Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ARRL OKs N. Korea Operation for DXCC

The ARRL says it will give DXCC credit for North Korea to the 785 amateurs who made contact with P5/3Z9DX last December. The unexpected operation by Polish amateur Dom Grzyb on December 20-21 was an impromptu demonstration of amateur radio for government officials, according to the ARRL Letter. Grzyb had been planning a full-scale operation for January or February but delayed it until summer after discovering that the location from which he planned to operate was much too noisy.

Also in DXCC news, the ARRL says it has deleted Kingman Reef (K5K) from the DXCC list as of March 29, 2016. This is a result of a transfer in administration from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which also administers nearby Palmyra Island. Future contacts with Kingman Reef will count for Palmyra/Jarvis.