Thanks Hans for the third new IOTA in the same amount of weeks whilst on your Papua New Guinea trip.
Emirau Island (OC-103) in the St. Matthias IOTA Group, Tatau Island (OC-099) in the Tabar IOTA Group and today, Buka Island (OC-135) in the Solomon Island IOTA Group. Lets hope the final one (OC-205) goes well in the coming days. Thankfully I have the Woodlark group confirmed from your trip back in 2009. That brings me to #547 IOTA (W).
i feel I must also thank the tuner for his prolonged activity on Hans’ frequency. You made such an impact it was truly amazing, I stayed for ages listening to you and it really did make my day, hope you sleep well you prat!
I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.
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IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.
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