Thursday, December 3, 2009

Santa Claus Land (OH9SCL)

Today I made a QSO on the 17-meter band with OH9SCL (operator Juha) from Santa Claus Land in Finland, in the Arctic Circle.
Santa's own amateur radio station OH9SCL has been busy since December 1986, operating in Finnish Lappland in the arctic circle. The North of the country is well-known as Santa Claus Land. Most of the activity takes place in December, operated by local radio amateurs helped by visitor operators. The picture above with the map shows the original QSL card from 1986.
Here you have a video of Santa's village near Rovaniemi. Claimed to be the residence of Santa Claus, Santa Claus Village and Santapark are located 8 km north of the centre.
Rovaniemi is also home to the world's most northern branch of McDonald's. This reminds me of Hesburger, which is the restaurant chain that ruled the burger market in Finland when I was an exchange student in Turku long ago.

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