IOTA 1997 Contest

    RSGB Islands on the Air Contest 1997

    The aim of the contest is to promote contacts between stations
    in qualifying IOTA island groups and the rest of the world and
    to encourage expeditions to IOTA islands.

    1200 UTC Saturday 26th July to 1200 UTC Sunday 27th July 1997.

    3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz, CW and SSB.  IARU	bandplans should be
    observed, with CW contacts beinf made only in the recognised
    CW ends of the bands.  Contest preferred segments should also be
    observed, i.e. no operation taking place on 3.560 - 3.600 MHz,
    3.650 - 3.700 MHz, 14.060 - 14.125 and 14.300 - 14.350 MHz.

    (a) Single operator. Only one transmitted signal.  Use of
        packet cluster or other assistance during the contest
        places the entrant in the multi-operator category. 
        CW only, SSB only or mixed-mode.

    (b) Single operator limited. CW only, SSB only or mixed-mode.
	Operation is limited to 12 hours.  Off periods must be
        clearly marked and must be a minimum of 60 minutes in

    (c) Multi operator single transmitter. Mixed mode.
	Only one transmission permitted at one time.  Please note
        this category is open to IOTA ISLAND STATIONA ONLY.

    (a) IOTA Island Stations.
	Stations on an island with an IOTA reference, for example
        AS007, EU005.  This section includes the British Isles.
	Note: Mainland G/GM/GW is EU005, mainland GI/EI is EU115.
        Entrants intending to operate from a location whose IOTA
        status is not clear are advised to confirm validity by
        reference to the IOTA directory available from RSGB head-
        quarters.  Please indicate on the entry whether the station
        is permanent or a contest DXpedition, i.e. antennas and
        equipment installed specifically for the contest.

    (b) World (listed by continent).
	Any station in a location which does not have an IOTA

    (c) Short Wave Listener.
	See below. The format of the listings will depend on
        the number of entries received.

    Send RS(T) and serial number starting from 001, plus IOTA
    reference number if applicable.  Do not use separate numbering
    systems for CW and SSB.  Stations may be contacted on both CW
    and SSB on each band.  Entrants in section (a) MUST send their
    IOTA reference as part of each contact.

    (a) QSO Points.
	Each contact with an IOTA island counts 15 points.  Other
        contacts count 5 points, except contacts with the entrant's
        own country or own IOTA reference, which count 2 points.

    (b) Multiplier.
	The multiplier is the total of different IOTA references
        contacted on each band on CW, plus the total of different
        IOTA references contacted on each band on SSB.

    (c) Total Score.
	The score is the total of QSO points on all bands added
        together, multiplied by the total of multipliers.

    Entries are preferred on disk using recognised contest
    software, ie SDI (Super-Duper for IOTA by EI5DI), CT, NA.
    Paper logs are also acceptable with separate sheets per band
    (but not each mode).  Single mode entrants who make contacts
    on the other mode should submit these separately as checklogs.
    All entries should include a summary of contacts and points
    per band and mode.  A list of IOTA multipliers contacted
    would help adjudication.

    Logs must show: Time, Callsign, RST/serial number/IOTA
    reference sent, RST/serial number/IOTA reference received,
    Multiplier claimed, QSO points

    Entrants are encouraged to submit cross-check ("dupe") sheets
    and a multiplier list.  Entries must be postmarked 31st August
    at the latest, and mailed to the following address: RSGB IOTA
    Contest, PO Box 9, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3RH, England.

    IOTA stations must state their location, i.e. island from where
    they operated, as well as their IOTA reference number. Checklogs
    from non-entrants are welcome.

    Points may be deducted, or entrants disqualified, for violation
    of the rules or the spirit of the contest.  This includes
    refusal by IOTA island stations to make contacts with their own
    country when requested.  Use of a third party to make contacts on
    a list or net is also against the spirit and may lead to
    disqualification.  Duplicate contacts must be marked as such with
    no points claimed.  Unmarked duplicates will be penalised at ten
    times the claimed points, and excessive duplicates may cause

    Scoring is as for the transmitting contest.  Logs must be separate
    for each band, and show Time, Callsign of station heard, RST/serial
    number/IOTA reference sent, Callsign of station being worked,
    Multiplier claimed, QSO points.

    Under "callsign of station being worked", there must be at least
    two other QSOs before a callsign is repeated, or else ten minutes
    must have elapsed.  If both sides of a QSO can be heard, they can
    be logged separately for points if appropriate.

        A DXpedition is defined as an operation involving foreign
        or overseas travel and the transportation of a significant
        amount of equipment.  The final responsibility for deter-
	mining if an operation is a DXpedition or not rests with
        the RSGB HF Contests Committee.

    Note from the RSGB IOTA Manager
    Amateurs planning to activate an all-time new one for IOTA over
    the IOTA Contest weekend should, if possible, arrange to commence
    their operation in the preceding 24 hours to enable the new
    reference number to be issued before the start of the contest.
    Once the contest is under way, it will not be possible to issue
    a new number and, without this, contacts made will not count as
    island contacts.

    IOTA Contest Logging Software
    SDI (Super-Duper for IOTA) by EI5DI is distributed as freeware
    and may be downloaded from 

    SDI is also available, by anonymous ftp, from    (North America)


Good luck in the IOTA Contest, de
Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)

Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor

Contest IOTA 1997 Estratto del Regolamento dello IOTA Contest 1997 Data: dalle 12.00 UTC di sabato 26 luglio alle 12.00 UTC di domenica 27 luglio. Bande e modi: 10, 15, 20, 40 e 80 metri, CW e SSB. Categorie: (a) singolo operatore CW, SSB o Mixed; (b) singolo operatore limited (CW, SSB o Mixed): le operazioni si limitano a 12 ore e i periodi di pausa, di almeno 60 minuti, devono essere chiaramente indicati nel log; (c) multi operatore, singolo trasmettitore, Mixed: categoria riservata alle sole stazioni insulari. Sezioni: (a) IOTA Island Stations: stazioni situate su un'isola in possesso di un Numero di Riferimento IOTA (indicare se si tratta di una stazione permanente o di una DXpedition organizzata ai fini della partecipazione al Contest); (b) World: stazioni situate in localita' prive di Numero di Riferimento IOTA; (c) SWL. Rapporti: RS(T) + numero progressivo a partire da 001 + eventuale Numero di Riferimento IOTA. Non usare numerazioni separate per CW e SSB. Una medesima stazione puo' essere collegata due volte per banda (una in CW e una in SSB). Punteggio: (a) Punti QSO: ogni collegamento con un'isola IOTA vale 15 punti; ogni collegamento con il proprio Country o con il proprio Numero di Riferimento IOTA vale 2 punti; tutti gli altri collegamenti valgono 5 punti ciascuno. (b) Moltiplicatori: totale dei Numeri di Riferimento IOTA diversi tra loro collegati su ciascuna banda in CW + totale dei Numeri di Riferimento IOTA diversi tra loro collegati su ciascuna banda in SSB. (c) Punteggio finale: somma dei punti QSO su tutte le bande moltiplicata per il totale dei moltiplicatori. Log: e' preferibile impiegare un software tra quelli piu' in uso (per esempio SD, CT, NA), ma i log cartacei sono accettati. Bisogna compilare log separati per ciascuna banda e in tutti i casi e' necessario accludere un Summary Sheet e la dichiarazione di aver operato in osservanza del regolamento e dei termini della propria licenza. I log devono elencare: ora UTC, nominativo della stazione lavorata, RST/numero progressivo/Numero di Riferimento IOTA inviati, RST/numero progressivo/Numero di Riferimento IOTA ricevuti, moltiplicatore e punti QSO. I partecipanti al Contest nella Sezione (a) devono indicare il nome e il Numero di Riferimento IOTA dell'isola dalla quale hanno operato. I collegamenti doppi ("dupes") devono essere indicati come tali e il relativo punteggio deve essere azzerato, pena la detrazione di dieci volte il relativo punteggio. E' inoltre opportuno inviare un Dupe Sheet e l'elenco dei moltiplicatori divisi per banda e modo. I log devono essere inviati entro e non oltre il 31 agosto (fa fede il timbro postale) a: RSGB IOTA Contest, P.O.Box 9, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3RH, England, UK. SWL: il punteggio e' identico a quello di cui sopra. Bisogna compilare log separati per ciascuna banda. I log devono elencare ora UTC, nominativo della stazione ascoltata, RST/numero progressivo/Numero di Riferimento IOTA inviati, nominativo della stazione lavorata, moltiplicatore e punti QSO. Tra uno stesso "nominativo della stazione lavorata" e l'altro devono esserci almeno altri due QSO o trascorrere almeno dieci minuti. Buon Contest, de Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ (Country Assistant IOTA per l'Italia) Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM 425 DX News Editor E-mail:
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