IOTA Notice [August 97]

                          IOTA CHECKPOINTS: CHANGES

The following announcement was made on 1 September by Martin Atherton, G3ZAY,
Chairman of the RSGB IOTA Committee.

The following changes to the list of  IOTA Checkpoints  are being  made  with
immediate effect:

England (all G prefixes except 0), Ireland and Portugal:
---> Ray Small, G3ALI, 13 Rydal Close, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1QX, England

England (call prefix G0 only), GM, GW, GI, GJ, GU, GD, and all British SWLs:
---> John Hall, G3TOK,  54 South  Eden  Park Rd,  Beckenham,  Kent,  BR3 3BG,
     England.

Italy, San Marino:
---> Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ, Corso Novara 39, I-10154 Torino (TO), Italy.

USA Call-numbers 1, 2 & 3:
---> Daniel K. Sullivan, KE4I, 14737 Pickets Post Road, Centreville VA 22021,
     USA

Switzerland, Austria:
---> Hans-Georg Goebel, DK1RV, Postfach 1114, D-57235, Netphen, Germany.

For all other countries the checkpoint arrangements are unchanged.

The IOTA Committee  would like to thank Philip Marsh, G4WFZ, Massimo Balsamo,
IK1GPG  and  Tom Webster, WT2O  for  carrying out  their checkpoint duties so
effectively over several years and wish them a happy retirement.

In Italy the  IOTA Country Assistant and  Committee Member for  Europe, Mauro
Pregliasco, I1JQJ,  will head  a  checkpoint  team  of  three,  consisting of
himself, Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH and Maurizio Bertolino, I1-21171.

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            >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN AUGUST 1997 <<<

AS-129/Prov   BY7   GUANGDONG PROVINCE  EAST group  (Chinese islands,  letter
                    "b", operation from Dan-Gan Town, Wai-Ling-Ding Island by 
                    BD7JA/7)

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

EU-059      GM5VG/P, St Kilda (May 1997)
EU-150      CQ2I, Insua Island (July 1997)
NA-173      VE8B, Governor Island (July/August 1997)
OC-210      YC8TXW, Sangihe Island (resident)
SA-028      ZY2IB, Sao Sebastiao Island (April 1997)

(*) 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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      >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS (YET TO BE CONFIRMED) <<<

AS-128/Prov   XV,3W   MEKONG DELTA  WEST  group (Vietnamese  islands,  letter
                      "c", operation from Quan Phu Quoc  Island by 3W4EZD  in 
                      June/July 1997)

AS-129/Prov   BY7     GUANGDONG PROVINCE EAST group (Chinese islands,  letter
                      "b", operation from Dan-Gan Town, Wai-Ling-Ding  Island 
                      by BD7JA/7 in august 1997)

Checkpoints are not authorised to accept for IOTA credit QSL cards confirming
contacts made with islands/groups whose Reference Numbers have been issued on
a provisional basis.

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                             >>> GUISHAN DAO <<<

Roger Balister, G3KMA, RSGB IOTA Manager reports that the operation by  BY7KQ
from Guishan  Dao in  November 1995  does not  count for  IOTA. According  to
information received most of the contacts were made from a boat and not  from
the island itself.


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

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