My amateur radio station on Soqotra in 1964/65
(Morse code speak for "VS9SJF calling all stations")
For some years I had been interested in short-
This was the first amateur radio operation from the Island and during the two months the expedition was on the Island I made contact with over 1000 other 'hams' in over 100 countries world wide. That really put the Island on the shortwave map of the world!
My equipment was a Heathkit DX-
13 December 2004. I came across a website with many amateur radio QSL cards. One
of my QSL cards was among the collection. These cards are used to 'confirm' contacts
between hams and QSL cards from operations like my Socotra operation are much saught
after. This one confirms a contact I had with VU2GG in India on 24 January, 1965
on the 20m band (14 mhz) using CW (morse code). VU2GG's signal was 5-
In 1965 I obtained my British amateur radio licence, callsign G3UCQ, which I used untiI I sold my equipment in 1985.
18 October 2002 -
8 October 2005 -
13 October 2005 -
16 October 2005 -
Channel Islands. Well -
23 October 2006. I have now made contact, mostly using morse code (cw) with 103 countries, some of the more exotic ones being Nepal, Mongolia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Iraq, Western Sahara, Paraguay, Senegal, Kuwait, UAE and S. Africa.
October 2007. I applied for planning permission to erect a mast and rotatable antenna.
December 2007. The planning permission was granted.
Now I have upgraded to the Yaesu FT2000. In 2004 I upgraded again to the Yaesu FTDX5000
I have also doubled the size of the antenna which has made it far more efficient for working long distances.
This is a picture of the rotatable antenna I got planning permission for back in December 2007. It has been in operation since March 2008 and is working well.
The antenna is a TGM MQ36-
The antenna rotator is the bell-
Up to July 2010 I have now made contact with 219 countries including Vietnam, Solomon Is, and Antarctica,
30th April, 2012.
Heard on the amateur radio grapevine today that Socotra Island is about to be re-
Suddenly, this website has become popular for those wanting to discover more about this island. I just hope I can put Socotra in my log.
13 May, 2012
The team on Socotra have now been operating for over one week and I have made contact 10 times so far.
The team is operating from the Summerland Hotel in Hadibo and will be leaving on 15 May.
19 May 2012. The team have now left the Island. Over 140,000 contacts were made with hams around the World and I managed to make 12 different (bands and modes) contacts with Soqotra.
5 May 2013.
Countries contacted now total 278.
In September, 2013 I changed the antenna above for a Hex Beam. This has proved to be a vast improvement over the TGM antenna. 293 countries contacted now so its becoming harder to get new ones.