Since the first one in 1954, there have been 16 DXpeditions to Navassa Island that counted for DXCC, and three that didn’t.* Way back in 1928, a ham was stationed there as lighthouse keeper and operated for a time. Operation there was actually fairly routine, every few years, until the last one in 1993 left a 22 year gap before K1N this year.
I know that… now. Nobody’s going to mistake me for a DX historian.
After I uploaded HRN 205, the K1N talk on Navassa from the Hamvention, YouTube prompted me to look at the KC4DX video** (really a Super-8 film, transferred to DVD) from the 1972 DXpedition led by Chaz Cone W4GKF. Chas was in his 30’s then, and he’s in his 70’s now, but still very active (almost! went on the K1N operation… he’s the webmaster for the K1N site). He put the 1972 film on YouTube just last September.
So I dialed him up on Skype and we had this part-nostalgia, part ‘today’ conversation. My Navassa fever may break now that I’ve more fully investigated the history… and I’ve got to launch the TAPR DCC KICKSTARTER….
– Gary KN4AQ