Tromelin - November 2014Most of the DXers consider entities as check boxes to tick once the country is worked and confirmed. That’s the game! However, we hope to bring you a lot more than just a simple check mark as you discover our next destination.
Let’s talk about the 9th most wanted DXCC entity according to the Clublog statistics, an empty box for 75% of the amateur radio community.
Tromelin, as well as Glorioso, Juan de Nova, Europa, belongs to the Eparses, a French word to name these small islands scattered around Madagascar. These French territories are administered by the TAAF. Their access is strictly controlled and regulated in particular for ecological reasons. Tromelin is the smallest one (1 square km) and the human impact is all the more sensitive. That’s the only island where there are no French military troops and only 3 agents of the TAAF are posted there continuously.
The last operation took place in 2000. A 4 men team made 50,000 contacts with the callsign FR/F6KDF/T. No authorization has been given ever since.
6 operators have been allowed to stay of the island. They have been selected for their experience and all six are ready to face the challenge. The team is made up of Seb F5UFX, Michel FM5CD, Flo F5CWU, Vincent F4BKV, Franck F4AJQ, Fred F5ROP.
The request is huge and we are conscious of this. For this reason, we are working hard in order to prepare our operation in depth. Some places in the world will have short openings and we’ll do our best to exploit these short moments with proper planning adjusted with the help of pilots. The coming months will be devoted to the search of sponsors. We already have part of the equipment but partnership with equipment suppliers will be essential. On the other hand, we will contact foundations, clubs, organizations to request assistance to help us balance our budget, estimated at $90,000, most of which is devoted to logistic costs.
We will regularly keep updating you until our departure.
Protected territoryThe animals present on the island are primarily hermit-crabs, some marine birds and of course the green turtles which finds on the beautiful beaches of Tromelin a peaceful place to lay.
A difficult accessNo harbour nor landing in complete safety on beach. The access to the Island is possible by using the 1km runway maintained by the TAAF staff. It’s by the airs that’s we will reach Tromelin.
60th anniversaryMarc FB8BK was the first person to activate Tromelin Back in 1954. He was working for the weather services.
Team member are Seb F5UFX, Michel FM5CD, Flo F5CWU, Vincent F4BKV, Franck F4AJQ, Fred F5ROP
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We'll set-up 4 stations, running around the clock for 10 days. Each one will be able to communicate in the 3 different modes (SSB, CW, RTTY).
Club Log will be available when Tromelin goes on the air.