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            |               New Year 2005                |
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                            >>> ANNUAL UPDATE <<<

The last  date  for  mailing  applications  or  updates  to  checkpoints  for 
inclusion in the 2005 Honour Roll and other performance tables is 1  February 
2005. If postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way 
but the scores will be held over to the following year. Listing in the tables 
is restricted to those members who have updated their scores at least once in 
the previous five years. In the case of the 2005 tables this means since  the 
2000 annual listings. If  you wish to  remain listed, check  to see that  you 
qualify and, if  not, make a  submission on or  before 1  February 2005.  The 
tables will appear on the RSGB IOTA website in the Spring.

Don't forget. Shortly after compiling the 2005 tables the IOTA Committee will 
implement the second part of the Conversion Exercise schedule drawn up at the 
time of the major island listings  revision in year 2000 and withdraw  credit 
for contacts with a small number of islands that have been found not to  meet 
IOTA qualification criteria.  If you  have not  done so  already, check  your 
records for the IOTA groups concerned - these have been listed in an annex in 
the IOTA Directory  since 2002 -  to see  if you  need to  resubmit, or  send 
replacement, cards to your checkpoint.

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                      >>> IOTA AND ANTARCTIC BASES <<<

The Mediterraneo DX Club's Antarctica Award Directory is the official  source 
of information for the IOTA Programme on Antarctic Base stations. It acts  as 
an extension of the IOTA  Directory, providing the  IOTA reference number  as 
well as  a  wealth of  detailed  historical information  on  each  base.  The 
Directory    is     downloadable     from     the     MDXC     website     at 
http://www.mdxc.org/antarctica/ . Answers  to questions  about the  Antarctic 
Award Programme can be found on the FAQ page on their website.

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         UPDATE OF DATA IN IOTA DIRECTORY - 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
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                  >>> NEW IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED <<<

AF-095    TJ   Cameroon group (Cameroon)
OC-267    VK9  Coral Sea Islands Territory North (Australia)

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      >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBER AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2004 <<<

AS-170/Pr R0I  Shelikhova Bay group, Magadanskaya Oblast (Russian Federation
               - Asia)

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    >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

AF-037  9L1MS/P    Banana Islands (December 2004)
AF-095  TJ3MC/P    Mondoleh Island (April 2004) 
AS-059  RZ0IWZ/P   Nedorazumeniya Island (July 2004)
AS-124  A61AV/P    Sirat Al Khawr Island (December 2004)
EU-159  F5JOT/P    Cordouan Island (August 2004)
EU-159  F5LGQ/P    Cordouan Island (August 2004)
OC-017  T30T       Tarawa Island (October/November 2004)
OC-028  V7/K7ZZ    Kwajalein Atoll, Ralik Chain (Oct/Nov 2004)
OC-029  V7/K7ZZ    Majuro Atoll, Ratak Chain (October 2004)
OC-052  FO/I1SNW   Hereheretue Isld, Duke of Gloucester Isls (Sept 2004)
OC-052  FO/IT9EJW  Hereheretue Isld, Duke of Gloucester Isls (Sept 2004)
OC-052  FO/IT9YRE  Hereheretue Isld, Duke of Gloucester Isls (Sept 2004)
OC-058  FK/KM9D    Huon Island, D'Entrecasteaux Reefs (September 2004)
OC-079  FK/KF4TUG  Pott Island, Belep Islands (September 2004)
OC-155  V6O        Pulap Island, West Chuuk group (October 2004)
OC-185  VK4WWI/8   Bremer Island (November 2004)
OC-198  VK4WWI/8   North Island (October 2004)
OC-227  VK4WWI     Sweers Island (November 2004)
OC-227  VK4SWE     Sweers Island (resident)
OC-267  VK4WWI/P   Marion Reef, Coral Sea Islands Territory (Nov 2004)
SA-020  FY/F5AHO/P Royale Island, Salut Islands (November 2004)

Note:  This   list  includes   operations  where   validation  material   was 
volunteered, ie not  specifically required  for credit  to be  given. In  all 
cases, cards  now submitted  will be  accepted by  Checkpoints if  they  meet 
normal standards. This means that the  island name should  be printed on  the 
card.

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        >>> OPERATIONS FROM WHICH VALIDATION MATERIAL IS AWAITED <<<
        >>>                AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2004                <<<

AS-021    A61Q/P  Siniyah Island (December 2004)
AS-170/Pr RI0IMA  Matykil' Island (June/July 2004)
NA-200    XF3T    Tamalcab Island (December 2004)
OC-223    VI2MI   Montague Island (August 2004)

Note: Checkpoints are  not authorised to  credit QSL cards  for an  operation 
where validation is required.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                                  RSGB IOTA Committee Member
14 April 2004                                                   14 April 2004
http://www.g3kma.dsl.pipex.com                     http://www.425dxn.org/iota 






Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor
http://www.425dxn.org
i1jqj@425dxn.org