Group Selected to Pursue DXpedition to Baker Island Wildlife Refuge:
The ARRL Letter
July 13, 2017
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Group Selected to Pursue DXpedition to Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge:
The Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office of the US Fish and
Wildlife Service (FWS
https://www.fws.gov/) has selected the Dateline
DX Association (DDXA
http://www.goldtel.net/ddxa/) -- the DXpedition
group that activated Howland Island in 2009 and Wake Island in 1998 --
to pursue a DXpedition to Baker Island. Dates have not yet been
determined. Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) are part of the Pacific
Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM
created by former President George W. Bush in 2009. Baker and Howland
is the fourth most-wanted DXCC entity on Club Log's DXCC Most Wanted
The group will announce planned activation dates and other details once
a vessel has been selected and the FWS has approved the vessel and
dates. DDXA co-leaders are Don Greenbaum, N1DG; Tom Harrell, N4XP, and
Kevin Rowett, K6TD.
In early June, the FWS agreed that a DXpedition to Baker Island would
be an acceptable use of the Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, but
detailed strict conditions under which it would issue a special use
permit (SUP) to allow such use. Earlier this year, the FWS conducted a
for Amateur Radio operation on the ecologically sensitive island
refuge. Baker Island is 1,830 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu --
an 8-day voyage.
"While...not a wildlife dependent public use according to National
Wildlife Refuge Administration Act of 1966, as amended, Amateur Radio
operation is a use that assists in the management of the resources
indirectly," the FWS said in its Compatibility Determination, released
on June 8. A DXpedition to the refuge may last up to 14 days, with only
12 days of radio operation and allowing time for setup and breakdown on
each end of the visit.
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