>>> 1000 IOTA GROUPS <<<

1000 IOTAs! The  milestone was reached  on 15 April  2001 with  the issue  of
AF-090/Pr to 5R8GT  operating from Sainte  Marie Island  off Madagascar.  The
IOTA Honour  Roll to  be published  shortly shows  a  number of  the  leading
stations with scores above  950. To reach  that level is  perhaps one of  the
biggest performance challenges in HF DXing today, particularly for those  who
do not have a capability or interest in  multiband or LF band DXing. A  quick
comparison of  the Most  Needed DXCC  Entities List  and IOTA's  Most  Wanted
Island Group List shows almost total lack  of overlap. In fact hardly any  of
the island entities in the top 50  Most Needed Entities List features in  the
top 250 Most Wanted IOTA groups - most fall in the 250-500 category or  lower
still. This  would  seem  to  confirm  what we  always  suspected  -  that  a
disproportionally large percentage of IOTA members have very high DXCC scores
on or  near the  DXCC Honour  Roll.  This is  a  subject well  worth  further
research!

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

AF-090/Pr  5R    Madagascar's Coastal Islands East (Madagascar)
AS-156/Pr  R0B   Ushakova Island (Russian Federation)
AS-157/Pr  3W    South China Sea Coast Centre group (Vietnam)
NA-220/Pr  OX    Greenland's Coastal Islands South West (Greenland)
OC-245     YB5-6 Sumatra's Coastal Islands North (Indonesia)
OC-246/Pr  YB8   Leti and Sermata Islands (Indonesia)
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          >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 1 MAY 2001 <<<

AF-090/Pr  5R    Madagascar's Coastal Islands East (Madagascar)
AS-156/Pr  R0B   Ushakova Island (Russian Federation)
AS-157/Pr  3W    South China Sea Coast Centre group (Vietnam)
EU-188/Pr  R1P   Pechorskoye Sea Coast West group (Russian Federation)
NA-220/Pr  OX    Greenland's Coastal Islands South West (Greenland)
OC-244/Pr  DU1-4 Luzon's Coastal Islands (Philippines)
OC-246/Pr  YB8   Leti and Sermata Islands (Indonesia)

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 <<<

NA-170  HP2/F5PAC  El Porvenir Island (February 2001)
NA-170  HP7/F5PAC  El Porvenir Island (February 2001)
NA-202  HP2/F5PAC  Grande Island (February 2001)
OC-087  V73E       Enewetak Atoll (April 2001)
OC-162  H44MS      Poporang Island, Shortland Islands (February/March 2001)
OC-245  YB6LYS/P   Mursala Island (March 2001)
OC-245  YC6JKV/P   Mursala Island (March 2001)
OC-245  YC6LAY/P   Mursala Island (March 2001)
OC-245  YC6PLG/P   Mursala Island (March 2001)

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 MAY 2001                   <<<

AF-090/Pr 5R8GT        Sainte-Marie Island (April 2001)
AS-050    RU0B/P       ??????? Island (April 2001)
AS-057    RU0B         Uyedineniya Island (April 2001)
AS-068    RS0B/P       ??????? Island (April 2001)
AS-140    S21BR        Dakhin Shahbazpur (Bhola) Island (December 2000)
AS-154    TA0/IT9WDY/P Giresun Island (April 2001)
AS-154    TA0/IT9YRE/P Giresun Island (April 2001)
AS-156/Pr RI0B         Ushakova Island (April 2001)
AS-157/Pr 3W7D         Tam Island (April 2001)
EU-186    TA1ED/0      Gokceada Island (December 2000)
EU-188/Pr UE1RCV/1     Sengeyskiy Island (March 2001)
NA-035    HR6SI        Santanilla Islands (March 2001)
NA-220/Pr OX3LG        Simiutaq Island (April 2001)
OC-091    DU1KGJ/P     Polillo Island (February 2001)
OC-093    4H2B         Batan Island (February 2001)
OC-126    4I1P         Lubang Island (February 2001)
OC-221    YE8XM/P      Kai Kecil Island, Kai Islands (April 2001)
OC-224    YE8XM/P      Tanimbar Islands (April 2001)
OC-244/Pr 4I1P         Marinduque Island (February 2001)
OC-246/Pr YE8XM/P      Sermata Island (April 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 available on  the IOTA Manager's  website above. Under  IOTA
NEWS BULLETINS click the latest bulletin under preparation.
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                >>> RSGB HF & IOTA CONVENTION WINDSOR 2001 <<<

Put the date in  your diaries now.  This year's RSGB  HF and IOTA  Convention
will be held over the period 12, 13 and 14 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 including  the ops from  D68C.
The IOTA Committee will have a  series of presentations celebrating the  twin
milestones of 1000 IOTA numbers issued and of IOTA entering the 21st Century.
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 from outside the UK planning to come are encouraged to drop me  a
note so that  we can monitor  likely attendance and  plan the IOTA  programme
accordingly. Details of booking arrangements will be available via a link  on
the website above within  a few days  - there is  an attractive discount  for
booking early.
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                           >>> IOTA CONTEST 2001 <<<

A reminder that the IOTA Contest takes  place from 1200 UTC Saturday 28  July
to 1200 UTC Sunday 29 July 2001. 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/index.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  an
unnumbered, ie new, group, 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.

Please note  that  ALL  correspondence  about  the  contest  rules,  conduct,
adjudication and results must be directed  to the RSGB HF Contests  Committee
Chairman, Justin Snow, G4TSH at hfcc.chairman@rsgb.org.uk and NOT to the IOTA
Committee or the IOTA Manager. Notices  of planned island activity should  be
addressed to Steve  Lawman, G0UIH  at g0uihsteve@compuserve.com  if you  want
advance publicity.
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                            >>> NEW CHECKPOINT <<<

At the end of March 2001, after 12  years of magnificent service to the  IOTA
community, Dewitt Jones, W4BAA retired from his IOTA roles as North  American
Committee Member, US Country Assistant and US Checkpoint for the 7/8/9/0 call
numbers. We are pleased  to report that  Dewitt has agreed  to continue as  a
"Corresponding Member" of the IOTA Committee  and, perhaps more  importantly,
that he  will remain  an  active participant  in  the programme.  All  island
chasers will, we  are sure, join  the Committee  in thanking  Dewitt for  his
unparalleled support over these many years  and in wishing him the very  best
"in a well-earned retirement".

The new North American Committee Member and US Country Assistant will be  Don
Chamberlain, W9DC who has been US  Checkpoint for the 4/5/6 call numbers  for
the last  8  years and,  in  recent times,  a  Corresponding  Member  of  the
Committee.

The IOTA Committee  is very pleased  to announce that  long-term IOTA  chaser
Gordon R Bazsali, WB9EEE, has agreed to  take over as the new Checkpoint  for
the 7/8/9/0  call numbers  with immediate  effect.  Gordon's address  is  255
Hillcrest Ave,  Hampshire, IL  60140-9429, USA.  He can  also be  reached  at
wb9eee@aol.com. We ask  those IOTA  members for  whom Dewitt,  W4BAA was  the
checkpoint to note the new arrangements.
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                    >>> MOST WANTED IOTA ISLAND GROUPS <<<

The new list of Most Wanted IOTA groups, based on updates for the Honour Roll
and Annual Listings, has now been published, replacing the one at Annex H  of
IOTA Directory 2000.  It is on  Internet and can  be found on  the RSGB  IOTA
website http://www.rsgbiota.org - follow the  link from the  top of the  home
page. Alternatively, you can go via  the link on  the IOTA Manager's  website
above.

These listings are provided for the benefit of intending DXpeditioners.  They
list the most wanted IOTA groups for  each continent and show for each  group
the proportion of members who have  submitted valid cards. The listings  also
indicate which groups are considered "rare" and thus require validation.
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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 2000.  (There is  one award  for
"Most  Courageous  Worldwide"  and  two  awards  for  "Most  Outstanding"  in
Africa/Asia/Europe and North America/South America/Oceania.) The voting  form
can be found on the web  at http://www.rsgbiota.org/Vote. Please remember  to
give your callsign; the votes will  be confidential but anonymous votes  will
not be counted.
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                     >>> MAILING CARDS TO CHECKPOINTS <<<

Checkpoints have reported receipt, on occasions, of packages of cards sent by
Recorded or Registered mail where the  sender has omitted  to write his  name
and address on the back. It is a condition  of this type of mailing that  the
sender's return address should appear on the envelope/package. This is not  a
case of 'bureaucracy' for the sake of  it. If the parcel cannot be  delivered
for any reason (eg the checkpoint is away from home) and by mistake a note is
not left  asking him  to collect  it  on his  return,  the parcel  could  get
redirected to the Post Office's 'Lost  Property' section! The postal  service
is normally very good but please do help them by writing clearly the COMPLETE
return address. This advice is also best followed when sending packages  even
by normal mail.
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                      >>> DXPEDITION LOGS ON THE WEB <<<

A request to DXpeditioners. If you  make available a log  search on the  web,
please note that the widely preferred  response to a  search request is  band
and mode details only. Inclusion of date and time of QSO provides information
both for amateurs and SWLs which could in certain obvious circumstances  lead
to action  which  undermines the  integrity  of any  performance-based  award
programme.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
4 May 2001                                                         7 May 2001

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