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    CR500LC - Luis Vaz de Camoes

    Hugo Silva, CT7AOV will be active using special call sign CR500LC from Lisbon, Portugal, commemorating 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Luis Vaz de Camoes.
    He will operate on HF Bands.
    QSL via CT7AOV direct, buro, eQSL.
    Information from QRZ page:
    Luís Vaz de Camões (c. 1524-1580) is often hailed as Portugal’s greatest poet and a national literary icon. Born in Lisbon, his early life remains somewhat obscure, but he is believed to have received a classical education and spent time at the University of Coimbra. His adventurous spirit led him to serve as a soldier in Morocco, where he lost an eye in battle, an event that shaped his future writings with themes of heroism and sacrifice.

    Camões is best known for his epic poem, "Os Lusíadas" (The Lusiads), published in 1572. This monumental work celebrates Portuguese history and maritime explorations, particularly the voyages of Vasco da Gama. It intertwines mythological and historical narratives to exalt Portugal's Age of Discoveries, portraying it as a fulfillment of divine destiny.

    His life was marked by both personal and financial struggles. After returning from military service, he was imprisoned for a street brawl but eventually pardoned, likely due to influential connections. He then embarked on further travels, including a stint in Goa, India, where he continued to write and faced numerous hardships.

    Camões' literary contributions are significant for their rich language, innovative use of classical forms, and deep patriotic sentiment. "Os Lusíadas" remains a cornerstone of Portuguese literature, symbolizing national pride and the spirit of exploration. Camões' legacy endures in Portugal, with his works studied extensively and his image adorning currency and monuments, underscoring his enduring impact on Portuguese culture and identity.

    Luís Vaz de Camões' legacy is so deeply ingrained in Portuguese culture that his birthday, June 10, is celebrated as Portugal's National Day, known as "Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas" (Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities). This day not only commemorates Camões' literary achievements but also celebrates Portuguese heritage, culture, and the global Portuguese-speaking community. June 10 serves as a reminder of Camões' profound impact on Portuguese identity and the enduring relevance of his work.

    CR500LC Luis Vaz de Camoes

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