>>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN SEPTEMBER 2001 <<<

AS-160/Pr  BY4   Shandong Province North West group (China)
SA-089     YV1   Falcon State group (Venezuela)
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        >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 1 OCTOBER 2001 <<<

AF-091/Pr  3V    Jendouba/Bizerte/Tunis/Nabeul Region group (Tunisia)
AS-156/Pr  R0B   Ushakova Island (Russian Federation)
AS-160/Pr  BY4   Shandong Province North West group (China)

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 <<<

AF-013  5R8HC      Madagascar (September 2001)
AF-057  5R8HC      Nosy Be Island (September 2001)
AF-090  5R8GT/P    Sainte-Marie Island (September 2001)
AF-090  5R8HA      Sainte-Marie Island (September 2001)
AF-090  5R8HC      Sainte-Marie Island (September 2001)
EU-032  F5NBX/P    Aix Island (August 2001)
NA-035  HR6SI**    Santanilla (Swan) Islands (March 2001)
OC-023  K3J        Johnston Island (September 2001)
OC-108  YB5NOF/P   Siantan Island, Anambas Islands (September 2001)
OC-110  YJ0AXC     Loh Island, Torres Islands (September 2001)
OC-237  YC2MTA/P   Panjang Island (September 2001)
SA-089  4M1X       Sombrero Island (July 2001)

** This  covers  only  HR6SI  cards.  Some  people  have  reported  receiving
HR2RCH/HR6 QSLs confirming contacts made with  the HR6SI callsign. The  Radio
Club de  Honduras has  now informed  the IOTA  Committee  that it  will  send
replacement HR6SI cards to these amateurs and by direct mail if that was  the
way the QSL was received. Please do not ask the IOTA Committee or checkpoints
questions about this  at this  time (the  Committee will  keep the  situation
under review).

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 OCTOBER 2001

AF-091/Pr 3V8GI     Galite Island (July 2001)
AS-050    RU0B/P    Isachenko Island, Sergeya Kirova Islands (April 2001)
AS-057    RU0B      Uyedineniya Island (April 2001)
AS-068    RS0B/P    Kravkova Island, Mona Islands (April 2001)
AS-091    UE0XYZ    Ptichiy Island (July 2001)
AS-140    S21BR     Dakhin Shahbazpur (Bhola) Island (December 2000)
AS-156/Pr RI0B      Ushakova Island (April 2001)
AS-160/Pr BI4F      Fu Rong Island (September 2001)
EU-082    U1ZA/1,/A Kil'din Island (resident?)
EU-147    U1ZA/1    ?????? Island (February - July 2001)
EU-153    U1ZA/1    ?????? Island (July 2001)
EU-186    TA1ED/0   Gokceada Island (December 2000)
SA-048    4M7G      ?????? Island (September 2001)
SA-088    PSA088    Tacami Island (June 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 <<<

Interim information on the issue of IOTA reference numbers and validation  of
operations during October is available on  the IOTA Manager's website  above.
Under IOTA NEWS BULLETINS click 01/11/2001.
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                          >>> IOTA TROPHIES 2000 <<<

Winners of the three IOTA trophies awarded for DXpedition performance in 2000
were announced at the RSGB HF & IOTA Convention at Windsor in early  October.
The trophy for the 'Most Courageous  IOTA DXpedition of 2000' was awarded  to
the team of  10 Argentinian amateurs,  led by  LU2NI, from  the Santiago  del
Estero Amateur Radio Club who activated AY0N/X from Pinguino Island (SA-087).

The trophy for the 'Most Outstanding IOTA DXpedition in 2000 in Africa,  Asia
and Europe' went  to the team  of 29 (yes  29) operators, led  by HS0GBI  and
HS1CKC, from the  Radio Amateur Society  of Thailand and  the Thailand  Group
1996 for their E29DX operation from Nu Island (AS-145).

That for the  'Most Outstanding IOTA  DXpedition in 2000  in North and  South
America and Oceania' was awarded to the team of KL7AK, KL7TG, W0GLG and KF6XC
for their KL7AK operation from the Kudiakof Islands (NA-216).

In addition, a special trophy was presented to the team of UT8LL, UR5LCV  and
UY5XE  in  recognition  of  their  three  island  operation  as  EM5UIA  from
Kalanchakskiye (EU-179), Lebyazh'i (EU-180) and  Poludennyy (EU-182), all  in
the Black Sea.

Congratulations to all the winners and,  as always, our appreciation goes  to
IOTA expeditioners everywhere  whose efforts contribute  so significantly  to
the success of IOTA.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                                  RSGB IOTA Committee Member
18 October 2001                                               22 October 2001

                      Past IOTA Notices are available at
                          http://www.425dxn.org/iota


Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor
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