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    • September Update on the Friends of IOTA Appeal
    • 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
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