An amateur radio award programme, encouraging radio amateurs to contact the world's islands
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.
|EU-008||MM0KLR||26 Apr 2015||2 May 2015|
|NA-016||ZF2CI||26 Apr 2015||2 May 2015|
|NA-080||C6AGM||23 Apr 2015||27 Apr 2015|
|OC-021||YB1/PD1SA||18 Apr 2015||18 May 2015|
|OC-035||YJ0MT||21 Apr 2015||5 May 2015|
|OC-274||YB4IR/P||27 Apr 2015||30 Apr 2015|
At a time when we have just published the IOTA Honour Roll and Annual Listings it is appropriate to remind IOTA DXpeditioners that the Programme owes a lot to SWLs – Geoff Watts was after all an SWL – and that replying to SWL cards should be treated as a standard requirement after an operation. To progress in IOTA SWLs need your cards as well; please do not forget to reply to them.
G3KMA, 03 Apr 2015
The 2015 Honour Roll and Annual Listings have been posted on this website at http://www.rsgbiota.org/info/ and also on the IOTA Manager's website at http://www.g3kma.dsl.pipex.com. 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: http://www.k6vva.com/iotadinner.
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 http://www.dx-world.net/small-update-from-dx-world/.
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
|Time:||Callsign:||Frequency:||Comment:||Spotted by:||IOTA Ref:|
|3 mins. ago.||VP2V/N2IEN||7018.3||QSX 7019.90||NA2AA||NA-023|
|15 mins. ago.||VP2V/N2IEN||7018.3||TNX UP 1.62||KE8GX||NA-023|
|21 mins. ago.||VP2V/N2IEN||7018.3||K4WFM||NA-023|
|31 mins. ago.||VP2V/N2IEN||7018.3||UP1.TNX,PAT.73!||UA3CS||NA-023|
|32 mins. ago.||VP2V/N2IEN||7018.1||UP1 TKS QSO PAT 73'S VAL||YO6DDF||NA-023|
|37 mins. ago.||VP2V/N2IEN||7018.3||HEARD IN VA||W3LPL||NA-023|
|40 mins. ago.||J79WTA||21086||RTTY UP 1-2 CQN||JI1CPN||NA-101|
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