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-120||MX0LDG||6 Oct 2015||14 Oct 2015|
|EU-125||OZ/DL4VM||26 Sep 2015||17 Oct 2015|
|EU-125||OZ/DL4VM||26 Sep 2015||17 Oct 2015|
|EU-128||DF8HS||24 Sep 2015||19 Oct 2015|
|NA-010||VE1DXA||1 Oct 2015||18 Oct 2015|
|NA-151||OX3LX||26 Sep 2015||9 Oct 2015|
|OC-014||E51MKW||29 Sep 2015||13 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
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
At this festive time the IOTA Committee would like to thank all who have supported the IOTA Programme in 2014, whether as resident islanders, DXpeditioners, chasers, or as a part of programme management and wishes them and their families the very best of Season’s Greetings and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2015.
G3KMA, 23 Dec 2014
|Time:||Callsign:||Frequency:||Comment:||Spotted by:||IOTA Ref:|
|2 mins. ago.||VP2MAC||21009.1||TNX QSO||ZS1OIN||NA-103|
|4 mins. ago.||VP2MAC||21009||UP 1||N4NQ||NA-103|
|4 mins. ago.||3B8/DJ7RJ||1825||PSE 160M||UN5J||AF-049|
|6 mins. ago.||3B9FR||14070||ONLY NA||IK7XLU||AF-017|
|8 mins. ago.||3B9FR||14070||PSK||N9AW||AF-017|
|9 mins. ago.||T2GC||7009||SPLIT 7010.25 5/5||EA1EUI||OC-015|
|10 mins. ago.||T2GC||7009||EA1EUI||OC-015|
|11 mins. ago.||T2GC||7010||NOTHING SUD ITALY||IZ7EVZ||OC-015|
|12 mins. ago.||EA8CDW||14320||DIPLOMA Y TROFEO EA8RKL||EC8ADS||AF-004|
|13 mins. ago.||VP2MAC||21009||GREAT SIG- UP 1||W0OGH||NA-103|
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