IOTA Notice * January 2008

                                        IOTA NEWS
                                           by
                          Roger Balister, G3KMA, RSGB IOTA Manager
                                      19 January 2008

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>>> FEBRUARY 2008 HONOUR ROLL <<<

A reminder  that  updates  for  the  February  2008  Honour  Roll  and  other
performance listings need to be submitted within the next few days. The  last
date for sending applications on-line (by  far the preferred method) and  for
posting cards is 1 February.  Any scores changed  by updates submitted  after
that date will be  held over until  the next appearance  of the listings.  No
decision has been taken on when this will be and particularly whether it will
be possible to schedule it for later this year. An announcement will be  made
in due course.

Listing in the tables is  restricted to those  participants who have  updated
their scores at least once  in the previous  five years. In  the case of  the
February 2008 tables this means since  the 2003 annual listings. If you  wish
to remain  listed,  check to  see  that  you qualify  and,  if  not,  make  a
submission on or  before 1 February  2008. It is  expected that the  February
2008 performance listings will be published in the Spring.

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>>> NEW ON-LINE APPLICATION SYSTEM <<<

The new on-line  application system went  live for all  IOTA participants  in
late September after initial testing. It has proved hugely popular with  some
250 submissions  and  17,500  cards processed  to  date.  The  Software  Team
continues to work on enhancements and  these will come forward over the  next
few months. The  dynamics of working  the new system  have inevitably led  to
consideration being given to a number  of changes to the programme's  written
provisions and procedures last detailed in the 2007 IOTA Directory. These are
likely to be small in scale and mainly of a tidying-up nature to take account
of the new software's current and future capabilities. They will be published
on the RSGB  IOTA website in  due course but  notice is given  here to  alert
participants that some interim changes have been made pending final decisions
that amend the 2007 Directory.

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>>> UPDATE OF DATA IN IOTA DIRECTORY - 2007 EDITION <<<
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>>> NEW IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED <<<

AF-104   7X    Mediterranean Sea Coast East group (Algeria)
AS-186   YK    Syria group (Syria)
AS-193   HZ    Farasan Islands (Saudi Arabia)
NA-243   OX    Greenland's Coastal Islands North East (Greenland)
OC-283   P2    Tauu Islands (aka Takuu Islands) (Papua New Guinea)
OC-284   P2    Nukumanu Islands (Papua New Guinea)
SA-098   OA6   Arequipa/Moquegua/Tacna Department group (Peru)

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>>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ACTIVATED <<<
>>>  (BUT NOT CONFIRMED)  AS AT 19 JANUARY 2008  <<<

Nil

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>>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

AF-104  7U5CI        Grand Cavallo Island (June 2007)
AS-186  YK9SV        Arwad Island (November 2007)
AS-193  HZ1MD/M      Farasan Kebir Island, Farasan Islands (June/July 2007)
EU-080  EA1/EA7TV    Arosa Island (September 2007)
EU-102  RA1QKI/1     Dolgiy Island (August 2007)
EU-102  UA1QV/1      Dolgiy Island (August 2007)
EU-160  RA1QKI/1     Chaichiy Island (August 2007)
EU-160  UA1PBU/P     Chaichiy Island (August 2007)
EU-160  UA1QV/1      Chaichiy Island (August 2007)
NA-004  KL7HBK       Endeavor (Endicott) Island (July 2007)
NA-170  HP2/CX2AM    Wichubhuala Isl, San Blas Archipelago (June/July 2007)
NA-170  HP2/CX3AN    Wichubhuala Isl, San Blas Archipelago (June/July 2007)
NA-170  HP2/CX4CR    Wichubhuala Isl, San Blas Archipelago (June/July 2007)
NA-183  4A3IH        La Roqueta and Grande (Ixtapa) Islands (May 2007)
NA-206  KL1YY        Ushagat Island, Barren Islands (July 2007)
NA-206  NF7E/KL7     Ushagat Island, Barren Islands (July 2007)
NA-206  NN7A/NL7     Ushagat Island, Barren Islands (July 2007)
NA-238  W5BOS/AL0    Unavikshak Island (August 2007)
NA-243  OX/PA3EXX/P  Rathbone Island (August 2007)
OC-080  E51QMA       Suwarrow Atoll, Northern Cook Islands (May 2007)
OC-080  E51TUG       Suwarrow Atoll, Northern Cook Islands (May 2007)
OC-186  YB3MM/2      Karimunjawa Island, Karimunjawa Islands (November 2007)
OC-256  P29VLR       Kilinailau Islands (aka Tulun Islands) (October 2007)
OC-283  P29NI        Tauu Islands (aka Takuu Islands) (October 2007)
OC-284  P29VCX       Nukumanu Islands (September 2007)
SA-098  OA6/IZ7ATN/P Blanca Island (March 2007)

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 should  be printed on  the
card.

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

SA-076  OC1I       Lobos de Afuera Islands (January 2008)
SA-098  OC6I       Blanca Island (December 2007)

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

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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                                  RSGB IOTA Committee Member
19 January 2008                                               20 January 2008
IOTA.HQ@rsgb.org.uk                                          i1jqj@425dxn.org
http://www.g3kma.dsl.pipex.com                     http://www.425dxn.org/iota

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