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
EU-051IE9Y 2 Oct 2014 5 Oct 2014
EU-125OZ/DG5LAC 27 Sep 2014 3 Oct 2014
EU-128DF8HS 29 Sep 201424 Oct 2014
NA-003VP5/G3SWH 1 Oct 2014 9 Oct 2014
OC-188DX8DX 26 Sep 2014 3 Oct 2014
OC-213YB8OUN/P 27 Sep 2014 2 Oct 2014
OC-213YB8RW/P 27 Sep 2014 2 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

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 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

Unexpectedly we have a free 30 minute slot in the IOTA Forum lecture programme on the morning of the event Saturday. If you have an interesting illustrated IOTA DXpedition story to give us, please let me know on

G3KMA, 21 May 2014

Participants in the IOTA Programme who at times use a remote receiving or transmitting station should be aware of the amended rule in the new IOTA Directory relating to contacts that may be credited. In short, the remote site should be land-based, contained within a 500 metre (547 yard) radius circle, not located more than 100 kilometres (62 statute miles) from the operator’s location and should be nominated as being in use on the applicant’s personal profile on the IOTA database. The applicant and the remote site must both be located within the same DXCC entity. Use of more than one remote site or a network using multiple sites is not permitted for credit. Additional Note: In 2011 IOTA Management introduced a slightly different version of this rule. It has now amended it in two important respects. It has removed the restriction on the control system that required a radio link since most equipment now available on the market relies on an Internet link. It has also expanded the distance allowed from the operator’s location to the remote station from 50 kilometres to 100 kilometres. For the full text and accompanying reasoning, see IOTA Rules 2014 on

G3KMA, 18 May 2014

The new IOTA Directory, published this month, makes a number of changes to the Rules, to take effect immediately. These were mainly provisions that were out of date and no longer reflected IOTA as it is today. A note of the main changes can be seen at IOTA Rule Changes 2014 on

G3KMA, 18 May 2014


Latest IOTA DX Spots

Time:Callsign:Frequency:Comment:Spotted by:IOTA Ref:
1 mins. ago.T30D21026GREAR OP!ONE CALLBA4TBOC-017
5 mins. ago.C21GC10116EF5UKWOC-031
7 mins. ago.T30D18086CQ UPDM3VLOC-017
13 mins. ago.T30D10119TNXJH1RFMOC-017
15 mins. ago.T30D10119.2HEARD IN UTW3LPLOC-017
15 mins. ago.C21GC10116UP 1EI6IZOC-031
16 mins. ago.SV5/DL3DRN21015CQLI2HFAEU-001
16 mins. ago.F4HHL/P14070IOTA EU 048 ON PSK63IZ4EMXEU-048
17 mins. ago.BD3AEO/221260JUHUA ISLAND AS-151 TNX 73!OE3RPBAS-151
18 mins. ago.EA8/DL2MDU18106.1CQ ALONEON8ONAF-004

RSGB and the IOTA Committee cannot take any responsibility for the accuracy of data derived from the DX Cluster service.

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