June 18th - 21st 2010
In a Pan-European project, SMØMDG Bjørn, EA3NT Christian, EA2TA George, F4BKV Vincent , IZ7ATN Simon and leader MMØNDX Col will – weather permitting – try to be active from the remote North Atlantic island group of the Flannans 20 miles north west of the Outer Hebrides. Activated in 1989, 1995, 1999 and 2002, the mysterious Flannan Isles are certainly a much needed but extremely difficult to access IOTA.
The purpose of this expedition is to put Flannan Islands EU-118 on the air to give all island chasers world-wide the chance to get this rare island group logged, with a special focus on areas where EU-118 is in extreme demand.
After the succesful activation of the dangerous and rare Flannan Isles, EU-118 in June 2010, the MSØINT team have re-grouped, re-organised and strengthened in size for their next adventure.
Detailed information at ms0int.com
MSØINT application to LoTW has now been accepted and the log successfully uploaded!
The QSL cards arrived from the printer on Thursday 15th July. So far 1,300 log entries have requested a QSL. All QSL cards have now been completed and ready for dispatch.
51 Letters posted to UK this afternoon. All Direct QSL cards will be posted on Saturday 17th July, including a package to GDXF.
Some Bureau cards will also be posted to Czech Republic, Japan, Germany, Italy Russia, Spain & Ukraine. The remaining Bureau cards to follow soon.
The QSL draft is on the way to the printer.
QSL is via M0URX - please read the QSL Instructions.
MSØINT log has been uploaded onto Club Log here you will see MSØINT and you can view log statistics. 8,273 Qs in 66 hours of operation with 5,661 Unique calls.
After 8273 contacts on 9 bands and three days on the remote island of Eilean Mor, the team switched the last station off Monday morning at 0900z.
Thank you all very much for your calls and your discipline on the bands. Thanks and see you from the next target soon!
The team started taking down the station and is currently operating with a backup radio on battery power for another 30-60 minutes.
8100 contacts were logged on Monday morning and the team hopes to log a few more before they finally leave Eilean Mor.
Sunday has seen another great day with activity on all bands. The team has finally set up the 80M vertical and is currently CQing on 3.753. The other stations are on 7.160 and 10.121
About 7000 contacts been done by Sunday evening and the station will be operational thoughout the night to give everyone a fair chance working the rather rare IOTA reference EU-118.
Since weather conditions became a bit rough, the team will shut down station at 0800z Monday morning in order to leave the Flannans by 1100z.
After a day full of high band operations with a total QSO number of 4000 so far, the team just finished the 30M vertical and is now operating on 10.127. The second station still is on 20M CQing on 14.270.
The team arrived on the Flannans yesterday afternoon and set up the station as "fast" as they could. "Fast" is rather difficult on Eilean Mor since the way from the landing area to the planned operation location at the lighthouse is long and steep. One way trip packed with the equipment took them 45 minutes and that's the reason why MSØINT finally showed up on 20M a little delayed.
However, conditions on Eilean Mor been very nice, WX aswell as propagation are with them so they were rather busy on their first day on 20M and 40M, totalling about 2000 contacts so far.
The team is currently using a vertical for 40M and the Hexbeam for the upper bands, plus a Yagi for 6M, so MSØINT has been active on 6M, 10M, 15M and 17M on Saturday morning. The antennas for 30M and 80M are in preparation and hopefully ready for Saturday evening / night.
Unfortunately, the cellphone coverage out in the Atlantic is bad as expected so there won't be an online log until the team is back to the Isle of Lewis on Monday.