KH5 – Jarvis Island

    Radio Expeditions Inc, the organizer of the record-breaking VP6DX 2008 DXpedition to Ducie Island, is planning a DXpedition to Jarvis Island (KH5) in 2010 November.

    The on-air dates of approximately Nov 17-Dec 01 (depending on weather and sea conditions) were chosen to maximize propagation openings on both low bands (160-80m) and high bands (12-10m long and short path) to Europe, where demand for KH5 is extremely high.

    Planning for this project began over one year ago. Applications for the required government permits have been submitted to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Final approval has not yet been received.

    Plans call for 24-25 operators to continuously staff 12 stations on CW, SSB and RTTY on 160m through 6m. (No 60m operations are planned). CQ WorldWide CW contest operations are included.

    Sea transportation and support services will be provided by the MV Braveheart and its crew, the same group who helped make the 2008 VP6DX expedition a success.

    No individual contributions are being solicited until the required government permits have been received.

    • Radio Expeditions Inc is a permanent, non-profit organization of volunteers founded by Eric Scace K3NA and Carsten Esch DL6LAU in 2007. Its activities include:
      — conducting high-quality DXpeditions to difficult locations;
      — applying professional engineering, organization, financial, and risk management practices to maximize the return on investment of donor funds for expeditions;
      — developing technology, procedures and training to advance the state of the art for radio operations in the field;
      — supporting on-site research in radio propagation, physical and biological sciences.
    • Its first project, the 2008 Ducie Island VP6DX expedition, shattered many DXpedition records. The 2010 Jarvis Island project is the second project of Radio Expeditions. A third project will be announced at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention’s DX Forum.


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