All the paperwork was in place, except for final travel orders that needed one last Pentagon signature, said Thompson, an electronics company owner from central Illinois who is a veteran of radio expeditions to other remote locales, including Midway Island and Swains Island in the Pacific Ocean.

“Due to the U.S. Government shutdown, the Wake Island K9W Forgotten 98’s Commemorative DXpedition is now on hold pending a revised schedule,” a notice posted on the group’s website says in a reference that includes its special call sign.

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