FOØAAA : Clipperton2ØØØ Expedition
End of February 2000 an international group of 12 ham radio operators set sail aboard the sports vessel Shogun from San Diego, California to Clipperton Island in the Pacific Ocean. Clipperton Island is a French owned atoll situated west of Mexico. It took us six and a halve days to get there, and the same time to return to San Diego.
An astonishing 75,000 radio contacts were made with ham radio operators all over the world, in six and a halve days of operating time. Records were set.
You can find a complete and detailed account of our expedition on the FOØAAA Website
For information on how to get hold of our professionally edited one hour video, visit James Brooks' 9V1YC Website
Click on the following photographs to see the full size pictures. Enjoy !
|This is John Kennon, N7CQQ, at Fisherman's Landing in San Diego. He made it all happen|
|The Clipperton2ØØØ - FOØAAA team|
|On our way to Clipperton we passed Isla da Rocca Partida, truly a beauty of nature|
|Sunset at Isla da Rocca Partida, can it get more beautiful ?|
|A dolphin welcomed us upon arrival (won't tell you how long it took to take this shot!)|
|Here it is, after six and a halve days of wave bouncing and diesel engines noise : Clipperton Island !|
|Second captain Bruce ''rides'' our equipment to the Clipperton beach|
|Time to put some antennas up|
|Here is a tribute to the late K6SE who provided our team with a great RX antenna for topband|
|James Brooks, 9V1YC, who makes all those great professional Ham Videos|
|Some two million of them kept us company. Or was it vice versa ? Meet Gecarcinus Planatus !|
|And a couple of tens of thousands masked boobies as well|
|A booby chick in front of the infamous Clipperton Rock. Beauties of nature, the both of them|
|A brown booby inside Clipperton Rock|
|Time to go home|
|Sure glad to sail homebound, leaving mystical Clipperton Island behind with mixed feelings. What an adventure !|