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Author Topic: Pacific Island Found to Not Exist  (Read 1423 times)
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« on: November 22, 2012, 10:50:47 AM »

"Cartographers everywhere are now rushing to undiscover Sandy Island for ever."

"A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say.

The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was positioned midway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20442487
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012, 10:54:26 AM »

If it was an entity... The ARRL would wait 10 years to remove it from the list.
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2012, 11:29:40 AM »

Didn't Don Miller or Romeo operate from there? Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2012, 11:55:20 AM »

"Cartographers everywhere are now rushing to undiscover Sandy Island for ever."

"A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say.

The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was positioned midway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20442487

Many cartographic companies will add a non existent entity to the maps they create.  See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_entry for a full explanation.  That way when someone copies their maps, they know and then sue...  I am sure this will turn out to be one of those...  It is called a "copyright trap".  The hub-bub about this is interesting...  Given it is on Google, this could get very interesting...
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2012, 12:20:09 PM »

My company sells products online. Years ago we used a commericial internet shopping cart that came with a list of about 250 countries in the drop down ship-to list. Those places  included such laughable real destinations as Bouvet Island and Peter I that are reachable only by military ice breakers or chartered boats once or twice a year.   Actually you'd be surprised how many major websites list Bouvet as a UPS, or Post Office shipping destination  Smiley
 
Furthermore, the drop-down list included 4 countries that simply never existed.  Was funny to look them up in Google and see how many commerce websites had mindlessly pirated that list.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2012, 12:43:51 PM »

Maybe they finally found Giligan's Island.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2012, 05:45:34 PM »

Well we know it is only 3 hours from Hawaii.

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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2012, 08:36:18 PM »

Well we know it is only 3 hours from Hawaii.

John AF5CC

The only 2 questions I have is who brings luggage after luggage full of money and all that make-up on a 3 hour tour?

73, Delwyn KH6DC
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2012, 07:28:41 AM »

Do a search on Maria Theresa Reef and Don Miller's claim of activation thereof. Fascinating reading.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2012, 11:34:51 AM »

Actually there is a Sandy Island near Australia, but it is located west of VK6 in the Indian Ocean. According to the IOTA directory it is IOTA OC-294P and the coordinates are 13d50'-14d15' S - 121d40'-122d05' E. You may see it on Google Earth by using this file:
http://www.qsl.net/sv1xv/downloads/oc-294_Sandy_Island.kmz




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