News from the KH1 team

The EUDXF is proud sponsor of the Baker 2018 DX-pedition. Here we share the latest news from the KH1 team:

Dear DXer:

We are contacting you because you have supported one of our past trips either directly or through OQRS. The Dateline DX Association is approximately 30 days away from arriving at KH1, Baker Island. Our gear has now all been shipped and our website updated to reflect all operating frequencies, operating plans, and up-to-date propagation routines to ensure you know where and when to look for us. We hope to be QRV around June 27. Please visit us at http://www.baker2018.net

Our experienced DXpedition team has conducted successful DXpeditions to many rare countries. We also have a worldwide net of pilots. They are there to relay back to us any missed or rare openings so we can react to them and be there to work you. Please do not hesitate to contact them: http://www.baker2018.net/pages/team.html

Our timetable for going to Baker Island was based on (a) the timing of our US Fish and Wildlife Service permit, (b) availability of our ship, and (c) the typhoon season in the Pacific. We understand the lack of darkness for some areas for low band activity, but with KH1 being the number 5 most wanted entity, ATNO QSOs are a priority and 20 meters offers the best worldwide propagation in June. Stations will be on 20 meters 24/7. We expect Eastern Europe to be able to work us on 17 and 30 meters as well.

Our group helped develop the latest WSJT-X software to incorporate a DXpedition fox/hound mode. Please download version 1.9.0 before we are QRV around 27 June. This may expand the bands we are able to use at this point in the solar cycle. We’ve also put a “how to use the new FT8” primer on our site. It will help those new to the mode to quickly master the new version. Check it out at http://www.baker2018.net/pages/plan.html

We have spent many months preparing for this trip, and last month simulated the island setup. Please visit http://www.baker2018.net/pages/pretrip.html to see more pictures relating to our testing activities.
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

Kosovo (Z6) in the WPX Contest and Albania (ZA) on 6m

Martti, OH2BH/Z68BH and Pertti, OG2M/Z68MM will be traveling to Kosovo this week. They plan to close several open ends with the Kosovo Amateur Radio Society (SHRAK) and their Telecom administrators (ARKEP). This includes potential 6M permits for the future.
While in Kosovo, Martti, Z68BH will be giving out the Z68 multiplier to those in the CQ WPX (CW) Contest. From Kosovo, Martti and Pertti will move to Albania by road with Z61DX and possible others. From Albania, ZA/OG2M will be active, specifically on 6M.
Ultimately, they will fly to Munich (DL) and on to Friedrichshafen, where at DARC’s special invitation they will give a “Mission Goodwill Kosovo” presentation on Friday June.01 at 4P.M. The presentation will be in the lecture room Schweiz which has a capacity of 180 people. Be early to get good seating. Many of the Z60A project participants/operators will be on hand for this occasion.
Z60A QSL CARDS: It should be noted that all Z60A direct requests, OQRS and postal have been mailed. There is no backlog as of today. The last batch of some 700 cards were mailed on Friday of last week.

Still seats available for the EUDXF DX dinner at the Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen

Also this year there will be a DX dinner for EUDXF members (and their partners) during the Ham Radio. The dinner will take place in Gasthof Traube, Storchenstraße 1, 88069 Tettnang. (www.traube-tettnang.de) on Saturday 2 June 2018. Start will be around 19h00 local time.

Participation is only possible for EUDXF members who paid their annual membership dues and who made a reservation in advance.

The maximum number of seats available is 50. Reservations are on a first come first served basis. Reservations can be made until the maximum number of 50 is reached, via the EUDXF stand manager Jan PA1TT (pa1tt@eudxf.eu)

There will be a set menu. Special dietary requirements should be made known in advance. We hope to meet you in Tettnang.

Attention, there will be no BCC DX diner this year, so make your reservation in time!

73, Jan DJ5AN / PA1TT EUDXF Standmanager.