Whilst in Friedrichshafen Ham Fair, germany this last week, it gave me great pleasure to be able to Award one of the recent IREF Trophies for the Dxpeditioner of the Year 2018.
First and second place Plaques had already been awarded to Cezar Trifu VE3LYC and Mike Zavarukhin VE7ACN respectivley at Dayton but the third place trophy had not been awarded.
After successful activations of Djerba Island (AF-083) as 3V8CQ, The Irish Islands IOTA Tour (EU-006, EU-007, EU-103, EU-115 & EU-121) AS EJ0DXG and the first activation of the new IOTA Group which included Vieques Island in Puerto Rico (NA-249N), third place was awarded to Dave Deane EI9FBB.
Almost certainly the UK’s most high profile activator of IOTA’s, the third place was indeed good recognition of Dave’s success.
Please check out the IREF website, DXpeditions to rare Islands need our support!
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.