• [PE4BAS] Working extreme rare places - Memmert Island EU-047

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    Working extreme rare places - Memmert Island EU-047

    Posted: 31 Aug 2021 10:55 PM PDT https://pe4bas.blogspot.com/2021/09/working-extreme-rare-places-memmert.html

    Personally one of the highlights of this hobby is to contact people at far away places. We most times call it working DX. In our hobby working is the
    same as contacting, just to be clear about that! Working Mexico for
    instance is real DX and rare for a HAM in Europe but it is more common if you're in the USA. However working with rare countries (DXCC in HAM
    language) is one thing. You can also concentrate on working islands. There
    are actually HAMs trying to work as many islands as possible and there is a complete IOTA (Islands On The Air) program which has every island or group
    of islands divided in references. Of course the rarest islands are those
    that are normally not accessible to people, if you can contact people on
    such an island it is just like a little gem and most unique.Source:
    Infografik der Welt
    So it happens last week there was an item on the DX-world website about the activation of a rare island by two German HAMs. It is the first time
    activation from this bird sanctuary in the waddensea which can only be
    visited by a limited number of people each year. And Memmert island
    (EU-047) happens to be near to my QTH. Although......I never heard about
    this island before. Strange isn't it, because with good weather we are able
    to see this island if standing on the dyke just 6 km from my QTH.

    I think these guys deserve some extra publication since this will be a
    short (probabely 1 hour) activation from a extremely rare island. Just to
    get there is not easy since there is no harbour. The only ship getting
    there is coming from the island of Juist which is a car free island, so traveling will walking or by bicycle. So imagine, those guys will bring
    both a IC-7300, Heil headsets, some batteries and antennas in for just 1
    hour of activating this island! I know what it is since my last island activation in 2012 with just a FT-817 which is much lighter as an IC-7300.
    And what about the uncertain weather, I can tell you it is not really fun
    if it is raining and the wind blows on such an island. What can I tell you, this is real HAM spirit!!
    If you're interested you can find a german article here: https://www.welt.de/reise/deutschland/article167144907/Ausflug-auf-eine-verbotene-Insel-im-Watt.html

    To read it just translate with google translate in your own language, it
    worked for me!
    On the other side of Borkum we have a similair kind of island which is of course Dutch. It is called Rottum and actually it exists from 3 islands, Rottummeroog, Rottumerplaat and Zuiderduintjes. A family lived on
    Rottumeroog till 1965. I really don't know if this island has been
    activated by amateurradio operators in the past. I can't find any info
    about it. Rottumeroog is also a bird sanctuary and you're unable to visit
    the island without a guide.
    Some information about the island: https://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/Natuurgebieden/rottum/over-rottum

    (translate with google translate)
    You can find some youtube videos from Rottum to see what it is like to be there:


    I always dream of activating Rottumeroog. Although I haven't got the time
    and the experience to do such a thing. I know others have much better
    portable equipment and good skills, hopefully they will pick it up. It
    would be a great reward to work someone from a uninhabited island
    especially close to my QTH.

    Above you can see Rottumerplaat and Memmert Island in relation to my QTH Roodeschool.
    Look out for DJ4EL Markus and DJ5TM Thorsten on 20m and 40m SSB. They will
    be around this Friday 3rd of September at approx 11:30 GMT. QTH locator JO33kp. From what I understood is that they will both work with their own
    calls using both a IC-7300, 100W, Heil headsets and vertical antennas. So
    there will be 2 stations on air at the same time. But be quick as the activation time will be about one hour only.
    Good luck!
    Update 1-Sept. 16:00GMT: Markus wrote me there is good news. They will be active for 2 hours now!

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