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April 28, 2018
Press Release #8

Following a successful Visalia DX Convention, the KH1/KH7Z team met in Cupertino this week to assemble the stations and network in preparation of landing on Baker in 2 months.   The DXpedition is now in the final planning stages and this step was the last before packing and shipping our gear to Fiji.

Stations
DXpedition sponsors Elecraft and DX Engineering provided the required gear.  There will be 8 stations on Baker Island consisting of 8 Elecraft K3S transceivers -- 7 powered by KPA500s; the 8th low band station powered by a KPA1500 amp.  This is the first expedition to use a KPA1500 and the team and Elecraft are looking forward to seeing this exciting new amplifier in action. 

There will be 3 separate tents for CW, SSB, and Digital stations.  Co-leaders K6TD and N1DG, and AA7A, K6GFJ, K6MM, ND2T and N6MZ assembled the stations, activated the BGAN satellite network, interfaced the NUC computers & monitors, and installed N1MM+ in a complete on-island simulation (including generator power).   We also successfully simulated making QSOs and uploading sample logs to ClubLog via the BGAN.

The network was designed by our IT team led by AA7A and N6MZ and consists of rapidly deployed transit boxes containing the switches power hubs and POE repeaters.  Upon reaching the island the team will deploy these cases and run out cables from the central CW tent to SSB and Digital tents.   All N1MM+ computers will be networked to our center administrative PC allowing 2 uploads daily via satellite to ClubLog to minimize duplicate contacts.

Antennas
Although limited to 43 feet, our 80 and 160 meter antennas are newly designed AA7JV “fat” verticals, which will sit just inside the high tide mark.  The SteppiR verticals for 75 through 10 meters will also be mounted just inside of the high tide mark while four 2-element vertical arrays will be mounted away from the water for 15, 17 and 20 meters.  In this way, we can maintain a 24-hour presence on 20 meters to maximize the number of unique callsigns and enable the most ATNO contacts.  We also intend to install a multi-vertical array for 6 meters at the digital radios.

Testing the SteppIRs and our own design of vertical arrays is all that remains before cleaning and sterilizing our gear to meet the FWS Biological Protocols and sending the gear to our freight forwarder.

Please visit http://www.baker2018.net/pages/pretrip.html to see more pictures relating to our testing activity this week.

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
April 11, 2018
Press Release #7

The 2018 DXpedition to Baker Island is proud to announce the addition of Neil King, VA7DX to our team. Neil was first licensed in 1979 as VE7CVM, attained his advanced certification in 1980 and acquired the call VA7DX in late 1999.  An avid HF, VHF and UHF contester,  Neil has also dabbled in meteor scatter, EME, tropo and satellite operation.Neil has had the opportunity to visit and operate from 3DA0, 7P8, VU7, TX5C, JT1, K5D, HK0, C9, A25, FT5ZM, 7Q7, A35, and TX5T.

KH1 is the 6th most wanted entity.  Our plans are to bring the KH1 entity to as many operators, and countries as we can.

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

With two months to go before we board our ship in American Samoa, we thank you in advance for your support.
The Baker Island 2018 Team

February 28, 2018
Press Release #6

WILDLIFE!
As a protected US National Wildlife Refuge, Baker Island is a place few humans ever get a chance to see. In fact, the protected status of the wildlife is the main reason why landing permission is so rare.  There are strict conditions laid down by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to make sure our DXpedition does not disturb the island’s delicate ecosystem.

The Baker Island Sooty Tern
Eleven species of seabirds nest on the island including boobies, frigate birds, and almost a million pairs of sooty terns.  There are also skinks, geckos, sea-turtles and staggering numbers of hermit crabs.  As DXpeditioners to other remote Pacific islands have found out, crabs pose a particularly difficult problem. They emerge at night, and eat their way through just about anything that has a trace of organic matter.  This includes cardboard, rope, paper, clothes, bedding, leftover food and even coax.  Keeping the pesky crabs out of DXpedition tents has become sort an art-form over the years, and many different techniques have been tried on other islands such as Clipperton. The most popular to date has been the “DXpedition Crab Fence”, which is basically a 15” high roll of sheet metal strung out around each tent.  It’s not 100% crab-proof, but its highly effective.

Even with the abundance of crabs that exist on Baker, the risk of an invasive plant or animal species from the mainland gaining a foothold is very high, and could mean catastrophe for native seabirds.  This means everything we bring with us including clothing, footwear and equipment must be pre-cleaned and specially treated prior to our departure.  Even the food we bring is controlled, with fresh fruit and seeded vegetables both prohibited.

The land is not the only place where we’re bound by permit conditions. The marine environment at Baker is also under protected status.  Surrounding the island are extensive thickets of living staghorn coral which dominate on the eastern side. Table, plate and many other coral formations are also common on the rest of the reef slopes. Larger heads of lobe, disk, and brain corals - some up to nine feet in diameter - are found along the deeper slopes. A total of 104 species of coral has been reported since Fish and Wildlife began documenting the area.  Because of this, diving is strictly prohibited at Baker, and waste from our ship must be disposed at a distance of 50 nautical miles.

While our movements and equipment may be regulated in order to protect the environment, luckily the hours we can be on the air are not.  Therefore, we intend to be active as much as we can on all available bands.

This project presents a great opportunity to prove to the US Fish and Wildlife Service that DXpeditioning is a highly compatible activity on an ecologically sensitive island. Our protection of Baker is just as important as the number of QSOs we make, so when we’re done we intend to leave the island exactly as we found it – to ensure future operations are possible.

As with any DXpedition to the rarest and most remote islands of the world, this trip needs your help.  March 2018 will mark a significant milestone for the team as our next payment on the ship is due.  Though the operator team will contribute over 50% of the expected budget we still need your support to make this trip happen.  If you haven’t contributed yet, please consider helping by visiting our website:

http://www.baker2018.net/pages/donate.html

Thank you in advance for your support.
73 from the Baker Island 2018 Team

February 15, 2018
Press Release #5
The 2018 DXpedition to Baker Island is proud to commemorate the 81st anniversary of Amelia Earhart's disappearance on July 2, 1937 near Baker & Howland islands, as well as the commitment and sacrifices made by the Hui Panalā’au students from Hawaii, who lived on Baker, Howland and Jarvis from 1935-1942. Not many people know that these Hui Panalā’au students were unsung heroes. They were part of the American Equatorial Islands Colonization Project, which helped establish Baker, Howland and Jarvis as legitimate US territories by forming settlements on Baker and and Howland.

The settlement on Baker was named Meyerton, after Captain H.A. Meyer of the US Army, who helped establish the Hui Panalā'au camps in 1935. Itascatown, on Howland Island, was named after the USCGC ship Itasca which transported the students to the islands from Hawaii. Some of these young men lost their lives during the simultaneous attacks on Pearl Harbor & Baker-Howland-Jarvis on December 7- 8, 1941.

There is a strong connection between Earhart’s trip around the world, and these Hui Panalā’au colonists. The students helped build the landing strip on Howland for Earhart’s arrival and were waiting to welcome her on both Baker and Howland. Itasca was anchored at Howland and in constant communication with Earhart as she made her final approach to Howland, but then disappeared presumably in the vicinity of Baker-Howland, which are only 40 miles apart. From some reports, a few students were also on the Itasca during those final hours.

Our DXpedition not only honors Earhart, often cited as a role-model for young girls because of her independence, persistence, and courage, but also recognizes the important role the brave young Hui Panalā’au students played in US history.

KH1 is the 5th most wanted entity. Our plans are to bring the KH1 entity to as many operators, and countries as we can. We hope adding these historical elements to our adventure makes it more interesting and enjoyable to our audience and raises awareness of our hobby in the general public.

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

January 16, 2018
Press Release #4
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
Press Release #3
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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