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Sunday, April 27, 2014

7Q7WV Malawi

DK2WV and DJ9AF will be active from Malawi 6-21 May 2014 as 7Q7WV
 They will be active on 160-6m CW , SSB , RTTY
 QSL via DK2WV

PJ4J Bonaire Island 2014

AI2N , N2ZN , WJ2O will be active from Bonaire Island (IOTA SA-006) 21-28 May 2014 as PJ4J
 They will be active also in CQ WW WPX CW Contest in M/S Category
 QSL via N2ZN

E51AVE E51KJW E51JQY E51MCA Cook Islands

JA8VE , JA1KJW , JA1JQY , JA3MCA will be active from South Cook Islands 22-31 May 2014 as E51AVE , E51KJW , E51JQY , E51MCA
 They will be active on 160-10m CW , SSB , RTTY
 QSL info
 E51AVE via JA8VE
 E51KJW via JA1KJW
 E51JQY via JA1JQY
 E51MCA via JA3MCA

SW9XB Crete Island

DJ9XB will be active from Crete Island 6-16 May 2014 as SW9XB
 He will be active on HF Bands only RTTY
 QSL via home call , LOTW

HV0A Vatican

HV0A is currently active from Vatican city
 He is active on HF Bands

7P8NK Lesotho

VA7DX is currently active from Lesotho as 7P8NK
 He is active on HF Bands
 QSL via VE7YBH direct

JH1AJT Mount Athos

April 26th, 1730Z.  Just got off the phone with Zorro from Mount Athos.  Here is some information he requested I forward to the Ham Radio community:

Zorro's Greek work team has returned home.  He is alone on Mount Athos until his scheduled departure on Monday, April 28th.  Monk Apollo returned to Mount Athos today and they had a very good meeting.  Zorro and his team were able to install a new tower, but the SteppIR antenna is still broken.  There are two issues with the antenna.  One is the SteppIR motor is intermittent, the other is the Control Box is not functioning properly.  Zorro could not get the SteppIR to work as it should.  More repairs will be required.  In the meantime, he hung a 15 & 20 Meter dipole from the tower.

Monk Apollo plans to operate Sunday morning (April 27th) with Zorro at his side from around 0800/0900Z for one hour or so.  Frequency unknown.  This is all the time Elder Apollo has for radio operations as he is busy with his duties on Mount Athos.  As far as Zorro operating alone from Mount Athos while Monk Apollo is tasked, that is not a decision that can be made by Monk Apollo or Zorro.  There is a 20 Monk committee that must approve any and all communications operations.  14 of 20 committee votes are needed to allow any such endeavor.  Monk Apollo is all for furthering the hobby from Mount Athos, but it is not his decision.

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Now, here's a few of my comments. Of note, and just as in Myanmar (which took ten visits and numerous communications between Zorro and Myanmar officials), Zorro has opened a solid line of communication for future radio operations from Mount Athos.  Zorro worked long and hard to open up Ham Radio into Myanmar, and he's ready, willing and able to work long and hard to further the hobby on Mount Athos too.

I did not know (until today) that there's a committee that overseas radio/communications operations on Mount Athos.  I, like many Hams I've spoken to always thought radio was controlled by one man.  It is not.  I learned that Monk Apollo is a very, very busy man tasked with many duties.  Elder Apollo wears many different hats in support of the Orthodox Spiritual Center.

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