KH6EB Activates Uninhabited Hawaiian Island 10 days Each Month
KH6EB is on Kaho`olawe Island for 10 days every month…
…operating from the base camp which supports the state’s efforts to restore the island. Eric and one assistant run the base camp, which is an old Navy facility. They maintain the buildings and vehicles, generate power, and ensure fresh water is made from seawater using reverse osmosis.
During his free time in the evenings and mornings, Eric operates using a KX3 with KPA-100 amp on 20 meters as soon as he gets his KIO hex beam antenna erected. You can contact Eric to set up a schedule, but he will generally be on the air from 0600 to 0700 Hawaii Standard Time (HST), 1700 to 1900 and 2000 to 2300 HST. The next time Eric will be on the island is from November 7th to the 16th, and after that December 12th to the 21st.
Kaho`olawe is a rare location because access to the island is restricted due to the presence of Unexploded Ordnance leftover from military training activities. All of the Hawaiian Islands use IOTA OC-19. Kaho`olawe Island is in Grid Square BL10, which is the same as the island of Maui. Kaho’olawe has no permanent residents so this is a great time to make that a contact. The U.S Islands Awards Program recognizes Kaho’olawe as number HI026S.
Special KH6EB QSLs celebrating this very rare island contact can be earned by QSOs with him on 14.265 SSB, PSK31 (14.070), and JT65 (14.076). Eric is currently only operating on 20 meters. All contacts can be confirmed via eQSL, LOTW, or direct.
Kahoʻolawe is located about seven miles southwest of Maui and southeast of Lanai. The island is 11 miles long and 6.0 miles wide, with a total land area of 44.97 square miles.
Kahoʻolawe has always been sparsely populated, due to its lack of fresh water. During World War II, Kahoʻolawe was used as a training ground and bombing range by the Armed Forces of the United States. After decades of protests, the U.S. Navy ended live-fire training exercises on Kahoolawe in 1990, and the whole island was transferred to the jurisdiction of the state of Hawaii in 1994. The Hawaii State Legislature established the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve to restore and oversee the island and its surrounding waters. Today Kaho`olawe can be used only for Native Hawaiian cultural, spiritual, and subsistence purposes.
Eric says he will do his best to accommodate those who want to make a Kaho`olawe contact. Eric can be reached via email at wh6eey (at) gmail (dot) com.