>>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN FEBRUARY 2000 <<<

None issued. At this date all IOTA Reference Numbers were confirmed.
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   >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL (*) <<<

NA-123  V31JZ      Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Islands (Jan/Feb 1999)
NA-123  V31RL      Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Islands (Jan/Feb 1999)
SA-032  XQ5BIB/8   Wellington Island (January 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 <<<

NA-064  AL7RB/P    Attu Island, Near Islands (September 1999)
OC-076  YC8XNE     Sulabesi, Sula Islands (Feb/March 2000)
OC-114  FO0DEH     Raivavae Island, Austral Islands (Sept/Oct 1999)
SA-050  CE8/R3CA   Riesco Island (January 2000)

Checkpoints are not authorised to credit QSL cards for operations from  which
validation material is still awaited.
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                     >>> HONOUR ROLL / ANNUAL LISTING <<<

The Honour Roll and Annual Listings will  this year be published in the  July
RadCom issued at the end of June. The later date  is due to the need to  give
priority to work on the new  IOTA Directory. However, if  time allows, it  is
envisaged that it may be possible to put the listings on the RSGB website  in
late May  once the  Directory has  gone to  print. Please  do not  ask  about
progress.
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                          >>> NEW IOTA DIRECTORY <<<

The new Directory  will be published  in the middle  of June. If  you are  an
active IOTA participant, or indeed a closet island chaser, you will certainly
need a copy. The changes are  sufficiently significant that, without it,  you
will be at a real disadvantage.  Copy-holders will know instantly whether  or
not the island  worked counts for  IOTA -  because if  it is  not listed,  it
probably won't. Copy-holders will know instantly  which island to target  for
their next DXpedition  - no need  to check first  with IOTA HQ.  Copy-holders
will know instantly  how to maximise  the use of  their time,  and to  target
their efforts in an effective way to get those valid IOTA QSLs.
Watch for an announcement in June about the publication date. Copies will  be
available from RSGB, price to be announced.
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                >>> IOTA 2000, THE IOTA ACTIVITY PROGRAMME <<<

The IOTA 2000 Programme got off to a good start in January with some stations
working over  100 islands  and all  7 continents  in the  month -  enough  to
qualify for the basic IOTA 100 award.
January was  a tough  month in  which to  collect  premium points  since  the
qualifying islands were those just to the west of the International Dateline.
Propagation from  northern  Europe was  not  good but  despite  this  several
stations report having worked over 10 premium pointers.
February has shown a different picture  as all the Japanese islands and  many
others in the Far East and in Oceania have been very active. Quite a few rare
JA and YB8/9 islands have been on the air. Some stations report having worked
over 30 premium pointers.
In March we expect a good deal of activity from Asia and Oceania and from the
remaining parts of Indonesia. It should be possible to pick up another 15  to
20 premium pointers in this month.
The IOTA 2000  Programme gets easier  as we move  towards the  middle of  the
year. In June  and July nearly  all the  European islands  count for  premium
points.
Remember, it's still not too late to start. You can find all the  information
you need on the CDXC website at www.cdxc.org.uk.
                                                                   [TNX G3NUG]
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                >>> RSGB HF & IOTA CONVENTION WINDSOR 2000 <<<

Put the date in  your diaries now.  This year's RSGB  HF and IOTA  Convention
will be held over the period 13, 14 and 15 October at Old Windsor, Berkshire.
An interesting programme, with plenty of  IOTA content, is under  preparation
with a  number of  well-known  speakers lined  up.  The IOTA  Committee  will
explain the background to changes and  developments in IOTA as it enters  the
New Millennium.  More on  this  later. The  Convention  Centre is  served  by
excellent road and rail links and,  for those coming by  air, is within  easy
reach of London  Heathrow Airport. Let's  have a really  big IOTA  attendance
this year. IOTA enthusiasts planning to come are encouraged to drop me a note
so that  we  can  monitor  likely attendance  and  plan  the  IOTA  programme
accordingly. Booking arrangements will be announced later.

The following responded to last month's  first announcement to say that  they
are planning to attend: CT1EEB, G3OAG, GM3ITN, I1JQJ, IK1ADH, IK1NLZ, JI6KVR,
NN2C. Guaranteed - there's going to be a great amount on IOTA to talk about.
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                  >>> CHANGE OF SOUTH AMERICAN CHECKPOINT <<<

As a result  of other commitments,  Carl, PY2DBU, has  had to relinquish  his
checkpoint duties for South America with effect from the end of January.  The
IOTA Committee would like to thank him for his assistance over the past three
years. The IOTA Committee would also  like to thank Dan Sullivan, W4DKS,  for
agreeing to take on the role of  checkpoint for South America in addition  to
his existing tasks as checkpoint for USA call numbers 1 to 3.
Dan's address is
                     Daniel Sullivan, W4DKS
                     14737 Pickets Post Road
                     Centreville
                     VA 20121
                     USA

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               >>> CHANGE OF URL FOR THE RSGB IOTA WEB SITE <<<

Please  note  that  the  RSGB  IOTA   web  site  is  now   to  be  found   on
http://www.rsgbiota.org  .  Both  this  and  the  IOTA  Manager's  web   site
(http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.htm) are  being developed  as and  when
time can  be  prised  away from  IOTA  Directory  revision  and  accompanying
map-work.
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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