A50BOC & A50BPC Bhutan

De Max ON5UR

”Where do we go next…? The question that was haunted by different heads. Finally it’s time, we’re going to Bhutan.

It was quite exciting days… behind the scenes, there was a lot of work in Japan and Bhutan to get all the official documents in order. Almost daily we received messages from ms ishidade the secretary of Zorro jh1ajt. No news, still no news, something hope visa will be soon etc etc… finally yesterday came the redeeming news, all visas and documents were ok. Pfff what a nice feeling, only five days before our departure.

A50BOC (Bhutan Olympic Committee ).
A50BPC (Bhutan Paralympic Committee).
Kingdom of Bhutan.

JH1AJT Zorro – Japan.
E21EIC Champ – Thailand.
DJ9ZB Franz – Germany.
KO8SCA Adrian – USA.
ON5UR Max – Belgium.

Date: 11 December-20 December 2019.
Bands: 160 – 6 mtr.
Modes: CW | SSB | Ft4 | ft8

Some facts that might be interesting to know:

Bhutan is a very isolated country located in the Himalayas between India and Tibet. There is a special experience because the airport is located at a height of 2236 meters in a deep valley. Making the airport the most dangerous airport in the world. There is only one runway of 1986 meters. There are only 12 pilots in all the world who have the permission to put a device on the ground. Countries and takeoff is only possible during the day through the high peaks that can be up to 7000 meters high. In bad weather, flights are often postponed for days.

You can’t just travel to Bhutan on your own. A lot of documents were needed that were very thoroughly checked by the gouvernment. Everyone was also seriously screened by the National Security Department because our location is very close to the royal family. Only if all the documents were ok we got a “go” for this DX-Peditie.

The Government wants to keep the country as pure as possible and therefore is not waiting for tourists. That’s why you need a visa. This Visa costs you a lot of money, namely 40 $ + 250 $ “per day – per person” that you stay in the country.
In All Bhutan you don’t find a single traffic light. A real infrastructure is hardly there. It is therefore one of the least developed countries in the world. The unique thing about Bhutan is that the people here, probably, have less problems than you would expect. Where as good as every government in the world strives for economic prosperity, the king of Bhutan has chosen ‘gross national happiness’. All laws and measures are aimed at keeping the happiness of the inhabitants as big as possible.

Our DX location is located at more than 3000 meters above sea level.

Twenty years after marc demeuleneere on4ww was the first Belgian ever to participate in the a52a DX-Peditie, I am in this team his successor. I’m secretly proud of it.

We are looking forward to this new challenge. We hope to make a lot of photos with you.

73 ‘ Max”

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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.