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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Page last updated on: Monday, February 10, 2014

Azores Islands, North Atlantic outpost - real and virtual

Finally snow has fallen in the Far North and it's time for the snowbirds to depart for warmer climates.
This time around, the team of OH2BE, OH2BH, OH2PM, OH8NC and OH8NJ will join forces with the locals CU2CE and CU2DX and the Azores to hit the airwaves with a variety of callsigns such as CR2A and CR2X in contests, and CU2KG and CU2KH otherwise.
The activity will start on February 12 and run until March 3 including the ARRL DX Contest, both CW & SSB, and the CQ 160M SSB Contest. CR2A/CR2X QSL manager is OH2BH.
Additionally, the Azores (CU2) will be activated in Virtual World for the first time along with Madeira (CT3). You can download a free trial version of your Virtual Radio and associated QSL and awards programs
The first Two World DXpedition (Real & Virtual) was OG0A - for details, have a look at
With Real and Virtual Amateur Radio now coexisting on an experimental  basis through these activities, the purpose is to allow interested young people to enjoy a realistic, instant experience of our great passion with structured communications and friends all over the world.
Having such a positive experience provides an important incentive for license studies and is meaningful prior to investment in personal radio equipment. This approach is worth testing as it may have great potential  in terms of facilitating the intake of young people into Real Amateur Radio, an endeavor now pursued actively in many countries.
The weekend of February 22-23 is slated for a special activity from CU2,  CT3 and it will be a great opportunity to test the system.
More details  will follow shortly.

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