An amateur radio award programme, encouraging radio amateurs to contact the world's islands
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Archipelago Level - GBP 250-499
Island Level - GBP 100-249
Atoll Level - GBP 10-99
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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.
|AS-004||ZC4SB||11 Jan 2017||25 Jan 2017|
|NA-092||N5A||18 Jan 2017||30 Jan 2017|
As the year ended the appeal approached the GBP 20,500 mark, still some way short of the target GBP 25,000 needed to bring the new IT project to fruition. As has been said several times, please consider joining our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA. You can make a payment through PayPal to email@example.com but make sure to add in the comments field "Friends of IOTA" and your callsign to identify you. The end-December update can be found here, and includes the complete list of those who have reached the various levels of support.
G3KMA, 02 Jan 2017
This message is for you if you are one of the many chasers who keep an IOTA score in a “pending application” on the IOTA database and have never made a submission. The Board of IOTA Ltd has decided that it is not in the best interest of the IOTA Programme to continue with a situation where people in this category exceed by a wide margin the number of participants shown in the annual Honour Roll and Annual Listing. This misrepresents the scale of interest in IOTA within the community and skews key statistics, particularly the Most Wanted List, to a point where it may deter island operations. With the recent introduction of an additional option of paperless QSLing with QSO matches, the number of new registrations on the IOTA website has grown significantly, but less than 10% of them have led to a submission. Depending on how this percentage changes by the 31 January deadline for the Honour Roll/Annual Listing, the Board is seriously considering introducing an annual charge for continued access to a pending record. This would apply both to new and existing registrants who have never joined the IOTA membership but have recorded a pending score of more than 100 IOTAs valid for the basic award. The Board regrets having to do this but, given the cost of rewriting the IOTA software to incorporate QSO matching and other developments, the present imbalance where non-members making no financial contribution exceed by a wide margin members who pay fees needs to change. A final decision will be taken after the annual update but, unless there is an improvement, an annual levy looks likely.
G3KMA, 30 Dec 2016
IOTA enthusiasts are reminded that the last date for mailing applications or updates to checkpoints for inclusion in the 2017 Honour Roll and other performance tables is 31 January 2017. 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 2012 annual listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2017.
G3KMA, 20 Dec 2016
Although increases in charges are never welcome, we have come to the conclusion that we have no alternative but to revise some of them upwards to cover increased costs that we are having to meet, following recent significant currency exchange variations in the financial markets.We are faced also with a continuing small shortfall in the Friends of IOTA Appeal funds to meet the cost of the IT project to rewrite the programme software. This project will revolutionise the way that IOTA credits can be obtained by allowing QSO matches from your log with islanders’ logs on Club Log. This must provide huge financial savings for award chasers. The more than 50% increase in applications since the introduction of a degree of this on the existing IT system has made us confident that by taking on this major development we are meeting the wishes of a large section of the IOTA community. Finally, any newly formed company needs working capital and we have very little of this at the moment.
Participants who have been waiting for the 1000 Islands Trophy will be pleased to know that from January onwards we will be in a position to supply as we have identified a source and placed a major order. The list of charges applying from 1 January 2017 can be seen here.
G3KMA, 13 Dec 2016
The October News Item needs little alteration except to say that the appeal has now reached GBP £19,360. We have to thank 206 contributors in 38 countries for their generosity. We are still short of meeting our initial target of £25,000 specifically for the IT project.
Please consider joining our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA. You can make a payment through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org but make sure to add in the comments field "Friends of IOTA" and your callsign to identify you. The November update can be found here, and includes the complete list of those who have reached the various levels of support.
G3KMA, 01 Dec 2016
The following activations have provided sufficient documentation and have been accepted for contest QSOs: BH3PTL (AS-134), BG2RHE (AS-158) You need to upload your log file once more in order to claim QSO matches for these activations.
PA3EXX, 07 Nov 2016
The following activations have provided sufficient documentation and have been accepted for contest QSOs: BG5BWZ( AS-141), BD4KA (AS-146), VA2NDX (NA-128), ZY8D (SA-072) You need to upload your log file once more in order to claim QSO matches for these activations.
PA3EXX, 06 Nov 2016
Some users have experienced issues with their contest QSOs being rejected. This has been fixed now and users are invited to upload their logs one more time.
PA3EXX, 02 Nov 2016
The 2016 IOTA Contest data has now been uploaded to the IOTA database and is available for QSO matching. This is even earlier than last year which itself was earlier than in previous years. We should thank all concerned on the RSGB Contest Committee. Logs of 12 operations out of 718 which participated have been excluded from being uploaded as the IOTA Validation Team (VT) is awaiting documentation. It should be noted that if an operation is asked by VT (not the same as the RSGB Contest Committee) for validation and this is not sent in good time, QSO matching will not be allowed and a warning that the operation will not be accepted for IOTA will be posted on the database for applicants to note. In certain circumstances this could affect contest results.
G3KMA, 30 Oct 2016
The appeal has now reached GBP £17,360 on its way to our initial target of GBP £25,000 needed to bring to fruition the paperless QSLing project – see previous IOTA News items. We have to thank 182 contributors in 36 countries for their generosity. It is just a matter now of one more push to reach the target. We reported last month that enhancements to the existing IT in July have seen two thirds of new applicants using the Club Log paperless QSLing option for all or most credits claimed and well over half of all submissions are using it to some degree. Overall some 36% of all credits claimed since early July are QSO matches and the team say that over 30,000 QSO matches are pending submission. This continues to make huge savings for applicants which will grow rapidly as we expand the list of activations in the paperless QSLing pool and bring online the complete IOTA rewrite late next Spring.
We invite IOTA enthusiasts wherever located to join our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA. You can make a payment through PayPal to email@example.com but make sure to add in the comments field "Friends of IOTA" and your callsign to identify you.
The complete update can be found here, and includes the complete list of those who have reached the various levels of support.
G3KMA, 23 Oct 2016
|Time:||Callsign:||Frequency:||Comment:||Spotted by:||IOTA Ref:|
|4 mins. ago.||J69Z||7173||5/9 IN CCS 73S||YV5CMJ||NA-108|
|4 mins. ago.||P4/S50N||7029.8||K2TTT||SA-036|
|4 mins. ago.||J69Z||7173||57INTO NIAGARA FALLS, ERNEST||VA3KGS||NA-108|
|6 mins. ago.||VP2VAW||3518||BAD RCVR??||MM0LID||NA-023|
|7 mins. ago.||J69Z||7173||K9GWH||NA-108|
|7 mins. ago.||J69Z||7173||TNX ERNEST 73 FROM NEW YORK||N6PAT||NA-108|
|10 mins. ago.||VP2VAW||3518||HEARD IN NC||W3LPL||NA-023|
|11 mins. ago.||J69Z||7173||TNX QSO||PY4NY||NA-108|
|11 mins. ago.||J69Z||7173||W||TI4VAA||NA-108|
|12 mins. ago.||J69Z||7173||N6QQ||NA-108|
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