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NCDXF Announces Major Grant To K1N Navassa Island DXpedition
November 22, 2014
The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce an enabling major contribution of $35,000 to the K1N Navassa Island DXpedition planned for January 2015. Navassa is #1 on the ClubLog Most Wanted List for 2014.
Without major financial support from NCDXF, DXpeditions like this to rare, challenging, and expensive DXCC entities would not be possible. Navassa is an environmentally fragile area with access strictly controlled by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service since 1996. No approved DXpedition has operated there since that time. The KP1-5 Project has been working for over 12 years to obtain permission. There are strict limitations to the number of visitors and the time allowable on the island. Access has been granted for two weeks in January, as that month has the least bird nesting. However, January weather makes access by sea all but impossible.
For safety, the USFWS requires a helicopter landing for all personnel and equipment; hence the cost/budget of this "backyard" DXpedition rivals that of a Southern Ocean DXpedition. Details of the DXpedition are at http://www.navassadx.com
For the past 42 years the NCDXF has funded major DXpeditions to many Most Wanted Entities.
The credit for large grants like this goes to NCDXF contributors throughout the world. These are individuals and clubs who understand the economics of DXpeditions to rare entities and who play their part toward making them possible. Have you contributed yet?
Tom Berson, ND2T