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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-087     5H    Tanga Region group (Tanzania)
AS-149     R0F   Sakhalin's Coastal Islands (Russian Federation)
AS-151/Pr  BY2   Liaoning Province West group (China)
EU-178     ES0,8 Parnumaa County/Saaremaa County South group (Estonia)
EU-185     R6A-D Krasnodarskiy Kray: Black Sea Coast group (Russian Fed)
EU-186     TA    Turkey group (Turkey)
NA-216/Pr  KL    Northern Alaska Peninsula West group (Alaska)
OC-234/Pr  VK    Browse Island (Australia)
OC-235/Pr  DU8-9 Mindanao's Coastal Islands (Philippines)
SA-088/Pr  PP5   Santa Catarina State South group (Brazil)
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       >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 4 SEPTEMBER 2000 <<<

AS-148/Pr  HL4   Cholla-bukto Province group (South Korea)
AS-150/Pr  BY4   Shandong Province South group (China)
AS-151/Pr  BY2   Liaoning Province West group (China)
EU-187/Pr  SV9   Crete's Coastal Islands (Greece: Crete)
NA-214/Pr  KL    Nome County South group (Alaska)
NA-215/Pr  KL    Northwest Arctic County group (Alaska)
NA-216/Pr  KL    Northern Alaska Peninsula West group (Alaska)
OC-232/Pr  4W    East Timor's Coastal Islands (East Timor)
OC-234/Pr  VK    Browse Island (Australia)
OC-235/Pr  DU8-9 Mindanao's Coastal Islands (Philippines)
SA-088/Pr  PP5   Santa Catarina State South group (Brazil)
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     >>> OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE PROVIDED ACCEPTABLE VALIDATION MATERIAL <<<

AF-087  5I3A         Yambe Island (July 2000)
AS-043  JA1MXY/1     Hachijo Island (July 2000)
AS-043  JA1SGU/1     Hachijo Island (July 2000)
AS-043  JI1SQK/1     Hachijo Island (July 2000)
AS-085  HL0C/4       Soan Island (August 2000)
AS-099  TA0/IZ7ATN/P Bozcaada Island (June 2000)
AS-147  JE8JSX/8     Rebun To Island (June 2000)
AS-147  JF8RNL/8     Rebun To Island (June 2000)
AS-147  JJ8XNA       Okushiri Island (resident)
AS-147  JR8KJR/P     Okushiri Island (August 2000)
AS-149  RK0FWL/P     Moneron Island (July/August 2000)
EU-068  F/G0MEU/P    Sein Island (July 2000)
EU-068  F/ON4ON/P    Sein Island (July 2000)
EU-068  F/ON7PQ/P    Sein Island (July 2000)
EU-090  9A10C        Palagruza Island (June 2000)
EU-097  OH2/JR3QHQ/P Kotiluoto Hemholmen Island (July 2000)
EU-174  SV8/IZ7ATN/P Amoliani Island (June 2000)
EU-177  SM0ELV/5     Missjo Island (July 2000)
EU-178  ES8X         Kihnu Island (July 2000)
EU-179  UR5ZEL/P     Berezan' Island (July 2000)
EU-180  UU7J/P       Kosa Tuzla Island (July 2000)
EU-181  LZ1KMS       Sveti Anastasiya Island (July 2000)
EU-184  OH8/IK3GES/P Hailuoto Island (July 2000)
EU-185  UE6AAA       Sudzhuk Island (July 2000)
EU-186  TA0/IZ7ATN/P Gokceada Island (June 2000)
OC-111  YJ0AXC       Tongoa Island, Shepherd Islands (August 2000)
OC-197  8A3B         Bawean Island (July 2000)

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 4 SEPTEMBER 2000                <<<

AS-148/Pr  DS0DX/4      Wi Island (July 2000)
AS-148/Pr  DS2AGH/4     Wi Island (August 2000)
AS-150/Pr  BI4S         Lingshan Island (July 2000)
AS-151/Pr  BI2J         Juhua Island (August/September 2000)
EU-063     JW5RIA       Hopen Island (July 2000)
EU-178     ES1QX/8      Kihnu Island (June 2000)
EU-178     ES4BG/8      Kihnu Island (August 2000)
EU-179     UR3GA        Orlov Island (resident?)
EU-181     LZ1NG/1      Sveti Anastasiya Island (August 2000)
EU-186     TA/SP6TPM/M  Gokceada Island (July 2000)
EU-187/Pr  SV9/IZ0CKJ/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187/Pr  SV9/SV1CID/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
EU-187/Pr  SV9/SV1DPL/P Gavdos Island (July 2000)
NA-064     AL7RB/P      Attu Island, Near Islands (September 1999)
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-216/Pr  KL7AK        Kudiakof Islands (August 2000)
OC-063     FO0MOT       Aukena Island (July 2000)
OC-107     YB5NOF/P     Lingga Island (July 2000)
OC-114     FO0MOT/P     Raivavae Island (September 2000)
OC-202     DX4RIG       Tinaga Island, Calagua Islands (April 2000)
OC-232/Pr  4W6GH/P      Atauro Island (July 2000)
OC-234/Pr  VK6BM        Browse Island (September 2000)
OC-235/Pr  DU9BCD       Camiguin Island (resident?)
SA-088/Pr  PV5IOTA      Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)
SA-088/Pr  PV5L         Santana De Fora Island (August 2000)
SA-050 (+) CE8/R3CA     Riesco Island (January 2000)

(+) In IOTA Directory 2000 Riesco  Island falls in  an unnumbered group  but,
following the procedure  explained there, will  not attract  a new  reference
number until a further valid operation has taken place.

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!
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                           >>> CONVERSION SHEETS <<<

Current IOTA  members with  a score  credited at  IOTA HQ  are encouraged  to
convert their records  on to the  Directory 2000 basis  during September  and
October. This will make their  submissions for the  annual update in  January
very much more straight forward.

To meet  the request  for  further guidance  on  converting records  and  for
background material  on the  reasons  for the  exercise  we have  placed  the
following on both the  RSGB IOTA website  at http://www.rsgbiota.org and  the
IOTA Manager's website at http://www.eo19.dial.pipex.com/index.shtml :

1. the Conversion Sheet  -  an  Italian translation (thanks  to I1JQJ) and  a
Spanish translation (thanks to EA4MY) can be accessed from the web page while
French  and  German  translations  can  be  obtained  from  F6AJA  and  DK1RV
respectively (again thanks to both),

2. a  Conversion  Sheet Companion,  in  the form  of  a complete  listing  of
qualifying islands  in the  old groups  affected by  the conversion  exercise
(this includes valid islands added since  the Directory was published,  taken
from the list of Additional Qualifying Islands)

3. a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), covering the main queries.

These will help you, step by step,  to convert any confirmed islands on  your
existing record that  may be affected  by the revisions.  Finally a  reminder
that you need only to complete  Part 1 of the Conversion  Sheet at this  time
involving the checking of a maximum 21 cards.
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                 >>> ISLAND STATIONS, NEW QSL REQUIREMENTS <<<

Only 4 months  to go before  the new IOTA  rule comes in  about the need  for
island names on QSLs. Have you checked that your cards are valid and will  be
accepted after 1 January? It's a very simple test. Just check to see if  your
card bears the name of an island listed in Directory 2000* as qualifying  for
your IOTA group? If not, then act now  to prevent the real possibility of  it
being rejected.

If you  are getting  new cards  printed for  contacts made  after 1  January,
ensure that  the island  name  (of course,  one  appearing in  the  Directory
listing) is printed on them. If however you are intending to use your current
stock of cards and they don't mention the island name, you have the following
options. You can have the cards overprinted with the island name, you can get
a rubber stamp of the island  name and stamp each  card individually, or  you
can print the island name on the computerised QSL label. Whichever route  you
choose, the island  name must be  reasonably prominent and  the card must  be
totally unambiguous as  to the location  at the time  of contact  - this  may
require a few extra words of clarification on  the card. Do not try and  deal
with the  problem  by  relying  on adding  the  island  name  in  manuscript.
Furthermore, please do not try to move the problem on to us by asking us, for
whatever reason, to tell our checkpoints to accept your cards exceptionally!

The reason for this tightened procedure is  to move IOTA to a position  where
checkpoints can routinely  reach a  decision on  each card  submitted on  the
basis of the information on that card and  in the Directory. We have to  move
checkpoints  away  from  constant  reference  to  atlases,  maps,  personally
maintained lists and  HQ back-up facilities.  It follows that  the name of  a
town or village cannot be an acceptable alternative to the island name since,
by requiring reference to an atlas, it multiplies processing time many  times
over. Nor is the IOTA reference  number by itself enough,  or the IOTA  group
name taken from the Directory  (except in relatively  few cases). So,  Island
Stations, please remember that careful attention to QSL design can save  your
contacts a lot of disappointment and  IOTA Programme administrators a lot  of
time. We can  no longer operate  on any other  basis. SO  PLEASE SPECIFY  THE
ISLAND, FIRST CHECKING IT IN THE DIRECTORY.

* A  list of  additional qualifying  islands is  now  available on  the  IOTA
Manager's website.
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     >>> CANCELLATION OF PROPOSED IOTA CONVENTION IN OPORTO, PORTUGAL <<<

The IOTA  Committee has  been officially  informed that  the IOTA  Convention
scheduled for May 2001 in Oporto will not now take place. The Committee would
like to thank the organising team in  Portugal who have been working on  this
project over the last 12 months  and share their disappointment that it  will
not be possible this time.
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                >>> RSGB HF & IOTA CONVENTION WINDSOR 2000 <<<

Have you booked yet? There are still rooms available. This year's RSGB HF and
IOTA Convention will be held  over the period  13, 14 and  15 October at  Old
Windsor, Berkshire.    The Programme  will  include presentations  on  island
operations by TX0DX, XZ0A, FO0AAA, ZD9ZM, 9G5MD, 5I3A, 5Z4WI, EM5UIA,  TR/New
One, as well as a report  on Directory 2000 and IOTA developments  generally.
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.  Full
programme details can be seen at
http://www.g3wkl.freeserve.co.uk/conv/prog.htm

The following from outside the UK are expected to attend:
5B4AGC, A41JT,  A41KG,  AD5A, CT1CJJ,  CT1EEN,  CT1ZW, DF8WA,  DJ2YA,  DJ8NK,
DK1RV, DK2OC,  DL2SCQ,  DL7AKC, EI2GX,  EI3HA,  EI5IQ, EI6FR,  EI7HF,  EI9IF,
I1JQJ, I2VGW, I2YDX,  IK1ADH, IK2WXZ,  IT9GAI, IT9YRE,  JI6KVR, K9AJ,  K9PPY,
KC5HZQ, N6JV, N7CQQ, N7NG,  NN2C, OH2BC, OH2BH,  OH2NB, ON4QP, ON4XL,  ON5KL,
ON5NT, PA0BWL,  PA0SE, SM5API,  SM0AJU, SM0DJZ,  UT8LL, UY5XE,  VP2MT,  WX0B,
W9DC, ZD9ZM (G3ZEM), ZL4AS.
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)

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