|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
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