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HI8/RU4LG HI8/RA4LB HI8/UA4LGS HI8/UA4LL Dominican Republic

RU4LG , RA4LB , UA4LGS , UA4LL will be active from Dominican Republic starting 31 December 2013 as HI8/RU4LG , HI8/RA4LB , HI8/UA4LGS , HI8/UA4LL
They will be active on HF Bands SSB , CW , PSK , RTTY
They will use 100 watt
They will be active in ARRL Roundup RTTY Contest
QSL via home calls
Dominican Republic HI8/RU4LG HI8/RA4LB HI8/UA4LGS HI8/UA4LL

Dominican Republic HI8/RU4LG HI8/RA4LB HI8/UA4LGS HI8/UA4LL DX News


For most of its history (up to independence) the colony was known as Santo Domingo, the name of its present capital, and its patron saint, Saint Dominic. The residents were called "Dominicanos" (Dominicans), which is the adjective form of "Domingo", and the revolutionaries named their newly independent country "La República Dominicana". At present, the Dominican Republic is one of two nations worldwide (along with the Central African Republic) with only a demonym-based name. In the national anthem of the Dominican Republic (Himno Nacional) the term 'Dominican' never appears. The author of its lyrics Emilio Prud'Homme consistently uses the poetic term Quisqueyanos, that is, "Quisqueyans". The word "Quisqueya" is a derivative from a native tongue of the Taino Indians which means, "Mother of all Lands." It is often used in songs as another name for the country.

The name of the country is regularly shortened to "the D.R."

Some of the important symbols include the flag, the coat of arms, and the national anthem, titled Himno Nacional. The flag has a large white cross that divides it into four quarters. Two quarters are red and two are blue. Red represents the blood shed by the liberators. Blue expresses God's protection over the nation. The white cross symbolizes the struggle of the liberators to bequeath future generations a free nation. An alternate interpretation is that blue represents the ideals of progress and liberty, whereas white symbolizes peace and unity among Dominicans. In the center of the cross is the Dominican coat of arms, in the same colors as the national flag. The coat of arms pictures a red, white and blue flag-draped shield with a Bible, a gold cross and arrows; the shield is surrounded by an olive branch (on the left) and a palm branch (on the right). The Bible is said to represent the truth and the light. The Gold Cross symbolizes the redemption from slavery, and the arrows symbolize the noble soldiers and their proud military. A blue ribbon above the shield reads, "Dios, Patria, Libertad" (meaning "God, Fatherland, Liberty"). A red ribbon under the shield reads, "República Dominicana" (meaning "Dominican Republic"). Out of all the flags in the world, the depiction of a Bible is unique to the Dominican flag.

The national flower is the Bayahibe Rose and the national tree is the West Indian Mahogany.The national bird is the Cigua Palmera or Palmchat ("Dulus dominicus").

The Dominican Republic celebrates Dia de la Altagracia on January 21 in honor of its patroness, Duarte's Day on January 26 in honor of one of its founding fathers, Independence Day on February 27, Restoration Day on August 16, Virgen de las Mercedes on September 24, and Constitution Day on November 6.



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