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DXCC Deletion of Kingman Reef KH5K

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28 March 2016

DXCC Deletion of Kingman Reef

The ARRL Awards Committee has voted to delete Kingman Reef (KH5K) from the DXCC List, effective 29 March, 2016. Kingman Reef will be added to the Deleted Entities List on 29 March, 2016. The total number of entities on the List will drop from 340 to 339.

The deletion process is described in DXCC Rules Section II DXCC List Criteria, Part 5(a) Deletion Criteria: “An entity may be deleted from the List if it no longer satisfies the criteria under which it was added. However, if the entity continues to meet one or more currently existing rules, it will remain on the List.”

With respect to the previous paragraph’s text, Kingman Reef’s original addition by virtue of separate administration has changed (separate administration by the U.S. Navy has been removed), and the reef does not meet any current criteria to remain on the list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers Kingman Reef and Palmyra Island. The reef is too close to Palmyra Island to count as a separate entity. The reef is now considered part of the Palmyra/Jarvis DXCC entity.

DXCC members who have affirmed credit with Kingman Reef will see their current entity totals drop by one on their DXCC awards -- including on the bands and modes where Kingman Reef credit is given. They will also see their DXCC Challenge totals drop commensurately. Honor Roll status will now be attainable after confirming 330 entities on the DXCC List.

73, Dave, NN1N

Prior to its deletion, Kingman Reef was the seventh most-wanted DXCC entity, according to ClubLog. It was last activated as K5K in 2000, when 15 operators handed out the rare entity over the course of 10 days. Other DXpeditions have taken place over the years, however. The 1974 KP6KR Kingman Reef operation included a 2-day search to find the island, 5535 contacts in just under 30 hours of operation, and a white-knuckle departure during gale-force winds.

Kingman Reef KH5 ARRL
Kingman Reef. Author - joann94024.

Kingman Reef KH5 DX News ARRLKingman Reef. Author - Russell Moffitt.

Where Kingman Reef is located. Map.

DXCC Deletion of Kingman Reef KH5K. Sunrise 10-22-2016 at 16:34 GMT sunset at 04:32 GMT


Rating: 5 of 5
Svetozar Gerashev
  • Callsign: LZ3SM
  • 2016-03-31 05:55:27
What a great news for me!Just 3 to the DXCC HR-CE0X,P5,3Y0B:)
Rating: 5 of 5
Don Havlicek
  • Callsign: N8DE
  • 2016-03-29 16:28:36
Kingman still exists ... it is NOT 'under the ocean' ... it simply changed from US Navy jurisdiction to National Wildlife Federation, same as Palmyra, and, as it is not that distant from Palmyra, it no longer qualifies as a 'separate entity'.
Rating: 5 of 5
Blaine Berg
  • Callsign: KL7TG
  • 2016-03-29 09:55:02
It might be better than Deer Island!
Rating: 5 of 5
Ferenc Barasci
  • Callsign: HA8MT
  • 2016-03-29 04:57:21
At last..
Rating: 5 of 5
Will Roberts
  • Callsign: AA4NC
  • 2016-03-29 04:56:06
But Scarborough Reef remains (smh)
Rating: 5 of 5
Stephen Binion
  • Callsign: KD8MSS
  • 2016-03-29 04:54:55
Damn it!!!!! I wanted to go there as a DXpedition. At least it keeps its IOTA number.
Rating: 5 of 5
Spiros Chimarios
  • Callsign: SV8CS
  • 2016-03-29 04:51:12
Nice NEWS!!!! With the deletion of Kingman Reef now I have the Honor Roll number 1....!!!

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