ZS8A, ZS8C, ZS8Z are all now QRT from Marion island and returning home to Cape Town. Carson ZS8C left a last minute note on April 29th saying:
This will be my last post from the island! Unfortunately, I will be leaving the island tomorrow, and should be back in South Africa on the 6th May. You may have noticed that I have not been on the radio for a while. The past few weeks have been very busy. There was a lot of work to do before the ship arrived, and there has been even more work training my replacement for the island. My new replacement is not qualified for radio, so there is no chance of him operating. The new radio technical on the island is a Ham, and he may operate in his free time.
Overall I think that my radio operations have been very successful (especially given that I was not running a DXpedition). I have really enjoyed getting involved in the Ham Radio world, and I have had fun meeting and talking to so many interesting people. I just want to say thank you for all the positive replies/comments that I have received.
I will write a better post when I am back in South Africa (still a bit rushed this side), but I just wanted to say thanks for all the fun I had operating on the radio. In about a month I will write a full post, and describe where the excess QSL funds will be donated to. There are a number of Charities that have caught my attention.
To all of those people that I did not manage to make contact with. SORRY. I tried my best to make contact with as many people as I could. I will try reply to every email request while I am on the ship.
I have also managed to stamp about 80 of my QSL cards with the Marion Island stamp. So some of you may be betting cards that have actually been on the island!
I will also try and load some pictures of the island when I get home.
73’s from Marion Island!