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Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition In the Books:

from The ARRL Letter on July 12, 2018
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Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition In the Record Books:

All Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition operating positions went silent at 1200 UTC on July 5, and all logs are believed to have been uploaded to Club Log. The final contact was on FT8 with JA2FJP on 80 meters. The 14-member team, accompanied by a US Fish and Wildlife Service escort left the island on July 6 for the 6-day voyage across the International Date Line to Fiji.

"The team is very tired but proud of QSO totals, over 17,300 unique calls [28%] in the log, and the successful deployment of the new DXpedition version of FT8 that showed over 6,000 unique calls in our log," reported team member Don Greenbaum, N1DG. He said the team celebrated Independence Day with hot dogs and burgers.

The 9-day stay on Baker yielded 64,434 contacts, including more than 1,200 on 160 meters under midsummer conditions. Greenbaum said the DXpedition's use of FT8 allowed many hams with modest stations to put KH1/KH7Z in the log. The team began tearing down the stations and equipment on July 4.

KH1/KH7Z completed 15,289 contacts (28% of the total) on FT8 DXpedition Mode. Nearly 41% of all contacts were made on 20 meters, the "bread-and-butter band."

The team focused on giving out as many all-time new one (ATNO) contacts as possible.

Full band-by-band, mode-by-mode statistics are on Club Log, where several stations posted their observations.

Bob Chortek, AA6VB, in California, commented, "Thank you all for hard work and sacrifice (time, money, time away from loved ones, having to endure 100+ degree heat, etc.) to make this DXpedition a reality. Great job!" Timothy Marek, K7XC, in Nevada, remarked, "What better way to finish off nine-band DXCC than to work Baker island on 160 for [the] last one! Thank you very much." Bob Marsh, K2RU, in Virginia, said, "Many thanks for an ATNO. Propagation looked bleak for the first couple days, but then SSB and CW within 55 minutes of each other! Nicely run operation."

The KH1/KH7Z DXpedition team was headed to Fiji on the first leg of its trip home. The Dateline DX Association (DDXA) sponsored the Baker Island DXpedition.


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