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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
NA-105FS/W9ILY 1 Dec 201610 Dec 2016
NA-147J3/VE7ACN 1 Dec 2016 8 Dec 2016
 

News

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 islandsontheair@outlook.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

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 islandsontheair@outlook.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

The FOI appeal has now raised GBP £13,232.49, a sum which covers more than half of our initial target of GBP £25,000 for the paperless QSLing project – see IOTA News 20 June 2016 and subsequent monthly updates. Additionally we have transferred into Friends of IOTA, with the agreement of the trustees, a sum of GBP £2,661.43 previously in the W4BAA Trust Fund – this was set up by bequest for the betterment of the IOTA Programme. The sum total of GBP 15,893.92 is available both for IT and also, where restricted, promotional expenditure. We now have 116 contributors in 31 countries and we are immensely grateful to them for their generosity and support at this time of need.

We are still significantly short of our target on the IT paperless QSLing project which, if we read the demands right, was desperately wanted by the IOTA Community. Now financially committed, we are surprised that in some countries that are very well represented in IOTA we have had no or negligible success in getting our appeal across. If you have spent many happy years in IOTA, please consider giving something back. This is the first funding appeal that IOTA has ever made in its 52 year existence. Already benefits from the appeal can be seen. 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. Already some 12.5% of credits issued are paperless. This has saved applicants at least GBP £20,000 in the first 10 weeks. This will grow rapidly as we expand the list of activations in the paperless QSLing pool and bring online the complete IOTA rewrite 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 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.

Roger, G3KMA

G3KMA, 21 Sep 2016

IOTA Management is pleased to announce the appointment with effect from 13 September, 2016 of Craig Edwards, VK5CE to cover the area of Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Pacific islands not elsewhere specified. Craig’s email address is vk5ce@yahoo.com.au. His mailing address is OK in QRZ.com, at the bottom of the page. We welcome Craig to the team and look forward to an increase in IOTA awareness in his area. IOTA participants in the respective countries, please note your new checkpoint.

G3KMA, 13 Sep 2016

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

 

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