KH1 Baker Howland Island #328

Baker Island is an uninhabited atoll located just north of the equator in the central Pacific Ocean about 3,090 km (1,920 mi) southwest of Honolulu. The island lies almost halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbor is Howland Island, 42 mi (68 km) to the north-northwest; both have been territories of the United States since 1857, though the United Kingdom considered them part of the British Empire between 1897 and 1936.

Located at 0°11′41″N 176°28′46″W, the island covers 2.1 km (0.81 sq mi), with 4.8 km (3.0 mi) of coastline. The climate is equatorial, with little rainfall, constant wind, and strong sunshine. The terrain is low-lying and sandy: a coral island surrounded by a narrow fringing reef with a depressed central area devoid of a lagoon with its highest point being 8 m (26 ft) above sea level ….

More importeant … Baker Howland Island is #5 of the Worls Most Wanted List and a blank spot on my DXCC as well! 

The Team is there from 27th of June till 6th of July.

The path to Europe is very tough via the nordpole and the conditions in summer 2018 are not helping either.

QSOs with DL stations till June 1st! (source Clublog)

So far the best bet for an ATNO is 20m but 17m should be doable as well. There is also a huge demand from the US and JA, so sometimes you can copy the KH1/KH7Z guys quiete well, but they are working JA or US! It will need a lot of patience to get more QSOs from Europe into their log!

Unfortunatly there has been a lot of DQRM and “policemen” around that makes it even more challenging. With up to 7 stations running I hope the DQRM’ers will loose their sick exitement very soon.

A few more days, but with their operating plan it seems to be a no go on 30m and 40m and maybe more important, there are no times of darkness at the same time on both ends.

Anyway .. be happy with what we got! #328


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