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                Monthly update of data in IOTA Directory 2000
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                 >>> IOTA REFERENCE ISSUED IN JANUARY 2001 <<<

AS-153     VU    West Bengal State group (India)
OC-238     FO    Pukarua and Reao Atolls, Tuamotu Islands (French Polynesia)
OC-240     P2    Papua New Guinea's Coastal Islands East (Papua New Guinea)
OC-241     YB9   Timor Barat's Coastal Islands (Indonesia)
OC-242     YB8   Bonerate and Taka' Bonerate Islands (Indonesia)
OC-243/Pr  VK6   WA State (South Coast) West group (Australia)
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       >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 1 FEBRUARY 2001 <<<

NA-218/Pr  CO8   Las Tunas/Holguin/Santiago de Cuba Province group (Cuba)
OC-243/Pr  VK6   WA State (South Coast) West group (Australia)
SA-088/Pr  PP5   Santa Catarina State South group (Brazil)

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-032  JA6CM/6    Tanega Island, Osumi Islands (December 2000)
AS-137  BA4DW/5    Taohua Island (October 2000)
AS-150  BA4DW/4    Tianheng Island (December 2000)
AS-153  VU2HFR     Sagar Island (January 2001)
AS-153  VU2JSH     Sagar Island (January 2001)
AS-153  VU2SKD     Sagar Island (January 2001)
EU-066  RK3DZJ/1   Bol'shoy Zaitskiy Island, Solovetskiye Isls (August 2000)
EU-147  RK3DZJ/1   Osinka Island (August 2000)
EU-179  UR3GA      Orlov Island (various times 2000)
NA-073  V31DI      Caye Caulker (November 2000)
NA-073  V31FH      Caye Caulker (November 2000)
NA-073  V31YW      Caye Caulker (November 2000)
NA-155  TE6U       Uvita Island (May 2000)
OC-057  FO0DEH     Maupihaa Island (October 2000)
OC-067  FO0DEH     Maupiti Island (November/December 2000)
OC-140  VK6DIR     Direction Island (November 2000)
OC-148  YC9BU/P    Timor Island (November 2000)
OC-236  YB8HZ/P    Selayar Island (December 2000)
OC-240  P29VCR     Loloata Island (November 2000)
OC-240  P29VPY     Loloata Island (November 2000)
OC-238  FO0DEH     Reao Atoll (November 2000)
OC-241  YC9BU/P    Semau Island (November/December 2000)
OC-241  YC9MKF/P   Semau Island (November/December 2000)
OC-241  YC9NBV/P   Semau Island (November/December 2000)
OC-241  YC9WZJ/P   Semau Island (December 2000)
OC-242  YB8HZ/P    Bonerate Island (December 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 <<<
         >>>                 AS AT 1 FEBRUARY 2001                <<<

AS-062    RU0LM/0      Shikotan Island (November 2000)
AS-140    S21BR        Dakhin Shahbazpur (Bhola) Island (December 2000)
EU-063    JW5RIA       Hopen Island (July 2000)
EU-187    SV9/SV1CID/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187    SV9/SV1DPL/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
NA-218/Pr CO8OTA       Moa Grande Island (September 2000)
OC-202    DX4RIG       Tinaga Island, Calagua Islands (April 2000)
OC-243/Pr VK6BSI       Breaksea Island (January 2001)
SA-057    CV0F         San Gabriel Island (January 2001)
SA-088/Pr PV5IOTA      Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)
SA-088/Pr PV5L         Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)

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 now available  on the IOTA  Manager's web-site above.  Under
IOTA NEWS BULLETINS click the latest bulletin under preparation.
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                            >>> IOTA ON VHF/UHF <<<

The introduction last July of  a VHF/UHF category  of IOTA award  application
offers VHF enthusiasts and 6 metre operators in particular a new and exciting
challenge. Expressions of interest  had been received  over recent years  and
the Committee felt  that it was  time to  open up  the programme  to VHF.  By
adjusting qualification thresholds, we  believe that a  number of the  awards
are attainable, albeit in different parts of the world. Full details of award
requirements are contained in Directory 2000.

This development offers  a real prospect,  for the  first time,  of VHF  IOTA
expeditions, either running solo or as part of a larger HF group. For  island
chasers this widens  the opportunities  because, under  another rule  change,
contacts on VHF/UHF may now count for the normal HF awards.
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   >>> NEW QSL CARD REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTACTS MADE AFTER 1 JANUARY 2001 <<<

A reminder that IOTA has  introduced tighter requirements  on QSL cards  with
effect from 1 January 2001. If from that date IOTA DXpeditioners and resident
island stations want their operations to  count for IOTA, they must  include,
printed on their QSL card, the name of a qualifying island shown in Directory
2000 or on  a list of  Additional Qualifying  Islands on  the IOTA  Manager's
web-site at http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml.

The reason for this tightened procedure is  to move IOTA to a position  where
checkpoints can, within seconds, reach  a decision on  any card submitted  on
the basis of the  information on that  card and in  the Directory. This  will
reduce the  hours spent  referring to  atlases, maps,  personally  maintained
lists and HQ  back-up facilities  to validate  the claimed  credit. The  IOTA
reference number, although desirable, is not by itself sufficient, nor,  with
few exceptions, is the short IOTA group name taken from the Directory. Please
bear with us in our efforts to  secure general acceptance of this change.  It
really is essential.
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                            >>> A 2002 DEADLINE <<<

Our thanks to the many members who have converted their existing IOTA  record
scores to the new Directory listings. If you  are one of those who have  not,
you have until 1 February 2002 to do so. After the preparation of that year's
Honour Roll and  Annual Listings,  credits that  have not  been rechecked  by
means of a completed Conversion  Sheet - they  could number as  many as 16  -
will be deleted from all records on the IOTA database.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
7 February 2001                                               8 February 2001

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Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor
http://www.425dxn.org
i1jqj@425dxn.org