SOTA featured on BBC Countryfile

A number of readers and friends here and in the SOTA community are simply chuffed that Countryfile on the BBC recently featured a short segment about Flat Holm, its historical ties with Marconi, and modern portable amateur radio.

I tried my best to view this yesterday from the US, but shows like this on BBC One are geo-blocked via the BBC iPlayer…which is, evidently, clever enough to recognize VPNs.

However, I notice the segment has recently been posted on YouTube, so if like me you’re outside of the UK, I encourage you to watch it quickly before it gets pulled.

Enjoy!

Click here to view on YouTube.

The segment features our friend Fraser, MM0EFI (remember his brilliant field report chock-full of Land Rover nostalgia–?) and a number of other amateur radio operators.

Fraser posted his own video showing the other side of his contact with the Countryfile crew:

Click here to view on YouTube.

Fraser sat on top of that gusty summit for quite some time before the BBC crew were ready, but it looks like he had a lot of fun.

You did a brilliant job, Fraser! So glad the propagation worked in your favor.

What’s more, I love the fact that Countryfile crew looked at SOTA with both curiosity and excitement.

Bravo to all of the radio ops featured in this segment; you’re all proper ham radio ambassadors!

7 thoughts on “SOTA featured on BBC Countryfile”

  1. Yes this was a really good piece of “edutainment”, which provided a terrific insight into one of the great aspects of our hobby. Well done to the BBC and all the participants.

    On a personal note, even my XYL picked up on the success of the participants having accompanied me on a number of failed activations. Clearly the SOTA gods were looking favourably on them!

    Richard M0RGM

  2. Fraser is a great ambassador for our hobby combining the great outdoors with amateur radio. He’s out in all weathers and conditions. Bravo.

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