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.
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:
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!