I have had several messages over the last month from people concerned that they haven’t heard from Robert 3B9FR (Rodrigues Island) in many months. As you know Robert was qrv several times every single day and never missed in any conditions but since May 2019, I have had no contact from him nor has he been qrv (recent spot fake). I have tried to contact him many times as well as sending several enquiries through colleagues visiting 3B in an attempt to locate him. Thus far I have nothing fruitful whatsoever to report on his welfare. Should I hear anything of course I will let the community know but certainly for the moment Robert appears ‘MIA’. Thanks for your concern,
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.