On behalf of the IOTA Committee  we  send deep condolences to our friends  in
the USA on the tragic events  of 11 September.   We grieve  with you for  all
those lost and injured, so many and of so many nationalities.

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                Monthly update of data in IOTA Directory 2000
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           >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN AUGUST 2001 <<<

SA-090     YV5-7 Anzoategui State / Sucre State West group (Venezuela)

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     >>> PROVISIONAL IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS AS AT 1 SEPTEMBER 2001 <<<

AF-091/Pr  3V    Jendouba/Bizerte/Tunis/Nabeul Region group (Tunisia)
AS-156/Pr  R0B   Ushakova Island (Russian Federation)
SA-089/Pr  YV1   Falcon State group (Venezuela)

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 <<<

AS-036  JA6CM/6    Iki Island (July 2001)
AS-147  JR8KJR/8   Teuri Island & Yagishiri Island (August 2001)
EU-148  F5XX/P     Fort Brescou Island (May 2001)
EU-148  TM5B       Fort Brescou Island (May 2001)
EU-181  LZ1KSL     Sveta Anastasiya Island (July 2001)
NA-087  KL6/KD6WW  Popof Island, Shumagin Islands (August 2001)
NA-090  6H3KK      Cozumel Island (July 2001)
NA-090  4A3ZOI     Cozumel Island (July 2001)
OC-075  YB5NOF/P   Kundur Island (February/March 2001)
OC-245  YB5NOF/P   Rupat Island (July 2001)
SA-090  YV5JBI/P   Piritu Afuera Island (July 2001)

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 SEPTEMBER 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)
EU-082    U1ZA/1,/A Kil'din Island (resident?)
EU-147    U1ZA/1    ?????? Island (February - August 2001)
EU-153    U1ZA/1    ?????? Island (July 2001)
EU-186    TA1ED/0   Gokceada Island (December 2000)
NA-035    HR6SI     Santanilla Islands (March 2001)
SA-088    PSA088    Tacami Island (June 2001)
SA-089/Pr 4M1X      Sombrero Island (July 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 September is available on the IOTA Manager's website above.
Under IOTA NEWS BULLETINS click 01/10/2001. A note on the issue of  AS-160/Pr
for the recent BI4F operation from Fu Rong Island is there.
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                         >>> "NEW ONE" ROUND-UP <<<

46 of the 58 new groups added to the  Directory list last year have now  seen
activity. The remaining  ones may take  a little longer  given in most  cases
their remoteness affecting transportation costs and difficulty of access. The
tempo of activity  from currently unnumbered  groups is  therefore likely  to
slacken. Intending DXpeditioners should check not only the Most Wanted  IOTAs
List on the RSGB IOTA Programme  website at http://www.rsgbiota.org but  also
pay attention to the date of the last significant operation. An IOTA that has
not seen activity for more than 5 years is likely to generate pile-ups  every
bit as large as ones for a new IOTA.
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                       >>> OPERATION DOCUMENTATION <<<

 From time to time we are  asked by DXpeditioners if it  is necessary to  send
documentation to ensure QSLs are accepted for IOTA. The answer in most  cases
is no. Normally, the only occasions are when they have activated a previously
unnumbered IOTA group to which a provisional number has been issued, or  when
activating a numbered group which features on the Most Wanted List  (required
by 90% or  more of members)  or where the  island is known  to be subject  to
landing  or  operating  restrictions  by  reason  of  government  or  private
ownership. However, it is always wise to keep relevant documentation such  as
the licence, permits, transportation invoices, photographs, signed statements
and  other  evidence  of  presence  on  the  island  in  case  of  challenge.
DXpeditioners should understand that, when doubts  are raised, the  Committee
may well have  no alternative to  asking them to  provide documentation.  But
please don't send paperwork just in case!
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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                                  RSGB IOTA Committee Member
24 September 2001                                           27 September 2001

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Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ/KB2TJM
425 DX News Editor
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