VK5FIL – Flinders Island (OC-261)

A Team of Australian Hams will partake in a Dxpedition to Flinders Island, Australia (IOTA OC-261) in April 2024.  

The Team consists of; Grant VK5GR, Adam VK2YK, Chris VK5FR, Ivan VK5HS, Andy VK5LA & Paul VK5PAS.

The dates of operation – 14th April 2024 – 21st April 2024.
Islands On The Air (IOTA) – Flinders Island OC-261
World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) – Investigator Important Bird Area VKFF-0175

Flinders Island is located in the Investigator Group off the coast of South Australia, about 35 km southwest of the mainland town of Elliston. (Flinders Island Ecoscape 2024)

The Investigator Group is an archipelago in the Great Australian Bight off the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula that consists of Flinders Island, Waldegrave Islands, The Watchers, Topgallant Island, Ward Islands and Pearson Isles. (NGIA 2022)

​Flinders Island is the largest and only inhabited island in the Investigator Group.
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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.