Friday, July 28, 2017

Dateline DX Assn. Picked for Baker Island DXpedition

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has selected the Dateline DX Association to conduct a
Two of Baker Island's signature brown boobies
(US Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
DXpedition to Baker Island at a date to be determined. Several groups had applied to the FWS Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office after the service determined earlier this year that amateur radio operation on the ecologically-sensitive island "is a use that assists in management of the resources indirectly" by bringing public attention and support to the Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge. 

According to the ARRL Letter, the DDXA previously conducted DXpeditions on neighboring Howland Island (2009) and Wake Island (1998). The group will be allowed on Baker for up to 14 days, with a maximum of 12 days for radio operation. Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) are #4 on ClubLog's DXCC Most-Wanted List.