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Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by WA6MHZ, Nov 8, 2019.

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    Dear Ham Radio friends, after a period of non action today is my New Start in my Ham Radio activity. It will be my pleasure to contact with you. I will be on the air till Monday evening either CW or Voice. There is no certain period of time, It depends on my monastic obligations. Thank you all.
    Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG

    LOTSA SPOTS on DXSUMMIT for 20CW, No Stateside reports other than W3LPL who says heard in NH and PA. Most EU stations working him

    I am Especially interested in this as it would be a ATNO for me! But need some SUNSPOTS to get him into the West Coast even on FT8!
     
  2. WA6MHZ

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    Following info (AUGUST 4) on Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG provided by Theodore, SV1GRM:
    I am Monk Iakovos from the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou of Mount Athos, bearing the distinct amateur radio call sign SV2RSG. I hereby take the liberty to contact you and write in the circumstances of what has been circulated as sporadic rumours regarding Mount Athos, Monk Apollo and me in conjunction to the issue of ham radio activities (radio amateur).

    My sole purpose and intention is to provide clarification, based on actual facts and figures, in restoration of the truth. Regarding my eligibility as a radio amateur and solid proof of it, there are the relevant official records in the competent state service offices in Thessaloniki but also in the pertinent Ministry in Athens, for anyone interested in accessing, verifying, learning more, as well as relevant accompanying photographic material that has come under exposure to public eye at various given time periods.

    Concerning the subject of a radio amateur license held by the passed Monk Apollo (SV2ASP), whether licensed by the Holy Community (Greek Hiera Koenotes) of Mount Athos for Amateur Radio Broadcasting, I would like to clarify the following: The Holy Community has never shown any sign of interest in this issue, until as recently as only 4 years ago.

    The only permission granted to the late blessed Monk Apollo was for radio warning communications (regarding natural as well as other serious environmental hazards and disasters), in order to provide wider relative information on local and near periphery level and thus triggering response and support on combating, restricting and mitigating these disasters. On the other hand, it was exactly the outbreak of a ravaging wildfire on Mount Athos with terrible catastrophic effects that provided the motive for a more positive disposition towards mentioned ham radio activity.

    However, there has never actually been a permit for ham radio amateur contests or daily ham radio activities, nor has it been any concern in the interests of the Holy Community to deal with this issue, since the Holy Community had at the time and still has much more serious and important issues of actual substance to resolve and deal with than those pertinent to a solitary Monk in his individual activity.

    I say “individual activity” because the Monastery to which Monk Apollo belonged had not requested for such actions, and had not put forth an official Monastic request as such. This was also further demonstrated by the total ignorance of the Holy Community about the actions of Monk Apollo but also with their absence of knowledge regarding the definition, principles, purpose, and key-functions of Amateur Radio.

    This fact alone is a response to those who invoke issues of licenses and concessions. This is also the reason why Monk Apollo did broadcast with Thessaloniki as signal mark location and “/A” mark location on Mount Athos, precisely because the base and station of transmission had to be lawfully seated in Thessaloniki and not on Mount Athos.

    Having thus no serious and formal information provided on the subject from those who were directly involved and concerned, the Holy Community considered the use and action of Ham Radio as a notion opposing tradition and unrelated to Monasticism and its own tradition.

    This at the exact very same time when Mount Athos is overwhelmed and flooded with constant use of Internet, YouTube, email, social media, mobile phone applications and every other wireless and recent technological invention services.

    Although people nowadays do say “mobile” and they mean “cellular phone” the intended proper term to actually use is “radio” (frequency telecommunications). I tried with all my kind disposition and due respect to explain, clarify and inform the Holy Epistasia – the Holy Supervisory Committee of the Community (Greek Hiera Epistasia) – on the issue of “Ham/Amateur Radio”, at the time when the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou sent me as a member of their delegation regarding the Monastic request of a ham radio station installation.

    The Koutloumousiou delegation consisted of Monk Iakovos (SV2RSG), as the representative of the Holy Monastery, the Monk driver and one more Monk, all present during our presentation and attending the whole hearing process of the Monastic request. Representatives of the Holy Epistasia of the Holy Community of Mount Athos were the Holy Protepistate and other two Monastery Epistates (Supervisors). Immediately, it became obviously clear that the Holy Protepistate and the Monastery Epistates had, plausibly, no previous or current knowledge of what Ham Radio is in general, its advantages and how it works. In spite of my personal attempt to explain in detail, fill in any gaps or answer eventual queries, unfortunately no one was finally convinced of the use and usefulness of traditional amateur radio, not because they were not convinced based on reasoning and argumentation, but because there was lack of disposition towards dealing with the subject.

    On the contrary, in reply to our presentation, I was met with many negative comments and criticism about Monk Apollo and his ham radio activities that I would not ever disclose for the sake of respect and esteem for the late brother Monk Apollo. On many occasions I have even received rebukes, insults and slander from friends of Monk Apollo and other Ham Radio amateurs, mostly anonymous..

    Mentioned above was certainly not with any intention to put blame or accusation on anyone at all, I just need to attribute the truth to the events and actual facts that happened between people we are struggling together with in our weaknesses, passions and selfishness, during our common spiritual struggle and objectives. However, nowadays that we are going through a time period of total radio silence and relevant activity in Mount Athos, this due to plausible ignorance and partial lack of interest in such ham radio activities on the part of the Holy Community (because of so many other more important and pressing issues demanding our attention) we do have the opportunity to make an appeal.

    With the status of a Holy Mount Athos Monk and as a Radio Amateur at the same time, I invite and urge you and all those who love Mount Athos and the tradition of Amateur Radio to join our hearts and voices in sending letters or emails of support in spirit of respect to the Holy Community, and pray and request for: Its reconsideration on the issue and – granting their kind permission to install radio communications station(s), not to any individual Monks, but to any of the Holy Monasteries that do wish to install and operate such an installation (after decision of the Monasteries’ ‘Committee’ and the ‘Council of Elders’) by designating / appointing a Monk Radio Operator responsible for its proper function, under the standards and guidelines of well-established international and domestic telecommunication rules and regulations. Glory be to God and our Lord Saviour Jesus Christ for all things! In spirit of Jesus Christ’s love for all.

    Monk Iakovos Koutloumousianos, SV2RSG
     
  3. WA6MHZ

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    heard around 1500Z on 20MCW stateside East Coast on NOV 7th
     
  4. AB8MA

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    Pat, you have around 350 confirmed entities and this would be an ATNO?
     
  5. KB2FCV

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    That is some good news to all who still need Mt. Athos. I'll certainly try for a band fill or two if I happen to come across him.
     
  6. AB8MA

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    It would be great if he logs electronically and could obtain a QSL Manager.
     
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  7. WA6MHZ

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    I hope he discovers FT8. My only hope!! SV/A is one of my last 3. P5 and BS7H!
     
  8. N7WR

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    Well Pat the 3 you need are tough and may be impossible--except perhaps for Mt. Athos. I need only P 5 and since we are about the same age I don't think either of us can count on that in what is left of our lifetimes. As for BS7H I would not be surprised if it is dropped from the DXCC list at some point. I worked and confirmed the first DXpedition there and in fact picked up my card at Visalia many years ago from Bob, W6RGG, who was one of the operators. That entity has always been controversial given the fact that it is often under water. The logistics of another operation from there are almost insurmountable not to mention the fact that multiple nations claim those rocks and are not reluctant to shoot at those who try to access them for any reason. Good luck.
     
  9. N0UN

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    "However, there has never actually been a permit for ham radio amateur contests or daily ham radio activities, nor has it been any concern in the interests of the Holy Community to deal with this issue, since the Holy Community had at the time and still has much more serious and important issues of actual substance to resolve and deal with than those pertinent to a solitary Monk in his individual activity.

    I say “individual activity” because the Monastery to which Monk Apollo belonged had not requested for such actions, and had not put forth an official Monastic request as such. This was also further demonstrated by the total ignorance of the Holy Community about the actions of Monk Apollo but also with their absence of knowledge regarding the definition, principles, purpose, and key-functions of Amateur Radio."

    The story I've always heard was the Holy Community had to issue a permit to operate any Ham Radio's on Mt. Athos. Of which ONLY Elder Apollo supposedly had this "license" (see his QRZ page).

    Something fishy 'round here...

    N0UN
     
  10. UA6JD

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    The first , 1994 year, DXpedition to BS7H no count for DXCC just for this reason - operated from platform based under water , second - is ok .

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