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DXpedition Team Sets Sail for Baker Island:

from The ARRL Letter on June 21, 2018
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DXpedition Team Sets Sail for Baker Island:

The KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition team is on its way to Baker Island. The DXpedition commemorates the 81st anniversary of aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance on July 2, 1937, near Baker and Howland islands, as well as "the commitment and sacrifices" of the Hui Panalā'au (loosely translates to "society of colonists") -- young high school graduates from Hawaii who were sent to colonize Baker, Howland, and Jarvis islands from 1935 until 1942, and who began construction of a runway for Earhart to land in 1937. The islands were bombed the day after Pearl Harbor, killing two, and the colonists were removed by the US Coast Guard in 1942.

The enthusiasm level was high, as the KH1/KH7Z team departed Pago Pago, American Samoa, on June 20 aboard the Nai'a, en route to Baker Island. The DXpedition is scheduled to fire up around 0000 UTC on June 28, with eight operating positions active on all open bands. The team will be on the air around the clock -- and on 20 meters continuously -- for the following 10 days. The KH1/KH7Z team consists of 14 operators.

The KH1/KH7Z DXpedition has pledged to adjust to the propagation at hand. Baker Island is the fifth Most-Wanted DXCC entity, according to Club Log

The KH1/KH7Z Team departs for Baker Island.

As reported, KH1/KH7X will employ FT8 digital mode to find openings that might not be obvious and to serve as a beacon. "When we find an opening, we will put as many radios/modes/ops on as we can," the team said. The KH1/KH7X group helped to develop the WSJT-X software version that incorporates an FT8 "DXpedition Mode" (version 1.9.0). The DXpedition said using FT8 DXpedition mode may allow the operators to "expand" the bands they are able to use at this point in the solar cycle. The DXpedition's band plan page includes a guide to using FT8 DXpedition Mode.

The Dateline DX Association (DDXA is sponsoring the DXpedition to Baker Island. The Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service granted the DDXA permission to land and operate on the uninhabited island. Read more


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