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-011M0PWL/P 27 Aug 201613 Sep 2016
EU-024IS0/IZ0KRC 24 Aug 2016 6 Sep 2016
NA-038VE2DVG 21 Aug 2016 2 Sep 2016
NA-159KD6WW/VY0 27 Aug 201629 Aug 2016
NA-196K9AJ/VY0 29 Aug 201630 Aug 2016
NA-196KD6WW/VY0 29 Aug 201630 Aug 2016
 

News

The appeal launched to help fund the introduction into IOTA of paperless QSLing (IOTA News 20 June 2016 and update 11 July 2016) has so far brought in GBP £11,266. This amounts to approximately 45% of our initial target of GBP £25,000. We are hugely grateful to the 86 contributors in 22 countries who so far have contributed.

The fact remains that until we reach our target we will need to call on a commercial loan. We believe that the IOTA Community is more than ready to help us to make this unnecessary and build a position financially where we can promote IOTA in ways that we have not previously been able to fund. We are still a long way short, so we invite IOTA enthusiasts to join our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA. You can make a payment through PayPal either to "Islands on the Air (IOTA)" or to the email address islandsontheair@outlook.com but make sure to add in the comments field "Friends of IOTA" and your callsign to identify you.

The full appeal details here include an updated list of those who have reached the various levels of support.

G3KMA, 19 Aug 2016

The appeal (IOTA News 20 June 2016) has progressed well, reaching GBP £7,000, an amount that takes us a quarter of the way towards our initial target of GBP £25,000. In the process we have enrolled some 41 Friends of IOTA at the various levels of support. Once we reach our target we will not need to call on a promised commercial loan to fund IOTA’s new IT system and anything above that figure will go towards promotion of IOTA in ways that we have not previously been able to fund.

Those close to IOTA will have noticed that we have in the last 10 days introduced on our existing IT system the first stage of acceptance of electronic confirmation of contacts by QSO matching of logs, something that the IOTA community has been requesting for some time. A fuller note on this appears in a concurrent News Item. It is a start.

We are still a long way short of our financial target, so we invite IOTA enthusiasts who wish to join our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA to check the entry details here. A list of those who have reached the various levels of support has been included in the note. Become a Friend of IOTA and help us take IOTA forward. If you are already one, consider progressing to a higher support level by increasing your donation!

G3KMA, 11 Jul 2016

One of the first actions of Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd., the new managers of the programme, has been to expand the application routes on IOTA’s existing software system to include Club Log QSO Matches. This is intended as the first step to the introduction of a much broader system of Paperless QSLing that is scheduled to be launched in the late Spring of 2017. Only a relatively small number of IOTA operations have been added at this time, mainly ones from islands which satisfy the criterion of one DXCC entity equals just one IOTA. This action was intended to provide a test run on how Club Log QSO matching would work in due course on the new IT system. Even so, modest as this approach is, more than 10,000 QSO matches were obtained in the first week, and the first IOTA 100 Island applications have been received using this option exclusively. As with all new IT enhancements there were a number of bugs and queries raised which have now been resolved. Finally, to make use of this additional feature, sign in to the IOTA website and go to https://www.rsgbiota.org/mycredits/ and click on Club Log QSO Matches. Bear in mind, this is not the full-blown system envisaged for introduction next year. We will expand the list of accepted operations over the coming weeks and months but, much as we would like to do more, it will be mainly in the area of recent operations from the rarer IOTA groups and, of course, ones that have uploaded logs to Club Log and indicated that they do not wish to delay or block IOTA QSO matching.

G3KMA, 10 Jul 2016

As part of the arrangements for the newly introduced IOTA electronic QSLing, activators are being given full control over whether or not their logs are listed as available for QSO matching. They have the opportunity at the time of uploading their activation log to Club Log to agree to immediate QSO matching or to delay it for a period of time of their choosing. Delaying QSO matching can be done in two ways:

(1) If you have registered on the IOTA website at http://www.rsgbiota.org, log in, go to ‘More…’ and choose ‘Delay QSO Matching’ and fill in the information requested, or

(2) If you have not registered on the IOTA website, send an email to iota_ltd@aol.com and our team will take care of it on your behalf, after first making necessary authenticity checks.

If activators already have logs uploaded to Club Log and do not wish to allow immediate QSO matching, they should take the above action promptly.

IOTA Team, 02 Jul 2016

We have started offering IOTA credits by Club Log QSO Matching. Go to http://www.rsgbiota.org > My Credits, click on "Club Log QSO Matches", scroll down and click on "Show Accepted Activations" to see the list of operations for which QSO Matching is available.

Please note that at this time this is mainly provided for island operations from locations for which one DXCC corresponds to one IOTA group only. A few operations carried out since 1 January 2016 have already been included, and we are working now to extend this to other operations which took place this year. Check the above link periodically for an update on operations available for QSO Matching.

If you have questions, please send them to iota_ltd@aol.com, the only address for them. We would appreciate it if you can refrain from sending enquiries which fall outside the scope of what is on offer on the website. We will extend the coverage as and when we can.

IOTA Team, 30 Jun 2016

We referred earlier (News Item of 20 April 2016) to the commitment of the new company, Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd, to the paperless QSLing project that will allow electronic confirmation of contacts. Much progress has been made and some elements of this work are scheduled to be launched very soon on the existing system on the IOTA website. The new system itself will come on stream in early 2017. While paperless QSLing offers the IOTA Community huge savings in costs, the software development involved requires substantial investment, the more so as it has to be grafted on to a system that will continue to accept paper cards. To help meet these costs, the new company has launched Friends of IOTA as a supporters’ group within Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd. Its aim is to give IOTA enthusiasts the opportunity not only to participate in one of the most active DX programmes in the world but also to support it with donations to ensure its long-term future. Details of an appeal for funds are given here. Please consider helping us to help you by becoming a Friend of IOTA.

G3KMA, 20 Jun 2016

As forecast as a strong likelihood in the 2016 IOTA Directory (page 50), IOTA Management has decided to delete Kingman Reef OC-096 from the IOTA list, effective 29 March 2016. Kingman Reef lost its current DXCC status on that date as it no longer satisfied the criteria under which it was added. IOTA Rule E.5.5 states that an island that qualifies for separate listing only because it is a DXCC entity will have a start and / or deletion date for credit in line with DXCC decisions and that in the event of an island DXCC entity being deleted, the IOTA group number will normally be archived and score credits moved on request to the IOTA group to which the island or islands are transferred. Kingman Reef is just such an island, and the transfer in this case is to Palmyra Atoll, OC-085. Before the end of June, credits for OC-096 will be deleted from all records. In accordance with the rule participants may claim credit with Kingman Reef QSOs for OC-085 if they need credit there – there are no date restrictions. To save questions, IOTA does not maintain a database of credits with deleted / archived IOTAs.

G3KMA, 13 Jun 2016

The new Directory introduces some fairly significant rule changes, made in the interests of simplification, which will take effect from 1 June 2016. a). The discontinuation of the issue of paper certificates. Given ever-increasing postal charges and technological advances IOTA Management has decided that now in the 21st century all certificates should be sent electronically. Exceptionally, if this causes real problems, you can ask for certificates to be sent by post but this will attract an extra charge (Rule C.5.12 and Annex B). b). The discontinuation of giving credit for VHF / UHF contacts in the Standard Category of Application. Previously this was allowed but it made for awkward complications in the crediting of contacts in the two categories of application affected (Standard and VHF / UHF), and since the incidence of credits gained this way was so small, it was felt that this change would have very little effect on applicants (Rule C.3.5). c). Charges have been increased and the charging regime has been simplified in the interests of clarification. The basic starter 100 Islands certificate will in future be charged separately from the registration charge (Annex B). d). The threshold figure defining a “rare" IOTA group has been raised to cover those groups which 20% or fewer participants (previously 15%) have credited to their scores. Recent activity from a number of rare IOTAs has reduced the number of groups in this category (Rule F.3.1). When the system of Paperless QSLing is fully launched, there will be further changes to the procedures.

G3KMA, 22 Apr 2016

The Spring 2016 IOTA Directory is now available from the RSGB Shop at http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_IOTA_42.html. It contains the complete, official listing of IOTA islands as well as everything you need to participate in IOTA. Included in the colour section are fascinating reports of several rare and costly IOTA operations from Coetivy Island, an outlier of the Seychelles used as a prison camp, Melville Island in the Canadian Arctic where scientists were the only companions, through to the remote uninhabited Antipodes Island, seldom visited by humans, in the far Sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand.

G3KMA, 21 Apr 2016

Following agreement with the RSGB, management of the IOTA Programme has now moved to Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd, a new not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee in UK law. This body now has full responsibility for all aspects of the programme, its day to day management, strategy, policy, finance, development, promotion and marketing. The company has been registered in the names of Roger Balister, G3KMA and Stan Lee, G4XXI who are its current directors but a full Board of Directors will be formed shortly. The new IOTA Directory, published by the RSGB this month, refers to the newly set-up company under a different name but this has now been changed in the way always intended. It will take a little time to carry through all aspects of the changed governance but IOTA enthusiasts should be assured that the new company is fully committed to completing the paperless QSLing project that will allow electronic confirmation of contacts. No significant change of policy is otherwise envisaged. More information shortly.

G3KMA, 20 Apr 2016

 

Latest IOTA DX Spots

Time:Callsign:Frequency:Comment:Spotted by:IOTA Ref:
11 mins. ago.E51AND14250IOTA OC-124 PALMERSTON ATOLL 5DL5JKOC-124
20 mins. ago.3B8FA14230JASTA MARTIN 2 CQ NO TAKERSUA6JQAF-049
39 mins. ago.RV9CX/4/M14180.5<< RDA: SA-34 >>RZ9USA-034
49 mins. ago.R23RRC14038PTICHIY ISL AS-091 VIA R7ALDL3VZLAS-091

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

 

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