100th Anniversary of the Danish West Indies sold to the USA
Special Event Station commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies sold to the USA in 1917 thereafter named United States Virgin Islands
(Picture from www.danmarkshistorien.dk)
The Danish West Indies were sold for 25 mio. US dollars in gold coins. The formal transfer of the islands to the USA took place on the 31th of March 1917.
(Christiansted seen from the Protestant Quay on a coloured 1839 litograph from a drawing by Thomas Christian Sabroe. www.pulje.dk/vestindien)
OZ100DVI will be on the air from the 1st of January 2017 until the 31st of December 2017
Please click on the link to view ourteam calendar. Here you will see, when we will be on the airwith the call of the operator.
QSL cards via EDR bureau (Denmark) or directly via:
Mr. Lars Harbo, OZ1IVA
Lyngdalvej 2, Yding
=== QSLs from SWL are always welcome ===
The rate for direct QSL is 4US Dollar or 1 IRC.
DIRECT QSL CARD WITH INSUFFICIENT PAYMENT WILL BE RETURNED VIA BUREAU
QSL cards will be mailed asap after we have received yours. Note 5/3/2017: Cards have started coming now and will be answered as soon as our QSL cards have been printed.
Special event log:
The story behind OZ100DVI
Throughout 2017, we will commemoratethe 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies. InDanish they are called "Dansk Vestindien" or "De vestindiske er".
After the Islands came under the USA, they were renamed U.S.Virgin Islands. They are composed of the main islands SaintCroix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, and many other neighbouring minor islands.
For details, please see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_the_Danish_West_Indies
The team behind OZ100DVI
We are a HAM radio club with the call sign OZ7SKB, located in the city of Skanderborg on the East coast of Jutland in centralDenmark. Believe it or not, in Skanderborg Lake there is an island called Saint Thomas. This was reason why we gotinterested in our local history, but also in world history and the Treaty of the Danish West Indies.
Saint Thomas got its name from a flamboyant local baker, Thomas Brdstrup (1793-1877). In summer he enjoyed sailinghisboatarmed with three small naval canons on each side. While cruising on the lake he would salute the locals on the lakebank. In winter he would take dug up earth from his property and dump it on the iced over lake. When spring came, the earth would drop to the bottom and eventually create the island of Saint Thomas.
Our goal is to promote our wonderful radio hobby in the public and at the same time commemorate the Treaty of the DanishWest Indies on the air. We will be present at various local city events and aim to interact among others with the local sailingclub and scout groups. On our to do list, there are activities such as working portable from our local Saint Thomas Island,hiking trips/working SOTA from the nearby Danish Lake Lands, and being on air from Flora Fauna area.
OUR SISTER STATION NP2VI
Our sister station in US Virgin Islands NP2VI, which is the call sign of the St. Croix Amateur Radio club. To learn more about their operation, please visit:
If you have comments, stories, pictures or questions regarding The Danish West Indies or US Virgin Islands or our radioactivities,don't hesitate to contact OM Kaj at oz1edd at gmail.com. Please put a note in your mail that you acceptthat we publish your contribution on our site oz1000dvi.dk.oz7skb.dk, www.oz7skb.dk or www.qrz.com
We are looking forward to meeting you on the air.
73 de Team OZ100DVI
|1||OZ8CTH||Peter||President of OZ7SKB|
|2||OZ1EDD||Kaj||Secretary of OZ7SKB||SSB, PSK31|
|3||5P2BA||Frank||Founder of OZ100DVI||SSB, QRP, Outdoor|
Dansk Vestindisk Selskab (In Danish. Beautiful photo gallery)
Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial (In English)
Dansk Vestindien - Kilder til historien/History Sources (In Danish & English - Rigsarkivet/The National Archive)