>>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN DECEMBER 1998 <<<

AS-139   BY7  GUANGXI PROVINCE group (Chinese islands, letter "d"), following
              the operation by BI7W from Wei Zhou Island.

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  >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL (*) <<<

EU-038   PA3BLS/P  Texel Island        (November 1998)
EU-095   F6OYU/P   Ile (Chateau) d'If  (October 1998)
EU-095   F8CIO/P   Ile (Chateau) d'If  (October 1998)
EU-160   RA1QQ/1   Korga Island        (July 1998)
EU-169   ZA0B      Sazan Island        (September 1998)
AS-018   RK0FWL/P  Moneron Island      (July 1998)
AS-139   BI7W      Weizhou Island      (August 1998)
OC-109   YC5XIP    Serasan Island      (October/November 1998)

(*) 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.

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        >>> OPERATIONS FROM WHICH VALIDATION MATERIAL IS AWAITED <<<

EU-110   9A1CZZ/P  Brioni Is           (November 1998)
AF-070   V5/DK6AO  Seal Island         (August 1998)
AS-044   UA0IAS/0  Shantarskiye Is     (October 1998)
AS-059   UA0IAS/0  Spafar'yeva Island  (August 1998)
AS-069   UA0IAS/0  Iony Island         (September 1998)
AS-137   BI5X      Xiaoyangshan Island (October 1998)
OC-051   FO5QF     Rapa Island         (October 1998)
OC-084   V85QQ     Muara Besar Island  (November 1998)
OC-152   FO0EEN    Tubuai Island       (December 1998)

Checkpoints are not authorised to credit QSL cards for operations from  which
validation material is still awaited.

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                            >>> ANNUAL UPDATE <<<

The following comes from the RSGB IOTA Manager (Roger Balister, G3KMA):

IOTA members  are  reminded  that  the  last  date  for  mailing  updates  to
Checkpoints to influence scores in the 1999 Honour Roll and Annual Listing is
1 February.  Updates postmarked  after that  date will  be processed  in  the
normal way but the scores will be held over to the following year's  listing.
Scores on the IOTA  Headquarters database will  be included automatically  in
the appropriate listing  unless HQ has  been asked  (through Checkpoints)  to
exclude them.

Finally, don't forget to check the effect  on your score of the action  taken
last month to  delete a) NA-045  and EU-083 credit  for contacts with  Cancun
Island and Palmaria Island respectively and b) other credits notified to  you
by Checkpoints as having been removed  following implementation of the  first
stage of the data cleansing exercise. As explained more fully last month [ed:
see IOTA  Notice November  1998] all  you need  to do  in  some cases  is  to
resubmit the card for  rechecking - no  charge will be  made. In other  cases
check to see if you can submit a replacement card.

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Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
425 DX News Editor
E-mail: i1jqj@amsat.org



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