The Enewetak-Atoll is located at 11° 30'N and 162° 20'E in the northwestern
area of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. 40 small and sandy, only 6m
high these islands make up a circle with a circumference of 80km around a lagoon
with a diameter of 37km. Together with Bikini, Kwajalein and Rongelap Enewetak
belongs to the Ralik chain, also known as the Sunset Islands.
In the 1944 US army captured this atoll from Japan, moved the inhabitants to
Ujelang Island and built a naval base there. From 1948 to 1956 they made some
nuclear tests there (like on Bikini) and in 1980 the inhabitants were allowed to
return to their island after it has been "decontaminated".
The Marshall Islands became independent in 1986. Their official language is
English besides the Micronesian tongues spoken also.
Amateur radio: prefix V7, DXCC: Marshall Islands (rank 73 on Germany's Most
Wanted), IOTA: OC-087, UTC +12h, WAZ zone 31, ITU zone 65. <DX-NL 1239 - April 9, 2001>