10 Nutters do Malta

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Planning

Welcome to the planning page! The essential plan is not to be so frenetic as we were in Iceland!

Jennifer has booked the flights and accommodation.

The total cost, including insurance, is 273.99 each.

Planning Meeting Minutes

1. Jennifer to check lead time for check in at Gatwick

2. Transport: Nick to go direct to airport. Others as a single group from Cambridge

The plan is to get the coach down and taxi back.

Coach leaves Cambridge 13:10 gets to Gatwick at 16:45. Jenny to check out possibilities for large taxi/minibus.

UPDATE: Looks like the two vans will be going and staying in the long term 
parking. (AF)

3) Jenny to get in contact with Dave Topham in Malta (if possible)

4) Radio, Rick to organise Qty 3 UHF portables and check license conditions in Malta.

UPDATE: Looks like there is no agreement with the UK, RSGB checking (Rick)

5) Insurance/Medical/Airline-Failure has been purchased

6) Money, Bernie has obtained local currency for various people

7) Mobile roaming agreements in force, cheap phone cards available (ptek)

8) Turd-watch! There were problems recently: keep an eye on the local press: 

9) Accommodation: Qty 1, 3 bedroom apartment and Qty 1, 2 bedroom apartment booked.

10) Car hire - organise if required when we get there

11) Take a torch

12) Take your own medicines - they are expensive over there.

13) Tap water not good, use bottled water

14) No Cradle of Filth T-Shirts please, might offend the locals

DON'T FORGET PASSPORT!

Dates

Gatwick to Malta: 19:10 25th Sep 23:10 25th Sep 2001
Malta to Gatwick: 00:10 3rd Oct 02:15 3rd Oct 2001

Note for Nick:

Outward: Catch the 14:58 at CMK for Gatwick Airport, arrives 16:22

Return: wait for the 5:52, arrives CMK 7:31. 

Who's going?

The following 10 Nutters will be in attendance:

Andy
Bernie
Dave
Gavin
Jack
Jennifer
Jenny
Maky
Nick
Rick

Accommodation

Jennifer has found accommodation in two self catering apartments in Bugibba (North coast, near St Paul's Bay).

It's called the Winston Complex (or Winston Apartments).

L-Imrejkba Street, Qawra, Malta.
Phone: (+356) 572039; Fax: (+356) 577419
 
http://www.destinationmalta.com/winston.htm
http://www.mol.net.mt/winston/index.htm

Malta

Malta obtained independence from the UK in 1964. In 1974 it became a Republic.

Malta, Gozo and Comino, the inhabited islands of the Maltese archipelago, lie at almost the exact geographical heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily is some 60 miles to the North, Tripoli 220 miles to the South and Tunis 200 miles to the West. Malta is at the crossroads between continents.

A neighbour who used to live there says: "Its a tiny place, only 28 miles across. The water's lovely and clear, not many beaches. The language is difficult to speak."

Malta is not in the EC, so, when travelling, you do go through customs. Also for the same reason, Malta is not subject to the same health and safety as the rest of Europe.

Things to note:

The water isn't drinkable, and is quite chloriney.
There's no fresh milk. It's imported from Italy and goes off before the best before date.*correction. See below 
They drive in the shade.
Legal drinking age is technically 16, but it's acceptable at any age.
The local beer is good.
You can only take 50 worth of currency into the country in hard cash. The rest has to be traveller's cheques.
Thinking accommodation, it's probably best to just get a place to stay, as the food is good and cheap and Maltese cheese cakes are brilliant for breakfast at 3 cents each.
Flight time to Malta is about 3 hours.

Exchange rate

1 Maltese Lira is worth 62p. (As of 17th Sept 2001)

Guide

Our local tour guide will be ptek, a.k.a. Gavin.

Links

The Official Maltese Islands Hotel Guide

CIA

searchmalta.com

Maltese Government

www.popeyemalta.com/photogalleries/filmset.htm

www.realholidayguides.com/bugibba.htm

bugibba temple

100% unofficial Malta Dairy website

Malta travel Guide

 

Amateur Radio

Rick has made enquiries about operating in Malta, and apparently there is NO reciprocal agreement at this time - which basically means we can't do radio stuff in Malta ... at least not legally! Rick has the RSGB checking to be sure and they're going to send him the latest information.

The UK band plan for the top of 70cms is at http://www.rsgb.org/bandplans/cd1914.htm.

Malta Amateur radio League

What we're allowed to do...

Malta, CEPT and the UK

Rick's been busy chasing things up:

> > http://a108.adsl.nextgen.net.mt/marl/info/licence.htm
> > 
> > "Malta implements CEPT Recommendation TR 61-01 and no separate license is
> > needed if you have joined CEPT. "
> > 
> > get those radios ready!

> Hmm, well that wasn't what I was told, and having just received my
> latest licence (its just been renewed this month) it again doesn't
> mention Malta on it in the list of countries with which we have
> agreements!!

Right - more info.

Having not heard from the RSGB yet, I contacted the License Validation
People (as suggested by Dave). They weren't sure but gave me a number
to contact the Radio Communication Agency, which I did. In short, Malta
*were* on the list, but were taken off because they hadn't signed the
paperwork required. The problem is the RCA don't always get informed
when these things change, so she couldn't provide a 100% solid answer,
but said that if the WWW site says they do then she doesn't see a
problem, and she'll chase it up again at this end to see if things are
now 100% legit, and add them back on the list if they have now signed.

Consequently, I'll have a couple of UHF portables available programmed
up with a few channels around 439.5MHz-ish, plus spare ni-cads and a
charger. I'll also take copies of my licence, BR68, and the WWW page.

Broadcast Radio

BBC World Service

on FM try these re-broadcasters:

Short wave:

frequencies in kHz

0000-0200 UTC 648 
0200-0300 UTC 648 1296              
0300-0400 UTC
648 1296 1323 6195 
0400-0500 UTC 648 1296 1323 6195      12035
0500-0600 UTC 648 1296 1323 6195            12095
0600-0700 UTC
648 1296 1323 6195            12095 15485
0700-0800 UTC
648 1296 1323      9410       12095 15485 15565 17640        
0800-1500 UTC
648 1296 1323                 12095 15485 15565 17640
1500-1600 UTC
648 1296 1323                 12095 15485 15565 17640
1600-1700 UTC
648 1296 1323                 12095         
1700-2100 UTC
648 1296 1323 6195 9410       12095 
2100-2200 UTC
648 1296 1323 6195 9410  
2200-2300 UTC
648           6195     
2300-2400 UTC 648  

Voice of America

frequencies in kHz

0000-0030 UTC          1260 1548 
0100-0300 UTC               1548 
0400-0430 UTC 792                9530                  11965 15205
0430-0500 UTC                    9530                  11965 15205
0500-0530 UTC 792 1197           9530                  11965 15205
0530-0600 UTC 792                9530                  11965 15205
0600-0700 UTC 792 1197 1260      9530 9680      11805  11965 15205
0700-1400 UTC     1197 
1400-1500 UTC     1197      1548                                   15255 
1500-1530 UTC          1260 1548           9700              15205 15255
1530-1600 UTC     1197 1260 1548           9700              15205 15255
1600-1700 UTC          1260 1548           9700              15205 15255
1700-1730 UTC                              9700 9760               15255
1730-1800 UTC     1197                     9700 9760               15255
1800-1830 UTC     1197                          9760 9770
1830-1900 UTC 792                               9760 9770
1900-2000 UTC                         6160      9760 9770
2000-2030 UTC     1197                6095      9760 9770
2030-2100 UTC     1197                6095      9760 9770 
2100-2200 UTC          1260 1548 6040 6095 9530 9760
2200-2230 UTC               1548
2230-2400 UTC          1260 1548 

How to upset the locals:

1, Say their milk's crap.

OK. Sorry. I apologise. Here's an email from Leo:

...I assure you you can have your daily milk baths as usual during your holiday and as for drinking I doubt if its the milk you'll be after.

Take care and see you soon.

We'll meet up with Land Rover Owners Leo (1989 110") and his friend David for several pints of best Maltese semi-skimmed.