The Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) will be holding on August 2-3, 2008 a Special Event Field Day Operation OD5ARZ at the Cedar Moutains in Lebanon 2000m above Sea Level. OD5ARZ, will operating All bands/all modes. QSL via K3IRV (Enclose 2 USD or non-expired 2 IRCs).
 Lebanon Cedars
Cedar of Lebanon was important to various civilizations. The trees were used by the ancient Phoenicians for building trade and military ships, as well as houses and temples. The Egyptians used its resin for mummification, and its sawdust was found in the pharaoh's tombs. The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh designates the cedar groves of Lebanon as the dwelling of the gods to where Gilgamesh ventured. They once burned cedar in their ceremonies. Jewish priests were ordered by Moses to use the bark of the Lebanon Cedar in circumcision and treatment of leprosy. Isaiah used the Lebanon Cedar as a metaphor for the pride of the world. According to the Talmud, Jews once burned Lebanese cedar wood on the Mount of Olives to announce the new year. Kings far and near requested the wood for religious and civil constructs, the most famous of which are King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem and David's and Solomon's Palaces. It was also used by Romans, Greeks, Persians, Assyrians and Babylonians. The Cedars of God (also known as the Cedars of the Lord or Arz el Rab) are among the last survivors of the immense forests of the Cedars of Lebanon that thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. The Lebanon Cedar is mentioned over 70 times in the Bible. 


The Lebanon Cedar has always been the national emblem of Lebanon, and it is seen on the Lebanese Flag.


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Below is as summary of OD5ARZ participants as of today:

Hams 13          
Spouses 8          
Children 6          
Enfants 1          
Guests 2          
Total 30          
Callsign Name Spouse Children Enfants Guest Sum
K4ELE Elie Tawil         1
OD5HP Amin Habbal 1     1 3
OD5KM George Salameh 1 1     3
OD5KU Elie Kadi 1 2     4
OD5LN Naim Ziade         1
OD5QE Hanan Finge         1
OD5RW John Gebran 1       2
OD5SB Rami Finge   2     3
OD5TE Hani Raad 1 1 1   4
OD5UB Bassem Haddad 1       2
OD5UE Hussein Sekafi 1       2
OD5UX Mario Kfoury         1
OD5YU Sudad Raad 1       2
SWL Mourad Halwani       1 1
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