Enthusiastic young Philippine Islands member DW7DRZ / 79DA898 Jotham has relocated from Negros Island to Cebu Island in the Visayan Islands
Jotham is looking forward to continuing his long association with the Dx Adventure radio club (DA-RC) on the 11m and ham bands where he will be one of the most keenly sought after of stations, given the rare status of his island in the world of radio comms.
Located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands, Jotham’s new island QTH is a long narrow isle stretching 225 kilometers from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighbouring, smaller IOTA DX possibilities, which include Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands.
One of the most developed provinces in 79 Division and the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas, Jotham’s new home has narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and coastal plains. It also has rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern and southern lengths of the island.
Cebu’s highest mountains (pictured left) are over 1000 meters high and Jotham has indicated his intention of participating in one of the annual Summits On The Air (SOTA) events on ham bands in the future. Flat tracts of land can be found in the city of Bogo and in the towns of San Remigio, Medellin and Daanbantayan at the northern region of the province.
Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city of this small Oceanic DXCC, which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighbouring cities which include Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other municipalities.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan Island, is the second busiest airport in the Philippines.
DW7DRZ / 79DA898 Jotham has transferred to the island where he is studying for a BS Electrical Engineering degree at Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) University (Pictured right). No doubt this will supplement his work in ham radio in the future too so on behalf of the club and its members we wish him the best of luck!
After leaving most of his radio equipment with family and friends on Negros Island, DW7DRZ / 79DA898 Jotham is now using a President HR2510 transceiver with 25W maximum power and a homemade 1/4 wave dipole antenna strung up between two trees in his back yard.
Jotham is active mostly on 10m, 11m and 2m with a portable VHF Icom IC-02N and is behind the microphone most days when not at the University.
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