IOTA/Clublog Matching - Please read..


IOTAFor those of you that have trouble using the IOTA/Clublog matching system, please check out this new information.

When you have logged in to the IOTA Site and have selected ''Add QSO's from Clublog'', you will see that several questions have now been added. These questions are for you to work through to try and assess why you cannot match your QSO in the Log Matching system. Here is a summary of what you will see;



1) Is your callsign in the Log Search of the operation in question?
2) Is the DX callsign in the Log Search of your own log?
3) Do the frequencies and modes in both Log Searches match?
4) Is the operation listed in the list of 'Accepted Activations?'
5) Have 30 days passed from the time and date of the QSO?
6) Is the IOTA Group you are trying to match, already in your pending QSOs or accepted QSOs list (You can't have it twice)?
7) Did you check the UTC of your QSO? It is not allowed to differ more than 15 minutes from the UTC in the activations log.
8) Are you sure you used the correct credentials to connect to Club Log?
9) If you cannot login to Club Log from the IOTA website then get a one time password from Settings -> App. Password. Use this on the IOTA website to get QSO matches.

I am hopeful these will help you determine the cause of your failure to get the matching credit. Of course it will also help to reduce the ''none matching'' emails to the IOTA Support Desk, hopefully enabling me to give a faster response to other questions on the Support desk and not solely matching enquiries.


DX Feile 2019

dxfeileIreland's DX Féile (DX Festival) - Now in it's 3rd year, this year's line up has already been confirmed.
See: for full details of the weekend's happenings.
Limited numbers so be sure to get in early.
Not to be missed.
 dxf 2019

RA1ALA/8 Shokalskogo Island

AS-083RA1ALA/8 Shokalskogo Island, Kara Sea, Russia
(IOTA AS-083 Kara Sea Coast East group)

''Tomorrow, August 8 2019, I am going to Shokalsky Island in the Kara Sea. It is not easy to get to the island!

I will have to take a flight to Novy Urengoy first, then about 500 km to the oilmen-shift workers- settlement at Yamburg. 'Kartesh' (which is a research vessel adapted for Arctic scientific research), is picking me up on the August 9. It will go there both to refuel and also to replace the crew.
Having passed a special medical examination I was given the sailor’s medical book so I became a sailor!

Shokalsky Island is a specially protected zone, since it is part of the Gdansk Nature Reserve - the state nature reserve in the Tazovsky District of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. I had to get special permission to visit the island.

You should bear in mind that there is a limitation on the weight of luggage! Every extra kilogram will costs 500 rubles! It's not cold there.... but at night, temperature may be 0 degrees centigrade.

I hope I will be able to operate there by​ August 20 2019. MI-8 helicopter should arrive on the island in order to pick up a team of environmentalists and me at around the same time.

So, RR-06-05 AS-083 SHOKALSKOGO Island will soon in the air!

Shokalsky Island is located in the Kara Sea, at the entrance to the Gulf of Ob. It belongs to the territory of the Tazovsky district of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. Its length’s about 30 km, its width’s up to 20 km, its height’s up to 27 m, the square’s 428 km². The island is separated from the Gydan Peninsula with the Gydan Strait. The surface is a plain covered with tundra vegetation. The island was called Agnes until 1926. The modern name was given to it in honor of M. Shokalsky

I wish everybody good luck and see you in the air!

RA1ALA/8 Mike''

Tillamook Rock, Oregon (IOTA NA-211)

tILLAMOOKThe Tillamook Rock is located 1.2 miles outside Ecola State Park, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Oregon. Building a lighthouse on it was an engineering feat, and it remained operational between 1881 and 1957. Situated on a lonely one acre rock in an stormy area known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, this lighthouse nicknamed Terribly Tilly was the most expensive one to man, maintain, and operate in the United States.

Sitting 133 feet above sea level, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is 62 feet tall. It is the only privately owned Oregon Coast Lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a non-visiting dedicated cemetery since 1981, with a protected wildlife nesting easement from March 15th to September 1st. Tillamook Rock belongs to the NA-211 IOTA reference. Lanny (W5BOS) carried out the first and only amateur radio operation from there in 1998, or 21 years ago.

Read more: Tillamook Rock, Oregon (IOTA NA-211)

OH0UDG Aland Islands EU-002

oh0udgBert Katzmann (DK3BK) & colleagues (DO5JD - DK3CKM) are all now qrv from the Aland Islands (IOTA EU-002) in Finland. They are active on HF until the 16th August.

First log upload will be later today and will be here;


SV8/IW7EGQ Zante EU-052

SV8-IW7EDQSV8/IW7EGQ Zakinthos (Zante), Greece

Mike will be qrv from Zante (IOTA EU-052 Ipeiros/Dytiki Ellas Region group) Greece, between 20th and the 28th of August. 2019.

Also valid for Lighthouse LOTA GRE017.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS







RT9K 2020

RT9K PlandsUA9KDF, Igor, reports the RT9K team plan to be active from
Rastorguyeva Island, in the Kara Sea Coast Centre group (AS-068), sometime in March 2020.

This will be an extreme expedition on snowmobiles of 1,400 km in one direction. Another tough one for the masters in the Arctic.





6O7A Somalia

6o7aFrom Ken, LA7GIA ...

“For a long time I have been planning where to go next. This time I decided to return to Somalia which I also activated in 2018. I really look forward to this trip! Planning a trip to Somalia involves many limitations and challenges wrt obtaining permissions, logistics, operation as well safety & security wise. I have obtained the license 6O7O, and LoTW is already received by ARRL.

I have a better QTH than last time. This time also with more space for beverages to NA/EU and Asia. Everything is booked and in place like accommodation, flight etc. I will be operating solo for exactly 14 days on all bands 160-10m using mainly CW. If possible also digi mode. If someone can send me an original Elecraft mic I might do some SSB as well…

I will be using my upgraded Elecraft K3, 1 kW amplifier and various TX/RX antennas.

160m: toploaded vertical

80m/40m: fullsize verticals

30m, 17m, 12m: dipole

20m, 15m, 10m: My favourite 2 el Mosley beam

RX antennas: 200-230m beverage to NA/EU and asia. K9AY loop as backup. equipment and controller

QSL via M0OXO. Log will be uploaded to Club Log.

Donations is very much appreciated to paypal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone donating upfront will receive direct QSL and express LoTW!”


IOTA Contest 2019 new rule


IOTAMake sure you read the rules (including the new one for 2019 regarding your exchange - see below).

The RSGB IOTA Contest is the most popular contest in the RSGB HF Contests calendar, attracting entries from around the world.

IOTA refers to the RSGB "Islands on the Air" awards. A newcomers' guide to the system of IOTA references and further information on the IOTA Contest can be found at the IOTA Contest Information page and on the IOTA Contest FAQ page. A beginners' guide to operating in the contest is here.


If you have any questions about these rules, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

****New for 2019**** To shorten the exchange, for 2019 the sending of RS(T) will be optional. i.e. you do not have to send a report as part of your exchange.

Full rules on this link;


Ananth Pai VU2PAI SK

paiAnanth Pai VU2PAI SK (seated right on photo with EI9FBB & M0OXO)..very sad news....

Mangaluru, Jul 14: Ananth Pai, director of Bharath Beedi Works Limited in city, passed away on Sunday, July 14 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Ananth Pai had gone to Indore to take part in a seminar and he breathed his last there due to cardiac arrest.
He is survived by his wife Suma Ananth Pai, daughter Anvitha, younger brother Anand G Pai and two sisters.
He was a grandson of B Manjunath Pai, Founder of Bharath Group.
Ananth Ganapathi Pai was born on April 6, 1973 as the eldest son of our former chairman and managing director Ganapathi Pai and Smt. Geetha Pai.

He started his career in Bharath Group of Companies in 1994. He was presently serving as the Executive Director heading marketing and finance departments of Bharath Group which comprises various group companies like Bharath Beedi Works Pvt. Ltd., Bharath Auto Cars Pvt. Ltd. (Dealers for Maruti Suzuki cars), Alakananda Printers Pvt. Ltd. (Bharath Bookmark chain of bookshops), Bharath Printers and Karkala Investments Pvt. Ltd. He was the Director of Bharath Builders and Cineplex Pvt. Ltd (Bharath Big Cinemas multiplex)............

Read more: Ananth Pai VU2PAI SK

IL7MP Tremiti Islands

il7IL7MP Tremiti Islands, Italy (IOTA EU-050)

Michele (Mike IW7EGQ) will be qrv between the 26th and 28th July 2019 (IOTA Contest) from EU-050 ( Puglia (Foggia) Region group) using the Callsign IL7MP.







ZanteSV8/IW7EGQ Zakynthos Isld, Greece (IOTA EU-052)

Michele (Mike IW7EGQ) will be qrv between the 21st and 27th of August from Zakynthos (Zante) (Ipeiros / Dytiki Ellas Region group) IOTA EU-052 using the Callsign SV8/IW7EGQ.

He may also activate other Islands during this same period.



ZS9V return to AF-064

'ZS9VWe are going to Robben Island again.

Date: 15 to 20 August 2019

Will be operating as ZS9V from Robben Island (IOTA group AF-064) from the evening of 15 August until sometime on Tuesday 20 August. This is the weekend of ILLW. Same as last year (SSB/FT8/CW on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80 and 160). Further information on the operation will be published on as it becomes available.

ZS1VDV Jan Van Der Vyver (Team ZS9V)''




3rd Place Dxpeditioner of the Year - EI9FBB

IMG-20190621-WA0003Whilst in Friedrichshafen Ham Fair, germany this last week, it gave me great pleasure to be able to Award one of the recent IREF Trophies for the Dxpeditioner of the Year 2018.

First and second place Plaques had already been awarded to Cezar Trifu VE3LYC and Mike Zavarukhin VE7ACN respectivley at Dayton but the third place trophy had not been awarded.

After successful activations of Djerba Island (AF-083) as 3V8CQ, The Irish Islands IOTA Tour (EU-006, EU-007, EU-103, EU-115 & EU-121) AS EJ0DXG and the first activation of the new IOTA Group which included Vieques Island in Puerto Rico (NA-249N), third place was awarded to Dave Deane EI9FBB.


Almost certainly the UK's most high profile activator of IOTA's, the third place was indeed good recognition of Dave's success.

Please check out the IREF website, DXpeditions to rare Islands need our support!


XV9DF Hon Tre, Vietnam

Hon Tre 2The operation from Hon Tre (IOTA AS-157) has now been uploaded to LOTW.

Qsl Cards are still available on the link below;-







Friedrichshafen 2019

JumaJust back from a great week in Germany.

Many new friends and many more met at the Ham Radio yearly gathering. This year the attendance was 14,500, a little higher than expected.


You can see imaged from the event on my facebook page on the link here.


Photo above ; Saif Alkhayarin A71AM, M0OXO & Juma Al Kuwari A71EM





ZL7DX Chatham Islands - LOTW

ZL7DXFull log now uploaded to LOTW for the first time.








IOTA - New Groups


IOTAFor anyone that missed the announcement from Friedrichshafen last Saturday, here is the list of the new and amended IOTA Groups. If you have any questions relating to this please use the dedicated IOTA Helpline on this email address ;

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Announcement of New IOTA Groups at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen on 22 June 2019. Following the decision to split the 5 yearly review of the IOTA list into two parts, we announced the first tranche of six new IOTA groups at the RSGB Convention, Milton Keynes on 14 October 2018 (see Management News item of the same date). The plan mentioned at the time was to add the second tranche at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen in June 2019. At the event’s IOTA Forum on Saturday, 22 June this took place with the announcement of a further six new groups. The review has now completed its work; the next one is scheduled for 2024.

These new groups have provisional numbers. This means that they will need to be confirmed by an operation taking place after 22 June 2019 that meets the 1000 QSO and other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the group number will credit for past operations be considered.

Read the full list here.The addition of these six groups takes the total of groups that have confirmed or provisional IOTA numbers to 1172. Of these 1131 have seen activity, the remaining 41 have not. The number of unnumbered groups remains at 33. A number of these will be withdrawn in due course to keep within the programme cap of 1200 groups set long ago by the Management Team as a firm policy decision.

Read more: IOTA - New Groups

Requesting Satellite Confirmations

K800 M0OXO Logo 2016Anyone that requires a QSL Card confirmation for any of any customers that use Satellite QSO's please read on.

Most of the 4.5 million QSO's in the OQRS database contain HF information and the QSL Labels have been designed accordingly.

Satellite QSO's need more specific information that the normal label offers so if you request a confirmation for a Satellite QSO, please email as well as making the request. If I receive the email then I can produce the information you require manually on the label in the ''free text'' portion which will fulfill your needs
for any Satellite Awards.

If in doubt please ask...... Thanks...


3G1DX SA-100

3g1dx-pajaros3G1DX Team planning to be active from Pajaros Rocks, IOTA SA - 100, 18 - 20 October 2019, if there will be problem with of swells, 21 - 23 October 2019.

They will operate SSB, CW.




3D2CR Conway Reef

3d2cr-The 3D2CR logs (22,703 QSOs) have been uploaded to Club Log and are now available, as is OQRS at

Yesterday multiple people, who were sponsors, reported seeing their QSOs confirmed via LoTW.

As the 3D2CR Team are not members of any Society, they will not respond to any Qsl Card Bureau requests whatsoever.


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