>>> From next month all IOTA number references <<<
              >>>   will be on the basis of the listing in   <<<
              >>>     IOTA  Directory  2000  (see below)     <<<
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            >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED AND/OR CONFIRMED <<<

None.
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   >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL (*) <<<

AS-132  XV5JY      Cat Ba Island (May 2000)
AS-132  XV5TK      Cat Ba Island (May 2000)
AS-132  XV5VE      Cat Ba Island (May 2000)

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

AF-085/Prov  ZS31ER     Elephant Rock (April 2000)
AS-145/Prov  E29DX      Koh Nu (April 2000)
AS-146/Prov  BI4L       Changdao Island (May 2000)
NA-064       AL7RB/P    Attu Island, Near Islands (September 1999)
NA-155       TE6U       Uvita Island (May 2000)
OC-202       DX4RIG     Tinaga Island, Calagua Islands (April 2000)
SA-050       CE8/R3CA   Riesco Island (January 2000)
SA-087/Prov  AY0N/X     Pinguino Island (April 2000)

Checkpoints are not authorised to credit QSL cards for operations from  which
validation material is still awaited.
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                          >>> NEW IOTA DIRECTORY <<<

IOTA Directory 2000 will be published on or immediately after 19 June. If you
are an active IOTA participant, or  indeed a closet  island chaser, you  will
need a copy as the island  listings have undergone  a complete revision.  The
changes are sufficiently  significant that,  without the  new Directory,  you
will be at a real disadvantage. Manually updating an earlier version will not
be a feasible option.

DXpeditioners, in particular, need to get a copy as there are rule changes as
well as island listing changes  which may affect  their expedition plans  for
the summer,  including  in  particular  the  IOTA  Contest.  This  is  really
important.

Copies will be available from 19  June from the following address: RSGB  IOTA
Programme, PO Box 9, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3RH, England. Advance orders  can
be placed now. Prices, inclusive of postage: for RSGB members UKú9.99 (within
the UK); for non-members UKú11.49 (within the UK), US$19 or 30 IRCs (rest  of
Europe), US$22 or 34 IRCs (airmail, outside Europe). The RSGB can accept most
credit cards. For further information check the RSGB website at  www.rsgb.org
or e-mail sales@rsgb.org.uk.

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                           >>> IOTA CONTEST 2000 <<<

A reminder that the IOTA Contest takes  place from 1200 UTC Saturday 29  July
to 1200 UTC Sunday 30 July 2000. As this contest now attracts more than  1000
participants, it  is quite  possible to  work during  the  24 hours  the  100
different IOTAs required to qualify for the basic award. Full details are  at
http://www.g4tsh.demon.co.uk/HFCC/Rules-2000/iota.htm.

If you plan to take part  as an island station,  please check IOTA  Directory
2000 to see that your island counts and that you have the right IOTA  number.
If it is not listed, it could be that its IOTA status has been withdrawn.  So
you may need to investigate. Also remember,  if you decide to activate a  new
group (bearing in mind the publication of a new Directory!), a new  reference
number will NOT be issued  during the 24  hours of the  contest, so you  will
need to start the operation before the contest to secure the number.

For participants  interested in  a contest  logger,  Paul O'Kane,  EI5DI  has
uploaded version  9.61 of  SDI (SD  for IOTA),  as freeware,  to his  website
www.ei5di.com. The only  logger dedicated to  this event,  it's intended  for
single-operator entries.  Paul  says that  version  9.61  is  much  improved,
compared to  last year's  version, in  terms of  giving real-time  multiplier
information as callsign prefixes are typed. It's great fun to use.

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                            >>> CAST YOUR VOTE! <<<

IOTA enthusiasts are invited to cast  their votes to nominate the winners  of
the RSGB IOTA Awards for the Calendar Year 1999.

Three beautiful pearl shell trophies were presented to the IOTA Committee  in
1998 by well-known island activator Malcolm  Johnson, VK6LC. The purchase  of
high  quality  replicas  to  be  given  annual  winners  for  retention   was
subsequently funded by Victor Rusinov, UT8LL, a long term supporter of IOTA.

The trophies are awarded  annually to DXpeditions  judged to deserve  special
recognition in the year in question. Each person voting has three votes,  one
in each of the following categories:
* the Most Courageous IOTA DXpedition of the Year
* the Most Outstanding DXpedition of the Year (Europe, Africa and Asia)
* the Most Outstanding DXpedition of the  Year (North America, South  America
   and Oceania)

The IOTA Committee retains the final decision,  but it will be guided by  the
result of a free and fair vote. Full information, including a voting form  by
e-mail and a list of possible nominees, is available at

                         http://www.rsgbiota.org

The deadline for voting is midday 1 August 2000. Results will be announced at
the RSGB HF & IOTA Convention at Windsor  taking place from 13 to 15  October
2000.

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                               >>> WEB SITES <<<

RSGB IOTA       http://www.rsgbiota.org
IOTA MANAGER    http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.htm

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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)


                      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