Holyland Programm Convoy
On third of June 2006 an annual "Holyland" program trip took place , which was organized by
4Z5KJ ..... Something different happened on this trip - the road had been entered by a special convoy
of 5 vehicles , which had a goal - to cross a West Bank of the Jordan River and to activate on the way 26
squares in BL, RA & YN "Holyland" areas ...
The route was planned through Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Valley to the North - and through the famous West Bank
of the Jordan River .... The Last Holyland Program operations from this area happened a long time ago ,
before the second Palestinian Intifada started ... From this time Israeli?s didn?t enjoy traveling too much on this land ...
There was lot of terrorist attacks against lonely Israeli vehicles , that drove this way . A lot of people passed away on this road .
That's why it was decided to enter this area with a special convoy , consisting of a few vehicles , equipped with weapons ,
VHF communication and other security devices .....
Look at this guy . This is Max - 4Z5PM . Inspite of serious handicap and many health problems , he has enjoed
this trip and would'nt forget that day , as he said .....He is ready to come out onto the road again .....
The main HF operator for this trip was Mony 4X6ZK .... 7 hours of Pile-Up's , more than 700 QSO?s on SSB whilst mobile .
This well-known HAM both inside and outside Israel , got his Holyland Award a long time ago , but decided to join this trip
and renew this fantastic filling - to introduce this magic land on the Air ...
This is Dov , 4Z7DGF - he got his first license two weeks before the trip .
Congrats for such a really good start for your HAM career !!!
The first break happened closed to Alon village , on the way from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea ...There is nothing special about this place ,
but all of the convoy members were impressed by the beautiful view to the Dead Sea Valley and Judean wilderness from the summit of
the mountain ........ And besides - there was a quite rare Holyland square L17RA .
About 20 minutes from Alon , the convoy was entering Judean wilderness ..... The destination point here was - a couple of rare squares
and famous site which is venerated by Muslims as Maqam El-Nabi Musa .... magic minaret in the middle of the Desert .....
The main body of the present shrine, mosque, minaret and some rooms were built during the reign of Al-Dhaher Baybers,
a Mamluk Sultan, in 1269 AD.
.... One of the most active participants of " Holyland "program for last years is Eli Shahaf 4Z5NB . On this trip Eli took upon himself
quite hard mission - to operate on 40 meters band for local stations ....
The second stop was already in Jordan river Valley . The convoy stopped in the very beautiful palm-tree alley ..
The ??Ships of the Desert " in these lands are the usual thing ....
Alexander 4Z5KJ - is very active "Holylander" and Convoy organizer .... For his next Holyland Trophy he needed the last 15 squares ....