kuva: Kari Malmi
ALL NINE AZORES ISLANDS, CU1 THROUGH CU9, ACTIVATED AT ONCE
Are You Ready to Fly to Azores for Free by Making Nine QSOs?
Yes indeed, those of you willing to spend 24 hours or less on the radio
are eligible to participate in an Azores lottery for two all-paid
packages to the beautiful Azores Islands in the Atlantic, completely
free of charge. The project is organized by the Azores-Finland
Friendship Consortium in partnership with the Amateur Radio Associations
of the Azores Islands and supported by the Azores Promotion Agency (ATA)
and Azorean Airlines (SATA). Just look at <www.visitazores.com> and make
up your mind.
Not many people know that the Azores consist of nine populated islands,
stretching over a distance of 602 km (305mi) from East to West, next to
USA and Europe. And it is not widely known that the Azores have their
own airline (SATA) flying to each island, in addition to many
destinations in Europe and North America. Each island has its own
characteristics and its own blend and alone qualifies for your visit
there. While these islands count for a single DXCC entity, they offer
three (3) IOTA groupings.
With this unique AZORES 9 ISLANDS HUNT, an invited international group
of amateur radio operators together with resident Azores amateurs will
be activating the nine islands, offering an opportunity to the world to
contact these islands all at once over one weekend.
Saturday, September 29, 1200 UTC to September 30, 1200 UTC (24 hours).
These stations will be active starting Friday, September 28 as soon as
they become operational.
CW: 7000-7015, 18080-18090 and 14050-14065 kHz
SSB: 7175-7195, 18120-18135 and 14250-14275 kHz
Nine Islands and their Stations
Santa Maria, CU1ARM; San Miguel, CU2ARA; Terceira, CU3URA; Graciosa,
CU4ARG; Sao Jorge, CU5AM; Pico, CU6GRP; Faial, CU7CRA; Flores, CU8ARF;
Operators and Island Hosts
Sergio, CU1AAD; Jose, CU2CE; Francisco, CU2DX; Guilherme, CU2IF;
Domingois, CU3CS; Guilherme, CU4AB; Jose, CU5AM; Jorge, CU6AB; Manuel,
CU7CA; Claudio, CU8AAE; Joao, CU9AC; Franz, DJ9ZB; Richard, DF9TF;
Nigel, G3TXF; Michael, G7VJR; Diane, K2DO; Rich, KE3Q; Mike, KI1U;
Marius, LB3HC; George, N2GA; Martti, OH2BH; Juha, OH8NC; Ghis, ON5NT;
Carine, ON7LX; Claude, ON7TK; Alex, OZ7AM; Kenneth, OZ1IKY; Yuri, VE3DZ
and Ed, VE3FWA.
Two Hunt Awards
Those making a QSO with at least 5 different islands will have a
corresponding number of tickets placed into a lottery for a free trip to
the Azores (e.g. if you have QSOs with 7 islands, you will get 7 lottery
tickets). Additionally, the first 25 operators making QSOs with all 9
islands will be eligible for a second lottery. The free trips are from
the closest airport served by SATA; including flight, accommodation and
During or immediately after the weekend, the logs will be posted on Club
Log to display your band/mode slots. The lottery will be drawn on
October 15, 2012.
All QSOs will be confirmed through the bureau network with special
full-color cards. Direct QSL requests via Jose Melo, CU2CE.
73, Pertti OH5TQ