This ,ay be of interest to anyone who is contemplatomng going to Niue.

Frank  VK1ZL

Niue ZK2 is first country with open and free WiFi connectivity.

The tiny Pacific island country of Niue that Amateurs know as ZK2 or IOTA
OC040 is the first country to have a country-wide open WiFi or 802.11 radio
link to the internet, using the world-wide license-free 2.4GHz band. Niue is
spelled N I U E, and is one of the smallest countries in the world,
consisting of a 259 sq. km. Island known as the "Rock of Polynesia".
The WiFi network is also free and open to anyone on or visiting the island
nation, including yachties and business travellers.

"WiFi is the prefect fit for the Island of Niue, where harsh weather
conditions of rain, lightning, salt water, and high humidity cause major
problems with underground copper lines," said Richard St Clair, Co-Founder
and Technical Manager at The Internet Users Society - Niue, that runs the
.NU internet domain and provides the free and open WiFi access. Free, local
dial-up internet access commenced in 1997.

Niue was formerly a protectorate of New Zealand, and Niueans have dual
citizenship as citizens of an independent nation in free association with
New Zealand. Only about 10% of all Niueans live on the island, the others
mostly living in New Zealand and Australia. The island itself has a
population of less than 2,000.

Niue is located 2,400 km north-east of New Zealand, on the eastern side of
the International dateline, and is 11 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.
A single land mass in the centre of a triangle of Polynesian islands, made
up of Tonga, Western Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Niue is often cited as the largest upraised coral atoll in the world, that
Richard St Clair says "should better be called the world's largest
electronic component, a virtual 'pie network tank' or 'capacitive resistance
tank' " because "Niue has no natural Earth ground, and therefore actually
appears to an energy source as a giant capacitor-resistor floating on the
ocean floor some thousands of feet down. Add to that the dielectric constant
of ocean water, with a fresh water lens floating in coral and it makes Niue
a very interesting specimen of electrical properties."

So, from now on, expect DXpeditions to ZK2 / IOTA OC040 to be also on the
Internet - for free.

For further information, look up on the internet,

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