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FAQ about IOTA - Frequently Asked Questions about Island On The Air award

What is IOTA ?
How to participate to IOTA program ?
Where to find information ?
Who is my authorized Checkpoint ?
DXCC Countries Islands are valid IOTA references ?
What are the IOTA frequencies ?

What is IOTA ?

IOTA is: Island On The Air.

IOTA award was created 30 years ago by Geoff Watts,(an English SWL). Since 1985 RSGB manage IOTA program, devoted to Island Chasers (DXers interested to make contacts with islands worldwide). In IOTA award, Islands are grouped into "groups" (because they are far too many!). Sometimes an Island can count as separate. Every group, is identified by a REFERENCE NUMBER. (i.e. EU-005, that is Great Britain), and don't matter which Island of the group You work.

Your goal is to contact major number of IOTA groups. There are several IOTA awards available, graded in difficulty. Basic IOTA award can be obtained when you have a confirm from a minimum of 100 different IOTA groups. IOTA award is a fast growing award, where You can be an Hunter or a IOTA activator. You can feel the emotion to be the PileUp master, without going to a rare DX site. If You live near the sea, surely there is an Island listed on IOTA Directory, where You could go. There are many Island Maniacs worldwide, that expect Your DXpedition! Every day there are many Islands active on the air, and You can participate into PileUp to increase your IOTA score.

How to participate to IOTA program ?

To participate to IOTA program, you must obtain a IOTA Directory, that is a book with all detailed rules, complete list of world groups with relative reference numbers and checklist. When you obtain a IOTA Directory, you receive a Directory number, (i.e. I-002 for Italy). The Directory number is personal and permits You to obtain IOTA awards and endorsements. After You have obtained the requested numbers of IOTA groups for the basic awards, You must submit QSLs to Your local IOTA Check Point and wait for the award certificate.

Where to find information ?

You can find information about IOTA Island activity, in magazines, Packet Clusters, BBSes and now in Internet, reading messages, reports and bulletins (like Island News Bulletin, edited by IK1TZO and posted on rec.radio.amateur.misc Usenet Newsgroup. If You have an Internet access You can receive a copy of Island News Bulletin (INB) via e-mail, sending a message to IK1TZO@inrete.alpcom.it with the word "subscribe" into message. If You have questions about IOTA not covered in this FAQ file, please refer to Your local Check Point or Country Assistant, or send an e-mail to me: IK1TZO@inrete.alpcom.it

How to obtain IOTA Directory ?

Following points are the only authorized from IOTA Committee to distribute IOTA Directory: Italy : (Italian paper version, Italian/English software version for EasyLog 4)

Microware Software
c/o Piero Pirrone, IK1TZO
Via V. Veneto 80
I-14019 Villanova d'Asti - Italy
(Cost: L. 15.000 or 10 US $)

North America only:
Dewitt L. Jones, W4BAA
P.O. Box 379, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 - USA
(Cost: 10 US $)

French: Les Nouvelles DX (LNDX)
c/o Jean Michel Duthilleul, F6AJA
515 Rue du Petit Hem,
F-59870 Bouvignies - France
(Cost: 45 FF)

German: Hans Georg Goebel, DK1RV
Postfach, 1114, D-57235 Netphen, Germany
(Cost: 15 DM)

German Braille:
IRF Gelsenkirchen, Postgiroamt Dortmund 203820-462
BLZ 44010046, Germany
(Cost: 25 DM for Braille version/talking cassette -
quote order No.X25)

Polish: Rafal Krawiec, SP6TPM
P.O. Box 22,
PL-48100 Glubczyce - Poland
(Cost: 80.000 Zl)

Luis Sutil Teixeira, CT4NH
Rua Visconde Moreira de Rey 1,
Carnaxide P-2795 Linda-a Velha - Portugal
(Cost: 1.200 Esc, in Portugal, 12 US $ elsewhere)

Victor Russinov, UT8LL
P.O. Box 44, 310052 Kharkov
(Cost: 6 IRCs in Ukraine, 8 IRC Russia & other CIS countries,
12 IRCs elsewhere)

URE-Programa IOTA
Apartado Postal 220
E-28080 Madrid - Spain
(Cost: 1.200 Ptas in Spain, 1.500 Ptas elsewhere)

No part of IOTA Directory can be translated, reproduced in any form, except by written permission of the author (G3KMA - Roger Balister, RSGB IOTA Director). It is forbidden: * distribution for sale or otherwise of the Directory, including the list of islands, in English or any foreign language, * copying of any part of the Directory for distribution, * transmission of data from the Directory over networks * use of data from the Directory in any computer product, including DX logging systems, for distribution.

Who is my authorized Checkpoint ?

Check Point IOTA, are Hams, authorized from IOTA Committee to validate Your QSL cards. They are:

UK, Ireland,
Philip Marsh, G4WFZ, 28 Orcheston Road

Portugal, Spain
Charminster, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 8SR, England Benelux, Denmark

France, Germany
Brian Adams, G4RFV, 38 Waterloo Road, Poole, Dorset BH17 7LF, England

Massimo Balsamo, IK1GPG, Strada Statale 28 Nord 7, I-12084 Mondovi' (CN), Italy

All other European countries
John Hall, G3TOK, 54 South Eden Park Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BG, England

USA and all Caribbean andPacific island stations with US Zip codes
Call areas 1, 2 & 3
Tom Webster, WT2O, 72 Thornley Road, Eatontown, NJ 07724, USA
Call areas 4, 5 & 6
Don Chamberlain, W9DC, 2 Coxswain, Salem, SC 29676, USA
Call areas 7, 8, 9 & 0 All Canada & Mexico
Dewitt L. Jones, W4BAA, P.O. Box 379, Glen Arbor, MI 49636, USA

Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific
Jim Smith, VK9NS, HIDXA, P.O. Box 90, Norfolk Island, Australia 2899

Africa, Asia, Centraland South America
Ray Small, G3ALI, 13 Rydal Close, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1QX, England

DXCC Countries Islands are valid IOTA references ?

The Countries Islands count separately. An island shared by two or more DXCC countries count as a single credit. Largest islands with a size of more than 25,000 square miles count separately.

What are the IOTA frequencies ?

The main frequency is 14.260 MHz.
SSB frequencies are:
3.755 MHz 7.055 MHz 18.128 MHz 21.260 MHz 24.950 MHz

CW frequencies are:
3.530 MHz 10.115 MHz 14.040 MHz 18.098 MHz 21.040 MHz 24.920 MHz 28.040 MHz

It is recommended that operations should include a frequency above 7.025 when the band is open to North America. 14.260 is the frequency used from nets around the world for information when band is open to North America.


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