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The Perseverance DX Group is on schedule for next year’s DX-pedition to Central Kiribati (Kanton Island). We are planning 15 days on the island during October, 2017.
Joining the team is Chris Tate, N6WM. Team members previously named are:
Arnie N6HC, Kevin K6TD, Heye DJ9RR, Pista HA5AO, Laci HA0NAR, Gene K5GS, Les W2LK, Glenn KE4KY, Mike WA6O, Ricardo PY2PT and Steve W1SRD.
The expedition yacht Evohe from Dunedin, New Zealand will meet the team in Apia, Samoa for the estimated 4 day sail to Kanton Island. The landing permit application is currently being reviewed by the authorities.
T31 is #18 most wanted on Clublog. However, the need in EU is significant for all modes. Getting a team to T31 requires a safe boat and qualified skipper / crew, this DX-pedition will not be inexpensive. The team is committed to paying 50% of the cost and we look to the DX community to help with the remaining 50%. The Donate function on T31W.com is now available for your use.
Please direct questions to Gene K5GS or Pista HA5AO at their QRZ.com address.
Kanton Island was discovered on August 5, 1824 by two London whaling ships: the Phoenix, Capt. John Palmer; and the Mary, Capt. Edward Reed. The atoll was initially named “Mary Ballcout’s Island” after the shipowner’s wife. Kanton got its permanent name from the New Bedford whaler Canton, which ran aground on the atoll on March 4, 1854, while under the command of Capt. Andrew Wing. The crew managed to escape on whaleboats and after an open-water voyage of 49 days, reached Tinian Island in the Marianas, without the loss of a man. Three of the survivors, including Capt. Wing and Thomas E. Braley settled in Acushnet, Mass