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IOTA DXpedition to Saona Island (NA-122)

Saona Island was baptized 'Saona' by Christopher Columbus, who discovered it in May 1494 during his second voyage to the Americas.
The name was meant to honor Michele da Cuneo, [Columbus'] friend from Savona.
Saona Island (in Spanish Isla Saona) is a tropical island located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic. It is a government protected nature reserve and is part of East National Park (in Spanish Parque Nacional del Este. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its beaches, and has been used on many occasions by film-makers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical "desert island" setting for their film or product.
Saona is the destination of Hotel India DX Club, Inc and a high skill team formed in a joint effort with Loma Del Toro Contest Group, Radio Club Dominicano, Inc and Union Dominicana de Radioaficionados (UDRA) being called “Saona Dxpediton 2014 Dream Team”.
Saona Island is located in the southeastern part of the Dominican Republic
(Lat: 18° 7' 47.0814" /Long: -68° 40' 5.9376")
Surface area of 110 squared Km.
A big effort combine with a great teamwork leaded by Joe, HI8C, and the co-leader Tatino, HI3CC to head up a team of operators to be active as HI2DX from Saona Island, NA-122 thanks to the help of all three radio clubs working jointly to make this a new and interesting experience.
Activity will take place during 5 days and 4 nights operating 24 hours. According to the evaluation of propagations forecasts we are confidents to give DXers an opportunity to work this country prefix HI2 and Iota on all the bands from 160m to 6 meters on CW, SSB and Digital modes.
The 20 over operators will be an international team from DR and the US, pending confirmation, the operators listed are:
HI3A, HI3CC, HI3EPR, HI3K, HI3LCG, HI3TT, HI7MC, HI8A, HI8AR, HI8C, HI8CR, HI8JQE, HI8EFS, HI8RD, K1TO, K3LP, K9PG, N9JA and W4UH. Operators listing might vary since we are inviting experienced operators to join the team, a definite listing will be announced with modes and frequencies details soon.
QSL Manager is Tim, M0URX will handle all request for direct, OQRS and Bureau QSLs.
Our plan is to have 10 stations around the clock using dipoles, verticals and other antennas.
For more details and updates, visit our website at:
The team is looking for sponsors, funds and donations.

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