T32 - Kiritimati Island DXpedition
In honor of the Russian Robinson Club's twentieth anniversary, a call sign of T32RRC was requested for this DXpedition. As of September 9, 2013, our team was advised that the originally confirmed call sign (T32RRC) is not available.
On September 24, 2013 the Communications Commission of The Republic of Kiribati advised Dean - KW7XX that they will issue T32RC for our DXpedition group. As of September 25, 2013 the T32RC license has been issued and is in our possession. We will be using T32RC for the expedition.
Latitude 1º 52' 18" North
Longitude 157º 25' 40" West
Time Zone UTC +14
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Elecraft K3's in use at T32
Kiritimati or Christmas Island is a Pacific Ocean raised coral atoll in the northern Line Islands, and part of the Republic of Kiribati.
The island has the greatest land area of any coral atoll in the world: about 388 square kilometres (150 sq mi); its lagoon is about the same size. The atoll is about 150 km (93 mi) in perimeter, while the lagoon shoreline extends for over 48 km (30 mi). Christmas Island comprises over 70% of the total land area of Kiribati, a country encompassing 33 Pacific atolls and islands.
Kiritimati Island is well known for its world class bone fishing. It also has excellent birdwatching and surfing opportunities.
It lies 232 km (144 mi) north of the Equator, 6,700 km (4,200 mi) from Sydney, and 5,360 km (3,330 mi) from San Francisco. Christmas Island is in the world's farthest forward time zone, UTC+14, and is one of the first inhabited places on Earth to experience the New Year (see also Caroline Atoll, Kiribati). Despite being 2,460 km (1,530 mi) east of the 180 meridian, a 1995 realignment of the International Dateline by the Republic of Kiribati "moved" Christmas Island to west of the dateline.
Nuclear tests were conducted in the region around Christmas Island by the United Kingdom in the late 1950s, and by the United States in 1962. During these tests islanders were not evacuated. Subsequently British, New Zealand, and Fijian servicemen as well as local islanders have claimed to have suffered from exposure to the radiation from these blasts.
The entire island is a Wildlife Sanctuary; access to five particularly sensitive areas is restricted.
The name "Kiritimati" is a rather straightforward respelling of the English word "Christmas" in Gilbertese, in which the combination ti is pronounced s, and the name is thus pronounced [kəˈrɪsməs].
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