IOTA - New Groups

Created on Thursday, 27 June 2019

 

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 A number of these will be withdrawn in due course to keep within the programme cap of 1200 groups set long ago by the Management Team as a firm policy decision.

AS-206 JA0, 1, 2, 7Honshu’s Coastal Islands East, Japan (qualifying islands to be added from Directory for these prefixes) 33o43–41o35N 136o00–142o15E.A new group, created by splitting the current AS-117 Honshu’s Coastal Islands in accordance with the ‘large island’ criterion that allows more than one coastal island group.There has been considerable activity from both groups.The entry/title of AS-117 Honshu’s Coastal Islands has been changed toJA3, 4, 9 Honshu’s Coastal Islands West with the above-mentioned islands transferred to AS-206 and its co-ordinates box changed to 33o24–37o54N 130o00–137o38E.

AS-207 R0K Chukchi Sea Coast Centre group, Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russia –Asia (=Kosa Dvukh Pilotov) 68o08–69o27N 178.00E-177.00W Valid for the Arctic Islands Award.New ‘unofficial/coastal island group’, created by splitting the current AS-174 Chukchi Sea Coast West group. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity.This island does not currently appear in the listing for AS-174 Chukchi Sea Coast West group although it did many years back (it was deleted for lack of a map). The latter’s new coordinates will be 69o27–70o00N 172.30-178.00E but the name will not be changed.

OC-298 FO Tatakoto Atoll, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia (=Tatakoto) 17o15–17o25S 138o11–138o35W. New ‘remote island group’. This island was previously part of OC-066 Tuamotu Archipelago but is separated from the other islands in this large group by at least 154 km. There have been some four previous operations.Tatakoto will be deleted from OC-066 Tuamotu Archipelago without any change to the latter’s group name or co-ordinates.

OC-299 V6 Yap East group, State of Yap, FSM (=Elato, Lamotrek, Olimarao, Pikelot, Satawal, West Fayu) 07o15–08o15N 145o40–147o45E. New ‘remote island group’. These islands were previously part of OC-132 East Yap group but are separated from the remaining islands in that group by at least 160.5 km. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity.These islands will be deleted from OC-132 East Yap group which will now consist of Eauripik, Faraulep, Gaferut, Ifalik and Woleaiand be renamed as Yap Centre group. Its new coordinates will be 6o35–9o20N 142o55–145o40E.

OC-300 T31 McKean and Nikumaroro Atolls,Phoenix Islands, Central Kiribati, Kiribati (=McKean, Nikumaroro) 02o30–05o00S 173o00–174o50W. New ‘remote island group’. These islands were previously part of OC-043 Phoenix Islands but are separated from the remaining islands in that group by at least 230 km. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity.These islands will be deleted from OC-043 Phoenix Islands which will now consist of Birnie, Enderbury, Kanton, Manra, Orona and Rawaki.The latter’s new coordinates will be 02o30–05o00S 170o25–173o00W.

SA-101 CE0 Alejandro Selkirk Island, Juan Fernandez Archipelago, Chile (=Alejandro Selkirk) 33º35–33º55S080º35–081º00W. New ‘remote island group’. This island was previously part of SA-005 Juan Fernandez Archipelago but is separated from the remaining islands in that group by some 159 km. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity. This island will be deleted from SA-005 group which will now consist of Robinson Crusoe and Santa Clara and be renamed as Juan Fernandez Archipelago(Robinson Crusoe Island). Its new coordinates will be 33º30–33º50S 078º40–079º05W.

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