[UPDATE] – And here’s more pictures provided by Emil DL8JJ. Certainly an adventure!
[JUNE 4] – Exclusive pictures from Nobby, G0VJG when MM0UKI (Rockall). They made approx 7200 QSOs and should be on dry land this evening ready to offload all equipment.
[JUNE 3] – As Emil and Nobby soon return to civilization here’s a picture of Rockall and Cam Cameron taken by Peter Fenwick today aboard the UK Marine Protection Vessel, Hirta. What a picture of the rock! Look forward to seeing the MM0UKI operating pictures soon too!
PS: Confirmation from Nobby that they made approx 7K QSOs whilst on the rock.
[JUNE 2 @ 1445z] – As can be seen viewing the yacht tracker, Emil and Nobby are now well on the way back to the Scottish mainland. Team leader Cam will now remain on the islet for approx 55 more days for charity.
[JUNE 2 @ 0630z] – MM0UKI went QRT in the early hours. Fingers crossed for a safe descent and calm sailing back to the mainland. Just before they stopped transmissions, we received this message and photo from Bill, W2CQ via Jack, W4KSB and display in full below becasue it’s quite a fitting tribute to the 2 ops:
David VK3RU, a friend in Australia, saw the DX-World post about Rockall being on the air. He told me his father took a picture out of the back of his Mosquito aircraft in 1942 and he offered to send it. So, here it is from his father’s album. The picture taken from the back of his aircraft!
It’s safe to assume had the seas been like this, as they very are often are around Rockall, MM0UKI would not have happened! It’s also believed this particular photo has never been made public before until now.
[JUNE 1 @ 2050z] – Confirmation from Nobby on 40m @ 2040z today that they are going to QRT early tomorrow (local) morning – “coming home early tomorrow” – his exact words. Team leader Cam says they will be on the radio all night long until QRT. Couple of pictures courtesy of Cam.
[MAY 31 @ 2020z] – Nobby confirms that just over 3000 QSOs have been made so far. Furthermore, we got word that Emil will try 2m on June 1st at 0400 utc. Suggested frequencies are: 144.352 MHz (MSK144) and 144.174 (FT8).
[MAY 31 @ 1715z] – Following a satellite phone call with the Guardian newspaper, here’s a little updated snippet from the link below:
Their ascent up the sheer-sided granite rock was much more hazardous than expected because the waves were far bigger than anticipated, Cameron, 53, told the Guardian. An expert mountaineer from Bulgaria, Bergmann (DL8JJ) was the first to land on the rock to fix the lines needed for Cameron (team leader) and Styles (G0VJG) to follow. But the swell was so great that he was twice washed into the sea before he was able to clamber on at the third attempt. Cameron said their yacht, the Taeping, had made three passes of the 17-metre high rock before they attempted a landing in rigid inflatable boats carried by their vessel. All three men have had training in cold-water survival and rock climbing. “God it was difficult getting on because of the surf. The weather conditions were just about favourable but [it was] just the surf around the base of the rock,” he said. “We had three attempts and got on on the fourth. It was extremely difficult.” Once they approached and Bergmann tried to clamber on, “the swell was literally brushing him straight off the rock and he was gone. But he made it third time around.”
[MAY 31 @ 1030z] – Both operators were active through the night on CW (20m) and SSB (40m) until approx 0900z this morning. Currently, FT8 is being used on both bands. Operations on morse and voice likely to resume later. UK newspaper – The Guardian – is also covering the story and has credited DX-World with recent info and audio recording.
*If you hear any new or relavant info being passed on air by the radio operators, please let us know. Contact DXER59@GMAIL.COM – thanks.
[MAY 31 @ 0030Z] – I have just worked Nobby, G0VJG on 40SSB @ 0018z local and post the folllowing info for family & friends:
The guys started not long ago. Emil on 20CW, Nobby on 40SSB. I spoke to Nobby and he said everyone is fine, all are safe and to pass that info on to family members 😉
Apparently the landing was very tough and a swell is still kicking about the island, but they did it ! Nobby told me that Emil was “lost” to the sea twice due to the swell, but obviously is ok as he’s QRV on CW as I type this. They are there until Friday. So to repeat: All are good, safe and well. 73 Col MM0NDX.
[MAY 31 @ 0900z] – Getting closer and closer to the island, at 0800z today the yacht appeared to be just 2NM south of Rockall, sailing at ~0.1kts, suggesting final preparations for landing were being made. Winds appear calm at 4kts with a high pressure system dominating the area. Having seen first hand, there is a lot of equipment and kit to be hauled up the rockface so first signals hopefully later today once everyone has landed and is safe.
[MAY 29 @ 0815z] – Team leader Cam Cameron reports the yacht is now halfway to Rockall. Seas and weather appear good.
[MAY 27 @ 1400z] – There’s been a weather front in the vicinity of Rockall recently which has kicked up a swell. Having left port yesterday afternoon (local time), the team delayed their voyage a bit so the seas calm down, and now hope to arrive early Tuesday morning. They are currently sheltering at Campbeltown. Emil, DL8JJ says there is much work to be done but conditions at the island should be very good on arrival. He goes on to say it will take much effort and time to get on the air so please be patient, and as soon as it’s safe to do so they will QRV. Note: they will now only be on Rockall until late Friday (GMT).
[MAY 26 @ 1100z] – Now at the marina, Nobby and Emil are ready. Boat will be loaded soon. Departure later today. Weather is mainly good. Follow their progress here.
[MAY 26 @ 0530z] – Emil DL8JJ spent his first night onboard the SV Taeping with Team Leader Cam Cameron, while Nobby G0VJG is soon on his way to Glasgow airport. A quick look at the weather charts / forecasts suggest the team really has struck gold with a high pressure basically lodged over Rockall for the coming week. Pictures below credit Emil:
[MAY 16] – Rockall Island DXpedition final update from Emil DL8JJ before the team meet in Glasgow, Scotland to sail to the island hoping to land at the end of May. Emil gives his presentation on May 16th at 7.30pm BST (1830utc) – watch it here or click the picture.
PS: Keep an eye on the boat tracker once the SV Taeping leaves port on May 26th. Alternative tracker here.
[APRIL 19] – The MM0UKI DXpedition to the Isle of Rockall is soon approaching. In just 1 month from now, several intrepid souls, including radio hams Nobby G0VJG and Emil DL8JJ, will attempt to land and stay on the islet. While the main intention is to break the current world record for time spent on Rockall, and to raise as much as possible for military / navy charities, the focus of this post is more to do with the radio side of the expedition:
Nobby will be the SSB & FT8 op while Emil will run CW & FT8. Bands to be used: 40-10m (2m possibly). Radios: 2 x FT-857D (100w), back-up KX2 (10w), 2 x Spiderbeam poles (10m), generator / solar panels, MFJ-902 tuner + logging software (N1MM+ / WinTest).
This will be only the third activation of Rockall – MS0IRC/P (2005), MM0RAI/P (2011) previously. Still under 11% of all IOTA chasers have Rockall confirmed, so demand will again be huge.
As the DXpedition gets underway, DX-World will update often on team progress, including pictures and video footage. On May 26th, Col MM0NDX (of DX-World) and Jonathan MM0OKG will pick up both radio ops from Glasgow International airport where they will then drive to the departure point later that day.
The yacht the team will sail in is called “Taeping” – find out more about her on this page.
VISIT THE 2023 ROCKALL EXPEDITION WEBSITE
When log will be online ? Good dxpedition but need logs
What a pics !! It has been really an outstanding operation. They deserve the best of our congratulations.
Well done !!
Thanks for contact this evening and digging my callsign from the noise. on 40m have a safe journey home
Wonderful! Just worked you with 4 Watts QRP when QRG was still clear enough for my tiny signal. True 589 on my Meter. You are doing a really good job boys. Stay safe there and have a safe journey home.
73 Oliver DL0VLP
I was excited to work you yesterday (5/31) on 20m CW. You had a nice signal in the NYC area. Be safe and good DX!
Very thank you for beeing there and the opportunity for one qso, which for me is enough. Stay safe good luck good dx and safe return God bless. 73
Confirming, 2m is well open – just wkd 20 DL/PA, all at good strength into IO74 so a very good chance to reach IO37.
Missed Emil’s 0400 window for 2m, but FT8/SSB should be an easy shot from here in IO74. Also PE/DL stns quite strong on 144.174, so they are looking for Rockall too.
I will monitor 174 today.
73 from Ian GM3SEK
Lovely to work you guys yesterday, hope you make plenty of contacts, best wishes and stay safe and thanks for the activation, 73, Lee M0LJL
Thank you for QSY’ing your listening freq from 18133 to 18135 when I called you so you could get my call OK then calling for other NA stations to call on 18135 on 31/05/2023 at 2057Z. Also thank you for your support to the UK Military. I have a freind in the Edenburg Royal Scottish Guards. I am a retired US Coast Guard CWO Chief Warrant Officer. I have been to all the islands in the North Sea and the North Atlantic when the LORAN stations were in operation. 73
I have been looking for rockall for 60 years of hamming, because the rock looks so astounding. Congratulations for a dxpedition for the ages, and tnx for the cw contact!
GW0PLP IO72RC. Thanks for the contact today on 7mhz really chuffed to bits and made my day. Your efforts are increadable for the benifet of others sitting in a cozy warm shack. I tried on 21mhz but could not break the pile up. Just a note being on the Westcoast of Wales I’m monitoring to the North West on 144.300 & 50.150 SSB/CW just in case you or your support boat call there. Please stay safe and enjoy your Dxpedition.
Kind Regards Don GW0PLP.
Thanks for contact this morning and digging my callsign from the noise. Magmount on the car does the business again 😀 I’ll send OQRS when available or a donation even if it wasn’t good enough to get in the log. Not heard here on 20 FT8 but I’ll continue to look for you.
Hope the weather stays kind for you.
Admirable effort. But why do you need to use regular FT8 QRG while pileup is this big? It worth doing this if you have no callers.
Good luck and our best wishes for you all.
Most important: Come back safely!
Vy 73, Alex – DH2ID
Fantastic effort guys. Signal coming in to central Scotland loud & proud.
GW0PLP IO72RC, Good luck lads and stay safe. Will listen for you SSB/CW no FT8 here. 50mhz & 144mhz. Hope the weather holds for you.
Kind Regards, Don Near Cardigan
The West coast [ W6 W7 ] will be looking for you on cw foe an all time new one,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,good luck
I have just heard about your Dxpedition on the ICQ Podcast!
I am in absolute awe of what you are attempting to achieve, which on face value doesn’t look as exotic
as some of the other expeds, but believe you me, it is up there with the best of them!
You have my upmost respect and gratitude for activating Rockall and I will be following your activities closely as well as joining the CW Pileup when it occurs.
Safe travels my friends and look forward to hearing you on air.
Huge 73’s & positive thoughts.
Hope we Far East island chasers have more luck than with last expedition.
All the best friends ! Athens SV1COK !! Good DX and “73”
To my understanding, only ONE contact is needed for the IOTA award per island.
IOTA, that was for me in the late 70’s/early 80’s mostly old wise men sitting on 14.260 MHz waiting for the new one to show up, make their QSO, three by three, good contact. So, apparently, not my first choice.
Since then, I worked the one or other when it showed up, but that’s it for me and IOTA, at least for the time being. Never say never.
But with the upcoming activation from Rockall, I really wonder how this operation will work out.
According to the above information, they plan to be QRV on all bands between 40 and 10m, in SSB, CW and FT8. So that makes a total of eighteen band/mode slots. When the first cluster spot shows up, the click & shoot DX- (not community, or society) mob will start to fill their log up and down.
Especially with the close proximity to the mainland, it’s an easy task. I can somewhat understand that someone works for example S21DX on several bands and modes, because in this case, that’s are rare DXCC counter too. But come on guys, MM0UKI/p, that’s Scotland!
So, Michael, I suggest you open Clublog Leaderboard for this activation, so we can follow our heroes on the way to the top 😉
And let’s see if we see their names as donors for the different charities …
73 de Gary, DF2RG
Is it possibleto book a place on the boat to go with you to ROCKALL island? There is a geocache not been found since years.
Can you provide me with information? Price,etc? Please?
Best regards, Peter Lack, Germany.
Good luck this time !
Good luck and success to the team on this most inhospitable place! I hope that I manage to work Nobby but their venture is more important! I hope that they raise lots of money!
EU189 CQ IOTA.,
Wish I can QSL.,
GL & 73 Farid VR2UNG AS006
Hope for SSB/CW …. not FT8!
This will be very popular, wish the team luck and hope for a fair-weather landing!
WOW ! What a place ! I do hope they will succeed