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Midway and Kure Islands Reinstated as DXCC Entities (05/11/2017)

On March 31, 2017, the DXCC desk announced the deletion of Midway Island and Kure Island from the DXCC entities list. The stated reason for this action was because of changes in the administration resulting from changes in Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument, formerly known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, of which the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Battle of Midway National Memorial, the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary at Kure Atoll, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands State Marine Refuge, of which they are all included. After further review it has been found that the deletion of these two entities is not supported by the changes that were made to the relevant administrations. Therefore, the deletions from the DXCC list should not have occurred and the two entities, Midway Island KH4 and Kure Island KH7K, will return to the DXCC list as separate entities.


Midway and Kure Islands are Now Deleted DXCC Entities (03/31/2017=ARRL)

Midway and Kure Islands have been placed on the list of DXCC deleted entities, effective August 26, 2016. This came about as an unintended consequence of action last summer by then-President Barack Obama that expanded the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument to include the northwestern Hawaiian Islands west of Ni’ihau Island, making it the largest contiguous protected conservation area under the US flag.

Midway (KH4) had qualified for DXCC status by virtue of its being governed by a separate administration. Because it is now under the administration of Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument, however, it becomes a deleted entity. Approximately 50 people live on Midway, including US Fish and Wildlife Service staffers and contractors. The Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Allied World War II Pacific Campaign, took place in June 1942.

Now uninhabited, Kure Island (KH7K), a part of Hawaii, is separated from the rest of the state by Midway; because of that, it qualified for DXCC status under Section II, 2 (b) (iii) of the DXCC Rules ? separation from its “parent” Hawaii. Midway Island’s change in DXCC status in turn made Kure Island no longer eligible for DXCC status, since Kure no longer is separated from the rest of Hawaii by intervening land or islands that are part of another DXCC entity.

Kure Island once was home to a US Coast Guard LORAN station, remnants of which are still evident. It has been a state wildlife sanctuary since 1981.

The relevant parts of Section II of the DXCC Rules follow:

A Geographic Separation Entity may result when a single Political Entity is physically separated into two or more parts. The part of such a Political Entity that contains the capital city is considered the Parent for tests under these criteria. One or more of the remaining parts resulting from the separation may then qualify for separate status as a DXCC Entity if they satisfy paragraph a) or b) of the Geographic Separation Criteria, as follows.

b) Island Areas (Separation by Water):

A new entity results in the case of an island under any of the following conditions:

iii) The island is separated from its Parent by intervening land or islands that are part of another DXCC entity, such that a line drawn along a great circle in any direction, from any part of the island, does not touch the Parent before touching the intervening DXCC entity. There is no minimum separation distance for the first island entity created under this rule. Additional island entities may be created under this rule, provided that they are similarly separated from the Parent by a different DXCC entity and separated from any other islands associated with the Parent by at least 800 km.

Neither Midway nor Kure was able to be activated without prior permission and only for a planned DXpedition. Only contacts made on August 25, 2016, or earlier will count for these two entities.


◎ARRLのAwards Committeeは、2016年3月28日付けで、Kingman Reef(KH5K)をDXCCのリストからDeleteする事を決定した。 この決定により、DXCCのEntitiesの合計は340から339になった。 ただし、6mバンドでのDXCCは、Deletedとなっても申請済みのQSLはカウントされるためリストから減らされる事はない。 200年10月に運用したK5KのDX-Peditionには、日本からJH7OHF/小野さんが参加され多くのJAと6mでQSOしている。

ARRL HQ Newington 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.

2016年3月28日にDeletedになったKingman Reef

DXCCから消滅扱いとなったNetherlands Antilles

サイクル24の最大の話題だったのは、2010年10月10日にカリブ海に点在する「PJ」などのオランダ領のエンテイティーの見直しがあり、 DXCCに大きな変更があったことだった。
従来のエンティティーの「PJ2/9=Curacao」は消滅となり、新たに「PJ2 - PJ4- PJ5/6- PJ7/8」の4エンティティーが誕生した。 1982年のPJ9EEや、1992年のPJ2/OH1ZAAなどは、当時JAから6mでQSO出来たPJ (Netherlands Antilles)は消滅扱いとなった。
サイクル24のコンデションで、これらのカリブ海とロングパスの伝搬でQSO出来たら、4つの”NEW”が期待されたが、 残念ながら予想に反して低調に終わったサイクル24では、JAからのカリブ海エリアとのロングパスのオープンはなく、PJ2(Curacao)、PJ4(Bonaire)、PJ5/6(Eustatius/Saba)、PJ7/8(St.Maarten)の4エンティテイーとのQSOは皆無に終わった。