VP8RAF/100 Falkland Islands Amateur Radio Special Event Station

The RAF Amateur Radio Society, G8FC, has sent an expedition group to the Falkland Islands and will be operating from the Joint Services Welfare Facility Amateur Radio Station using the callsigns VP8RAF/100 and VP8FIR/100

The callsigns commemorate the Battle of Coronel on 1 November 1914 and the 1st Battle of the Falklands on 8 December 1914.

All VP8 stations are able to use the suffix /100 between 1 November and 15 December 2014.

The Battle of Coronel off the West coast of Chile saw a number of Royal Navy ships sunk, both the HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth which were lost with all crew.

What became known as the 1st Battle of the Falklands took place to the South East of East Falkland and saw the Royal Navy sink eight ships of the German Imperial Navy including the flagship of Admiral Graf Von Spee.

The RAFARS station will be using the following frequencies: CW 3.505, 7015, 10.112, 14.055, 18.070, 21.055, 24.892, 28.055. SSB 3.790, 7.155, 14.270, 18.123, 21.290, 24.945, 28.250.

Battle of Coronel - http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/slaughter-at-sea-but-we-never-lost-hope-1-6396443

RAFARS Expedition to the Falkland Islands -http://www.rafars.org/content/News_Flash_files/39e20a80ec58b86021efc22cf011d89f-30.html