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         All IOTA number references are on the basis of the listing in
                              IOTA Directory 2000
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                     >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED <<<

AS-148/Pr * HL4   Cholla-bukto Province group (South Korea)
AS-149/Pr * R0F   Sakhalin's Coastal Islands (Russian Federation)
AS-150/Pr   BY4   Shandong Province South group (China)
EU-177    * SM5   Sodermanland/Ostergotland County group (Sweden)
EU-179    * UR    Mykolayivs'ka/Khersons'ka Obl: Black Sea Coast (Ukraine)
EU-180    * UR    Respublika Krym: Black Sea Coast group (Ukraine)
EU-181    * LZ    Bulgaria group (Bulgaria)
EU-182    * UR    Odes'ka Obl: Black Sea Coast group (Ukraine)
EU-183    * YO    Romania group (Romania)
EU-184    * OH8   Oulu Province group (Finland)
EU-185/Pr * R6A-D Krasnodarskiy Kray: Black Sea Coast group (Russian Fed)
EU-186/Pr * TA    Turkey group (Turkey)
EU-187/Pr * SV9   Crete's Coastal Islands (Greece: Crete)
NA-214/Pr * KL    Nome County South group (Alaska)
NA-215/Pr * KL    Northwest Arctic County group (Alaska)
OC-232/Pr * 4W    East Timor's Coastal Islands (East Timor)
OC-233    * VK7   Tasmania's Coastal Islands (Australia)
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        >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 3 AUGUST 2000 <<<

AF-087/Pr   5H    Tanga Region group (Tanzania)
AS-148/Pr * HL4   Cholla-bukto Province group (South Korea)
AS-149/Pr * R0F   Sakhalin's Coastal Islands (Russian Federation)
AS-150/Pr   BY4   Shandong Province South group (China)
EU-178/Pr * ES0,8 Parnumaa County/Saaremaa County South group (Estonia)
EU-185/Pr * R6A-D Krasnodarskiy Kray: Black Sea Coast group (Russian Fed)
EU-186/Pr * TA    Turkey group (Turkey)
EU-187/Pr * SV9   Crete's Coastal Islands (Greece: Crete)
NA-214/Pr * KL    Nome County South group (Alaska)
NA-215/Pr * KL    Northwest Arctic County group (Alaska)
OC-232/Pr * 4W    East Timor's Coastal Islands (East Timor)
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   >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL (+) <<<

AS-041  JI3DST/4    Nakano Island, Oki Islands (May 2000)
AS-043  JI3DST/1    Hachijo Island (June 2000)
EU-177  SM4DDS/5    Aspoja Island (June 2000)
EU-179  EM5UIA      Kalanchakskiye Islands (July 2000)
EU-180  EM5UIA      Lebyazh'i Islands (July 2000)
EU-181  LZ1UQ/1     Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-181  LZ2CJ/1     Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-181  LZ2FI/1     Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-181  LZ2FV/1     Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-181  LZ2JE/1     Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-181  LZ5QZ/1     Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-182  EM5UIA      Poludenyy Island (July 2000)
EU-183  YP1W        Sacalinu Mare Island (July 2000)
EU-184  OH1LU/8     Hailuoto Island (July 2000)
NA-040  KL7/DL1YMK  St Lawrence Island (July 2000)
OC-233  VK7TS/P     Bruny Island (July 2000)

(+) 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 <<<

AF-087/Pr  5I3A         Yambe Island (July 2000)
AS-148/Pr  DS0DX/4      Wi Island (July 2000)
AS-149/Pr  RK0FWL/P     Moneron Island (July 2000)
AS-150/Pr  BI4S         Lingshan Island (July 2000)
EU-063     JW5RIA       Hopen Island (July 2000)
EU-177     SM0ELV/5     Missjo Island (July 2000)
EU-178/Pr  ES1QX/8      Kihnu Island (June 2000)
EU-178/Pr  ES8X         Kihnu Island (July 2000)
EU-179/Pr  UR5ZEL/P     Berezan' Island (July 2000)
EU-179     UR3GA        Orlov Island (resident?)
EU-180     UU7J/P       ?????? (July 2000)
EU-181     LZ1KMS       Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-184     OH8/IK3GES/P Hailuoto Island (July 2000)
EU-185/Pr  UE6AAA       Sudzhuk Island (July 2000)
EU-186/Pr  TA/SP6TPM/M  Gokceada Island (July 2000)
EU-187/Pr  SV9/IZ0CKJ/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187/Pr  SV9/SV1CID/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187/Pr  SV9/SV1DPL/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
NA-064     AL7RB/P      Attu Island, Near Islands (September 1999)
NA-155     TE6U         Uvita Island (May 2000)
NA-184     KQ6XA        ?????? (July 2000)
NA-214     KL7/W6IXP    Stuart Island (July 2000)
NA-215     KL7/K6ST     Chamisso Island (July 2000)
OC-063     FO0MOT       Aukena Island (July 2000)
OC-107     YB5NOF/P     Lingga Island (July 2000)
OC-197     8A3B         Bawean Island (July 2000)
OC-202     DX4RIG       Tinaga Island, Calagua Islands (April 2000)
OC-232     4W6GH/P      Atauro Island (July 2000)
SA-050 (+) CE8/R3CA     Riesco Island (January 2000)

(+) In IOTA Directory 2000 Riesco  Island falls in  an unnumbered group  but,
following the procedure  explained there, will  not attract  a new  reference
number until a further valid operation has taken place.

Note: Checkpoints are  not authorised to  credit QSL cards  for an  operation
where validation is required.
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                 >>> IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO AWARD APPLICANTS <<<

                             ***  PROCEDURE  ***

1. Applicants submitting a first-time application on the basis of the islands
    listing in Directory 2000 may apply for credit for any of the new groups.

2. Applicants submitting a first-time application on the basis of the islands
    listing in a  Directory issued before  2000 may not  apply for credit  for
    groups listed above which are marked with a star (* ).

3. Applicants, updating an existing score on  the HQ database, may apply  for
    credit for  groups marked  with a  star (*  ) only  if they  have  already
    converted their  record  on to  a  Directory 2000  basis  by  means  of  a
    Conversion Sheet (see below).

The purpose of this is to prevent the same island being counted for credit in
two groups since  most of the  starred groups  were split  from other  listed
groups.

                         ***  CONVERSION SHEETS  ***

Current IOTA members  with a score  credited at IOTA  HQ are  asked to  delay
applying for credit  for the New  Groups until  they can  submit a  completed
Conversion Sheet covering all  the groups affected.  The Conversion Sheet  is
now available.  It can  be printed  off from  the IOTA  Manager's website  at
http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml  or   obtained   from   IOTA   HQ.
Checkpoints have been instructed not to process cards without this.

In  the  meantime,  please  do  not  ask  questions  of  the  IOTA   Manager,
Checkpoints, Committee or HQ as to the validity of a particular card. If  you
have any doubt that the card you have for an "old" contact will be  accepted,
e.g. because the island is not listed in the Directory, work the group  again
when you hear it on the air.

                           ***  UPDATE INFORMATION  ***

Things are currently  moving very  fast on  the IOTA  front. If  you are  not
already a regular visitor, do check the website for latest developments.
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                 >>> ISLAND STATIONS, NEW QSL REQUIREMENTS <<<

Only 5 months  to go before  the new IOTA  rule comes in  about the need  for
island names on QSLs. Have you checked that your cards are valid and will  be
accepted after 1 January? It's a very simple test. Just check to see if  your
card bears the name of an island listed in Directory 2000 (**) as  qualifying
for your IOTA group? If not, then act now to prevent the real possibility  of
it being rejected.

If you  are getting  new cards  printed for  contacts made  after 1  January,
ensure that  the island  name  (of course,  one  appearing in  the  Directory
listing) is printed on them. If however you are intending to use your current
stock of cards and they don't mention the island name, you have the following
options. You can have the cards overprinted with the island name, you can get
a rubber stamp of the island  name and stamp each  card individually, or  you
can print the island name on the computerised QSL label. Whichever route  you
choose, the island  name must be  reasonably prominent and  the card must  be
totally unambiguous as  to the location  at the time  of contact  - this  may
require a few extra words of clarification on  the card. Do not try and  deal
with the  problem  by  relying  on adding  the  island  name  in  manuscript.
Furthermore, please do not try to move the problem on to us by asking us, for
whatever reason, to tell our checkpoints to accept your cards exceptionally!

The reason for this tightened procedure is  to move IOTA to a position  where
checkpoints can routinely  reach a  decision on  each card  submitted on  the
basis of the information on that card and  in the Directory. We have to  move
checkpoints  away  from  constant  reference  to  atlases,  maps,  personally
maintained lists and  HQ back-up facilities.  It follows that  the name of  a
town or village cannot be an acceptable alternative to the island name since,
by requiring reference to an atlas, it multiplies processing time many  times
over. Nor is the IOTA reference  number by itself enough,  or the IOTA  group
name taken from the Directory  (except in relatively  few cases). So,  Island
Stations, please remember that careful attention to QSL design can save  your
contacts a lot of disappointment and  IOTA Programme administrators a lot  of
time. We can no longer operate on any other basis.

SO PLEASE SPECIFY THE ISLAND, FIRST CHECKING IT IN THE DIRECTORY.

(**) A list of additional qualifying islands will be available shortly on the
IOTA Manager's website (http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml).
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                >>> RSGB HF & IOTA CONVENTION WINDSOR 2000 <<<

Have you booked yet?  This year's RSGB  HF and IOTA  Convention will be  held
over the  period 13,  14 and  15  October at  Old  Windsor, Berkshire.    The
Programme will include  presentations on  island operations  by TX0DX,  XZ0A,
4W6EB, FO0AAA,  ZD9ZM, 9G5MD,  5Z4WI, TR8/New  One, as  well as  a report  on
Directory 2000  and IOTA  developments generally.  The Convention  Centre  is
served by excellent  road and rail  links and, for  those coming  by air,  is
within easy reach of London Heathrow  Airport. Full programme details can  be
seen at http://www.g3wkl.freeserve.co.uk/conv/prog.htm

The following  from outside  the UK  are expected  to attend:  5B4AGC,  AD5A,
CT1CJJ, CT1EEB (4W6EB),  CT1EEN, CT1YRV, CT1ZW,  DJ2YA, DJ8NK, DK1RV,  DK2OC,
DL1SDN, G3ZEM (ZD9ZM), GJ3LFJ, I1JQJ, I2VGW,  I2YDX, IK1ADH, IK1NLZ,  IK2WXZ,
JI6KVR, K9AJ, K9PPY, N6JV,  N7CQQ, N7NG, NN2C,  OE3WWB, OH2BC, OH2BH,  OH2NB,
ON4QP, ON4XL, ON5KL, ON5NT, OZ5MJ, SM5API, WX0B, W9DC, ZL4AS.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
3 August 2000                                                   4 August 2000

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