MSØINT

June 18th - 21st 2010

In a Pan-European project, SMØMDG Bjørn, EA3NT Christian, EA2TA George, F4BKV Vincent , IZ7ATN Simon and leader MMØNDX Col will – weather permitting – try to be active from the remote North Atlantic island group of the Flannans 20 miles north west of the Outer Hebrides. Activated in 1989, 1995, 1999 and 2002, the mysterious Flannan Isles are certainly a much needed but extremely difficult to access IOTA.

Purpose

The purpose of this expedition is to put Flannan Islands EU-118 on the air to give all island chasers world-wide the chance to get this rare island group logged, with a special focus on areas where EU-118 is in extreme demand.

Expedition goals
  • On the air Fri June 18, 2 stations 24-hrs (possibly 3 stations in daylight)
  • All bands from 80-6 meter, both SSB and CW
  • Pay special attention to JA demand of EU-118
  • End operations at Mon June 21
  • Return Safely to Stornoway

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Flannan Isles

Map of Eilean Mor

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Name of island Eilean Mor
Coordinates 58 17.0' N
007 35.0' W
GRID IO68EH
IOTA EU-118
IOSA OL-01
SCOTIA DI-25
WAB NA74
WLOTA LH-0023
ARLHS SCO-084

The Flannan Isles are a small island group in the North Atlantic ocean 32 kilometres (20 miles) west of the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The archipelago is also known as 'The Seven Hunters'.

The islands are split into three groups. The main cluster of rocks, which lie to the northeast, include the two principal islands of Eilean Mr (English:Big Isle) and Eilean Taighe (House Isle). The highest point is 88 metres (290 ft) above sea level on Eilean Mr.

There are two possible landing places to the east and west for yachts visiting Eilean Mr, although this can be hazardous given the regular heavy sea swells.

The isles provide nesting for a population of seabirds, including Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, European Storm-petrels, Leach's Petrels, Common Shag and Black-legged Kittiwakes. The Flannan Isles became a Site of Special Scientific Interest in December 1983.

Mystery of the Flannan Isles

Learn more about the Mystery of 1900

Landing the Flannan Isles

Watch the video of Landing the Flannan Isles.

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Name of island Eilean Mor
Coordinates 58 17.0' N, 007 35.0' W
GRID IO68EH
IOTA EU-118
IOSA OL-01
SCOTIA DI-25
WAB NA74
WLOTA LH-0023
ARLHS SCO-084

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