I was discussing the amateur service and the awards, grid square process and alike to another reserve officer who has a sailboat. During a short leave period we were discussing heading out further into the Hawaiian Chain and even to Midway/Kure Islands. He was moderately excited about the idea until I explained that the grid squares would be okay for 6 meter contacts but even though we're in the protected waters of an atoll, it would not count for DXCC unless we are on land. I laid out a map of Kwajalein and showed him that HUGE lagoon and explained that even if we were in the territorial waters of the RMI, in the lagoon, we still would not count for V73 DXCC credit. To quote a great movie line, "Why is that Captain Ron?" Is it so small time DXers don't stand a chance against teams with big sponsors? I doubt Kenwood would get a lot of mileage out of a DXpedition with a TS-660. Or is this a "because we can thing with the ARRL?" Since we're military, we're usually immune to dumb stuff but this one is a bit different. Yukwe Yuk Your thoughts please and yes I am an ARRL member!!