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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.
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Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd has just completed a very successful first year and has decided that this needs to be commemorated with a special offer to the IOTA Community. For one year it offers an enhanced opportunity to everyone who has put in the long time commitment and reached the 750 IOTA benchmark to purchase the beautiful 750 Islands Plaque of Excellence at the specially reduced price of GBP 90 (UK recipient), GBP 100 (EU) and GBP 110 (Rest of World). These prices include shipping and apply for purchases of the Plaque made between 1 January and 31 December 2017.
G3KMA, 16 Mar 2017
The 2017 Honour Roll and Annual Listings have been posted on this website at http://www.rsgbiota.org/info/. Together the two main listings show growth of 8.4% over the same listings in 2016. 207 record-holders have scores of 1000 or more IOTA groups, an increase of 11.3%, and 552 have scores of at least 750 groups, the number required for the IOTA Plaque, up by 6.4%. Scores at the top continue to close with 35 record-holders breaking through the 1100 mark. Congratulations to joint leaders 9A2AA, I2YDX and I8ACB on 1118 groups out of a possible 1123 and indeed to all who have joined the IOTA family or updated in the last year.
G3KMA, 01 Mar 2017
After a long gap we are now in a position to offer the 1000 Islands Trophy to those who qualify. A delivery of this prestige product which is of the same design as previously is now expected to arrive in the UK on 30 January. It may take a day or so for them to get through customs but they should be at our agent’s later that week where they will be engraved. We are hopeful that they will be on their way to recipients by mid-February. A number of orders have been received and we expect a lot more given the long wait. If you are interested, please submit your request to your checkpoint in the normal way. We prefer that payment be made by PayPal direct to email@example.com but make sure to add in the comments field "IOTA 1000 Islands Trophy" and your callsign to identify you.
G3KMA, 24 Jan 2017
Congratulations to Rug DJ3XG on his commemorating reaching 1000 Islands in just the way that such events need to be celebrated – see here.
Rug says: "My present for my IOTA friends on the occasion of 1000 islands."
G3KMA, 23 Jan 2017
A final reminder 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. Chasers with a pending score of more than 100 IOTAs valid for the basic award who have never submitted an application should consider entering the programme now. The IOTA Board has before it a proposal to withdraw chasers’ access to records that are being used for essentially private benefit without any apparent intention to enter the programme.
G3KMA, 19 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
|Time:||Callsign:||Frequency:||Comment:||Spotted by:||IOTA Ref:|
|17 mins. ago.||A35JP/P||14025||UP 1 OC-123||JA9AVU||OC-123|
|53 mins. ago.||9H3HI||14014||DL4VAP||EU-023|
|55 mins. ago.||8P6BE||7010.2||ZL2IFB||NA-021|
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