The Radio Transmissions
We are exceptionally fortunate to have some highly experienced and skilled radio operators as part of our expedition team.
One of the World’s most Wanted IOTA’s EU-189, QTH LOC IO37DO
This very rare and difficult activation went ahead June 2023.
The radio transmissions were a massive success and made 7,227 contacts in more than 90 countries across North America South America Africa Asia and Oceania.
The story doesn’t end there though. As part of the voyage to cleanup Rockall and recover all the remaining equipment, Nobby and Emil will once again activate MM0UKI for a very brief period to allow operators who missed the first activation to get a second bite at the cherry.
Rockall is an uninhabitable granite islet situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. The nearest permanently inhabited place is North Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, 200NM to the east.
The UK claimed Rockall on 18 September 1955 when “Two Royal Marines and a civilian naturalist, led by Royal Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Desmond Scott, raised a Union flag on the islet and cemented a plaque into the rock”.
Rockall stands at 17.15m above sea level at it’s tallest point, covering an area of just 784.3 m2.
QSL INFO & MANAGEMENT VIA M0OXO CHARLES HOMEPAGE M0OXO
QSL PRINT: ALL QSLs are SPONSORED BY TONY, LZ1JZ HOMEPAGE LZ1JZ
G0VJG, Nobby – SSB/DiGi DL8JJ, Emil – CW/DiGi
HAM Radio Gear
- Bands: 40m-10m, also 2m
- Modes: SSB, CW, FT8
- RIGs – 2x Yaesu FT-857D, 100W
- Spare RIG – Elecraft KX2, 10W
- 2 x Spiderbeam 10m – pools
- Multiband vertical dipol’s
- Honda generator Honda-10i
- MFJ-902 Tuner
- Notebooks with N1MM+ and WinTest software
The Climbing Gear
Cam Cameron VR FRGS
Chris “Cam” Cameron grew up in Buckie in the Northeast of Scotland and spent much of his time on oil tankers, driven by his father, a master mariner from Findochty. He joined the British Army as A regular infantry soldier and spent 6 years with the Gordon highlanders.
A husband and father of two, he trained as a marine biologist and oceanographer in Aberdeen and holds a PGCE. He is also commercially qualified as a skipper and Yacht-Master Offshore, and has been working professionally at sea since 1992.
He was First inspired to occupy Rockall after listening to a presentation given by The Royal Navy Atlantic Rowing team, by the exploits of the adventurer Nick Hancock and the determination of an old acquaintance; Talan Skeel-Piggins, Paralympic Skier.
Nobby Styles will be joining the expedition to operate a HAM radio on Rockall island. Originally from Dartford, Kent, Nobby first became interested in amateur radio during his teen years tinkering with a CB radio and soon became addicted to the hobby.
As far as ham radio broadcasts go, rockall is the pinnacle. It is perhaps the rarest and most difficult of places to broadcast from in the whole world, and he is extremely excited to be able to broadcast from the rock, as are the amateur radio community and iota chasers!
Nobby will land with the team on the first day, and for 24 hours will be answering transmissions from radio operators around the world, before granting them their own custom rockall post card (or qsl card) which nobby has kindly designed for us, in exchange for donations for our great causes.
For the amatuer radio community this opportunity is practically once in a lifetime With only a couple of Operations to Rockall and with less than 400 claimed QsL's.
Emil Bergmann was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Germany. An electronics engineer, working in telecommunications and network database systems, Emil is a radio Ham, callsign DL8JJ and a keen freeclimber. He has climbed Mt Elbrus, Kirgistan, Kasachstan, Tjian Shan, climbed Khan Tengri (7000mtrs.) Kamchatka, Iran, Polar circle, and also El Capitan (via Salathe wall) and Half Dome in Yosemite National park in USA and many more challenging walls in the world.
Emil brings a wealth of experience to the team, as a radio enthusiast and climber and is looking forward to his next challenge on Rockall.
Please consider donating to help support this expedition and ensure it is a success.