RSGB Islands on the Air

An amateur radio award programme, encouraging radio amateurs to contact the world's islands

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Today's activations

The following activations have been notified to us, or to services such as 425 DX News, as being expected to be active now. For more details, click on the activation's callsign, or click on a reference number for more information about the island group.

Ref. No.Callsign:FromTo
AS-201TA0/DJ4EL 29 Mar 201512 Apr 2015
OC-011V6Z 27 Mar 2015 9 Apr 2015
OC-220VK5CE/P 29 Mar 2015 2 Apr 2015


The 2015 Honour Roll and Annual Listings have been posted on this website at and also on the IOTA Manager's website at It is noticeable how scores are now beginning to bunch, closing in on the top position at 1110 groups. 168 record-holders have scores over 1000 and 484 over 750 which is the number required for the IOTA Plaque. Congratulations to all who have joined the IOTA family or updated in the last year.

G3KMA, 25 Mar 2015

Official registration for the 20th Anniversary IOTA Dinner at Visalia has started. Those of you wishing to attend need to fill out a short registration form and then make payment either by PayPal or via snail mail. PayPal is preferred. The deadline for registration and payment is 31 March 2015. The website URL is:

G3KMA, 19 Mar 2015

The Publishers of DX-World will again take a stand at Friedrichshafen in June. This year, continuing their pursuit of financial support for IOTA DXpeditions they are planning to auction some items received from team members of various island DXpeditions over the last few months. A number of attractive items have already been promised, including signed flags from some of the rarest islands recently activated and various items of memorabilia contributed by IOTA Management. The plan is still at an early stage and the team looks to readers to help them with ideas (or even products you may wish to donate) to generate that extra revenue for future IOTA DXpeditions. Please get in touch with the DX-World Team if you have something unique, quirky or funny you would be willing to donate for auction for this very worthwhile cause. Full details are at

G3KMA, 19 Mar 2015

Yes, a 30th anniversary. On 15 March 1985 Gill and I travelled to Norwich to take delivery from Geoff Watts, BRS-3129 of the IOTA records following his decision to pass responsibility for the programme to the Radio Society of Great Britain. Geoff launched the programme in November 1964 and the Society celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. In those 30 years IOTA has developed into one of the most popular activity programmes on the air and developments planned will further increase its appeal. Thanks are due to the many island Activators, DXpeditioners, Chasers, Checkpoints, Sponsors including the Island Radio Expedition Foundation (IREF) and the Management Team and also the DX information publishers and clubs who have given it their continuing support. Roll on the next 30 years!

G3KMA, 15 Mar 2015

It is with great sadness that I report the unexpected death on 20 February 2015 of Sandor "Alex" Gyorfi, HA7UW. Alex had been a conscientious IOTA checkpoint since October 2005 and during these ten years had shown himself to be a great supporter and friend of IOTA. He served the HA amateurs over a very long period as the chief of the QSL bureau, setting a gold standard that was impossible to exceed. Since retiring because of health problems, his family and amateur radio were his life. He was a real enthusiast. I am told that IOTA was his favourite of all – he liked award chasing not only for the QSOs but all the arrangements around it. Checking news, exchanging information, researching historical or geographical info and spreading it was a prime activity. It created a social circle around him that helped him to get through the difficult periods of increasing poor health. The IOTA Community expresses heart-felt thanks to our friend Alex. You will be missed, R.I.P. (Written with the help of Zoli HA1AG and Steve HA0DU)

G3KMA, 25 Feb 2015


Latest IOTA DX Spots

Time:Callsign:Frequency:Comment:Spotted by:IOTA Ref:
0 mins. ago.VK5CE/P14272IOTA OC 220PC2DOC-220
2 mins. ago.C21EU14082QRX QRX 30 MINS52DDOC-031
6 mins. ago.C21EU14082OC-031IZ7GITOC-031
7 mins. ago.J69Z/M28464.9 SV2CXWNA-108
8 mins. ago.ZF2AH24899.1 EA2DTNA-016
9 mins. ago.J69Z/M2846573SV3ICLNA-108
11 mins. ago.J69Z/M28464.9 9A7JCYNA-108
11 mins. ago.3B8CF10103UP1 TKSRA6BXAF-049
11 mins. ago.ZF2AH24899.1HEARD IN WI AND MAW3LPLNA-016
11 mins. ago.C21EU14081.92,050 UPIC8SQSOC-031

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