SMOM has an interesting history. I've managed to work them on two bands over the past few years, but like the Vatican station, also in Rome, they don't seem to have heard of Australia. Italy is dead easy to work from here, but those two entities in Rome are very difficult.
Speaking of Rome, I heard on the news tonight the Bishop of Rome has announced his resignation.
The Vatican and SMOM are not hard to work from the East Coast of the USA but their sparse operating times makes them fairly hard to work.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI seems to have caught everybody by surprise. It has not happened since 1415. The media is clamoring for a black Pope. How about a good Pope regardless of color?