H44NT – Solomon Islands

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In case he cannot travel to the Russell islands (OC-168), his second option would be the Florida islands (OC-158) which was more recently activated and claimed by the 18,7% of participants. The Florida islands are easier to access and offer plenty of accomodation, so it would be an easy-to-achieve backup plan.

Christian will carry 2 batteries and solar panels to run his 100w radio, in case there is no power available at any time of the day on any of the islands, specially on the Russell islands.

After activating either the Russell or the Florida islands Christian will continue the tour and will fly to Bellona island (OC-127), not activated since 2009 and claimed by the 19,7% of participants, where he will stay for 3 days. The flight is booked and confirmed, but not yet the accommodation, as there is a very nice resort on the island but on a very bad location for a good take-off into Europe, therefore he will first try to find a different place to stay with a better take-off but surely much lower comfort…




According to propagation charts, 12 and 15m band will be the best bands to work Europe, so he will take a VDA for 15m band and a vertical dipole for 12m, as well as other vertical dipoles for 17m and 20m in order to work other regions of the world with fair conditions.

In view of the high demand, short stay on the islands and the battery-powered station, Christian asks everybody to make ONLY 1 QSO on each island in order to put as many different stations as possible in the log.

For a better understanding,  here is the schedule of Christian’s trip on March 2015.



As you can see, after the stay in the Solomons, Christian will do a stopover in Brisbane, where he intends to rent a car and access one of the islands qualifying for IOTA OC-137.


Please do NOT send your card via the Bureau, it will NOT be received.

IF any kind soul would consider helping Christian with any donation after getting a few new IOTA references, … it would be much appreciated, in order to offset some of the costs involved… (Paypal ec3adc@gmail.com )




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Charles M0OXO

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.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

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.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.