G4AKC is disqualified in attempt at world record pedestrian mobile bike mobile, due to the applicants' submissions of false information, erroneous documentation, misleading statements, and confusing representations by David Starkie G4AKC and Keith Sharples G7LPW.
G7LPW is disqualified in attempt at world record pedestrian mobile bike mobile, due to the applicants' submissions of false information, erroneous documentation, misleading statements, and confusing representations by David Starkie G4AKC and Keith Sharples G7LPW.
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HF World Records HFPACK HALL OF FAME  APPLICANT DISQUALIFICATION NOTICE
Information on Disqualification of
David Starkie G4AKC and Keith Sharples G7LPW 
WORLD RECORD DISQUALIFIED FOR PEDESTRIAN MOBILE AND HUMAN POWERED MOBILE LONG DISTANCE HF COMMUNICATIONS
G4AKC is disqualified in attempt at world record.
G7LPW
is disqualified in attempt at world record.
World Record Pedestrian Communication Attempt Fails

As of 14 December 2007, the HFpack Hall of Fame, international world records for human-to-human direct communications, has disqualified radio operators David Starkie G4AKC and Keith Sharples G7LPW, in their attempt to achieve the longest distance high frequency direct communications between pedestrians or bicyclists.

HFpack's international panel of experts in high frequency pedestrian communications has extensively reviewed the claimed world record attempt by G4AKC, and rejected it. They concluded that the false information, erroneous documentation, misleading statements, and confusing representations by Starkie and Sharples has led to a cloud of uncertainty as to exact location and possibly dubious communication methods used in the attempt.


Notoriety was received by Mr. Starkie in the press due to his [false] claims of a "world record" long distance pedestrian or bicycle communication from UK to New Zealand. However, the existing world record distance set in 2001 between pedestrian radio operators in Greece and New Zealand still stands at 17,467 kilometers (10,853 miles).

There really is a high degree of technical difficulty in communicating directly between pedestrian humans on opposite sides of the planet, without landlines or satellites. Over the years, with many attempts to surpass the 18,000 kilometer mark, all have failed. Perhaps we will see someone succeed during the new solar cycle.

Enthusiasts who try for long distance human-to-human communication world records often need to deal with the
logistics of international travel, carrying specialized radio equipment, and adherence to rigorous methods to be qualified as bonafide pedestrian direct communications. Only when the solar and geomagnetic "weather" conditions are exactly right, can they send radio waves bouncing between earth's ionosphere and the ground, to talk all the way around the planet.

High frequency transmitters, using shortwave radio, are combined with backpack mounted antennas and battery packs to form what are known as "pedestrian mobiles" worn by radio expeditioners. Ham radio enthusiasts seek to communicate with each other across oceans and continents, exchanging messages and friendly greetings. These same systems are also useful for dependable emergency and relief communications when other commercial infrastructure systems are disabled due to disasters.

G4AKC is disqualified in attempt at world record pedestrian mobile bike mobile, due to the applicants' submissions of false information, erroneous documentation, misleading statements, and confusing representations by David Starkie G4AKC and Keith Sharples G7LPW.

Read the Guidelines for World Records Qualification in HFpack Hall of Fame





G4AKC is disqualified in attempt at world record pedestrian mobile bike mobile, due to the applicants' submissions of false information, erroneous documentation, misleading statements, and confusing representations by David Starkie G4AKC and Keith Sharples G7LPW.





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