An amateur radio award programme, encouraging radio amateurs to contact the world's islands
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At this festive time IOTA Management would like to thank all who have supported the IOTA Programme in 2015, whether as resident islanders, DXpeditioners or chasers, and wishes them and their families the very best of Season’s Greetings and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2016.
G3KMA, 19 Dec 2015
IOTA enthusiasts are reminded that the last date for mailing applications or updates to checkpoints for inclusion in the 2016 Honour Roll and other performance tables is 31 January 2016. If postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way but the scores will be held over to the following year's listing. It is important that participants who have not updated since the 2011 annual listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2016.
G3KMA, 19 Dec 2015
Record-holders who have made IOTA contacts in an IOTA contest after 2003, can claim credit for them without submitting QSLs, provided that the contact details match, either by manually entering the QSO information on the input form or by uploading a Cabrillo format log. The 2015 IOTA Contest data has now been uploaded to the IOTA database and is available for QSO matching. This is significantly earlier than in previous years and we should thank all on the IT side involved.
G3KMA, 09 Nov 2015
I am delighted with the news announced by the RSGB about the future of IOTA – that, following the initial statement of intent last year, terms of agreement have been fleshed out for the programme to be run by a new body in partnership with the RSGB. This new body will take the form, we hope, of a Foundation Charitable Incorporated Organisation, with the name Islands on the Air Foundation (IOTAF). It will be a separate legal body. I have to thank the RSGB Board for acknowledging that the future sustainability of IOTA is of paramount importance to thousands of amateurs worldwide and that this must be the overriding consideration. Why the change? IOTA has risen from a niche programme to one that is mainstream and second only to DXCC as the international driver of activity on our bands. Increasingly, serious IOTA-watchers saw that the programme needed to be allowed to spread its wings, particularly to have control of its finances and to draw on the pool of overseas helpers in its management. The decision now to embark on the paperless QSLing project, a significant project with many challenges, provided the necessary stimulus for bringing in the change and for making it in a timely way. On Sunday morning at the RSGB Convention, Johan, PA3EXX, our IOTA IT Project Leader, gave a progress report on the project. He explained that the initial technical design papers have been written and that implementation work will start shortly. We envisage a launch in Spring 2017 after the annual update exercise although we will try to make it sooner. Looking back I should like to thank all who through many years helped IOTA to grow, and the RSGB Board for trusting us with this significant change. From the Foundation’s side, we look forward to a harmonious and successful partnership with the Society in taking the programme forward.
G3KMA, 12 Oct 2015
The following was published on the RSGB website on 10 October 2015: "The RSGB Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme celebrated its 50th anniversary as a premier DX programme in July 2014. The last fifty years have seen the programme grow to 2,500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants. It is perhaps second in scale and scope to the DXCC award; indeed, many would argue it is even more challenging than that programme. Last year the Board identified a number of challenges that the programme faced, not least of which was the need to provide an IT system that would allow online island credit submission akin to Logbook of the World (LoTW). Since that time, a small group of IOTA enthusiasts has been working with the Society to ensure that the IOTA programme continues to grow and play the prominent role that it has done in Amateur Radio DXing and contest activity for the last fifty years. That work has now come to fruition and we are pleased to announce that a new organisation will be formed, to be called the IOTA Foundation. It will be run by IOTA enthusiasts and will manage the IOTA programme in partnership with the Society. One major task for the new organisation will be to develop a new online credit system that is due to be completed in 2017. Roger Balister, G3KMA, Bob Barden, MD0CCE, Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC and Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX, are the team who will implement the IT changes and form the IOTA Foundation, with representation from radio amateurs at home and abroad." See following news item.
G3KMA, 12 Oct 2015
At 04:48 UTC on Sunday morning 27 September, an automatic bot gained access to the IOTA website database and was able to exploit a bug in the IOTA code in order to reset the password for every user on the site. This is why you might not have been able to log into the site. There is no sign in the system logs that any data was read or that personal data was compromised. Once the IT team was aware of the issue, they immediately took the database offline for analysis and corrected the bug. User passwords are stored in a hashed format in the database, not in plain text. In accordance with best practice, however, we'd like to encourage all users of the IOTA website to change their passwords. Additionally, if you have used your IOTA password on other websites, you should change the passwords on those other sites also. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
G3KMA, 28 Sep 2015
This year’s IOTA Contest takes place from 12:00 UTC Saturday 25th July to 12:00 UTC Sunday 26th July 2015. This is the opportunity to work many new IOTA groups – several hundred are normally active. A full list of scheduled operations is given on NG3K's web page at www.ng3k.com/Misc/iota2015.html . Contest rules are at www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2015/riota.shtml . If you are thinking of activating an IOTA, why not take some 6m equipment with you? Either side of the contest you may be surprised at what you can work, particularly if Sp-E propagation is favourable. Increasing numbers of chasers are looking for IOTA contacts on 6m for the VHF award.
G3KMA, 15 Jul 2015
RSGB IOTA Management is pleased to announce the appointment with effect from 9 May 2015 of two new checkpoints to cover the central East European countries previously covered by Alex HA7UW (SK). George Szabadkay, HA5WA has agreed to take on checkpoint duties for Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia. His email is email@example.com. Augustyn Wawrzynek, SP6BOW has agreed to accept a similar task for Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Their mailing addresses are OK in QRZ.com. We welcome George and Augustyn to the team and look forward to an increase in IOTA awareness in their areas. IOTA Participants in these countries, please note your new checkpoint.
G3KMA, 09 May 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
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|3 mins. ago.||A91WRD||28440||WORLD RADIO DAY||A93LT||AS-002|
|4 mins. ago.||FM/SP5ES||24905||WEAK||SP5PB||NA-107|
|5 mins. ago.||A91WRD||21260||DX||TA7AMF||AS-002|
|10 mins. ago.||EA8OM||28012.1||TNX HEIJO CHEERS LES||G0JEI||AF-004|
|18 mins. ago.||A91WRD||21260||TNX QSO||UA6CG||AS-002|
|21 mins. ago.||A91WRD||21260||PB1HF||AS-002|
|24 mins. ago.||FM/SP5ES||18072.1||YO8ST||NA-107|
|33 mins. ago.||FM/SP5ES||18072.1||SP7SQM||NA-107|
|34 mins. ago.||9H4W||24963||EA4TD||EU-023|
|37 mins. ago.||A91WRD||21260||TNX QSO||LZ1OI||AS-002|
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