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1A4A - The Sovereign Military Order of Malta

18. prosince 2006 v 13:10 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
1A4A - The Sovereign Military Order of Malta
1A4A : Starting from Jan 2007 a new Amateur Radio Station license has been issued from the SMOM, The Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The license is hold from the S.M.O.M. and its managing is in charge to Giorgio IZ4AKS. The first activity of this station will be from 2 January 2007 to 8 January 2007, from the extraterritorial zone of the Magistral Villa on the Aventine hill in Rome. The operators are IZ4AKS, IZ4DPV, I4UFH, IK4UPB and HV5PUL (IW0DJB). Activity will cover from 2m to 160m, SSB/CW/RTTY mode. Three stations will be active at same time, DX areas, as Japan, South America and West coast, especially on lowest bands will be empathized.
Magistral Villa
The license has been granted into a fundraising program to support the worldwide relief activityes of the Order of Malta. The Order follows its historic hospitaller mission providing help to the needy and the sick. Today the Order of Malta is a major global, professional organisation in terms of the humanitarian aid, medical care and emergency medicine it provides, in its management of hospitals, specialised homes for dependent elderly people, socio-medical care centres, the collection and transporting of medicines and the training of workers and ambulance staff. The Order currently has medical and humanitarian programmes in more than 120 countries.

1A4A (One Aid 4 Africa) first activity is finalized to collect founds to build a school for young girls, as part of a support plan for the rebirth of South Sudan, coordinated by the Order of Malta, together with the Italian govern.
Below is the results of poll by S.M.O.M - interesting for TOP banders, isn't it?
In witch band do You need a QSO with 1A4A?

- 160 mts (67 votes)
- 80 mts (50 votes)
- 40 mts (29 votes)
- 30 mts (43 votes)
- 20 mts (38 votes)
- 17 mts (39 votes)
- 15 mts (37 votes)
- 12 mts (40 votes)
- 10 mts (25 votes)
- 6 mts (44 votes)

Total votes
412 (updated till 18Dec2006)

160m 80m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m 10m 6m
Updated information's and details about the DXPedition could be found at
To know more about The Order Of Malta, visit .
73, Petr OK1RP

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