Friends Of IOTA - October Update

friends of iotaPosted on the IOTA Website from Roger G3KMA;

The appeal has now reached GBP £17,360 on its way to our initial target of GBP £25,000 needed to bring to fruition the paperless QSLing project – see previous IOTA News items. We have to thank 182 contributors in 36 countries for their generosity. It is just a matter now of one more push to reach the target. We reported last month that enhancements to the existing IT in July have seen two thirds of new applicants using the Club Log paperless QSLing option for all or most credits claimed and well over half of all submissions are using it to some degree. Overall some 36% of all credits claimed since early July are QSO matches and the team say that over 30,000 QSO matches are pending submission. This continues to make huge savings for applicants which will grow rapidly as we expand the list of activations in the paperless QSLing pool and bring online the complete IOTA rewrite late next Spring.

We invite IOTA enthusiasts wherever located to join our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA. You can make a payment through PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but make sure to add in the comments field "Friends of IOTA" and your callsign to identify you.

The complete update can be found here, and includes the complete list of those who have reached the various levels of support.

G3KMA, 23 Oct 2016

A25UK return trip

a25uk-1-696x434A 10-12 man team, led by Nobby G0VJG, will be active from Botswana as A25UK during early Spring 2017 (dates to be finalised).

They will be QRV with five QRO stations; 160-10m CW/SSB/RTTY for up to 10-11 days. Antennas include verticals for 80/160 and 4 square for 40m. Beams and towers will also be in use.

This will be a return visit for the same Team after their successful operation in 2016. This time 'bigger & longer'.

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.


MD1U EU-116 CQWW SSB 2016.

IOM2M0UTD Mark, will operate the CQ WW DX SSB Contest, October 29 and 30, from the Isle of Man as MD1U

This will be an SOSB 40M effort. 

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.







MD1E EU-116 CQWW SSB 2016

IOMMM0GOR, Gordon, will operate the CQ WW DX SSB Contest, October 29 and 30, from the Isle of Man as MD1E.

This will be an SOAB effort. 

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.







MD7C EU-116 CQWW SSB 2016

Sound IOMM5RIC, Rich, will operate the CQ WW DX SSB Contest, October 29 and 30, from the Isle of Man as MD7C. 

This will be an SOAB effort. 

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.








V3A - CQWW SSB 2016

V3AListen out for Marc V31MA next week.

He will be qrv from Belize using his Contest Call V3A.

Good luck Marc, 73 !

 Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.







img042QSL Card received from Jean VE2FDJ.

This was for his recent activation during the IOTA Contest 2016 of Ile Aux Perroquets, Canada IOTA NA-176.

Thanks for the new one Jean, 73







XT2AGI / XT2AW Burkina Faso

K800 XT2XT2AGI - Please listen out for a new licensee in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Ibrahim Guiero now has the Callsign XT2AGI and will be qrv from today on the bands.

Ibrahim is a new licencee being tutored by Harald XT2AW. Harald has sponsored a hexbeam and a Kenwood TS430 to Ibrahim for him to progress further in the hobby.

Please be patient with him but by all means give him a call!

 Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.




ATThe Team from India are now qrv from IOTA AS-176 (NEW).

The Operators ; YL Sarla VU2SWS, Nandu VU2NKS, Rajesh VU2EXP and Deepak VU2CDP have commenced the first ever activation of Gujarat State East Group IOTA AS-176 from Shiyal Bet Island as AT2SL.

They are qrv on CW, SSB & RTTY. You can find more information, video's and map by visiting DX World.





Expired IRC's?

wsdPlease DO NOT THROW away your old and/or expired IRC's

I will happily take the old ones off your hands as I can use them to fund Qsl Bureau Mailing costs for Dxpedition Teams I manage.

If you have any Old/Expired Blue (or even the old Yellow) IRC's please drop me a line and I'll be happy to receive them from you. I can add your Name and Callsign to my website with a thanks for helping out the Dxpedition teams!

Thanks in advance!



K800 img035Yuri Sushkin, N7QQ was active from Kalgin island Around between 8-11th, 2016

Kalgin reference number for the IOTA programme is IOTA NA-158.

Learn more about Russian Robinson Club, RRC's 20th anniversary video


Thanks to N7RO for the Qsl Card confirmation 73




B4R AS-135 QSL Card

K800 img034The B4R QSL Cards arrived today via Manager BA4WR.

The Team from the Jiangsu DX Club in Nangjin China activated QinShan Island IOTA AS-135 during the IOTA Contest in July 2016.

Thanks to the Team for the new one and to the Manager Li for the beautiful card!





Five Years Viewing the Sun by SDO/NASA

sUNSPOT WATCHThis video features stunning clips of the Sun, captured by SDO from each of the five years since SDO’s deployment in 2010.

In this movie, watch giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the Sun's surface.

Click here or the image to view Video on You Tube.



VE3KTB/VY0 NA-043 confirmed

K800 img032Qsl card arrived today from reg VE7IG (thanks!) for the rare IOTA NA-043.
Pierre, VE3KTB was active as VE3KTB/VY0 from the McGill Arctic Research Station on Axel Heiberg Island (IOTA NA-043) back in July 2016.


Thanks for the new and very rare IOTA Pierre!





3B9HA AF-017 etc etc

rodrigues-island-beachI have just added several new Logs to the M0OXO OQRS. These Logs are for the Callsigns;

3B8HA AF-049, 3B8MU AF-049, G0CKV, M5E, SM5CKV EU-177, ZD8M AF-003 & 3B9HA AF-017.

From 3B9HA Qrz.Com page ;

''G0CKV will again be QRV from Rodrigues as 3B9HA November 24 - December 12, 2016 in particular during the CQWW CW Contest but also focusing on the low bands outside the contest.

All QSL via Charles M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.

Please DO NOT send your cards via the bureau. There was a time when I loved to receive all those cards but there is now not enough time left in my life to collect them. Please use OQRS to request bureau cards.

Apologies for delays in responding to QSL requests. As from October 2016 Charles has kindly offered to help me and the backlog will soon be sorted.''

Kamchatka Award

UE23RTRCThe Kamchatka Award Plaque arrived yesterday.

This plaque is dedicated to the Dxpedition of UE23RRC team to the rare and hard to reach Kambalnyy Island AS-142.

I have had a few Plaques now from Most Wanted DX. The Plaques are excellent, they are delivered within days and the communication between Ken RW3DD is first class.

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to anyone!







eu123-696x424Col, MM0NDX and George, EA2TA (MM0IBO) will be active from Bute Island EU-123 as MS0INT between November 18-20, 2016. QRV on 40-10m, SSB/Digi.

(Note: MS0INT callsign is affiliated to Invoker Team)

M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.






XT2AW/XT2AFT EME activity

xt2aw2From Harald DF2WO;

XT2AW is qrv from 13:10:16 to 20:11:16.
Equipamente: TS 430S (a gift from Angelo D44BS), Hex Beam, Dipole 40Meter as usual. I will work in the Digi-modes and in
slow CW
But this time I'm not alone!
In the first 14 days, we will work in pairs XT2AFT Herman makes EME on 2 meter, 0.7 meter, 23cm and 13cm
XT2AW is allowed to use the equipment and antennas of Herman some time.

This will been a big party.
Even if the conditions are not so good, we are will the maximum work.

Good luck Harald!

MS0UKI EU-108 Cards mailed...

MS0UKIMS0UKI cards were all mailed this morning Thursday 22nd September 2016.

Thank you,


MS0UKI ob 2


ZS9V AF-064 Cards mailing tomorrow


ZS9V ob

 Qsl via Clublog OQRS or M0OXO Direct Mail

Qsl Cards mailed Friday 16th September 2016 73 !!



GD4SKAJohn GW4SKA is currently qrv from the Isle Of Man (IOTA EU-116).

He is active as GD4SKA  with plans to be mainly QRV on RTTY with some PSK when things slow down.  Listen for him on 3.5 through 28 MHz. He'll be using a TS590S, Acom 600S amp, Hexbeam, wires and verticals for the low bands.  John also plans to operate in the BARTG HF RTTY Contest as GD0A.

Logs will be on Clublog asap and traditional Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.




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