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-129||DF0TM||27 Mar 2015||30 Mar 2015|
|NA-034||W0FK/4||15 Mar 2015||30 Mar 2015|
|NA-143||K5KUA/5||27 Mar 2015||30 Mar 2015|
|OC-237||YB3MM/P||27 Mar 2015||30 Mar 2015|
|OC-250||YB8RW/3||25 Mar 2015||30 Mar 2015|
|OC-252||YB4IR/7||25 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015|
|SA-024||PU2TYA||28 Mar 2015||30 Mar 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
It is with great sadness that I report the unexpected death on 20 February 2015 of Sandor "Alex" Gyorfi, HA7UW. Alex had been a conscientious IOTA checkpoint since October 2005 and during these ten years had shown himself to be a great supporter and friend of IOTA. He served the HA amateurs over a very long period as the chief of the QSL bureau, setting a gold standard that was impossible to exceed. Since retiring because of health problems, his family and amateur radio were his life. He was a real enthusiast. I am told that IOTA was his favourite of all – he liked award chasing not only for the QSOs but all the arrangements around it. Checking news, exchanging information, researching historical or geographical info and spreading it was a prime activity. It created a social circle around him that helped him to get through the difficult periods of increasing poor health. The IOTA Community expresses heart-felt thanks to our friend Alex. You will be missed, R.I.P. (Written with the help of Zoli HA1AG and Steve HA0DU)
G3KMA, 25 Feb 2015
|Time:||Callsign:||Frequency:||Comment:||Spotted by:||IOTA Ref:|
|2 mins. ago.||3B8CF||28029||TU FB SIGS, QRP 5W,73!||SM6NZA||AF-049|
|3 mins. ago.||KP2M||28526.4||USB||PC3M||NA-106|
|5 mins. ago.||KP2XX||28350||EA3GOP||NA-106|
|5 mins. ago.||8P6DR||28024||HEARD IN MD AND PA||W3LPL||NA-021|
|6 mins. ago.||8P2K||28295.3||RT3LA||NA-021|
|7 mins. ago.||PJ4DX||28580||TEST||9A2F||SA-006|
|7 mins. ago.||KP2XX||28350||N2FF||NA-106|
|10 mins. ago.||P40L||28335.3||N2FF||SA-036|
|12 mins. ago.||KP2DX||28486.2||EA3GOP||NA-106|
|12 mins. ago.||3B8CF||28029.1||HEARD IN MD||W3LPL||AF-049|
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