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                Monthly update of data in IOTA Directory 2000
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                     >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED <<<

AS-154/Pr  TA    Black Sea Coast East group (Turkey)
AS-155/Pr  BV    Taiwan's Coastal Islands (Taiwan)
OC-243     VK6   WA State (South Coast) West group (Australia)
OC-244/Pr  DU1-4 Luzon's Coastal Islands (Philippines)
SA-088     PP5   Santa Catarina State South group (Brazil)
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         >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 1 MARCH 2001 <<<

AS-154/Pr  TA    Black Sea Coast East group (Turkey)
AS-155/Pr  BV    Taiwan's Coastal Islands (Taiwan)
NA-218/Pr  CO8   Las Tunas/Holguin/Santiago de Cuba Province group (Cuba)
OC-244/Pr  DU1-4 Luzon's Coastal Islands (Philippines)

Note: A full listing of new  IOTA reference numbers issued since  publication
of IOTA  Directory 2000  may be  found  on the  IOTA  Manager's web  site  at
http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml.
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     >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

AS-062  RU0LM/0    Shikotan Island (November 2000)
EU-063  JW5RIA     Hopen Island (May 2000 - January 2001)
OC-046  FO0KUN     Tahiti Island (January 2001)
OC-067  FO0KUN     Mai Moana Motu, Bora Bora Island (January 2001)
OC-202  DX4RIG     Tinaga Island, Calagua Islands (April 2000)
OC-243  VK6BSI     Breaksea Island (January 2001)
SA-088  PV5IOTA    Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)
SA-088  PV5L       Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)

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 must be on the card.
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         >>> OPERATIONS FROM WHICH VALIDATION MATERIAL IS AWAITED <<<
         >>>                  AS AT 1 MARCH 2001                  <<<

AS-140    S21BR        Dakhin Shahbazpur (Bhola) Island (December 2000)
AS-154/Pr TA0/IZ7ATN   Giresun Island (February 2001)
AS-155/Pr BV9L         Liuchiu Yu Island (March 2001)
EU-186    TA1ED/0      Gokceada Island (December 2000)
EU-187    SV9/SV1CID/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187    SV9/SV1DPL/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
NA-218/Pr CO8OTA       Moa Grande Island (September 2000)
OC-091    DU1KGJ/P     Polillo Island (February 2001)
OC-093    4H2B         Batan Island (February 2001)
OC-126    4I1P         Lubang Island (February 2001)
OC-244/Pr 4I1P         Marinduque Island (February 2001)
SA-057    CV0F         San Gabriel Island (January 2001)

Note: Checkpoints are  not authorised to  credit QSL cards  for an  operation
where validation is required.
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                         >>> UPDATES ON THE ABOVE <<<

Mid-month information on the issue of  IOTA reference numbers and  validation
of operations is now available  on the IOTA  Manager's web-site above.  Under
IOTA NEWS BULLETINS click the latest bulletin under preparation.
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                            >>> NEW CHECKPOINTS <<<

On 31 March  John Hall, G3TOK  will retire  from checkpoint  duties after  11
years of service  to the IOTA  community. The  IOTA Committee  is taking  the
opportunity to  appoint local  checkpoints in  two  of the  areas  previously
covered by John - Scandinavia (including Denmark from G3ALI's checkpoint) and
the CIS countries. The new checkpoints with effect from 1 April 2001 are:

For Sweden, Denmark, Faroes, Finland, Greenland, Iceland and Norway:
       Jan "John" Hallenberg, SM5DJZ
       Vassunda Andersberg
       SE-741 91 Knivsta
       Sweden
       E-mail: djz@swipnet.se
SM5DJZ has also been appointed IOTA Country Assistant for Sweden. He will  be
supported by  a  small team.  These  arrangements have  the  support  of  the
Foreningen Sveriges Sandareamatorer (SSA).

For Ukraine, Russia and other CIS countries:
       Igor Zeldin, UR5LCV
       P.O. Box 466
       Kharkov 61103
       Ukraine
       E-mail: ur5lcv@qsl.net or ur5lcv@krars.kharkov.ua
Victor Rusinov, UT8LL, the current Country Assistant for the Ukraine, will be
a member  of  the IOTA  team.  These arrangements  have  the support  of  the
Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL) and the Russian Robinson Club (RRC).

For England  (call-numbers  G0 and  M0),  the rest  of  the UK,  the  Channel
Islands, the Isle of Man and all British SWLs:
       Philip Marsh, G4WFZ
       Columbia
       28 Orcheston Road
       Charminster
       Bournemouth
       Hampshire BH8 8SR
       England
       E-mail: g4wfz@aol.com

We ask those IOTA members for whom John, G3TOK was the checkpoint (as well as
Danish members previously served by Ray G3ALI) to note the new  arrangements.
I am sure that they would  wish to join the IOTA  Committee in thanking  John
for his many years of service.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
5 March 2001                                                     6 March 2001

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