Announcement of New IOTA Groups

IOTAIOTA Management announced on 31 August 2018 on the IOTA website the five yearly review of the Directory list of IOTA groups. It had the intention of releasing a small number of additions at this year’s RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes with a second tranche at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen in July 2019. IOTA Management is grateful to proposers of some 28 candidate groups received by the 1 October deadline. On Sunday 14 October IOTA General Manager Roger Balister, G3KMA announced the first tranche of 6 new groups at the RSGB Convention. They covered a Swedish/Finnish joint sovereignty island and groups in North America, Asia and Oceania. All new groups have provisional numbers. This means that they will need to be confirmed by an operation taking place after 14 October 2018 that meets the 1000 QSO and other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the number will credit for past operations be considered.

The following 6 groups are added to the IOTA list as a first tranche of New Ones. A second tranche will be announced at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen 2019.

1. EU-192P SM/OH Kataja Island, Finland/Sweden (=Kataja) 65 41–65 43N 24 07–24 11E New ‘split sovereignty island’, located in the very north of the Gulf of Bothnia. Since the signing of a bilateral agreement in 1809 ground rise has caused the Swedish island Kataja and the smaller Finnish island Inakari to merge forming a larger island 2 km long. The border between Sweden and Finland now crosses the island, similar to Market Reef. No known previous amateur radio activity.

2. OC-297P FO Morane Atoll, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia (=Morane) 23 05S–23 15S 137 05–137 11W New ‘remote island’ group. This island, previously an outlier of the OC-113 Actaeon group, lies a distance of at least 153 km from Maria Est Island, the nearest island in the rest of the Tuamotus. No known previous amateur radio activity.

3. NA-249P KP3, 4 Puerto Rico’s Coastal Islands, Puerto Rico (=Caja de Muertos, Culebra, Culebrita, Mona, Monito, Vieques) 17 48–18 40N 065 09–068 00W New ‘coastal islands’ group. Justified on the grounds that Puerto Rico is of a similar size to Corsica which has a coastal islands sub-group. Some 5 previous operations, 3 from Vieques, and 1 each from Culebra and Mona.

4. NA-250P KL Yakutat County Group, Coastal Groups, United States (Alaska) (=Fitzgerald, Gregson, Khantaak, Knight, Kriwoi, Krutoi, Otmeloi) 58 48–60 00N 137 56–141 00W New ‘coastal islands’ group, created by splitting the current NA-161 Skagway–Yakutat County group. It can be justified on the grounds that the qualifying islands in both groups are separated by at least 250 km and the two administrative counties can be easily split. No known previous amateur radio activity.

5. AS-205P R0X Bering Sea Coast East group, Koryanskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russian Federation – Asia (=Yoanna Bogoslova, Vasiliya Islands) 57 20–61 49N 168 00–174 30E New ‘coastal islands’ group, created by splitting the current AS-064 Bering Sea Coast group. Bogoslova Island lies 460 km away in a straight line from Verkhoturova Island, and 485 km away from Karaginskiy Island, the only two island counters of this group. The Vasiliya Islands are further away. This distance spread in a group is quite exceptional. We allowed AS-091 in a neighbouring area to be split in July 2014, the separation being 500 km or more. No known previous amateur radio activity.

6. AS-204P R0F Kuril’skiye Islands North, Sakhalinskaya Oblast’, Russian Federation – Asia (=Atlasov, Shumshu, Paramushir, Antsiferova, Makanrushi, Onekotan, Kharimkotan, Chirinkotan, Ekarma, Shiashkotan, Raikoke, Matua, Rasshua, Ushishir, Ketoy, Simushir) 46 40–51 00N 151 30–156 38E A new group, created by splitting AS-025 Kuril’skiye Islands into 2. The islands extend over a distance of more than 1200 km. Adverse comparisons are made with the Aleutian Island Chain and the Hawaiian Island Chain where there are many separate IOTA Groups. Some information sources specify North and South Kurils as sub-groups. Most activity has been from the South Group.

Roger Balister, G3KMA
IOTA General Manager
14 October 2018

K6VVA/KL7 NA-004

kl7k6vva-endicottRick, K6VVA will be active as KL7/K6VVA from Endicott Island, IOTA NA - 004, 8 - 11 November 2018.
He will operate on 40, 30, 20m CW with some SSB.
Recent DX Spots KL7/K6VVARecent DX Spots K6VVA/KL7
No QSLs. IOTA credit only via iota-world.org.
Information from Rick:

ANNOUNCEMENT K6VVA/KL7 Endicott Island IOTA NA-004.
http://www.k6vva.com/iota/na-004
Scheduled QRV is from 8 Nov 2018 (2200utc) until 11 Nov 2018 (1800utc).

Operation will be primarily CW mode on 20m, 30m & 40m (some SSB), w/TS-480HX (200w) and Vertical w/16 sloping radials, plus backup radio, power supply, computer and antenna parts.

With current low Solar SFI condx at 70+ Degrees North Latitude, band openings to many IOTA Chaser Geo-Areas will be very limited. I would prefer to see at least SFI= 120 like during my successful IOTA NA-050 Expedition in 2013, but this would require a QRX for several more years ;-(

Read more: K6VVA/KL7 NA-004

RA/M0OXO QSL Cards

RA M0OXO

Qsl Cards for my recent trip to Russia are niow being sent via the buro.

Thanks to all that managed to work me. I had very high noise, S9 mainly whilst operating so any of the weaker signals such as JA just didn't get through. My apologies for that.

Qsl via M0OXO

 

CO4XT NA-054

CO4XT

New log received from Orelmis on Isla de la Juventud NA-054, Cuba. Log is available on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS.

Qsl Cards now being issued..

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VY0ERC NA-008 Fundraising

VY0ERC2VY0ERC will be QRV from October 17 until November 10, 2018 from Eureka,
NU (NA-008).


Expect activity on 40, 20 Meters and hopefully 80m in SSB, Digital and
CW when time and weather permitting.
Participation in CQ WW SSB and other major contests within indicated
time period is planned.

 

Activity via FM satellites from ER60, EQ79 and close grids is also
scheduled.

Read more: VY0ERC NA-008 Fundraising

FR/DL9HAL La Reunion

FR-DL9HALBetween October 9th - 27th 2018 Stephan (DL9HAL) will stay on the island of 'La Reunion'.
 
He tells me it is not a dxpedition, only holiday style. He has no schedule but QSL cards will be printed afterwards.
 
''If you need a Qsl Card PSE send the card only via my manager (M0OXO). NO other (qsl- bureau} cards will never reach me so to be sure of a QSL 100%, then please use M0OXO's OQRS system''.
 

Z66X QSL Card

z66x frImages just released for the Z66X Kosovo Qsl Card for the recent trip by Members of the EI DX Group and Martti Laine OH2BH.

It was the first time FT8 had been used in Kosovo and it also included a good period on the 6m Band.

The Operators representing the EIDXG were Enda EI2II and Declan EI9HQ.

Qsl is via OH2BH ONLY !

EP6RRC AS-189

ep6rrc-shifEP6RRC will be active from Shif Island, IOTA AS - 189, Iran, 17 - 23 November 2018.


Team - R7AL, RA1ZZ, RK8A, RW5D, RZ3K, UA3EDQ, UA1ZZ, EP2LMA.

DX Pedition pilots:


Victor, UA3AKO Europe/Russia.

 

 

 

 

RA/M0OXO Moscow

RA-M0OXOThe log for the recent trip to Moscow has now been uploaded to M0OXO OQRS. There is no need to request a Qsl Card, I will confirm all QSO's via LOTW and the Bureau once cards are printed.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank my hosts whilst in Moscow. Thanks to Igor Ustimenko, Elena Kolobova and the beautiful Marya

They are the perfect family with a beautiful home and I thank them so much for their help, accommodation and friendship. The love and friendship of any Family is Life's Blessing, Thank you x X x

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

 

 

 

TT8KO Chad

tt8koKen, LA7GIA will be active as TT8KO from

Chad, 9 - 21 October 2018.

 

 

 

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M0OXO QSL Manager Service

K800 M0OXO Logo 2016Please be aware that I will be away from the Officer for the next week +/-.

Emails will be answered as and when I have service but Missing/Busted Call checks, Log Enquiries, Log uploads and QSL Card processing will most likely NOT be done until I return as Internet access will have its limitations.

Thanks you for your understanding,

73 de Charles

 

 

 

 

7P Lesotho

7pLA7THA, Rune, informs us that he is currently building at team for 7P8 Lesotho.

They expect to be QRV in the first part of March 2019.
Duration is approximately 10 days with a focus on the low bands. License application has already been received and the QTH selected.

He is currently waiting for confirmation but everything so far looks positive.

 

 

A Web site will be announced later. He plans to use M0OXO new online/direct upload.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS.

 

RI0B Arctic Legends Tour 2018 ...update

ri0b

Many of you can remember the RI0B callsign sounding back in 2001 from Ushakova Island. Our team has decided to give this callsign a second breath. Moreover, one of our current team members (Andy Moiseev UA0BA) was the member of the old “Lost Islands” expedition too. And so after his suggestion and blessing we’ve taken the same callsign RI0B for our new expedition again. Our new expedition «Arctic legends 2018» will take place in September this year.

Participants will visit islands, near which the legendary schooner Fram of an expedition of F. Nansen (1893) drifted 125 years ago. The team will make radio communication sessions on short waves with the whole world. The expedition targets include studying and testing the short waves propagation and new the types of digital communication in the Arctic regions, photo and video filming of Arctic flora and fauna, environmental monitoring of the area. By means of holding scientific and technical actions the purpose of team is promoting the names of travelers with which names of northern territories of the Russian Federation are connected. After completion of the "Arctic's Legends" expeditions participants will hold meetings with youth, lectures and photo exhibitions and also will report results to the general public.

Our route is as follows: Arhangelsk - Dickson – Firnley Islands (AS- 054 ) - Tyrtova Island (AS-121 )  - Rozmyslov Island ( AS-104 ) – Nansena Island ( AS- 104 ) - Skott-Gansena Island ( AS - 068 ) – Arkticheskogo Instituta Islands( AS- 087 ) - Sibiryakova Island ( AS- 005 ) - Dudinka .   The whole route will take place on the yacht "Apostol Andrey" under the supervision of Captain Nikolay Andreevich Litau.   R3CN

We are now QRV the Firnley Islands (AS-054) (13/09)

 

DX Feile 2018 - coming soon....

dxfDX Feile 2018 will be upon us very soon.

On the 14th - 16th September 2018 Hams from all over the World will decend upon Inis Mor Island (One of the Aran Islands Group EU-006) for DX Feile, the EIDXG's Convention.

Some top class speakers from around the Globe will be there such as Martti OH2BH, Don G3XTT, Seb F5UFX and many more.

Tickets and places at Hotels are still available so if you have a free weekend, why not join us there.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IOTA News - New Groups

IOTAIOTA Programme Structure A.4.2 in the 2018 Directory provides for a review of the list of valid island groups to take place every five years. The last such occasion took place in June 2014 with the announcement made at  the 50th anniversary celebration of IOTA’s launch the following month. It resulted in 11 new groups being added.

This time IOTA Management has decided to bring forward the review to give a chance for any new groups announced to be activated in 2019, the target year. The review process is scheduled to start with an announcement of some additions at this year’s RSGB Convention and may possibly finish with a top-up at next year’s Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event.

Any new groups will be very few in number, probably  between 5 and 10. It should be noted that only proposals that meet the programme criteria at Sections B and C of the IOTA Programme Structure chapter (2018 Directory) will be considered and, as guidance, it is unlikely that any additions will be made to the Europe list because it is already generously covered. Proposals for consideration should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 October with a short justification (one paragraph please) in terms of the programme criteria.

Best regards

Roger, G3KMA

 

FW Wallis & Futuna islands

fw2Nobby G0VJG informs me that his plans are well underway for his next Dxpedition to FW (Wallis & Futuna Islands) in early 2019.

 
He will operate from Wallis Island (IOTA OC-054) using a small Amplifier and a Beam antenna mostly on the higher bands. His emphasis will be on Europe dependent on band conditions using SSB and FT8.
 
There is also possibility of a short side trip to Futuna Island (IOTA OC-118), this to be confirmed later and also Fiji (IOTA OC-016) may also be included to the trip
 
Flights have been booked and Callsign has been requested, QRZ.Com and further updates to follow in the coming months.
 

M0OXO OQRS (PDXG v.4.6.1)

oqrs cosmeticThe new version of the PDXG OQRS is now on line and there are quite a lot of changes. Many are cosmetic, adding a bit of colour and others are more practical. I will post a longer description later but two of the main changes;

1) OQRS now allows ''live logging'' by Dxpeditions providing they have a stable Internet connection and are using N1MM.

2) After a log search you will see that we will no longer accept email and social media requests for Missing Call requests. This is a practical change and indeed a safer way to ensure all busted calls are traceable and more important, that none are missed by being sent on many different social media platforms.
Social Media requests need to be discouraged.

Thanks, hope you enjoy the new version which you will catch on both M0URX and M0OXO OQRS sites.....

 

Irish Islands Tour & Most Wanted Plaques

Irish Islands M0OXO 1Huge thanks to Ken RW3DD for designing this beautiful plaque available to whoever works EJ0DXG from 4 different IOTA Groups.

Remember, EI0DXG will also be QRV throughout and until September 30th as a 'Bonus' or 'Joker' station from Mainland Ireland EU-115. This station can help you to reach the minimum 4 Groups required if necessary.
 
Ken has also added a bonus to those who are lucky to work us from all 5 groups and has now added the ''Worked All 5 Groups'' endorsement, a nice addition for the collector! You can see a sample of this Plaque below.
 
Orders are now being taken for the Plaques and you can find more information by visiting the Most Wanted Website here
 
OR email Ken at this address;
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 

 

RA/VK3FY Cards printing..

RA VK3FYQsl Cards for Chris VK3FY's recent trip to Russia are now printing at UX5UO Print Shop.

 

Cards are available now on OQRS and will be ready in 2-3 weeks time.

RA VK3FY ob

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VE3KTB/VY0 NA-043 Axel Heiberg Island

VE3KTB VY0Since the sad news of the passing of Reg VE7IG, Qsl cards for the activity from the McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) Axel Heiberg Island NA-043 should no longer be requested via that route.

Qsl Cards are being printed for the NA-043 dxpedition conducted by Pierre Fogal VE3KTB and will be available via M0OXO (as is already the case with the Eureka Research Station VY0ERC NA-008).

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

 

 

 

 

EJ0DXG EU-103 Little Saltee Isld

EIDX Group logoEJ0DXG will be QRV from Little Saltee Island IOTA EU-103 this weekend.

As part of the continued 'Irish Islands IOTA Tour 2018', Dave EI9FBB and Declan EI9HQ have already boarded the boat and will land on the Island this morning. Expect activity from early afternoon today.

This activation replaces the cancelled activation from EU-103 in June when the operation had to be postponed due to high sea conditions.

The duo will have two stations on air. Please look for them from 80m through 6m bands on CW, SSB & FT8.

Please remember contact with this station counts for the Irish Islands IOTA Tour Plaque (Most Wanted Plaques) that will be available after the event concludes in September.

From all the Irish Island IOTA groups, EU-103 is the most difficult with a 'wet landing' and tent and generator style. The team hope to be QRV until midday Monday 6th August but again, this depends entirely on the local weather.

Little Saltee Island was last QRV in May 2015.

 Qsl via M0OXO OQRS

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