Noted Victor and Tom, thank you for the clarification. I have invited one of the non-SOTA GU licencees I have been corresponding with to observe my activation of GU-002 in the hope he will have a go himself. He is a CW operator.
Thanks also to Ron. I will look into whatever else the three summits contemplated offer in terms of other award schemes.
Hi Martin, Hi Ron - please give a moment thought to the crew heading out to Rockall at the moment - not a SOTA summit “just” an IOTA (EU-189) but one heck of a rugged rock to get onto and up and there’s very little space when the small rock in the middle of the North Atlantic is climbed.
Good luck to the lads (Emil, DL8JJ, Nobby G0VJG and Cam (non-ham)) and listen out for the MM0UKI callsign.
It’s probably not the most remote radio island location but still the hardest to get to.
Well with a 5th of the power they will use, I managed a contact (on SSB) into VK3 this morning with Ernie VK3DET - and I am one more “hop” (or possibly two) - so don’t rule out working Rockall from VK3!
(They’re operating CW as well as SSB by the way, so there’s another “10dB of signal” if needed. Getting through the pile-up is going to be the problem!
P.S. has anyone heard MM0UKI yet? I haven’t. I guess by the schedule, they will only just be landing.
I can now hear the Rockall transmissions from MM0UKI - probably Emil DL8JJ as he is a QRQ guy, the operator is doing 30-35 WPM on 14035 CW listening up. 339 in NE England, large pile up, working 3-4 stations per minute. The RBN tells the radio story it seems
Good Luck if you have a go at working the team, Nobby and Emil, I’ll be waiting until I can hear them better, proably a waste of time and leccy to try at the moment. It’s only an IOTA after all, not SOTA!
MM0UKI (I believe) is RST 579 here in south DL on 14035 working stations up to 14044 but never signs his call. It wasn’t too difficult to get him with 100 W and a vertical but apparently the skip zone is currently less favorable for stations in the UK. Good luck, Phil!