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The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1385.1
BID: $OPDX.1385.1
October 14, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, OH

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet
Clusters Network, W8HC, K9CT and the PIDXG for the following DX information.

For more information contact:
Craig Thompson, K9CT
Phone: 309-251-9805

News/Press Release=97 Pacific Islands DXpedition Group

October 13, 2018

Amateur radio permit application to Kure Atoll =93denied=94; Hawaii=92s Dep=
of Land and Natural Resources cites 1990 textbook, =93Vertical structures s=
as the radio antenna=85 for ham radio operations, pose a direct bird strike
hazard.=94  =

Trivoli, IL (October 13, 2018) =96 Over the course of the past four years,
the Pacific Islands DXpedition Group (PIDXG) has sought permission to
conduct a DXpedition from Kure Atoll, currently ranked by ClubLog as the
#7 Most Wanted DXCC entity.  During this time PIDXG has filed four separate
permit applications.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the first application filed in November 2014,
was voluntarily withdrawn in April 2015 following authorization by The
Nature Conservancy for the PIDXG=92s January 2016 K5P Palmyra Atoll DX-
pedition.  =

A second permit application, filed in April 2016, was also subsequently
withdrawn, nearly one-year later, due to the ARRL DXCC action =93deleting=
Kure Island (and Midway Island) from the DXCC program.

However, following its DXCC reinstatement, a third PIDXG permit application
for Kure was filed in July 2017.

During the process of these three permit attempts, several email exchanges
occurred to address the reviewing agencies=92 follow-up questions and legit-
imate concerns about our activity coinciding with Kure Atoll=92s =93albatro=

Ultimately, our third permit application stalled out. Email status requests
went unanswered.  In December 2017, a phone call was placed to our Permit
Coordinator assigned from Hawaii=92s Division of Forestry and Wildlife and
we were advised that an official =93denial package=94 would be returned to
PIDXG following a January 2018 Trustee Review Board meeting in Honolulu.

After many email requests and phone calls on the status of the =93denial,=
on June 25, 2018 PIDXG finally received the formal denial package from
the Chairperson of Hawaii=92s Department of Land and Natural Resources
(DLNR).  The official position was that amateur radio =93cannot be conducted
with adequate safeguards for the resources and ecological integrity=94 of
Kure Atoll.  They contend that our use of antennas would pose a consider-
able risk to the island=92s bird population in spite of the fact that we
indicated in our application we would be following USF&W approved guidel-
ines and protocols successfully used by DXpeditions in other National
Wildlife Refuges (NWR) and as praised by USF&W officials. (see video
excerpt produced by James Brooks 9V1YC from the 2009 K4M Midway DXpedition:

Follow-up phone calls and emails to Hawaii DLNR officials requesting
additional clarification have been ignored and a formal Freedom of Infor-
mation request to the State of Hawaii has likewise resulted in no sub-
stantive information relative to the denial.

Throughout each attempt of the permitting process, PIDXG has acted in
good faith in its efforts. It has adhered to all procedural and appli-
cation guidelines necessary for requesting access to this Public Land,
land where amateur radio has already been determined to have =93existing
use=94 by the same Federal agencies overseeing this and other Pacific NWRs.

It is the understanding of PIDXG that there have been NO documented
instances of negative impact to the =93ecological integrity=94 at any NWR
from any previous amateur radio activity.  Thankfully, through the guidance
of the oversight agencies and the protocols directing radio operations
from these environmentally sensitive areas, it can be said that amateur
radio has maintained an impeccable track record in this regard. To suggest
that amateur radio poses =93unacceptable risks=94 or =93has the potential to
adversely impact seabirds and other protected species=94 at Kure Atoll is
disingenuous and without basis in fact.  Again, we refer to the praises
sung by U.S. Fish and Wildlife in the above-mentioned YouTube video excerpt.

The last amateur radio activity to Kure Atoll was in 2005. PIDXG does not
think it is unreasonable to request the use of a U.S. Public Land for an
amateur radio activity following a 13-15 year lapse.  =

For the record, there is no appeal process in this matter. PIDXG has
requested personal meetings with review agency members to discuss this
activity but no response has been given to our requests.  However, the
cover letter accompanying the denial package indicates PIDXG is not
precluded =93from submitting applications in the future and will be evaluat=
pursuant to the findings criteria.=94  As such, a fourth Kure Atoll permit
application was filed by PIDXG on August 6, 2018.

At this time, PIDXG requests interested DXers to help in this matter. We
simply ask that you send your QSL card and brief note respectfully asking
the Hawaii=92s Department of Land and Natural Resource to please reconsider
their position in this matter to:

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
c/o Suzanne Case, Chairperson
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Meanwhile, the PIDXG would like to thank the DX Community for your interest
and support and will certainly keep you posted on any news relative to our
efforts with Kure Atoll.


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