Spratly Islands DXpedition postponed


Big Island ARRL News, 07 May 2017, 01:55 hrs, UTC, Post #190.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/spratly-islands-dxpedition-postponed.htm

Accessed on 07 May 2017, 01:55 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the official announcement.

Comment:

Radio amateurs waiting for a rare contact from the disputed Spratly Islands Group will have to wait a bit longer before Layang Layang Island is in the log book.

According to team head Hrane Milosevic (YT1AD), the dxpedition has been rescheduled from December 2017 to 10-20 March 2018. Hrane says plans were changed “because the resort on Layang Layang Island is closed from December to February.”

Perhaps a more ominous reason are the numerous territorial claims in the region.  Back in the early 1980s, a German DXpedition to the Spratly Islands was attacked by a gunboat, resulting in at least one death and several injuries.  According to http://www.southgatearc.org, the region remains a dangerous place for anyone:
“While the Royal Malaysian Navy maintains a presence on the reef, ownership — as with all of the Spratlys — is disputed. It is also claimed by the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.”

The international Amateur Radio team trying to activate this low-lying island is taking a huge risk.

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