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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
EU-031IC8/IZ8XLP 18 Oct 201424 Oct 2014
EU-124GW3TTC/P 20 Oct 201423 Oct 2014
EU-128DF8HS 29 Sep 201424 Oct 2014
EU-146PH146EU 18 Oct 201425 Oct 2014
OC-018T33L 6 Oct 2014 1 Dec 2014
OC-157YF1AR/8 23 Oct 201427 Oct 2014
 

News

IOTA Management has decided that, given the unresolved political situation in Crimea, it has no course open to it except, for a period initially of one year, to freeze certain actions connected with Crimea that it would normally take in the routine management of the IOTA programme. This means that it will not accept or issue credit for EU-180 operations taking place after 17 March 2014 that use a non-Ukrainian callsign, or accede to any requests from programme participants for update of their records or changes of callsign and/or checkpoint that involve a change of DXCC entity. The Committee will review the situation after one year in the light of developments. IOTA Management regrets taking this action but it accords with practice adopted elsewhere.

G3KMA, 21 Oct 2014

Following the receipt of validation material several new IOTA group numbers have been confirmed with the result that credits can be given for the operations in brackets: AS-200 (several JA5 stations), AS-201 (TA0/DF8DX), EU-191 (YP0F), NA-247 (PJ7PK) and OC-294 (VK6ISL) . Most made well over the required 1,000 QSOs for a first-time operation. The pile-ups had to be heard to be believed.

G3KMA, 20 Oct 2014

Berkner Island, the sole qualifying island of AN-014, has been on the IOTA list since the very start of the IOTA Programme. It was regularly shown on maps as a large island, albeit covered with a layer of very thick ice, separating the Ronne Ice Shelf from the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. Some contacts were made by LU1ZX from the old General Belgrano III Base on the island more than 30 years ago – no more than a handful are credited on the IOTA database. The remote possibility of a second operation that might be mounted at huge expense has caused IOTA Management to review the retention of Berkner Island on the list. In recent years there have been authentic reports from the scientific community that Berkner Island is an ice-rise and that no part of the land-mass under it would be above water if there were no ice. This seems to have gathered credence with map-makers as the considered view of the scientific community. Faced with information that confirms that the ice-rise does not meet IOTA’s qualification rules as a valid island IOTA Management have taken the decision to withdraw AN-014 from the IOTA list with immediate effect before any further operation takes place. The few existing credits will be withdrawn no later than 1 January 2015.

G3KMA, 20 Oct 2014

The RSGB has announced that it is inviting the current IOTA Management team to establish a group, consisting of national and international participants from within the IOTA Community who have the motivation, skills and enthusiasm, to take the programme forward. The main focus will be on the development of online island credit submission (Paperless QSLing) as a new feature of the programme. The plan is then for this group to run IOTA in partnership with the RSGB. In the meantime no immediate policy, management or personnel changes are planned. The text of the announcement is on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org.

G3KMA, 27 Sep 2014

ELEVEN NEW IOTA GROUPS were announced at IOTA’s 50th Anniversary Convention, held in Windsor, England over the weekend 4 to 6 July 2014. Some result directly from the rule changes announced in the latest IOTA Directory published in May 2014. Others were put forward by IOTA participants. A list can be seen at http://www.g3kma.dsl.pipex.com. All new groups have provisional numbers. This means that they will need to be confirmed by an operation taking place after 5 July 2014 that meets the 1000 QSO and other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the number will credit for past operations be considered. These changes will be uploaded to the web-site when cards are in circulation, time permitting.

G3KMA, 11 Jul 2014

 

Latest IOTA DX Spots

Time:Callsign:Frequency:Comment:Spotted by:IOTA Ref:
0 mins. ago.ZD7FT28496TNX PITERS51NTAF-022
1 mins. ago.T23FF7092LE FFF-1523 START 25 NOV TO 1I5FLNOC-015
4 mins. ago.ZD8R18074TNX UP2JH1RFMAF-003
10 mins. ago.J79L7180 PY1SXNA-101
10 mins. ago.TO3X10120SRI NA-146 UP TKSCT1JOPNA-146
17 mins. ago.ZK3Q7125UP10 59+JA1NOJOC-048
19 mins. ago.ZD8R18074TNX QSOUA3RNAF-003
24 mins. ago.ZD8R18075.1TNX QSOUR5ABAF-003
28 mins. ago.ZK3Q7125PSE 20M SSBW3KXOC-048
30 mins. ago.ZK3Q712559 IN NM UP 10N5HCOC-048

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