In light of today’s (June 12) first meeting between Donald Trump & Kim Jong-Un, I’m sure Paul N6PSE will not mind DX-World re-posting his latest blog post.

In the weeks and months building up to yesterdays historic Summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK Marshal Kim Jong Un, I was asked many times by interested amateurs if a DXpedition from the DPRK might be able to happen?

Based on what I saw on the news coverage of yesterdays Summit, I would have to say that “anything is possible” and it seems that the possibility is more likely today than it was yesterday.

That said, there are many obstacles that must be overcome. We know from our previous efforts to activate the DPRK (nine combined visits to the DPRK) that the cost of permission is quite steep. These costs are enmeshed into hotel and internal travel costs but never the less they are significant and more than a self funded team could carry on their own.

We know that absolute secrecy is required from the DPRK authorities and as hard as we tried, we know that one of our P5DX team members “spilled the beans” to his friends.

Most formidable is the current Trump Travel Ban which prohibits Americans from visiting the DPRK currently. With the travel ban in place Americans are unable to take advantage of this newfound goodwill or make any travel to the DPRK. If that travel ban is listed the possibilities for a P5 activation involving Americans increases significantly.

So with these considerations in mind, we can “watch and wait” and see if the travel ban is lifted or if any other group is able to make inroads into the DPRK.

What do you think?

SINGAPORE – JUNE 12: In this handout photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the historic meeting between leaders of both countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying hopes to end decades of hostility and the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program. (Photo by Kevin Lim/THE STRAITS TIMES/Handout/Getty Images)

11 COMMENTS

  1. Bob, I have traveled to the DPRK, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Egypt, Myanmar, Turkey, Vietnam and many other countries on a US passport without any issues.

    73,

    Paul N6PSE

  2. Paul, I have no doubt, but only after (or maybe before) the shooting started. Never had the desire, or need, to go to North Korea, and South Sudan didn’t exist in my travelling days. But, back in the day, a half dozen trips to Lebanon when they were still playing cowboys and Indians it was not possible on a US Passport. It may be coincidental, but my observation has been that leaving my US Passport at home magically erased the target from my back and leaving my bible at home didn’t do any harm either. SeventyThree(s)

  3. Cheer up. The way things are going, we’ll be free to go to P5 at will, but we’ll need a visa for Canada and EU.

  4. … and to keep everything in perspective, yesterday CNN reported that President Trump departed for Singapore on Air Force One. The BBC reported that Chairman Kim departed for Singapore on Air Force Un (a Boeing 747 on loan from Air China). Really, does anyone still need a QSO confirmation with North Korea? They’ve been on sale on eBay (and OQRS, and eQSL, and LoTW forever) Get a life. I’d like to expound on NoKo further. but gotta run. My CPU just had an INIT (what the hell is an INIT?) with my neighbor in gridsquare EM74 on 40m. Hey bud, great signal tonight. I’ll walk over to FourBucks for a Latte with you in the morning

  5. If you dont care about democracy, and just support the dictators in the world, and love money, this news is ok for Hams…
    otherwise, just wait to make wishes b4 the peace and democracy in P5 is in place…

  6. Lars, I agree. But it´s a “Work first worry later” game. Many DXers just want that ATNO and to be honest, I am not sure if I would refuse. If P5 really opens up for amateur radio, it would be a good step not only for hams. I hope.

  7. Many DXers on 11 meter and amateurs of DX on HamSphere 4.0 also like if amateur radio DX expedition will be possible soon on Ham radio, 11 meter or virtual amateur radio.

  8. I saw an interesting teaching position in Pyongyang being advertised. Maybe I should move on from my school in Myanmar and start to teach in DPRK…..

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