FDXA Summer Meeting 2013

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May 5, 2013 by OH6001SWL

UTÖ CALLING DX’ERS

The annual summer meeting of the Finnish DX Association will be held on August 2nd -4th, 2013, on the beautiful island of Uto in the Finnish archipelago. See www.uto.fi for more information on this exotic island and its history.

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Because of its optimum location in the middle of the Baltic Sea with no local transmitters Utö has been the site for many FM DXpeditions during the last ten years. The dxing history can be found at http://utofmdx.blogspot.fi/

We’ll also have time to see the fragile nature of this barren island and also its central landmark, the lighthouse built in 1814. The sea in all its beauty will be all around us, and there are also reminders of its treacherousness, i.e. memorials of sunken ships, such as m/s Park Island in 1947 and m/s Estonia in 1994. More information on accommodation packages will follow soon.

The trip to the island will be made with m/s Eivor (http://www.rosita.fi/mseivor) that leaves at the small harbor of Pärnäinen/Pärnäs in Nauvo (see Google maps for “Nauvon merivartioasema”) . The trip on the ferry is free of charge. There’s a small restaurant/canteen on board.

No cars are allowed on the ferry or in Utö, so you need to park at the harbor. Also, there is one ferry crossing a strait on the main road. The ferry gets crowded during weekends, so preserve plenty of time for the drive and don’t believe your GPS for drive times. If you’re early, the guest harbor of Nauvo is a perfect place for having lunch. There are bus connections to the harbor both from Turku (direct) and Helsinki (change at Piispanristi).

Buses have priority on the ferry, so you can count on their timetables given at www.matkahuolto.fi.

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Friday August 2nd

1815 Pärnäinen/Pärnäs, all aboard on m/s Eivor. Be there in advance to park your car.
1830 Program on board
2245 Arrival in Utö, checking in at the hotel, www.utohotel.fi

Saturday, August 3rd

0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-1100 Program at the Conference room
1100-1230 Sightseeing on the island
1230-1400 Lunch
1400-1600 Program at the Conference facilities, including the annual FM Panel
1600-1800 This is how we do it; Utö FMDXers present their thing at UtöLogi
1800-2100 Sauna & swimming
2100-0000 Dinner & banquet with traditional awards and ceremonies

Sunday, August 4th

0800-1000 Breakfast
1000-1130 Program at the Conference facilities
1200 Check out from the hotel
1200-1300 Lunch break
1345 m/s Eivor leaving back
1830 Return to Pärnäinen/Pärnäs

Should you be interested, you can contact the arranging team at jtk@sdxl.org for more information.

Accommodation and Pricing for the Finnish DX Association’s Summer Meeting, August 2nd-4th, 2013

We’ll be staying at Utö Havshotel (http://www.utohotel.fi/index.php?lang=en). You can choose from three participation packages:

Package A. Accommodation at Uto Havshotel in a single room from Friday to Sunday, including the attendance fee, breakfast on both mornings, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday, the sauna on Saturday and the island sightseeing tour: 268 euros.

Package B. Accommodation at Uto Havshotel in a double room from Friday to Sunday including the attendance fee, breakfast on both mornings, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday, the sauna on Saturday and the island sightseeing tour: 188 euros.

Package C. Accommodation at the Annex building in a three to five person room from Friday to Sunday including the attendance fee, breakfast on both mornings, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday, the sauna on Saturday and the island sightseeing tour: 158 euros.

Bookings are handled by Risto Vähäkainu, email rv@sdxl.org, phone +358-505 292 909. The packages shall be paid beforehand, by June 15, to the account of the Finnish DX Association, IBAN FI59 8000 1000 4878 69, BIC DABAFIHHXXX, reference 123.

In addition, the hotel has a special DX offer for those who want to arrive earlier or prolong their stay in Uto: a double room at the hotel for 120 euros per night (rack rate 160e).

Space is limited, so if you’re interested you need to act fast! Questions welcome, either to Risto (above) or Jukka Kotovirta, jtk@sdxl.org, phone +358-405 883 933

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