US government shutdown puts K9W DXpedition on hold

| October 4, 2013

The long-anticipated K9W Wake Island DXpedition has been put on hold because of the US government shutdown. On their website, the organisers say that they will announce new dates for the DXpedition as soon as possible. The DXpedition was expected to be on air on October 7 and continue until October 18 and is dedicated to the civilian contractors who lost their lives on the island in World War II.

Another casualty of the US government shutdown is many aspects of the FCC’s work. Although cover for emergency situations is still in place, the shutdown has affected services like amateur radio licence renewals for US amateurs. The exam system is largely unaffected at the moment. The FCC website says that online systems will not be available until further notice. For details of the full extent of the shutdown, see the ARRL website at

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