Thank you TX5C for your courage, tenacity, and operating skills. Your DXpedition fired my imagination bringing vivid images of far flung tropical islands into my shack. I enjoyed listening to your proficient CW operators on 30-, 20-, 17-, and 15-Meters all of whom are a credit to ham radio.
Your willingness to confront spartan living conditions, face down life threatening storms, and suffer miserable heat to deliver a new DXCC counter is deeply appreciated.
Your DXpedition brought into my shack another dramatic image. One not spoken about and probably forgotten on the world. I can take refuge in my comfortable home but they must live day in, day out in a home full of garbage. I feel a sense of responsibility and duty to speak about the beaches of Clipperton Atoll.
Steve Hammer, K6SGH who became known as 'Hammer Time' on my blog captured an on-going ecological disaster. His photographs revealed to the ham radio community something that reaches beyond a mere QSO and new DXCC counter. A fragile ecology bearing the ever increasing weight of global garbage.
Steve said in his journal entry dated 12 March 2008, "It seems to me that a program, using volunteers and money from charitable organizations, could be devised to begin to deal with this problem."
He is right and such a program is needed as soon as possible. I can't celebrate a QSO knowing that global garbage infests the habitat of Clipperton Atoll.
I'm contacting Steve after this blog posting. Interestingly, he is a resident of Santa Barbara and we understand the value added to humanity when beaches are kept global garbage free.
If you are reading this blog please consider the following proactive steps toward realizing Steve Hammer's vision.
- Email Steve in support of his groundbreaking vision.
- Discuss K6SGH's message with other like-minded ham radio operators.
Thank you TX5C and the great team of operators who brought so much joy into my shack. I fully endorse and advocate for some type of Clipperton Atoll clean-up project as suggested by Steve Hammer, K6SGH in the future.
73 from the shack.