio hams

MMØALM, David Wood from Stonehaven and  MMØCWJ, James Cameron from South Uist ...

On arrival the sea was flat calm but the swell was running at about 10 feet which is about normal in calm weather this made landing very tricky and it took the team a few hours to get everyone, 9 people in all, and all the radio related equipment and necessary safety equipment onto the rock ...

All the gear was checked, the antenna and radio equipment was assembled and the amateur radio station MSØIRC/p was operational

 ... the first amatuer radio activation of Rockall was on air ...

David kicked off with a CQ call on 40m but very little was heard and only two stations were worked so he moved to the 17m band again poor only 8 stations worked on the band and with that James takes over and a move to 20m where conditions were good ...

 

 

The team were constantly downloading weather fax information which showed two low pressure fronts coming together in the locality so due to team safety being top priority the activation had to cut short from the planned couple of days due to the approaching storm so 9 hours after landing the team had to leave ... unfortunate .. yes ... the right thing to do .. yes

                   you don't take unnecessary risks in this environment

 

 

3½ hours operating and 262 stations worked 

 

 

 


 


 


 

 

 Equipment:

 

       

 

 Yaesu FT-897      

 

 

 

100w

 Antennas: H/B vertical  & dipole

 

 

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Power was from a small generator

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 Its in the bag

                                     

  

 

 

 

 

                           

 

                 MMØCWJ on the left operating MSØIRC/p 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           A well planned and successful trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Amateur Radio activation

l6th June 2005 by  MSØIRC/p

 

The Islands Radio Club

Outer Hebrides

 

 

Rockall has now been issued the  IOTA  number  EU-189

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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