Baker Island DX-pedition set for June 2018


Big Island ARRL News, 30 December 2017, 1910 UTC, Post #410.

Source:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/baker-island-ham-radio-expedition-2018

Reporter:  Carla Giaimo.

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Comment:

Thanks goes to correspondent Carl Giaimo for an accurate, concise, and most interesting story on the upcoming DX-pedition to Baker Island (atoll).

Desolate, isolated, and arid Baker Island, which lies about halfway between Australia and Hawaii, will see its tranquil existence mildly disturbed in June 2018 by a group of 14 radio amateurs calling themselves the “Daylight DX Association.”  With the formal blessing of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, these ham radio operators will operate their portable stations for a period of 12 days, fielding approximately 75,000 calls from radio amateurs worldwide.

According to reporter Carla Giaimo, Baker Island (actually, an atoll) “is just two places in the world that fall within time zone UTC-12:00”, making the remote atoll number 4 on Club Log’s most wanted list, behind only the Crozet archipelago in Antarctica, Norway’s Bouvet Island, and the DRNK (North Korea).

Event coordinator Don Greenbaum tells reporter Carla Giaimo that the journey is difficult, expensive, and fraught with government regulations:

“Getting there will involve raising about $400,000 for fees, supplies, travel expenses, and the rental boat. It will also necessitate a three-day sea journey from Pago Pago, and a full day of setting up tents and equipment. But once the radios have been switched on, the protocol is straightforward. “We’re allowed to operate for 12 days,” says Greenbaum. “The goal is to work everybody that wants to work you.” The 14 operators aim to keep all seven radios going at all times, which means taking alternating 12-hour shifts.”

“With such excitement surrounding this particular trip, efficiency is key. “People will call. We’ll acknowledge their call signs. We’ll tell them how loud they are, and we’ll move on to the next guy,” says Greenbaum. “If it’s somebody we know, we’ll say, ‘Hi, Jim.’ But that’s it. We’re not going to talk about [the weather]. If you do that, you’ll never make 75,000 contacts.”


Upcoming events for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest is coming to the Waimea Community Center in Kamuela on Saturday, 13 January 2018, from 0930 to 1400 Hawaii Standard Time.  The event is sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club and will feature a ham radio equipment swap meet, guest spreakers, and a VE test session for amateur radio licenses.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Views expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section