"This will be a small operation from Curaçao on the occasion of the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles and the expected addition of "Country Curaçao" to the ARRL DXCC List as a new Entity."

Signal Point, Curaçao

"Country Curaçao 10/10/10 Celebration"
October 8 - 18, 2010
If you found this page while looking for information on upcoming 10-10-10 Amateur Radio DXpeditions, please note that this page is not intended as a public "DXpedition Web Page" to advertise an upcoming operation! This is an "online notebook/scrapbook" for the planning use of me and the operators of our small Curacao 10-10-10 trip. 

For a general (but simple) DXpedition web page, with online log checking and operating bandplan, please see:

Curacao is not a small rock in the middle of the ocean - it is a destination for over 300,000 tourists each year. As such, we don't consider it reasonable nor justifiable to accept any donations or sponsorships to fund our time in Paradise!

Our Club, the Caribbean Contesting Consortium, owns and operates the PJ2T Signal Point station, and our members operate it for most major contests during the year. While we expect to work many, many QSOs during our week of 10-10-10  operation (we are contesters, after all!), in the two months following our operation there will be many more opportunities for The Deserving to work Curacao for DXCC credit!
- Jeff Maass  K8ND

ARRL Awards Committee Statement on Dissolution of Netherlands Antilles

September 23, 2010 - To clarify the administrative process by which the anticipated changes to the two existing Netherlands Antilles DXCC entities will be made, the ARRL Awards Committee has determined that at 0400 UTC (12:00 AM local time in the islands) on October 10, 2010, the two Netherland Antilles DXCC entities will be deleted.

Commencing at 0400 UTC (12:00 AM local time) on October 10, 2010, operation from the islands of Curacao, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius will count for a yet-to-be-determined number of new entities under the DXCC List Criteria and Political Entities, Rule 1 and/or Rule 2 Geographic Separation Entities.

When the Awards Committee determines what Rule 1 or Rule 2 actions apply, it will announce the final disposition of the entities on the DXCC list.

The DXCC desk will not accept confirmations for these new entities until after January 1, 2011.


PJ2T Curacao 10-10-10

PJ7E Sint Maarten 10-10-10

PJ6A Saba 10-10-10

PJ4 Bonaire 10-10-10

(PJ4B, PJ4D, PJ4N, and others)

PJ5 St. Eustatius (PJ5/AA4NC Press)
CCC: Amateur Radio Issues: Transition to "Country Curaçao"
(PDF, Password Required)
Netherlands Antilles Bureau Telecommunications and Post (BT&P) ARRL Awards Blog
PJ2T October 2010 Expense Calculation (PDF)
(Password Required)
Bureau Telecommunications and Post (BT&P) Contact Email ARRL DXCC Rules
PJ2T 10-10-10 Commemorative M&M: Photo1  Photo2 Description of BT&P: Caribbean Telecommunications Union ARRL DXCC List
PJ2T October "On-Site ToDo" List (PDF) Minister of Telecommunications & Transport 2010 (Article) ARRL DX Advisory Committee Members
    ARRL Board of Directors Members
PJ2T 10-10-10 CW Skimmer Block Diagram (PDF) HISTORY OF THE ROAD TO AUTONOMY CEPT T/R 61-01 (PDF)
Greyline Condition October 10 at 0400Z   IARU Region 2 Bandplans (PDF)
10-10-10 PJ Operations Band Plan (PDF) Wikipedia: "Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles" Minimum Distance, Bonaire To Saba/St. Eustatius
(798.5 km)
K8ND October 8    2:10PM  AA1879 October 18  7:55AM  AA934
W9VA October 12  8:10PM  AA939 October 18  7:55AM  AA934
Wikipedia: "Curaçao" ITU Callsign Prefix Blocks
Historical Review of Curacao In Lead-Up to Autonomy (pdf) Announced DX Operations
(Description of Remaining Process)

NOTE: The failure of the Island Council to approve the new Curacao Constitution on Jun 18-19 has made all the following dates uncertain. The politicians in Willemstad and The Netherlands are confronting a chicken-and-egg dillema, not certain yet what order of tasks they will follow.
The Economist "The Joy of Six" Article 4/29/10 GAREC 2010 Conference October 11-12

GAREC ARRL Press Release 9/9/10
Done √ May 21
Dutch Ministers Provide Recommended Revisions to Constitution
Curacao Task Transfer Begins March 15, 2010 Aruba Licensing
Failed June 18 (Delayed From June 11)
Island Parliament Vote on Draft Constitution
2/3 Vote Required (14 Votes)

The vote in the Island Council on June 18-19 was 12 in favor and 9 opposed, two votes short of the required 14 votes for approval. This means that there will be new elections for the Island Council within two months. Following those elections, the new Island Council can approve the new Constitution with a simple majority vote.
Official Curacao Government Process of Transition Site (English)  
Missed June 14
Forward Constitution to Nat'l Council of Ministers
Curacao Constitution (Dutch or Papiamentu) NEWS RESOURCES
Done √ July 6
Dutch Senate Vote on "Kingdom Act Amendment Regulations"
Curacao Island Government (Dutch) Curaçao 10-10-10 Process - K8ND Media Compilation
Done √ July 9
Approval by Nat'l Council of Ministers
Gerrit Shotte (MFK) Web Site Amigoe.com Newspaper (English)
Done √ August 20
Parliament of Netherlands Antilles Vote on
"Kingdom Act Amendment Regulations"
  Sint Maarten Daily Herald Newspaper
Done √ August 27
General Election for Country Curaçao Island Council
(Note: Held because the proposed Constitution was not
ratified by the Island Council on June 18-19.)
Curaçao Legal Portal

Karel's Legal Blog (Curaçao)
SMN - St. Maarten News
Done √ September 4
Inauguration of New Island Council
(NOTE: Led by coalition of MFK/PS/MAN)
Curassow "The Clowns" Politics 2010 SXM Island Time
Done √ September 4
Vote by newly-elected Island Council to approve the new Constitution for Country Curaçao. Approved 15-6 (PS and MAN voting against)
  Radio Nederlands "Curaçao Autonomy Dossier" (Dutch)
Done √ September 6, 7, 8
Kingdom Council to meet and Second Chamber of Dutch Parliament to approve the Amended Kingdom Charter.
Coldwell Banker Curacao Blog     Coldwell Banker Curacao

Coldwell Banker General (New Site)
NRC - Handelsblad Newspaper (Dutch)
Done √ September 9
Final Round Table Conference (RTC) to certify that all conditions have been met for dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles and transition to Country Curaçao
RE/MAX BonBini   Century 21 Curacao

New Winds Realty
BBC Netherlands Antilles References
Done √ September 14
Geoff W0CG/PJ2DX discussed Amateur licensing issues with the responsible person at Bureau Telecommunicatie on Curacao, and sent a report of his findings. Summary: they are not certain that the PJ callsign block will be available to them after 10-10-10, so are unable to issue any licenses for now. They hope to have clarification by 9/21/10.
  Curacao Nieuws (Dutch)
Done √ September 21
eoff W0CG/PJ2DX to meet with Bureacu Telecommunicatie to pick up license for our operation October 8 -18. He will also get clarification on the decisions made WRT the licensing for the former Antilles islands.
US GOVERNMENT RESOURCES Versgeperst.com News (Dutch)
Done √ September 23
ARRL Awards Committee announces that the effective date and time of the deletion of the Netherlands Antilles DXCC entities will be October 10 at 0400Z (midnight islands time). This will also be the effective date for an as-yet undetermined number of new DXCC Entities!
US Department of State "Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty" Caribseek Caribbean News (Curacao)
Early October?
US Departement of State to add Curacao and St. Maarten to their "Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty" list. This is a required step in allowing ARRL to add them as new "DXCC Entities".
US Department of State Brief: Netherlands Antilles AVS News Online
Early October?
Announcement by ARRL of new DXCC Entities and the effective dates for them.
US CIA World Factbook: Netherlands Antilles Curacao Online Radio Stations
October 10, 2010
Commencement of Country Curaçao!
US Consulate, Curaçao  
  US Curaçao Consulate Weekly News Summary  

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