“NA-247 will never be activated again – no way!”
That was the remark made by one of the team who landed and operated from this NEW one.
You can be sure he meant every word of it.
Looks are deceiving when viewing this island from the mainland in contrast to circling around it in a boat. Indeed, there is no landing stage – anywhere. To get on you swim and let the swell take you ashore hoping no submerged rocks and sea urchins pierce your skin. You also need a competent RIB operator to manoeuvre in and out with radio gear.
Much will be written about this brand new activation as there’s a story to tell by everyone involved, but let’s congratulate the ops who made over 2300 QSOs in 18hrs of extreme heat operating. They are all now recovering well.