To The Baker Island 2018 DXpedition
Destination: Baker Island, South Pacific
0°11′41″N 176°28′46″W
IOTA OC-089  GRID AJ10  CQ Zone 31  ITU Zone 61

August 25, 2017

The Dateline DX Association is very pleased to announce significant progress in our planning to operate in 2018 from KH1, Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, the 4th most wanted entity in the DXCC program.

We have executed a charter agreement with a ship, the Nai'a out of Fiji with an anticipated arrival at the refuge during the 3rd week of June, 2018.   We intend to be at the refuge a total of 12 days with 10 days of operations.   This ship and dates were chosen in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife service based on availability of their resource monitor, avoidance of the cyclone season, and Nai'a availability.   Propagation forecasts look favorable for HF to Western Europe (a large target audience for us) during this time as well.

As with any DXpedition to the really rare ones, this will be another large budget operation.   The 11 ham team will contribute over 50% of the expected budget of $400,000.  You can help make this DXpedition happen by visiting our new website, http://www.baker2018.net/ and contributing today.

We wish to thank the US Fish and Wildlife Service for their trust in our group to safely and responsibly activate this rare location.

Don Greenbaum, N1DG
Tom Harrell, N4XP
Kevin Rowett, K6TD


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