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January 16, 2018
The Dateline DX Association is pleased to announce major equipment support from Elecraft, DX Engineering, and SteppIR Communications Systems for its KH1/KH7Z Baker Island 2018
DXpedition.

For the KH1/KH7Z operation, Elecraft will supply the highly reliable K3S transceivers and their matching KPA500 amplifiers. These radios are veterans of several highly successful major DXpeditions and will greatly aid our goal of many ATNO contacts.

Our use permit for access to the Baker National Wildlife Refuge restricts the type and height of antennas we can use for KH1/KH7Z. SteppIR Communications Systems is working with team member George Wallner, AA7JV, with antennas that are acceptable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Every operation of this size needs a large number of critical equipment items suitable for island operation. DX Engineering has stepped up to offer those items on an as needed basis. DX Engineering continues to support major DXpeditions, and is a quality supplier of everything needed for the Amateur Radio community.

KH1 is the 4th most wanted entity. Our plans are to bring the KH1 entity to as many operators, and countries as we can. Support from these equipment vendors is appreciated and helps us meet our QSO goals. As with any DXpedition to the really rare ones, this will be another large budget operation.  The operator team will contribute over 50% of the expected budget of $400,000. You can help make this DXpedition happen by visiting our website, and contributing today.
http://www.baker2018.net/pages/donate.html

Thank you in advance for your support.
The Baker Island 2018 Team

December 15, 2017
The Dateline DX Association is very pleased to announce the callsign for its DXpedtion to Baker Island in June 2018. The Association already has the callsign KH7Z so we will identify our location and call as KH1/KH7Z. Visiting a remote DX location like Baker Island is an expensive undertaking.  Our budget is over $400,000 and 50% of this cost is being underwritten by the team members.   That still leaves a large amount of fund raising.   Do you need KH1 for an ATNO?  This is the first DXpedition to Baker and Howland Islands since 2002.   The FWS ruling that allowed this trip prevents another DXpedition for 10 years.   Please help make this happen by donating at our website Baker2018.net.  A 50% deposit on our vessel is due December 31, 2017 so we have an immediate need for our 2017 fundraising.   Please remember that NCDXF members may direct donations above $250 through the Northern DX Foundation to qualify for a tax deduction.   The specific details as well as general donation instructions are on our website here. Thanks for helping make this DXpedition happen.

Co-Leaders: Don Greenbaum, N1DG Tom Harrell, N4XP Kevin Rowett, K6TD

September 29, 2017
Now on Facebook and Twitter
September 27, 2017
Marty Sullaway (KC1CWF), ARRL's Young Ham Of The Year, has joined the off-island support team as Social Media Pilot.
September 5, 2017
New online souvenir store.
August 26, 2017
Website translated into Japanese. http://www.jouban.net/baker2018/index.html
August 25, 2017
Press Release #2

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 operator 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.

Co-Leaders:
Don Greenbaum, N1DG; Tom Harrell, N4XP; Kevin Rowett, K6TD

July 16, 2017
Press Release #1

The Dateline DX Association (most recently the K4M team) is very pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Pacific Islands Refuges & Monuments Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to pursue an Amateur Radio expedition to Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge (KH1).

We will announce dates of activation and other pertinent information once a vessel has been selected and approval of said vessel and dates is approved by the Service.

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

Co-Leaders:
Don Greenbaum, N1DG; Tom Harrell, N4XP; Kevin Rowett, K6TD


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