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                  All IOTA number references are on the basis
                     of the listing in IOTA Directory 2000
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                         >>> IOTA REFERENCE ISSUED <<<

AF-088     C9    Nampula District group (Mozambique)
AS-152     R0Q   Respublika Sakha: Laptev Sea Coast West grp (Russian Fed)
NA-219/Pr  C6    Cay Sal Bank Cays (Bahamas)
OC-235     DU8-9 Mindanao's Coastal Islands (Philippines)
OC-236/Pr  YB8   Celebes's Coastal Islands (Indonesia)
OC-237/Pr  YB0-3 Java's Coastal Islands (Indonesia)
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       >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 3 NOVEMBER 2000 <<<

AS-150/Pr  BY4   Shandong Province South group (China)
NA-214/Pr  KL    Nome County South group (Alaska)
NA-215/Pr  KL    Northwest Arctic County group (Alaska)
NA-217/Pr  W1    New Hampshire State group (United States)
NA-218/Pr  CO8   Las Tunas/Holguin/Santiago de Cuba Province group (Cuba)
NA-219/Pr  C6    Cay Sal Bank Cays (Bahamas)
OC-232/Pr  4W    East Timor's Coastal Islands (East Timor)
OC-236/Pr  YB8   Celebes's Coastal Islands (Indonesia)
OC-237/Pr  YB0-3 Java's Coastal Islands (Indonesia)
SA-088/Pr  PP5   Santa Catarina State South group (Brazil)
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     >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

AF-029  ZD9/ZS1B   Tristan da Cunha Island (September/October 1999)
AF-030  ZD9/ZS1B   Gough Island (September/October 1999)
AF-088  C91RF/P    Mocambique Island (September 2000)
AS-041  JI3DST/4   Nakano Island, Oki Islands (July & August 2000)
AS-117  JI3DST/3   O Island (September 2000)
AS-147  JI3DST/8   Okushiri Island (September 2000)
AS-152  R0/UR8LV   Bol'shoy Begichev Island (September 2000)
EU-181  LZ2FV/1    Sveti Anastasiya Island (August 2000)
EU-181  LZ3FN/1    Sveti Anastasiya Island (August 2000)
EU-181  LZ3SM/1    Sveti Anastasiya Island (August 2000)
EU-185  UE6AAD     Dzendzik Island (September 2000)
NA-011  FO0AAA     Clipperton Island (March 2000)
NA-064  AL7RB/P    Attu Island, Near Islands (September 1999)
OC-063  FO0/F5JJW  Mangareva Island, Gambier Islands (October 2000)
OC-063  FO0MOT     Aukena Island, Gambier Islands (July 2000)
OC-114  FO0MOT/P   Raivavae Island (September 2000)
OC-150  YC9ID      Lombok Island (resident)
OC-235  DU9BCD     Camiguin Island (resident)
OC-235  W3PID/DU9  Camiguin Island (resident)

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  3 NOVEMBER 2000                <<<

AS-150/Pr BI4S         Lingshan Island (July 2000)
EU-063    JW5RIA       Hopen Island (July 2000)
EU-179    UR3GA        Orlov Island (resident?)
EU-187    SV9/SV1CID/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187    SV9/SV1DPL/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
NA-155    TE6U         Uvita Island (May 2000)
NA-184    KQ6XA        ?????? (July 2000)
NA-214/Pr KL7/W6IXP    Stuart Island (July 2000)
NA-215/Pr KL7/K6ST     Chamisso Island (July 2000)
NA-217/Pr WF1N         Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals (September 2000)
NA-218/Pr CO8OTA       Moa Grande Island (September 2000)
NA-219/Pr W5BOS/C6A    Dog Rocks, Cay Sal Bank Cays (October 2000)
OC-202    DX4RIG       Tinaga Island, Calagua Islands (April 2000)
OC-232/Pr 4W6GH/P      Atauro Island (July 2000)
OC-236/Pr YC8RSW/P     Lembeh Island (October 2000)
OC-236/Pr YC8TXW/P     Lembeh Island (October 2000)
OC-236/Pr YC8UFF/P     Lembeh Island (October 2000)
OC-237/Pr YB3ZMI       Madura Island (October 2000)
SA-088/Pr PV5IOTA      Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)
SA-088/Pr PV5L         Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)

Note: Checkpoints are  not authorised to  credit QSL cards  for an  operation
where validation is required.
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          >>> IOTA DIRECTORY 2000: ADDITIONAL QUALIFYING ISLANDS <<<

Islands that have been found to  qualify since publication of Directory  2000
are added to a list of  Additional Qualifying Islands  on the IOTA  Manager's
website at http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml. Check this and a  copy
of Directory 2000  before putting  your questions  to others.  It could  save
everyone a lot of time as well as provide you with the right answer!

                          >>> BOCA BRAVA, NA-071 <<<

Please note a change to the  Directory listing for  NA-071 that affects  Boca
Brava Island shown  as a  non-qualifying island.  Following further  research
based on a more detailed map we are now prepared to accept that it meets IOTA
qualification rules. The operation by HP3/F5PAC  from Boca Brava Island  will
therefore now be allowed to count.  An amendment has been made  to Part 3  of
the Conversion Sheet. (Thanks F5PAC).
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                      >>> LICENSING: GREECE AND CEPT <<<

The Greek National  Society RAAG has  informed the IOTA  Committee that  only
nationals of European Community countries (plus Norway) may operate under the
terms of  their CEPT  licence in  Greece. This  means that  nationals of  the
following CEPT countries may not use  their CEPT licence  in Greece but  must
obtain a licence from the Greek  Ministry of Transport and Communications  or
operate under an existing reciprocal licence arrangement:

Albania, Bosnia &  Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,  Czech Republic,  Estonia,
Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia,  Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta,  Moldova,
New Zealand,  Peru, Poland,  Romania,  Russian Federation,  Slovak  Republic,
Slovenia,  South  Africa,  Switzerland,  The  Former  Yugoslav  Republic   of
Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine.

The IOTA Committee  will, in the  case of  operations by  nationals of  these
countries from Greek islands valid  for IOTA, expect  to see licences  before
accepting them for credit.

All questions should be referred to: MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Dept.  of  Communication  Control,   Att.  Mrs  Bardaka   (Tel. 01- 6508555),
2 ANASTASEOS & TSIGANTE STR., 11510 HOLARGOS ATHENS, GREECE.
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                      >>> LICENSING: THE UK AND CEPT <<<

Please note  that, if  you wish  to operate  from one  of the  UK's  overseas
territories, you need to obtain  a licence or  other authorisation issued  by
that territory's administration. The CEPT licence is not valid. The UK signed
up to CEPT  on behalf of  the United Kingdom  of Great  Britain and  Northern
Ireland, the Channel Islands and the  Isle of Man only and  NOT on behalf  of
the UK's  overseas territories.  The same  applies to  reciprocal  agreements
between the UK and other countries  unless they specifically state that  they
have been  extended to  the UK's  overseas  territories. The  IOTA  Committee
reserves the right to ask to see copies of licences.
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        >>> CORRECT PREFIXES FOR USE IN THE UK BY OVERSEAS VISITORS <<<

We continue to hear occasionally visitors to the UK using the prefix G/, GD/,
GI/, GJ/,  GM/,  GU/  or  GW/  followed  by  their  callsign  when  operating
temporarily under  the terms  of their  CEPT licence.  This is  wrong and  we
regret that, in future, operations with  such callsigns will not be  accepted
for IOTA. The correct prefixes are  M/, MD/, MI/, MJ/, MM/,  MU/ or MW/.  The
suffixed /P  or /M  is to  be used  as appropriate  - this  is not  optional.
Contesters should in particular note the need for a correct callsign.
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         >>> IOTA SHELL TROPHY AND PREMIER IOTA AWARD WINNERS 1999 <<<

At the RSGB HF and  IOTA Convention at  Windsor on 13  October 2000 the  IOTA
Committee was pleased  to announce the  following winners of  the IOTA  Shell
Trophies for the year 1999:

Most Courageous IOTA DXpedition in 1999
   Awarded  to:  Giuseppe  de  Gasperin,  I2YDX/E30LA  and  Roberto   Zanchin,
   IK2WXZ/E30MA for their Eritrean operations from the Dahlak Islands  AF-038,
   Sheikh Said Island AF-080 and Gerebsasa  Island AF-081 in  January/February
   1999.

Most Outstanding IOTA DXpedition in 1999 in Africa, Asia and Europe
   Awarded to: the  team of  Tunisian and  Italian operators  led by  Giovanni
   Bini, I5JHW,  for their  Tunisian operation  from Djerba  Island AF-083  as
   3V8DJ in June 1999.

Most Outstanding  IOTA DXpedition  in 1999  in North  and South  America  and
Oceania
   Awarded to:  James  Model, K9PPY,  Samuel  Pimenta, CT1EEN,  Stephen  Pall,
   VK2PS, and  Malcolm  Johnson, VK6LC  for  their Australian  operation  from
   Rowley Shoals OC-230 as VK9RS in September 1999.

Background
Each award is a pearl shell trophy mounted on polished hardwood. It is in the
same style as a number of trophies generously presented to the IOTA Programme
by Malcolm  Johnson, VK6LC  at the  URE IOTA  Convention in  May 1998.  These
annually awarded trophies have  been funded from  a generous contribution  by
Victor Rusinov, UT8LL, and are retained permanently by the winners.

Details on how  to vote for  the 2000  DXpedition winners  will be  published
early in 2001.

The IOTA Committee was also pleased to present the following Premier IOTA
Awards to:

Wolfgang and Annegret Dattenberg, DL2SCQ and DL1SCQ
   for their numerous successful IOTA DXpeditions in Europe, North America and
   Oceania and honouring  Annegret who so  sadly became a  Silent Key  earlier
   this year.

Mike Crownover, AD5A
   for the creation and operation of  the Island Radio Expedition  Foundation,
   Inc. dedicated to funding IOTA DXpeditions.

The Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society
   for IOTA DXpeditions in Oman and Tanzania and for support and encouragement
   to the IOTA Programme.

Hearty congratulations to everyone concerned.  All have provided  outstanding
service to the IOTA community. And, of course, our thanks and appreciation go
to all IOTA DXpeditioners in 1999.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)

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Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor
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