>>> IOTA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT RSGB HF CONVENTION, GATWICK <<<

The next opportunity to celebrate IOTA's 40th Anniversary is at the RSGB HF &
IOTA Convention at  the Gatwick  Worth Hotel,  near Gatwick  Airport in  West
Sussex, over Friday  22 to Sunday  24 October. A  special programme is  being
organised for the IOTA stream that  includes Onwards to  50 Years, a  keynote
presentation on  possible  major  new  programme  developments  by  the  IOTA
Committee including  prospects for  a  link into  Logbook  Of The  World.  In
addition there  will be  presentations during  the weekend  on recent  island
operations by 3B9C (how could we miss that?), T33C and OX/DL2VFR, as well  as
videos of the  VI5WCP and VI5BR  Australian DXpeditions. There  will also  be
talks by the 7Q7MM and TJ3G  operators as well as  DXCC card checking.  There
are two other lecture streams, one covering contesting and technical  matters
including experimentation, propagation, etc and the  other for beginners  and
those interested in a  new area of  the hobby. The  highlight of the  weekend
will be  a  Gala  Dinner  on  the  Saturday  evening.  Full  details  are  at
www.rsgb.org/hfc and you can book on-line  there. Alternatively contact  RSGB
Events  at   1   The   Beeches,  Banstead,   Surrey   SM7   2AZ   or   e-mail
rsgbevents@rsgb.org.uk if you  have any questions  concerning the booking  of
accommodation packages, advance purchase of day tickets, etc.
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                  >>> CALLING IOTA CONTEST PARTICIPANTS <<<

A number of participants in the  RSGB IOTA Contest and/or their QSL  managers
may not be aware of IOTA  requirements for the acceptance  of cards for  IOTA
awards. The callsign used and the name of a qualifying island from which  the
operation took place both need to be printed on the QSL. A computer generated
QSL label giving the island name  and the IOTA number may  be affixed to  the
card - this should preferably be stamped or signed across a corner to  ensure
integrity. We do  not accept cards  where the  callsign has  been amended  or
where the island name has  been handwritten or  omitted altogether. The  IOTA
number, although highly  desirable, is not  an adequate  replacement for  the
island name.  There  are  very  good reasons  for  these  rules  which  those
interested may find in the IOTA Directory.
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              >>> IOTA DIRECTORY - 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION <<<

The 40th Anniversary Edition of the IOTA Directory is 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 <<<

AS-170/Pr R0I  Shelikhova Bay group, Magadanskaya Oblast (Russian Federation
               - Asia)
AS-171    4S   Sri Lanka's Coastal Islands (Sri Lanka)
AS-172    R0C  Sea of Okhotsk Coast North group (Russian Federation - Asia)
AS-173    VU   Tamil Nadu State group (India)
OC-266    VK6  Western Australia State (North Coast) Centre group (Australia)
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     >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 17 SEPTEMBER 2004 <<<

AF-095/Pr TJ   Cameroon group (Cameroon)
AS-170/Pr R0I  Shelikhova Bay group, Magadanskaya Oblast (Russian Federation
               - Asia)
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    >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

AF-060  C50I      Bijol Island (July/August 2004)
AS-108  OD5RMK    Ramkin Island (July 2004)
AS-149  RA0FU/P   Moneron Island (July 2004)
AS-149  RA0FW/P   Moneron Island (July 2004)
AS-149  RK0FWL/P  Moneron Island (July 2004)
AS-149  RV3ACA/0  Moneron Island (July 2004)
AS-171  4S7PAG    Beruwala Island (aka Barberyn or Welmaduwa) (July 2004)
AS-172  RI0CM     Malminskiye Islands (July 2004)
AS-173  AT0RI     Pamban Island (August 2004)
EU-159  TM7BDX    Cordouan Island (June 2004)
NA-132  HK3JJH/0A Serranilla Bank Cay (July 2004)
NA-133  HK3JJH/0B Serrana Bank and Roncador Cays (July 2004)
OC-071  VK6LI     Pasco Island (April 2004)
OC-266  VK6AN     Viney Island (April 2004)
SA-074  OC3I      Los Chimus Island (February 2004)
SA-089  YV5ANF/1  Sal Key (April/May 2003)

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  17 SEPTEMBER 2004               <<<

AF-095/Pr TJ3MC/P  Mondoleh Island (April 2004)
AS-170/Pr RI0IMA   Matykil' Island (June/July 2004)
OC-058    FK/KM9D  Huon Island, D'Entrecasteaux Reefs (September 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