IOTA Notice [JUL-99]


             >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN JUNE 1999 <<<

AF-082       3C    RIO MUNI PROVINCE group (Equatorial Guinea), following the
                   operation by 3C2JJ from Corisco Island (May 1999)
AF-083/Prov  3V    MEDITERRANEAN SEA  COAST  SOUTH group  (Tunisian  islands,
                   letter "d"), following the operation by 3V8DJ from  Djerba
                   Island.

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

EU-108  GB5TI      Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles (May 1999)
AF-082  3C2JJ      Corisco Island (May 1999)
AS-036  JA6CM/6    Tsushima Island (April 1999)
AS-049  JI3DST/6   Kuchinoshima, Tokara Archipelago (April/May 1999)
AS-049  JF6WTY/6   Toshima, Tokara Archipelago (May 1999)
AS-049  JL6UBM/6   Toshima, Tokara Archipelago (May 1999)
AS-049  JM6NWR/6   Toshima, Tokara Archipelago (May 1999)
AS-056  JA4PXE/6   Danjo Island, Danjo Archipelago (March & May 1999)
AS-067  JA4PXE/6   Kusagaki Island (April 1999)
AS-122  HL0IHQ/2   Paengnyong Island (May 1999)
AS-136  BI4CM      Chongming Island (February 1999)
NA-074  KL7AK      Nunivak Island (June 1999)
OC-165  9M8QQ      Satang Island (March 1999)
OC-183  VK6ISL     Green Island (June 1999)

(*) 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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        >>> OPERATIONS FROM WHICH VALIDATION MATERIAL IS AWAITED <<<

AF-083/Prov  3V8DJ    Djerba Island (June 1999)
AS-141/Prov  BI5D     Dongtou Island (April/May 1999)
AS-056       JA6GXK   Me-jima, Danjo  Archipelago (periodically  since  April 
                      1999)
NA-040      KL1SLE    St Lawrence Island (April 1999)

Checkpoints are  not authorised  to credit  QSL  cards for  operations  where
validation is required.

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>>> COMPLETE LIST OF IOTA REFERENCE NUMBER ADDITIONS TO 1998/99 DIRECTORY <<<

AF-079       ZS    Cape Province - Indian Ocean Coast Group (South Africa)
AF-080       E3    Red Sea Coast North Group (Eritrea)
AF-081       E3    Red Sea Coast South Group (Eritrea)
AF-082       3C    Rio Muni Province Group (Equatorial Guinea)
AF-083/Prov  3V    Mediterranean Sea Coast South Group (Tunisia)
AS-134       BY3   Hebei/Tianjin Province Group (China)
AS-135       BY4   Jiangsu Province Group (China)
AS-136       BY4   Shanghai Province Group (China)
AS-137       BY5   Zhoushan Archipelago (China)
AS-138       BY5   Fujian Province Group (China)
AS-139       BY7   Guangxi Province Group (China)
AS-140       S2    Khulna Region Group (Bangladesh)
AS-141/Prov  BY5   Zhejiang Province Group (China)
NA-209       YN    Caribbean Sea Coast South Group (Nicaragua)
NA-210       KL    Norton Sound Coast North Group (Alaska)
NA-211       W7    Oregon State Group (USA)
NA-212       YN    Pacific Ocean Coast Group (Nicaragua)
OC-225       DU8   Turtle Islands (Philippines)
OC-226       V63   State of Pohnpei, Pingelap and Mwokil Atolls (FSM)
OC-227       VK4   Queensland   State   (Carpentaria   Gulf)   South    Group 
                   (Australia)
OC-228       VK5   South Australia State East Group (Australia)
SA-086       CE2   Coquimbo/Aconcagua Province Group (Chile)

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                            FAREWELL DXNS

The last copy of the RSGB's DX News Sheet has now  been issued  - the end  of
an era. The link between IOTA  and DXNS had continued for  35 years from  the
time of the programme's creation by Geoff Watts in late 1964. Throughout this
period it was the 'voice' of IOTA. As the last copy issues, I should like  to
pay tribute to all the very  capable editors of DXNS over  the years and  not
least to the last two with whom I had a lot of personal contact during IOTA's
period of development and  growth, Brendan McCartney,  G4DYO and Chris  Page,
G4BUE. I  found them  always supportive  of IOTA  and  very patient  with  my
requests for space and last  minute panic alterations!  As any editor  knows,
this is not  always easy! Many  thanks, Chris, for  all your  efforts on  our
behalf during your period of stewardship over the last four years. Like you I
shall miss our Monday evening QSOs.
                                                        Roger Balister, G3KMA

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           >>> THE ISLAND RADIO EXPEDITION FOUNDATION AND IOTA <<<

On 9 June 1999 an announcement was made about the formation of a new  funding
body, the Island  Radio Expedition Foundation,  Inc. (see  www.sat.net/~iref)
with the primary function to raise money in support of expeditions to rare or
new IOTA  groups.  The RSGB  IOTA  Committee has  written  as below  to  Mike
Crownover, AD5A, President of IREF welcoming this initiative.

Dear Mike
        It was with great pleasure that we read your press release about  the
formation of  Island Radio  Expedition Foundation,  Inc. The  IOTA  Committee
welcomes this  development whole-heartedly  and  congratulates you  and  your
colleagues on the initiative and effort which you have devoted to bringing it
to fruition.
        That a  funding body  for IOTA  operations  is urgently  required  is
self-evident. More than ever before, IOTA enthusiasts are looking to activate
the more remote islands which even in these days of world tourism are  seldom
visited by non-locals. The cost of transportation and total life support  can
be prohibitive, particularly if, as the IOTA Programme becomes more  popular,
longer and better equipped operations become increasingly justified.
        We welcome your decision to make  IREF an international  organisation
with a  Board of  Directors drawn  from both  within and  outside the  United
States. This will have broad appeal to potential members and benefactors.
        The IOTA Committee thanks you for your support of the IOTA  Programme
and wishes  the IREF  all success.  We recommend  it  to the  IOTA  Community
whole-heartedly.

Best regards

Martin Atherton, G3ZAY                                  Roger Balister, G3KMA
RSGB IOTA Committee Chairman                                RSGB IOTA Manager

1 July 1999

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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
3 July 1999                                                       6 July 1999
Email g3kma@dial.pipex.com                              Email i1jqj@amsat.org



                     Past IOTA Notices are available at
                         http://www.425dxn.org/iota
               as well as the 1999 Honour Roll/Annual Listing
           and the latest Most Wanted IOTA Islands Groups listing



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