News / Updates

29 October 2014


From The KP1-5 project
RE: Navassa Island (KP1) Operation
We are pleased to announce that the new Navassa 2015 DXpedition website is up and running.  It can be found at

Also, it is official...our call sign will be K1N.

Team members are: AA7JV, KIR, K4UEE, K5AC, K9CT, KT4TTT, N2OO, N2TU, N4GRN, N6MZ, NA5U, NM1Y, WGJ, W6IZT, WB9Z.

We will update the website often as more information becomes available.  We are working closely with the USFWS and are pleased with their "can do" attitude.  We should have specific dates shortly, but the team has cleared their schedules to be available for the two week operation starting in late January 2015.

Fundraising has begun.  If able, we encourage you to financially support the project.


for the DXpedition team
Bob K4UEE, Glenn WGJ, Mike NA5U

22 October 2014


From The KP1-5 project
RE: Navassa Island (KP1) Operation
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.

The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days.  The exact dates in January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the challenge.  The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.

January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month.  However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat.  For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the Island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned.  Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation.  Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this #1 ranked DXCC entity.

In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm up, we will issue periodic press releases.  Check our webpage, the KP1-5 Project for more details of the operation and how you may financially support this DXpedition.

The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs.  We are hopeful the DX community will fund the remainder.

for The KP1-5 Project,

Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President
Glenn Johnson, WGJ, Vice-president
Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary

29 August 2014


From The KP1-5 project
RE: Navassa Island (KP1) Operation
KP1 Navassa Island

The KP1-5 Project is pleased to announce that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to allow an amateur radio operation from Navassa National Wildlife Refuge (KP1). The operation will occur within the next 18 months and will be coordinated with the USFWS work flow.

Over the past year, the KP1-5 Project has had numerous meetings with various levels of USFWS management. Throughout our discussions, their personnel have been courteous, professional and cooperative. We have been treated with sincere interest and respect and believe that amateur radio operators may now be viewed as partners and not adversaries.

As with the Desecheo operation in 2009, and in order to be transparent and fair, the USFWS has requested proposals for the amateur radio operation from those individuals and groups that have already applied for a Special Use Permit in the past. The KP1-5 Project will be submitting a proposal and hoping to be selected as they were for the very successful Desecheo (K5D) operation.

We wish to thank the USFWS for their decision to allow this operation. Navassa Island is ranked #2 most-needed DXCC entity by The DX Magazine and #1 by ClubLog.

Please visit our website for up to date information.


The KP1-5 Project
Bob Allphin, K4UEE, Presiden
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice-President
Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary
Jim Bass, K5KQI, Treasurer

May 8, 2014

APPEAL Response from USFWS to KP1-5 Project

April 10, 2014

If you had told us after our very successful DXpedition to Desecheo Island (K5D) that five years would pass and we would not have operated from Navassa Island, we would not have believed you.  The excitement on our part and on the part our partners in the US Fish and Wildlife Service was high and they were as optimistic as we.  That was the spring of 2009.

But time has passed, people have been transferred, retired or otherwise moved on and we found ourselves without allies.  Today, we have begun establishing new relationships that we hope will lead to not only an amateur radio operation from Navassa, but a partnership with the Service assisting them in the wildlife restoration work that needs to begin on Navassa.

We have had two meetings this spring and in both cases we were treated with a high level of interest and respect.  Our hosts at USFWS have been most attentive and cordial.  Our proposals have been logical and well- thought-out and mutually beneficial to USFWS and the worldwide community of DXers.  They are considering those proposals now and we are optimistic.

This is not the time to become discouraged or angry.  It is a time to be careful and cautious.  For those of you who have volunteered to contact their representatives in Congress or otherwise "stir the pot", please do not do so at this time.  It would not be appropriate or helpful right now.

Thanks for your patience; we promise to keep you informed.


Bob Allphin, K4UEE

Glenn Johnson,WGJ
Vice President

Mike Thomas, NA5U

Jim Bass, K5KQI

January 2011 - April 9, 2014

The KP1-5 Project has turned its attention and efforts toward Navassa.  The logistics and security requirements dictated by the location of Navassa make this a complicated operation.  We are continuing to work with our contacts within USFWS and are optimistic that a mutually beneficial solution can be agreed upon and that a partnership between USFWS and The KP1-5 Project will eventually lead to another USFWS-authorized amateur radio operation from Navassa Island.

December 2010

New officers elected for the KP1-5 Project:

    President: Bob Allphin K4UEE
    Vice-President: Dr. Glenn Johnson WGJ
    Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Thomas NA5U
    Coordinator, Wildlife Refuge Week Ham Radio Operations: Brad Farrell K4RT

January 10, 2010

Desecheo logs uploaded to ARRL Log Book of the World (LoTW).

December 2009

All Desecheo QSLs are in the hands of requesters though requests contine to trickle in.

September 2009

Desecheo DVD released.

June 2009

The Desecheo DXpedition K5D QSLs requested via OQRS and Direct began going out thanks to the great job by SJDXA headed by Bob N2OO.

May 2009

The KP1-5 Projects 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 teams 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, WGJ 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. Applicants 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, WGJ, 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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