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

OC-227   VK4  QUEENSLAND STATE  (CARPENTARIA  GULF) SOUTH  group  (Queensland
              islands, letter "b"),  following the operation  by VK4CAY  from
              Mornington Island.

OC-228   VK5  SOUTH AUSTRALIA  STATE  EAST group  (South  Australia  islands,
              letter "a"), following the operation by VK4CAY/5, VK5AFZ/P  and
              VK5BIT/P from Granite Island.

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

EU-120  G0UIH/P    Lindisfarne (Holy) Island  (August 1998)
EU-120  G3XFA/P    Lindisfarne (Holy) Island  (August 1998)
AF-043  TR0A/P     Banie Island               (March 1999)
OC-138  VK4CAY     Thursday Island            (April 1999)
OC-172  VK4CAY     Fitzroy Island             (March 1999)
OC-227  VK4CAY     Mornington Island          (March 1999)
OC-228  VK4CAY/5   Granite Island             (April 1999)
OC-228  VK5AFZ/P   Granite Island             (April 1999)
OC-228  VK5BIT/P   Granite Island             (April 1999)
SA-007  HK3JJH/0M  Malpelo Island             (March/April 1999)
SA-084  HK3JJH/4   Cacagual Island            (March 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 <<<

AS-056  JA4PXE/6    Danjo Archipelago           (March 1999)
AS-136  BI4CM       Chongming Island            (February 1999) 
OC-051  FO5QF       Rapa Island                 (October 1998) 
OC-090  DU1/DL2GAC  Calamian Group              (April 1999)
OC-127  H44MS       Rennell Island              (March 1999)
OC-152  FO0EEN      Tubuai Island               (December 1998)
OC-165  9M8QQ       Pulau Satang                (March 1999)
SA-015  4M5I        Los Monjes Archipelago      (April 1999)
SA-037  4M5I        La Blanquilla Island        (April 1999)

Checkpoints are not authorised to credit QSL cards for operations from  which
validation material is still awaited.

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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 1998.

Three beautiful (and quite fragile) pearl shell trophies have been  presented
to the IOTA Committee by well known island activator Malcolm Johnson,  VK6LC.
The purchase of  the high quality  replicas to  be given  annual winners  for
retention has been funded by Victor Rusinov, UT8LL, a long term supporter  of
IOTA.

The trophies will be awarded annually to DXpeditions judged to have  excelled
all others 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  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.logiciel.co.uk/iota/voting.html

The deadline for voting is midday 1  July 1999. Results will be announced  at
the RSGB HF/IOTA Convention at Windsor (8-10 October).

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Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)

Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM

425 DX News Editor
i1jqj@425dxn.org