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            MONTHLY UPDATE OF DATA IN IOTA DIRECTORY - 11th Edition
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                   >>> NEW IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED <<<

OC-255    VK4   Queensland State (Gulf of Carpentaria) North group
                 (Australia)
OC-256/Pr P2    Kilinailau (Tulun) Islands (Papua New Guinea)
OC-257/Pr P2    Nuguria Islands (Papua New Guinea)
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       >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 1 FEBRUARY 2003 <<<

OC-251/Pr VK3   Victoria State West group (Australia)
OC-256/Pr P2    Kilinailau (Tulun) Islands (Papua New Guinea)
OC-257/Pr P2    Nuguria Islands (Papua New Guinea)
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              >>> IOTA REFERENCES ISSUED SINCE PUBLICATION OF <<<
              >>>          DIRECTORY - 11TH EDITION           <<<

AF-092    3V    Sousse / Monastir / Mahdia Region group (Tunisia)
AS-162    3W    South China Sea Coast North group (Vietnam)
AS-163    R0Q   Laptev Sea Coast East group (Russian Federation)
AS-164    R0Q   East Siberian Sea Coast West group (Russian Federation)
AS-165    XZ    Arakan Region group (Myanmar)
AS-166    EP    Hormozgan Province group (Iran)
NA-222    KL    Southern Alaska Peninsula West group (Alaska)
OC-249    YB8   Aru Islands (Indonesia)
OC-250    YB3   Masalembu Islands (Indonesia)
OC-251/Pr VK3   Victoria State West group (Australia)
OC-252    YB7   Kalimantan's Coastal Islands West (Indonesia)
OC-253    V63   Hall Islands (Federated States of Micronesia)
OC-254    V63   Mortlock Islands (Federated States of Micronesia)
OC-255    VK4   Queensland State (Gulf of Carpentaria) North group
                 (Australia)
OC-256/Pr P2    Kilinailau (Tulun) Islands (Papua New Guinea)
OC-257/Pr P2    Nuguria Islands (Papua New Guinea)
SA-092    PZ    Suriname group (Suriname)
SA-093    HK4   Choco Division North/Antioquia Division group (Colombia)
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     >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

EU-104  TK/DL2JRM/P  Grande Sanguinaire Island (April 2002)
EU-110  9A/DL2JRM/P  Sv Jerolim Island (July 2002)
EU-187  SV9/SV1QN    Gavdos Island (August 2002)
OC-172  VK4WWI       Fitzroy Island (November 2002)
OC-187  VK4WWI       Turtle Head Island (November 2002)
OC-255  VK4WWI       Parau Island (November 2002)
SA-052  OA4/DL2JRM/P Pachacamac Island (November 2002)
SA-069  3G1A         Santa Maria Island (July 2002)
SA-073  4T4X/5       Chincha Centro Island (January 2002)

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 2003                <<<

EU-186     TB05GF  Gokceada Island (August 2002)
EU-186     YM05GF  Gokceada Island (August 2002)
OC-251/Pr  VI3JPI  Lady Julia Percy Island (September 2002)
OC-256/Pr  P29VMS  Tulun Islands (January 2003)
OC-257/Pr  P29VMS  Nuguria Islands (January/February 2003)

Note: Checkpoints are  not authorised to  credit QSL cards  for an  operation
where validation is required.
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                             >>> ANNUAL UPDATE <<<

The last  date  for  mailing  applications  or  updates  to  Checkpoints  for
inclusion in  the 2003  Honour  Roll and  other  performance tables  has  now
passed. Any posted now will be processed in the normal way and scores will be
held over to the 2004 listing.

To recap, listing in the 2003 tables will be restricted to those members  who
have updated their scores since February  1998. This implements the new  rule
in the latest IOTA Directory that  limits inclusion in the listings to  those
members who update their scores at least once every five years.

"Lapsed" members should  note that their  records on the  IOTA database  have
been amended to reflect changes in Directory 2000 arising from the  splitting
of a number of island groups.  This reminder applies also  to any member  who
has not converted  his/her record to  the revised island  listing during  the
last two years.  The maximum 19  credits concerned were  either confirmed  or
repositioned where  HQ knew  the correct  group  or, failing  that,  deleted.
Checkpoints will be able to provide information on revised scores.

All members  should be  reminded that  the final  decision on  acceptance  of
credits is made at  IOTA HQ and  that this can  mean downward adjustments  to
scores to reflect corrections of one sort or another. Data-cleansing work  is
on-going and  covers every  member's complete  record,  not just  the  latest
credits added. Although efforts are made  to alert members to score  changes,
this cannot  be guaranteed  to happen  in every  case.  Members who  wish  to
monitor their  record  closely  should check  their  credited  score  in  the
performance tables  when published  or,  alternatively, directly  with  their
Checkpoints AFTER their data has been recorded at HQ.
                                   ********
Maybe this is a good time  to make a general comment  about the integrity  of
the checking.  All our  Checkpoints take  the greatest  care but,  given  the
nature of  the programme,  with the  inbuilt complication  of qualifying  and
non-qualifying islands, this is not easy.  Checking a card for IOTA may  take
many times longer  than checking a  card for DXCC.  Checkpoints devote  their
effort to this willingly, without payment  and often at  great cost to  their
own operating time. From time to time Checkpoints report attempts at  "gaming
the system",  or, in  more familiar  language, plain  cheating. IOTA  members
should be  aware that  substantiated  attempts at  this  will lead  the  IOTA
Committee to take action against the members concerned, including  suspension
or disqualification from the programme. The IOTA Committee will also act very
firmly, in a similar way, against any member who shows an intent to bring the
programme into disrepute  by any means,  including circulating malicious  and
unsubstantiated charges about those managing or participating in IOTA.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                                  RSGB IOTA Committee Member
1 February 2003                                               8 February 2003
http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml         http://www.425dxn.org/iota



Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor
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