Midway and Kure Islands have been placed on the list of DXCC deleted entities, effective August 26, 2016. This came about as an unintended consequence of action last summer by then-President Barack Obama that expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to include the northwestern Hawaiian Islands west of Ni’ihau Island, making it the largest contiguous protected conservation area under the US flag.
Full article here: http://www.arrl.org/news/midway-and-kure-islands-are-now-deleted-dxcc-entities
With these two entities out of the picture I shortened the gap to my DXCC honor roll down to three without putting any HF on the air. 🙂
What will be the next one off this list? There is hope for another Peter One DX-Pedition and maybe San Felix and Mellish Reef are not impossible as well. Lets hope for the best and keep hunting!
There is a very nice video on the last Midway activation here: https://vimeo.com/121317590