>>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN NOVEMBER 1998 <<<

AS-140   S2   KHULNA  REGION   group  (Bangladeshi   islands,  letter   "b"),
              following S21K being active from Bhola Island.

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

EU-169   ZA0IS     Sazan Island (September 1998)
AS-045   6M5DX     Tokdo Island (July/August 1998)
AS-045   D98TOK    Tokdo Island (July/August 1998)
AS-140   S21K      Dakhin Shahbazpur (Bhola) Island (resident since Feb 1998)
NA-184   N6VV/P    St George Reef (October 1998)
NA-211   W5BOS/7   Tillamook Rock (September 1998)
OC-084   T32NCC    Tabuaeran (Fanning) Island (long term resident)
OC-106   YC5XIP    Sedanau Island (resident since July 1997)
OC-152   FO0SUC    Tubuai Island (October 1998)
OC-196   VK3AJJ/P  Gabo Island (August/September 1998)

(*) 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 <<<

EU-110   9A1CZZ/P  Brioni Is (November 1998)
EU-169   ZA0B      Sazan Island (September 1998)
AF-070   V5/DK6AO  Seal Island (August 1998)
AS-044   UA0IAS/0  Shantarskiye Is (October 1998)
AS-059   UA0IAS/0  Spafar'yeva Island (August 1998)
AS-069   UA0IAS/0  Iony Island (September 1998)
AS-137   BI5X      Xiaoyangshan Island (October 1998)
OC-051   FO5QF     Rapa Island (October 1998)
OC-084   V85QQ     Muara Besar Island (November 1998)
OC-109   YC5XIP    Serasan Island (1998 operations)

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

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      >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS (YET TO BE CONFIRMED) <<<

AS-139/Prov   BY7  GUANGXI PROVINCE  group (operation  by BI7W  from  Weizhou
                   Island, August 1998)

Checkpoints are not authorised to accept for IOTA credit QSL cards confirming
contacts made with islands/groups whose Reference Numbers have been issued on
a provisional basis.

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                         <<< CANCUN AND PALMARIA >>>

The following comes from the RSGB IOTA Manager (Roger Balister, G3KMA):

In 1994 we made it known that, as the islands of Cancun (Mexico) and Palmaria
(Italy) had  been found  not to  meet  the IOTA  qualification  requirements,
credits for contacts  with them would  be removed from  members' records  for
NA-045 and EU-083 at a convenient time in the medium term future. That action
has now been taken should not therefore come as a surprise to older  members.
Recent members will have been prevented  from securing credit by the note  in
IOTA Directories since 1994 clearly showing  both islands as not  qualifying.
Deletion has been made now to give members affected the opportunity to submit
replacement - qualifying - cards at the annual update time in January.

In the case of NA-045 we are aware of the following valid calls:
   XE1IUQ/XF3 (Mujeres Island, July 1988),
   XF3/XE3XE (Mujeres, at times between October 1994 and February 1995),
   XF3/EA3BT and XF3/EA3AOK (Mujeres, October 1997).
All other calls credited for this island group have been deleted and members'
scores adjusted downwards.

In the  case of  EU-083 also,  members  are asked  to  check the  cards  they
currently have credited. The following callsigns have been deleted on grounds
that the operations took place from Palmaria Island:
   IK2BHX/IP1, IA1/IK2GPQ, IP1BCM,  IP1BQW, IP1CBE,  IP1CRH, IP1GJK,  IP1VXA,
   I4ALU/IP1,  IP1/IK1LBW,  IP1/I2MWZ,  IP1/IK4CIE,  IP1/IK2FEO,  IP1/IK2MMF,
   IP1ARI, IP1/I4VJC, IP1/IK4IDW.
The following additional callsigns have been deleted but on grounds that,  as
they have been  used from several  islands including  possibly Palmaria,  the
record is ambiguous and the cards need to be rechecked:
   I2ZCE/IP1, IA1EDC, I4ALU/IA1, IP1/IK1GPG, I2MWZ/IP1, IP1/I2MWZ,  IP1/I1FX,
   I1SAF/IA1, IK1DLK/IA1, IP1/IK1NEG, IP1AIG, IP1LGR.

Members should resubmit  any cards to  their Checkpoints  which they  believe
have been wrongly removed. Our apologies in advance.

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                         <<< DATABASE CLEANSING >>>

The following comes form the RSGB IOTA Manager (Roger Balister, G3KMA):

Members will be  aware that we  keep the  master database  of island  credits
under periodic review. Inevitably, with an  undertaking as large as this,  we
have to make regular callsign corrections  and tidyings up, and  occasionally
we find it necessary to delete  calls identified as  having been credited  in
error or  where we  have serious  doubt as  to the  location of  the  station
concerned. When a callsign is 'unique' or appears only two or three times, we
tend to take a closer look, particularly if it is  for a rare group. If as  a
result we delete it and we do so wrongly, we do ask for your cooperation  and
understanding. Please check the card and if you are satisfied we have made  a
mistake, resubmit it to your Checkpoint (not HQ or the IOTA Manager!) with  a
note that it is the old card being  submitted. Or, preferably, if you have  a
more  "common"   call  for   that   group  (well-known   operator,   standard
prefix/callsign, etc), submit that card instead. 

In the  last two  weeks we  have reviewed  almost a  third of  the  database,
covering all Africa (AF-001 to -079), half of Oceania (OC-124 to -226) and  a
quarter of  North  America  (NA-152  to  -212).  Several  thousand  different
callsigns have been checked and, unfortunately, quite a few credits have  had
to be deleted. Your Checkpoint will shortly have details if you want to check
your own  position with  a view  to resubmitting  or replacing  cards in  the
January update.

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Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)


425 DX News Editor
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