IOTA Notice [SEP-99]

            >>> IOTA REFERENCE NUMBERS ISSUED IN AUGUST 1999 <<<

AS-142       UA0Z  SEA OF  OKHOTSK  COAST group  (Kamchatka  Oblast  islands,
                   letter "c")

OC-229       VK8   NORTHERN  TERRITORY  (ARAFURA  SEA  COAST)  CENTRE   group
                   (Australia,  Northern  Territory  Islands,  letter   "a"),
                   following the operation by VK8AN/8 and VK8PW/8 from  South
                   Goulburn Island.

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

AS-056  JA6GXK     Me-jima, Danjo Archipelago (April-August 1999)
AS-064  UE0XZZ     Karaginskiy Island (June 1999)
AS-142  UA0ZY/P    Kambalny Island (July 1999)
EU-094  TM5G       Saint-Nicolas Island, Glenan Islands (July 1999)
EU-074  F5PFT/P    Brehat Island (May 1999)
EU-074  F5SNY/P    Brehat Island (May 1999)
EU-105  F5PFT/P    Batz Island (May 1999)
EU-105  F5SNY/P    Batz Island (May 1999)
EU-107  F/G0GRC    Aux Moines Island, Les Sept Iles (June 1999)
EU-157  F5SNY/P    Cezembre Island (May 1999)
NA-173  VY0O       Grass Island, Nunavut (June/July 1999)
OC-104  YJ0AXC     Vanua Lava Island, Banks Islands (August 1999)
OC-135  P29BI      Bougainville Island (resident from August 1999)
OC-159  ZK1MGS     Mangaia Island (July/August 1999)
OC-164  VK6DDU/P   Rottnest Island (July 1999)
OC-229  VK8AN/8    South Goulburn Island (August 1999)
OC-229  VK8PW/8    South Goulburn Island (August 1999)

(*) 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 <<<

AS-067  JF6WTY/6   Kusagaki Island (August 1999)
EU-102  RF1P       Dolgiy Island (July 1999)
EU-102  RI1P       Zeleniy Island (August 1999)
NA-040  KL1SLE     St Lawrence Island (April 1999)
OC-014  ZK1AAN     Manihiki Island (August 1999)
OC-014  ZK1SCQ     Manihiki Island (August 1999)
OC-153  P29VHX     Loloata Island (August 1999)
OC-159  ZK1SCQ     Mangaia Island (August 1999)
OC-199  VK6DJP/P   Rosemary Island (August 1999)

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

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                   >>> ACTION ON DELETED ISLAND GROUPS <<<

The following policy was agreed recently  by the IOTA Committee with  respect
to deleted island groups. The groups concerned are:

AF-034  Bassas Da India Islands
        - Islands no longer exist!
AF-055  Penguin Islands
        - Now part of AF-070 (Namibian Atlantic Coast South Group)
AS-034  Jabal At Tair Island
        - Now part of AS-009 (Yemeni Red Sea Coast Group)
AS-035  Abu Ail Island
        - Now part of AS-009 (Yemeni Red Sea Coast Group)

1. Credits for deleted entities will  be removed after  the 2000 Honour  Roll
   has been produced.

2. Credits for deleted entities will NOT be transferred to successor  groups:
   for example,  a 1990  credit  for AF-055  (Penguin  Islands) will  NOT  be
   transferred to  AF-070 (Namibian  Atlantic Coast  South Group)  for  which
   these islands now count following the transfer of sovereignty in 1994.

3. Old IOTA reference numbers will NOT be reissued.

The Committee  believes  that, by  following  this  approach,  the  important
concept of the "level playing  field", in terms  of maximum available  score,
would be preserved for all IOTA enthusiasts whether newcomers or old timers.

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                 >>> REVIEW OF THE IOTA ISLAND LISTINGS <<<
              (as announced at HAM RADIO 1999, Friedrichshafen)

In readiness for the next IOTA Directory, to be published in Spring 2000, the
IOTA Committee is carrying out  a major exercise  to identify all  qualifying
islands for most IOTA groups listed in the existing Directory.
As part of this work it is reviewing group  coverage with a view to making  a
few small changes in the interests  of tidyness, fairness and consistency  of
approach. This will include deletion of some "barren" island groups and their
replacement by  a matching  number of  new groups  (to  maintain the  cap  on
programme size). All action will be consistent with the existing structure of
a listing based on island groups  rather than on individual islands and  with
the existing qualification criteria.
The Committee is prepared to consider  proposals for boundary adjustments  or
replacement groups, submitted by the IOTA  community, which are justified  in
these terms. Please send them to Roger Balister, G3KMA, RSGB IOTA Manager  at
his callbook address (La Quinta, Mimbridge, Chobham, Woking, Surrey GU24 8AR,
England) or e-mail them to g3kma@dial.pipex.com to arrive BEFORE 30 SEPTEMBER
1999.  Scanned  map  attachments  are  acceptable  within  reason.   Existing
proposals submitted in the last three  years need not  be resubmitted but  it
may be best to send a one line e-mail reminder.
Proposals received will be acknowledged but it will not be possible to engage
in any correspondence. It is not  intended that the island listing  appearing
in Directory 2000 will be reviewed again for a period of at least ten years.

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         >>> WHO ACTIVATED WHICH GROUP? - FROM THE IOTA DATABASE <<<

OC-200    W5BOS/KH8
OC-201  * DL1SCQ/ZL,  DL2SCQ/ZL,  ZL1AIH,  ZL1ALW,  ZL1BAI,  ZL1BXA,  ZL1MFW,
          ZL1UAY, ZL4OK
OC-202    I2YDX/DU4
OC-203    DL2SCQ/ZL, G4CVC/ZL,  K8VIR/ZL4, ZL1HS/P,  ZL1MFW, ZL4IR,  ZL4TT/P,
          ZL7IR/4
OC-204    8A4EI
OC-205    P29VMS
OC-206    VK6ISL
OC-207    4H1TR
OC-208    YE8I
OC-209    YC8TZR, YE8TI
OC-210    YC8RBC, YC8RRK, YC8TXW, YE8SUN
OC-211    VK9XZ/6
OC-212    VK2BRT
OC-213    YB5NOF/8, YB8NA/P, YE8T
OC-214    VK6ISL
OC-215    8A5ITU
OC-216    VK4ALF/VK9
OC-217    YB3SPS/P
OC-218    FK5M
OC-219    YB8ZY
OC-220    VK5ISL
OC-221    YC8VYY/P, YC8YR
OC-222    YC8TXW/P, YC8YZ/P
OC-223    VK2IOM
OC-224    YC8SHQ
OC-225    4H8TI
OC-226    V63RL/P
OC-227    VK4CAY
OC-228    VK4CAY/5, VK5AFZ/P, VK5BIT/P
OC-229    VK8AN/8, VK8PW/8

Note: with  the  exception of  the  one group  marked  with an  asterisk  the
database has no record of other activity from the groups mentioned.

(Sorry, we cannot answer questions about other groups at the moment.)

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Roger Balister, G3KMA                                 Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ
RSGB IOTA Manager                         RSGB IOTA Committee Member (Europe)
1 September 1999                                             3 September 1999
Email g3kma@dial.pipex.com                              Email i1jqj@amsat.org


                     Past IOTA Notices are available at
                         http://www.425dxn.org/iota
               as well as the 1999 Honour Roll/Annual Listing
           and the latest Most Wanted IOTA Islands Groups listing


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