News & Updates

June 2009 - Present

The KP1-5 Project continues to work toward its goal of a long term partnership that jointly benefits the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Amateur Radio operators worldwide by achieving lawful, periodic access to Desecheo and Navassa islands pursuant to USFWS authorization.

May 2009

The KP1-5 Project’s Desecheo DXpedition K5D is chosen as co-DXpedition of The Year for 2008-2009 by the Southwest Ohio DX Association during the Hamvention 2009 in Dayton, Ohio.

The KP1-5 Project is proud to share this prestigious award with the 2008 Willis Island DXpedition activated by the VK9DWX team.

April 2009

The KP1-5 Project agrees to take over coordination of the Amateur Radio observation of National Wildlife Refuge Week, which began as a special event activity in 2005 in Michigan.

The KP1-5 Project names three of its volunteers to an advisory committee to organize the special event and coordinate with USFWS in establishing guidelines for refuge operations. NWR Week-Amateur Radio.

February 2009

The KP1-5 Project executes a highly successful DXpedition to Desecheo Island, making 115,787 contacts despite weather-related transportation issues that forced fuel conservation measures that took all linear amplifiers off line for several days.

The high number of contacts globally significantly reduces demand for contacts with KP5. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to review the operation as it weighs whether to allow periodic access to Desecheo for Amateur Radio operations.

November 2008

KP5 DXpedition - Feb. 12-26, 2009

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the team that February 12-26, 2009, will be the dates allocated for the radio operation. These dates are coordinated with other USFWS research activities scheduled on other parts of Desecheo Island as well as scheduling USFWS security personnel for the camp.

Fifteen operators will be allowed on the island at any given time. A total of 6-8 stations will be operational, including 160-6 meters.

A reconnaissance trip to Desecheo is scheduled for Friday, December 19. Three team members, USFWS personnel and an UXO (unexploded ordnance) expert will sweep and clear the assigned area of UXO and other hazards. There will be no radio operations.

The 15-man team will assemble in Puerto Rico on February 8, 2009, for mandatory UXO training. The next three days will include team operations training, and last minute preparation and staging of the several tons of equipment for transport. On February 12th, landing will commence and two stations will be immediately activated. Likewise, stations will continue to operate until the final moments before departure on February 26th.

Halfway through the operation, on February 19th, approximately half of the operating team will be replaced with fresh operators for the final week.

The team has been diligently planning antennas and propagation paths to take advantage of every possible band opening to Asia, where Desecheo is #2 on the Most Wanted List and to Europe, where it is #3 on the Most Wanted List.

Contributions are being solicited. To assist us and for the latest news, please go to the team’s website:

October 2008

USFWS's Caribbean National Wildlife Refuge Complex (CNWRC) has selected and announced a team of operators to activate Desecheo Island (KP5) sometime between January 15, 2009 and March 30, 2009. The Team will be co-led by Dr. Glenn Johnson, WØGJ and Bob Allphin, K4UEE.

Background: On June 30, 2008, the Caribbean National Wildlife Refuge office in Puerto Rico sent a letter to persons that had previously made inquiries about an Amateur Radio operation from Desecheo. They announced their decision to allow one group to activate the island and invited proposals that must adhere to strict guidelines and criteria. Applicant’s had 45 days to prepare and submit their proposals.

CNWRC received seven written proposals. A panel of three USFWS employees, from areas within the Service outside of the Caribbean refuge, spent September 24 & 25 reviewing and evaluating the proposals. The selection criteria used were those outlined in the proposal invitation letter. Points were awarded for how well criteria were addressed for thoroughness and documentation.

The proposal with the highest ranking was submitted by team leaders Dr. Glenn Johnson, WØGJ, and Bob Allphin, K4UEE.

Their plan involves a team of fifteen operators for a 14-day operation. USFWS has not announced the actual dates of the operation yet, but the DXpedition is expected to take place between January 15, 2009 and March 30, 2009. A Special Use Permit (SUP) will be issued as per USFWS regulations. We expect that the DXpedition team and DXers worldwide will have a minimum of 30 days notice.

A website is being planned and will be announced in the near future.

August 2008

There is a tentative agreement to facilitate access to the Desecheo Island National Wildlife Refuge by Amateur Radio operators in conjunction with future USFWS management activities in the refuge. The plan would allow Amateur Radio activation of Desecheo for up to 14 days under strict guidelines and close USFWS supervision.

USFWS expects to grant a Special Use Permit (SUP) for amateur radio operations to one group selected from among a large number of prior applicants. These applicants have recently been contacted by the agency and provided a number of stringent requirements that must be met. They were told that if they are still interested in operating from Desecheo they had 45 days to submit a proposal. The letter was dated June 30, 2008, with an August 14th deadline. The final selection will be made based upon which proposal best satisfies USFWS requirements. The timing of this operation is still uncertain but is likely to be in the September through December 2008 time frame. The actual dates of the operation are dependent on a number of variables, but the winning team and DXers should have a minimum of 30 days notice.

We are not sure, but we believe as many as a dozen proposals have been submitted. Apparently, the final selection will be made by a three person panel. Continue to remain patient as the selection process proceeds. DXers worldwide can look forward to the first USFWS-authorized activation of Desecheo Island in many years.

October 19, 2005

House Committee on Resources approves H.R. 1183 in a unanimous consent agreement. However, the bill fails to make it to the House floor prior to the end of the 109th Congress rendering the bill dead.

May 26, 2005

KP1-5 Project representatives testify before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife & Oceans during the Subcommittee's hearing concerning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's closure of wildlife refuges to public use.

April 8, 2005

KP1-5 Project representatives make a comprehensive presentation on the issues and facts on Capitol Hill.

March 9, 2005

H.R. 1183, introduced in the U.S. House, would require limited public access to the Desecheo and Navassa national wildlife refuges. H.R. 1183 in PDF Format.

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