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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
OC-157YB8RW/8 22 Dec 201427 Dec 2014
SA-099HK4RB 21 Dec 201428 Dec 2014
SA-099PJ2/HK4CM 21 Dec 201428 Dec 2014
SA-099PJ2/HK4RB 21 Dec 201428 Dec 2014
 

News

The IOTA Committee have been made aware that Dino Island no longer meets the requirements laid down for qualification for IOTA and have decided that it should be withdrawn from EU-144 with effect from 1 January 2015. The distance separating the island from the mainland has reduced as the beach area gradually encroached into the channel and is now significantly less than the required 200 metres. Credit will continue to be given for contacts with Dino made before 1 January 2015. The Committee has agreed to regard the following additional islets as counting for EU-144: Isca Maggiore, Isca Minore, Furmiculi Rocks, Godano and Mantineo - see the Italian Islands Award (IIA) list at http://www.ari.it for the exact locations.

G3KMA, 30 Nov 2014

With reference to the website notice of 27 September 2014 (see http://www.rsgbiota.org/info/news.php), the IT Team to take IOTA project development forward has now been appointed. It consists of Johan PA3EXX (Team Leader), Jim G3VDB, Vincent F4BKV, Bob MD0CCE on the technical side with Cezar VE3LYC and Roger G3KMA representing the users. As mentioned, the main focus will be on the development of online island credit submission (Paperless QSLing) as a new feature of the programme. The team have already started work with the aim of submitting the initial Project Proposal by the Spring.

G3KMA, 22 Nov 2014

IOTA Management has received a number of complaints that QSL card requests sent to Kadek, YB9BU in accordance with his QSLing instructions on QRZ.com have not received a reply and similarly that email enquiries are not being answered. Emails from the IOTA Manager and mutual friends have also gone unanswered. In the circumstances it can only be assumed that there is an interruption in the QSL manager service for all the many operations for which YB9BU acts as QSL manager and people would be well advised not to send further cards. We would also advise YB island operators for whom YB9BU acts or normally acts as manager to make other arrangements to ensure satisfactory QSLing. Acceptance by IOTA Management of further IOTA operations by YB9BU must be regarded as on hold until and unless the matter is resolved.

G3KMA, 11 Nov 2014

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

 

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