>>> IOTA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT FRIEDRICHSHAFEN HAM RADIO <<<

A reminder about the major event to celebrate IOTA's 40th Anniversary  taking
place at Friedrichshafen in southern Germany during Ham Radio 2004. We cannot
offer an IOTA operation there but we can do the next best thing and celebrate
IOTA's 40th  Birthday Party  afloat on  Bodensee  (Lake Constance).  We  have
chartered one of  the Lake's famous  steamers for a  Buffet Dinner Cruise  on
Saturday 26 June to a nearby  port. Participants will assemble at 1845  hours
at Friedrichshafen Harbour ready to set sail at 1915 with an expected  return
time around 2300 (note the amended times from those previously published).

Bookings are coming in fast. If you intend to participate, please book now to
avoid disappointment. Tickets are GBP24 or 35 euros each, a price that covers
the cost  of the  meal and  the cruise.  You can  book on-line  via the  RSGB
website at http://www.rsgbshop.org/shop/acatalog/ - click Booking Office  and
then IOTA 40th Anniversary Cruise. Those of you paying in euros may choose to
purchase tickets via your eurozone checkpoint but do so quickly. Do not  rely
on getting  tickets  at the  RSGB  stand at  the  Convention  as  the  number
available there will be very limited.  Get your tickets  now and come,  enjoy
the party with us.

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              >>> IOTA DIRECTORY - 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION <<<

The 40th  Anniversary Edition  of the  IOTA Directory  is now  available  for
purchase via  the RSGB  website at  http://www.rsgbshop.org/shop/acatalog/  -
click Radio  Books &  CDs and  then IOTA,  or by  telephone to  Sales at  +44
(0)1707 659015. Larger  than ever with  136 pages,  this anniversary  edition
features an  historical  review, much  of  which has  never  previously  been
published as well as Geoff Watts' original IOTA list of 1964, fascinating for
what it includes as well as for what it omits. It includes all you have  come
to expect of  the Directory  - the  latest IOTA  island listings,  DXpedition
stories, the Most Wanted List, and articles on how to get started in IOTA.

Readers, who have been active on the bands for several years and want help in
identifying operations  that  count, will  find  the  listing  of  operations
accepted for credit quite  invaluable. This listing  was first introduced  in
the 2002 Directory and is now  updated and expanded to  cover the 650  rarest
IOTA groups. Using it could save you hours in preparing your application. And
for the first time the Directory includes the current year's Honour Roll  and
other performance listings.

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

AF-095/Pr TJ    Cameroon group (Cameroon)
AF-096    3X    Guinee-Maritime Province North group (Guinea)
AS-169    VU    Maharashtra State group (India)
OC-266/Pr VK6   Western Australia State (North Coast) Centre group 
                (Australia) 

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        >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 3 JUNE 2004 <<<

AF-095/Pr TJ    Cameroon group (Cameroon)
OC-266/Pr VK6   Western Australia State (North Coast) Centre group
                (Australia)

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

AF-096  3XDQZ/P    Alcatrack Island, Tristao Islands (April 2004)
AS-147  JR8KJR/8   Rishiri Island (March 2004)
NA-030  XF4IH      Socorro Island, Revillagigedo Islands (March 2004)
OC-088  V8JIM      Borneo Island (March 2004)
OC-092  4G2F       Fuga Island, Babuyan Islands (April 2004)
OC-165  9M8PSB     Satang Besar Island (April/May 2004)
OC-184  V8PMB      Muara Besar Island (April 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  3 JUNE 2004                  <<<

AF-095/Pr TJ3MC/P   Mondoleh Island (April 2004)
OC-071    VK6LI     Pasco Island (April 2004)
OC-266/Pr VK6AN     Viney Island (April 2004)
SA-074    OC3I      Los Chimus Island (February 2004)
SA-089    YV5ANF/1  Sal Key (April 2003)

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