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Re: Radio from the middle of nowhere
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2020 Apr 29, 10:47 -0700
For those arriving late in the thread, I wanted to "bump" my original post explaining why ham radio is topical (from my perspective!) this month:
During my online workshop ten days ago I pointed out that the subSun point (where the Sun is at the zenith) would be at Clipperton Atoll, an isolated little bit of "nowhere" under French authority in the eastern Pacific. It's a tiny place with a lot of history including some tragic times. With its French connection, it caught the attention of Jacques Cousteau whose diving/production team visited it in the 1970s. Watch their film here: Clipperton the Island Time Forgot.
So I mentioned Clipperton in the workshop, and one of the attendees, who is also a recent NavList member, calls out "I've been there!" Well, now... that doesn't happen! Only a tiny handful of people have visited Clipperton in all of history, but this is also someone who sailed aboard the Bounty (the replica lost in Superstorm Sandy) and many other vessels. He's got the resumé. And why did he go? As a member of a team setting up a ham radio outpost on Clipperton for those hoping for their QSL cards from that distant, isolated speck of land, rarely touched by civilization... I'll invite him to tell more.
PS: Ham radio is a marginal topic for NavList, but I'm aware that there are quite a few enthusiasts in our community, so "ham it up" for a bit. :)
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