As a promotion of cultural exchange, Victoria's sister cities Khabarovsk and
Suzhou have separately extended an invitation to Victoria hams (or any
Canadian ham) to attend events this coming summer/fall.
Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East, will host the 8th Friendship radio
games August 14 to 18. These games include a HF operating contest, Morse
sending and receiving, and a 2m direction finding contest. There will be
time to tour sites in Khabarovsk and visit with host amateur stations.
Suzhou, about an hour by train inland from Shanghai in eastern China, will
host a Chinese national Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) contest in
October 2004--exact date is not yet firm. There will be an 80meter and
2metre hunt on separate days. Non-Chinese nationals are also invited, and
the Suzhou Radio Sports Association have extended a specific invitation to
their sister city Victoria hams.
Participants would be responsible for their own travel arrangements,
possibly a participation fee of about $150, and incidental purchases, but
accommodation, local transportation to events and food would be provided.
As organizing these events with international participation takes quite a
bit of time, the respective organizing committees in Khabarovsk and Suzhou
need advance notice of possible attendance as soon as possible. A firm
commitment would be needed by about June.
The Friendship Amateur Radio Society Canada in Victoria has been the point
of contact for these overtures. If anyone is interested in either of these
events, please contact VE7BFK@rac.ca ASAP.
(Thanks to Joe, VE7BFK, RAC ARDF Coordinator)