Rockall Expedition 2023
On 30th May 2023, a small team of daring adventurers including club member Nobby G0VJG landed on the tiny island of Rockall, more than 200 nautical miles off the West coast of Scotland and the nearest civilization. Nobby and Emil DL8JJ operated from Rockall from 31 May until 2 June. Rockall is the rarest IOTA in Europe. Their teammate Cam Cameron, who is the expedition leader, remains on Rockall, and intends to stay for 60 days, longer than the current world record for the longest stay on Rockall.
The team operated two stations using CW, SSB and FT8 modes.
Nobby is a veteran of many IOTA expeditions, including to St Kilda and the Monach Islands off the west of Scotland, but Rockall was his biggest challenge to date, by far. Nobby and Emil gave the extremely rare EU-189 IOTA to over 7000 contacts.
Goose Rock 2022
As a practice for this year's Rockall expedition, last June some members of the team undertook a training expedition to Goose Rock off the Cornish coast, where Nobby was active on HF bands as a rehearsal for this year's Rockall trip in May.
Due to bad weather conditions, the team had to cut short their Goose Rock rehearsal and make a hasty departure. They returned the next month in much finer weather to retrieve their equipment :