Don Greenbaum, N1DG, reports that the Dateline DX Association is making progress in planning its 2018 DXpedition to Baker and Howland Islands(KH1), the fourth most-wanted DXCC entity, according to Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted List. The DDXA team will operate from the Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Greenbaum says a ship has been chartered — the Nai’a from Fiji — with arrival on the island during the third week of June 2018. The DXpeditioners will spend 12 days on the island, with 10 days set aside for radio operation, if plans hold.
All preparations are subject to the approval of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the ship and dates were chosen in consultation with the agency, based on the availability of the vessel and of the USF&WS “resource monitor,” who will accompany the team, as well as avoidance of the cyclone season. Greenbaum said long-range propagation forecasts appear favorable on HF to Western Europe during the late-June period of planned operation. The 11 operators on the team are covering one-half of the estimated $400,000 cost of the DXpedition, and are seeking financial support for the rest. Greenbaum, Tom Harrell, N4XP, and Kevin Rowett, K6TD, are team co-leaders.