K9W: Wake Atoll 2013

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Team Leader Lou N2TU and the Management Team of Joe W8GEX, Craig K9CT, and Joe AA4NN are proud to announce they are planning a Commemorative DXpedition to a rare DX entity. This DXpedition will be to Wake Atoll (KH9) in October 2013.Team Operators include Joe AA4NN – John K6MM – Carl K9CS – Craig K9CT – Mike K9NW – Lou N2TU – Tom N4XP – Tom ND2T – Dick W3OA – Joe W8GEX – Hal W8HC and Jerry WB9Z.

We couldn’t let the chance slip for our Members. We couldn’t let a so important DXpedition slip for MDXC. Now it’s official: the Mediterraneo DX Club is a sponsor of K9W from Wake Atoll IOTA OC-053. Free internal QSL service available for all MDXC Members.

Of course you can view the official site for future information.

Press Release #2
March 10, 2013

We are pleased to announce the call sign for the Commemoration anticipated taking place at the beginning of October, 2013.

K9W has been assigned to this event! The actual days of use will be
announced on our website and through the normal media channels.

Additionally, we are happy to announce that Val, NV9L and Col, MMØNDXhave joined the Team as Pilot Stations. Pilot stations are essential members of the Dxpedition’s operation and gather the DX communities’ feedback during the event. This information allows the ‘on island team’ to tailor their activities to the needs of stations worldwide.

We have received our first foundation support from INDEXA and donations from clubs and individuals. In-depth planning is continuing and progressing nicely thanks to the efforts of many members of the DX community. Their input and assistance is greatly appreciated and welcomed!

Please check our web site often for updates.

http://www.wake2013.org/

73,
K9W Wake Atoll ManagementTeam

 

Press Release #1
March 1, 2013

Team Leader Lou N2TU and the Management Team of Joe W8GEX, Craig K9CT, and Joe AA4NN are proud to announce they are planning a Commemorative DXpedition to a rare DX entity. This DXpedition will be to Wake Atoll (KH9) in October 2013.

Joe and Craig were the co-leaders of the very successful DXpeditions to Swains Island NH8S in 2012, and Sint Maarten PJ7E in 2010.  They were also team members of the Midway K4M DXpedition in 2009.  Joe AA4NN is a veteran of these as well as many other DXpeditions across the globe. Lou was also a member of the Swains NH8S team.

This operation is a Commemorative DXpedition in that it combines a DXpedition and a commemoration of an event.  98 civilian contractors working for Morrison- Knutsen, lost their lives on the atoll in October 1943. The group has been named the “Forgotten 98”.  Our operation, observing the 70th anniversary of their deaths, will be dedicated to keeping their memory alive and honoring their sacrifice.

Wake ranks number 15 in Club Log’s Most Wanted Entities. A highly experienced team of 12 operators is being formed. They plan to operate five stations over a 14 day period, 160 to 6 meters on all modes, using a callsign to be announced at a later date.

Team Operators include Joe AA4NN – John K6MM – Carl K9CS – Craig K9CT –
Mike K9NW – Lou N2TU – Tom N4XP – Tom ND2T – Dick W3OA – Joe W8GEX –
Hal W8HC and Jerry WB9Z.

Wake Atoll’s access is extremely limited and the time frame is dictated by transportation issues. As such, official dates have not been set but will be announced as soon as possible. The team will gather in Honolulu and then travel to Wake. Official landing permission has been obtained.

Our website, www.wake2013.org, developed by team member John K6MM, will provide updates as they become available.  Later, the group will also have an OQRS link on the website for easy QSLing.

We want to thank Elecraft, who will be supplying K3s and KPA500s for our use.  Steppir will be supplying an assortment of versatile antennas, and we appreciate their help. This Commemorative Dxpedition would not happen without the outstanding support of these companies. Others will be added and shown on our website as planning progresses.

Thanks also to Joe AA4NN, who will be the QSL manager.

73,
Your Wake Island 2013 Team

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