>>> LATE NEWS <<<

                  >>> TRAGEDY ON IOTA "NEW ONE" OPERATION <<<

It is with great sadness that the IOTA  Committee has to report the death  of
one of the team members that operated last month from Mursala Island off  the
north west  coast of  Sumatra (OC-245/Pr).  Following the  operation all  the
members fell  seriously ill  with Dengue  Haemorrhagic Fever  and Malaria  on
their way back to the mainland and  INDRA DEWI INDRI ASTUTI, the girl  friend
of Agus, YC6JKV, died. Agus, himself was unconscious but is now recovering in
hospital. The other members are now out of hospital.

Indra Dewi  was a  much-valued  and respected  member  of the  Mursala  team.
Although a non-amateur, she contributed to its success, helping in many  ways
as cook and on general support duties. Our thoughts and condolences go out to
her family and to Agus, and to the whole team on their tragic loss.

(Note to those who worked  Lily YB6LYS/P, Agus  YC6JKV/P, Dayan YC6LAY/P,  or
Zul YC6PLG/P. PLEASE be patient about the QSL  cards - it will take a  little
time. They  have  been through  a  terrible experience  and  will  have  more
important priorities).

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                Monthly update of data in IOTA Directory 2000
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                     >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED <<<

AS-154     TA    Black Sea Coast East group (Turkey)
AS-155     BV    Taiwan's Coastal Islands (Taiwan)
EU-188/Pr  R1P   Pechorskoye Sea Coast West group (Russian Federation)
NA-218     CO8   Las Tunas/Holguin/Santiago de Cuba Province group (Cuba)
OC-245/Pr  YB5-6 Sumatra's Coastal Islands North (Indonesia)
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         >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 1 APRIL 2001 <<<

EU-188/Pr  R1P   Pechorskoye Sea Coast West group (Russian Federation)
OC-244/Pr  DU1-4 Luzon's Coastal Islands (Philippines)
OC-245/Pr  YB5-6 Sumatra's Coastal Islands North (Indonesia)

Note: A full listing of new  IOTA reference numbers issued since  publication
of IOTA  Directory 2000  may be  found  on the  IOTA  Manager's web  site  at
http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml.
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     >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

AS-076  JH4TEW/5     Sa Island (January 2001)
AS-076  JH4TEW/5     Yuge Island (January 2001)
AS-154  TA0/IZ7ATN   Giresun Island (February 2001)
AS-155  BV9L         Liuchiu Yu Island (March 2001)
AS-155  BV9O         Lan Yu Island (March 2001)
EU-187  SV9/SV1CID/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187  SV9/SV1DPL/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
NA-218  CO8OTA       Moa Grande Island (September 2000)
OC-144  YC4FIJ       Belitung Island (resident)
OC-168  H44MS        Mbanika Island, Russell Islands (February 2001)
SA-057  CV0F         San Gabriel Island (January 2001)

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 must be on the card.
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         >>> OPERATIONS FROM WHICH VALIDATION MATERIAL IS AWAITED <<<
         >>>                  AS AT 1 APRIL 2001                  <<<

AS-140    S21BR     Dakhin Shahbazpur (Bhola) Island (December 2000)
EU-186    TA1ED/0   Gokceada Island (December 2000)
EU-188/Pr UE1RCV/1  Sengeyskiy Island (March 2001)
NA-035    HR6SI     Santanilla Islands (March 2001)
OC-091    DU1KGJ/P  Polillo Island (February 2001)
OC-093    4H2B      Batan Island (February 2001)
OC-126    4I1P      Lubang Island (February 2001)
OC-244/Pr 4I1P      Marinduque Island (February 2001)
OC-245/Pr YB6LYS/P  Mursala Island (March 2001)
OC-245/Pr YC6JKV/P  Mursala Island (March 2001)
OC-245/Pr YC6LAY/P  Mursala Island (March 2001)
OC-245/Pr YC6PLG/P  Mursala Island (March 2001)

Note: Checkpoints are  not authorised to  credit QSL cards  for an  operation
where validation is required.
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                         >>> UPDATES ON THE ABOVE <<<

Mid-month information on the issue of  IOTA reference numbers and  validation
of operations is available on  the IOTA Manager's  website above. Under  IOTA
NEWS BULLETINS click the latest bulletin under preparation.
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                            >>> NEW CHECKPOINTS <<<

New checkpoints appointed with effect from 1 April 2001 are:

For Sweden, Denmark, Faroes, Finland, Greenland, Iceland and Norway:
     * Jan "John" Hallenberg, SM5DJZ, Vassunda Andersberg, SE-741 91  Knivsta,
       Sweden
       E-mail:  djz@swipnet.se

For Ukraine, Russia and other CIS countries:
     * Igor Zeldin, UR5LCV, PO Box 466, Kharkov 61103, Ukraine
       E-mail:  ur5lcv@qsl.net or ur5lcv@krars.kharkov.ua

For England (call-numbers  G0  and M0),  the  rest of  the  UK,  the  Channel
     Islands, the Isle of Man and all British SWLs:
     * Philip  Marsh,  G4WFZ,  Columbia,   28  Orcheston  Road,   Charminster,
       Bournemouth, Hampshire BH8 8SR, England
       E-mail:  g4wfz@aol.com

We ask IOTA members concerned to note the new arrangements.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
7 April 2001                                                    10 April 2001

                      Past IOTA Notices are available at
                          http://www.425dxn.org/iota


Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor
E-mail: i1jqj@ari.it
http://www.425dxn.org