Many thanks Csaba, Christophe and Warren.
I'm sure everybody will be pleased to see this massive update to Italy. Finally the summit positions are worthy of your trust. What's more, Italy is now brought into line with other associations, including the little summits, opening possibilities to more activators across a wide spectrum of abilities. Big big thanks to Csaba and his helpers for this!
This month I have some more tidying up of SP border summits - this time the OK and OM borders. Some stay as SP, others as OK or OM.
Once again please let me reassure you all that this makes no difference to which summits you can activate. If you want to activate one of the summits that now has only an SP reference, for example, from the OK (or OM) side of the border, that's 100% FB. Use your OK (or OM if that's where you are) call, but give the SP ref.
Thanks to the AMs who have worked with me on this.
Thanks also to DB7MM, AM for DM. Michael found some data to show that some of the previously retired summits were in fact Ok, so these are being re-enabled for activation. We will also have a number of brand new summits, but we're still working on those - next month hopefully. The restored summits are:
Now the (other) one you've all been waiting for -
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, VP8S
A few weeks ago there was an item on the BBC News Web site about new maps for South Georgia. It turned out they have a digital elevation model too, so I couldn't resist!
To get there I guess the simplest option is one of the Antarctic cruises, but that's going to cost you about 10 grand! But perhaps we'll see a SOTA activation the next time there's a DXPedition.
For completeness I've added the qualifying islands in the South Sandwich Islands archipelago, although these are even more remote. (And the mapping is pretty dodgy)
We'll get some sort of ARM together shortly. VP8 AM, Rob, has agreed to stand as VP8S AM.
This week there's another news story about South Georgia, with environmentalists urging increased protection. Perhaps this will make it more difficult to access, so you'd better hurry up!