Andrea, IK7YTT inform dxnews.com that he will be active again from Macau 29 August - 5 September 2016 as XX9TYT.
He operate on 80 - 10m.
He will parcipicate in All Asian DX SSB Contest 3 - 4 September 2016.
He will operate from Coloane Island, IOTA AS-075.
QSL via IW7EGQ.
Ads for direct QSL:
Michele Pace, via De Cuneo, 54, 76125 TRANI, BT, Italy.
Location Coloane Island (IOTA AS-075).
Macau. Country Information
Macau, Chinese: 澳門 , also spelled Macao is special administrative region of China.
Official languages- Chinese, Portuguese.
Currency- Macanese pataca MOP.
Time- UTC +8.
International Phone code- +853.
Internet domain- .mo
XX9TYT Macau. Information for radio amateurs
Amateur Radio prefix- XX9.
DXCC country- Macao.
WAC continent- Asia.
WAZ zone- 24.
ITU zone- 44.
QTH locator- OL62.
RSGB IOTA reference- IOTA AS-075 Macau group.
Amateur Radio organization- Associacao dos Radioamadores de Macau ARM, member of International Amateur Radio Union IARU.
President: Savio Leong, XX9BB.
Secretary: Tsang Hing Bun, XX9BH.
Macau, also known as Jyutping or Macao is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the Peoples Republic of China. Macau has the South China Sea to the south and east, the Guangdong Province to the north and the Pearl River Delta to the west and has a total area of 12.1 square miles. With a population of more than 600,000 people, Macau is the most densely populated area of the world.
Originally Macau was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century till the later 1900’s. It was one of the last colonies of Europe in Asia. Macau was under the Panyu county jurisdiction and its first inhabitants were people seeking refuge from the dreaded Mongols around 221-206 BC. Macau developed as a major settlement with the arrival of the Portuguese. The first Portuguese to land in China was Jorge Alvarez in 1513. Macau was rented out to the Portuguese as a trading port by the Ming Emperor and until 1887 the Portuguese controlled the administration of the city but under Chinese authority, after which the city became a colony of the Portuguese. Control over Macau was given back to China in 1999 with the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration.
Macau or Macao has climate very similar to South China, with humid subtropical Climate and relative humidity ranging from 70% to 90%, the change in temperature between summer and winter are quite noticeable. The city has ample rainfall but winters are mostly dry because of the Siberian High which affects most of Eastern China. Summers are very hot and humid which are often followed by thunderstorms and occasional typhoons.
Tourism and hospitality contribute to about 45%-50% of the Gross Domestic Product of Macao. Other economic activities that help raise the GDP are garment manufacture, financial services, banking and textile made for export. Macao is one of the founders of World Trade Organisation (WTO) and has trading relation with over 120 countries and is also a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Macau boasts of the perfect balance between Chinese and Portuguese cultures. Here, both cultures and traditions are important which leaves the city with many festivals, holidays and events that take place round the year. The primary festival is the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated either in the late January month or early February month, depending on the Lunar Calendar, while the most important event celebrated is the Macau Grand Prix where the main street of the Peninsular are converted into race tracks to host the Formula 1 Series in November.
Macau’s Top Attractions:
Located in the Southeast area of the Peninsular, the A-Ma Temple was built during the Ming Dynasty in honour of Mazu, the sea goddess who blessed the people of Macau with bountiful fish. There are four different pavilions here that are dedicated for worshipping different gods and goddesses and is an example of representation of the Chinese culture that is inspired by folklore, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Tourists can take the bus from Senado Square and the temple is open every day from 10am to 6pm. While the entrance to the temple is free care must be taken as during the afternoon this area gets very hot and humid. Tourists travelling from cooler regions must ensure that they have enough protection from the heat.
Surrounded by neo-classical buildings that are painted in soft Portuguese colours, this square has been the heart of the city since the Portuguese built it. Previously it catered to the traders that arrived in Macau to carry on their business but now tourists who wish to buy branded clothes and electronic devices will find plenty of shops to cater to their needs. Tourists can also visit several areas from this Square such as the ruins of St. Paul’s Church, A-Ma Temple and the famous Koi Kei Bakery.
Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral
This is reputed as amongst the most famous landmarks of Macau, the ruins of this 16th century church is a must visit for tourists. The walls of the church are adorned with Intricate carvings that were done by Japanese Monks for the Portuguese inhabitants. Tourists can visit the church on any day and entrance is free. But care must be taken as not to disturb the serene atmosphere created in the Cathedral
Built from 1622 to 1638, this fortress is now considered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It occupies the highest part of Macau and was built to defend it from attacks from the sea and also serves as an observation area. Tourists can visit the prominent lighthouse that is 15 meters high and is one of the oldest lighthouses on the Chinese Coast. There are short cable car rides to help tourists reach this fort and it is open from 8am to 6 pm. The fort is closed on Mondays and taking a guide is preferable to know the historical significance of this Fort.
House of the Dancing Water
Considered as the Cirque due Soleis of the East, the house of the Dancing Water is a production by Franco Dragone, that costs over 2 billion Hong Kong dollar to create. Tourists can enjoy this 90 minutes show that has aquatic based performances and special effects. The shows are performed nightly from 5pm to 8 pm and theatrics involve romantic dramas to political satires and includes Motorcycle jumps. Tourists are allowed to videotape the performances thereby always having a memory of this wonderful experience.
Casino at Venetian Macau
Located at the Cotai Strip the Venetian Hotel and Casino is a 40 storied hotel which includes an amusement park and casino. There are many restaurants in the hotel and tourists can visit the Casino to gamble or just treat themselves to the amazing spread available in the Restaurants. A perfect place to have it all, children can enjoy the rides in the amusement park while parents and adults can have fun in the Casino.
Macau is a rich and vibrant peninsular that shows that different cultures, religions and traditions can co-exist if one really tries. With its intense historical significance and beautiful landscapes, Macau is the dream destination for travellers from all over the world.