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Flatholm Island - Expedition - Satellite op's

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From:   K.J.EATON, 101334,1401
To:     amsatbb, INTERNET:amsatbb@amsat.org
        Brian Brown, INTERNET:gw0pup@ntlworld.com
        Glyn Jones, INTERNET:gw0ana@aol.com
Date:   13-08-2003 08:54 

RE:     Flatholm Island  - Expedition  - Satellite op's 

Many Amateur Radio operators may be aware of the significance  of  "
Flatholm Island " located in the Bristol Channel  in the UK.
The island has a very historic link in connection with our hobby as it was
used by  Marconi when he demonstrated to the British
Post Office that his theory that radio waves would travel across water.  
He made the link via radio from Lavernock Point  in south Wales to the
island  on Thursday  May 13th 1897.

To pay homage to Marconi the Barry Amateur Radio Society  ( South Wales ) 
erected a monument on the island and each year
make an annual visit to operate a special event station using the callsign 
" GB5FI "  ( Flatholm Island ).
This years visit will take place between  Friday  22nd August and Wednesday
 27th August when once the society  will activate
this very rare  WAB square  ST26 and  operating mainly on the amateur HF

To follow in the footsteps of the historic event.  This year it is also
planned to operate via satellite using AO - 40 and also Oscar 14
( subject to access in the short pass time).   Whist the priority will be
for normal SSB operation we also endeavour to perhaps
operate  in the digital  or SSTV modes.

This is a very rare opportunity  to add to your QSL  card collection  a "
Flatholm Island "  via satellite  memento!

Details of the site are as follows:

Flatholm Island   ( Bristol Channel )  - UK

Callsign: GB5FI

WAB:  ST26



N 51  29 69
S 003 33 59

Also Lighthouse ref:  0007

Looking forward to a contact, but please make it short if via  OSCAR 14.

Ken Eaton
Barry Amateur  Radio Society
Amsat - UK   & Amsat - NA

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