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ZB2/VA3ITA Gibraltar

Edmondo, VA3ITA will be active from Gibraltar 25 - 28 July 2014 as ZB2/VA3ITA.
He will be active on 20, 15, 6m.
QSL via LOTW only.

Gibraltar. Country Information

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula.
Motto- Badge of the Rock of Gibraltar.
Capital- Gibraltar.
Official language- English.
Currency- Gibraltar pound GIP.
Time- UTC +1 Summer time UTC +2.
International phone code- +350.
Internet domain- .gi
Climate- subtropical.
Popular sport- Football.
National flower- Gibraltar candytuft.
National animal- Barbary macaque.

ZB2/VA3ITA Gibraltar. Information for Radio Amateurs.

Amateur Radio prefix- ZB.
DXCC country- Gibraltar.
WAC continent- Europe.
WAE country- Gibraltar.
WAZ zone- 14.
ITU zone- 37.
Gibraltar Amateur Radio organization- Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society GARS, member of International Amateur Radio Union IARU.
President: Alan Guerrero, ZB2IF.
Secretary: Tano Guerrero, ZB2IH.

The Unspoiled Beauty of Gibraltar

The Meeting Place of Continents

The Rock of Gibraltar stands guard over the Mediterranean, at the southernmost tip of Spain. The climate here is sub-tropical, with welcoming, warm temperatures year round. You will find the local people offer friendly charm in this unique community. The stone was formed millions of years ago, and it has stood the test of time.

The Top of the Rock

Towering above the local countryside, the impressive rock affects the land around it. It stands at the only link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is bold and impressive when seen from the sea or the ground, but the Top Station Cable Cars have an even more outstanding view.

At one end of Main Street, by the Alameda Gardens, is the cable car base camp. At the summit, three terraces offer unique views of the land below. From the top, you can see three countries, two continents and two oceans.

Attend the Gibraltar Fair

The annual fair is held on the Naval Ground in late August each year. The local fair has various attractions that will appeal to many age groups, including rides for children. There are also games, tombolas and side booths, many of which are sponsored by local sporting and charitable organizations. There are plenty of places to sample local cuisine and drink. The Churros stall is always a favorite. A daily program of events at the fair runs in the Family Pavilion.


Gibraltar ZB2/VA3ITA

Nature’s Splendor

A visit to this natural area will unveil a fascinating, diverse world. In dens high on the rock, the Barbary Apes reside. They are the most famous of Gibraltar’s residents, and they are Europe’s only wild primates. They are inquisitive, friendly and charming. Local legend states that when all the apes have left the rock, Gibraltar will no longer be British.

There is also a myriad of plant life in the area, from palms and lavender to jasmine and jacaranda. Bougainvillea, geraniums, honeysuckle and clematis grow alongside many rare species, including Sea Lavender and Candytuft.

Gibraltar ZB2/VA3ITA DX News

The seas in the area also have a great diversity of life. When you are sailing in the bay, your boat will often be followed by leaping dolphins and flying fish. During spring and fall, the Rock is home for multitudes of birds, migrating between their winter grounds in Africa and their Northern Europe breeding grounds. Some resident bird species include the Barbary Partridge, Peregrine Falcon and the Blue Rock Thrush. You will also see black kytes, buzzards, hoopoes, harriers, eagles and owls.

Gibraltar ZB2/VA3ITA Tourist Attractions

Preserving the Grandeur

There are great efforts being made to preserve the natural environment of the Rock of Gibraltar and its unspoiled beauty for future visitors. There is a large nature reserve on the upper area of the rock, and work is already underway to create a new botanical garden in Alameda Gardens, the most famous public park in the area. The goal is to offer future generations the same beauty you can see today.

Video Gibraltar.

Video ZB2/VA3ITA ZB2BU.

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Tom
  • Callsign: GM4FDM
  • 2014-07-20 19:13:08
So how does this happen. I asked earlier this year to renew my reciprocal licence and was told by the licensing authorities that it was not possible: From the GARS Web Page: Operating from Gibraltar Although we are very pleased to see you at our premises, they are not available for use by visiting operators except using our station ZB2BU on club nights. Gibraltar is not part of CEPT, and the authorities here DO NOT issue reciprocal licences for HF operation. This is due to historical problems with interference to MOD services and is unlikely to change. There are no exceptions. Reciprocal licences for VHF are issued free on application to the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. You must hold a licence from a country which has a reciprocal agreement. Importing radio equipment without a Gibraltar licence is illegal, and it may be siezed by HM Customs. Gibraltar ZB licences are only issued to residents of Gibraltar.
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Al
  • Callsign: 4L5A
  • 2014-07-20 18:01:59
I agree Mike. Never work anybody ZB2/ and its difficult to believe local authorities will give such call Lets see anyway 73 Al 4L5A PS Thank you very much for information
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mike
  • Callsign: m0zdz
  • 2014-07-20 17:51:25
On Gibralter Amateur Radio Society web site it says 'Gibralter is not part CEPT and the authorities here do not issue reciprocal licences for HF operations' Talks off only 6m and 2m, has this changed? Due to visit early next year.

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