ZS9V AF-064 Video


ZS9V AF-064 Video

The team that activated AF-064 recently on Robben Island have compiled this short video.

Click the image to the left to view the video on You Tube.

Thanks Jan Van der Vyver.






ZS9V AF-064 QSL Preview



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 Qsl via Clublog OQRS or M0OXO Direct Mail


VY0ERC NA-008 & BG5UDN AS-138

K800 VY0ERC 2016.jpgQSL Cards for both these activities have arrived from the Printer today and will be mailed tomorrow.


         QSL is via Clublog OQRS or Direct Post Mail.

Friends Of IOTA - Update

friends of iotaThe 'Friends Of IOTA' appeal, launched to help fund the introduction into IOTA of paperless QSLing (IOTA News 20 June 2016 and update 11 July 2016) has so far brought in GBP £11,266. This amounts to approximately 45% of our initial target of GBP £25,000. We are hugely grateful to the 86 contributors in 22 countries who so far have contributed.

The fact remains that until we reach our target we will need to call on a commercial loan. We believe that the IOTA Community is more than ready to help us to make this unnecessary and build a position financially where we can promote IOTA in ways that we have not previously been able to fund. We are still a long way short, so we invite IOTA enthusiasts to join our Happy Band of Friends of IOTA. You can make a payment through PayPal either to "Islands on the Air (IOTA)" or to the email address 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 full appeal details here include an updated list of those who have reached the various levels of support.


ZS9V AF-064

ZS9VZS9V - Robben Island (South Africa, Nelson Mandela's former Prison Home) IOTA AF-064 will be activated from 19 to 21 August 2016.

This will be a dual purpose activation for ILLW 2016 and also an activation of AF-064 IOTA.

Four operators (ZS1V Paul van Spronsen, ZS1VDV Jan van der Vyver,  ZS1BM Bani van der Merwe & ZS1FX Bruce Robinson) will be on the Team and hope to give this rare IOTA and Lighthouse to the Ham Community but as always, they are Weather dependant.

Their website is being updates and can be found here http://zs9v.org.za/

Qsl is via Clublog OQRS or M0OXO Direct Mail.


3Y0Z - Bouvet 2018

'3Y0Z-Logo-Oval'Website for the Bouvet Dxpedition 2018 -

The most remote place on Earth''










VY0ERC NA-008 - Update

K800 VY0ERC 2016.jpgThe new Qsl Card for VY0ERC is now at the Print Shop.

The Qsl Card designed by the Eureka Amateur Radio Club will be available in two weeks.

The Club is located in the environs of the Eureka Weather Station which is itself located at 79 degrees 59 minutes N, 85 degrees 56 minutes W on Ellesmere Island.

 VY0ERC is currently operating out of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) Ridge Laboratory (RidgeLab) located approximately 11 km as the crow flies from the weather station (http://www.candac.ca).

QSL is via Clublog OQRS or Direct Post Mail.


RT92KA AS-092

K800 img019Qsl card received today for the operation earlier in the Year by RT92KA Team.

The operation took place from Alyumka Island, Chukotka, IOTA AS-092.

Thanks to the team for a great job.







MS0UKI – Treshnish Isles, EU-108

LungaThe UK Islands Group are pleased to announce their latest adventure.

This time it will be to the island of Lunga, the largest of the Treshnish Isles EU-108. QRV as MS0UKI with up to four stations active. Permission to operate overnight has been granted. More information including dates and full team will follow soon. QSL via M0OXO.

Note: The Treshnish Isles EU-108 is currently #3 most wanted EU IOTA group.




XXXCezar VE3LYC updated us regarding his trip to Cooper island, IOTA NA-172;

'' “It is almost 14 UTC (July 30) and I will be shortly starting my trip to the NW corner of Alaska. I will drive from home to Syracuse, NY, from where I will fly to Chicago, then Anchorage, and finally to Barrow, where I am scheduled to arrive tomorrow (July 31) around 19 UTC.

After the testing carried out with the multiband verticals last weekend, George (VE3GHK) generously offered to put the necessary time in order to bring the antennas to their original design. He was successful and the antennas and back within their original parameters. Nevertheless, I am taking the 20 m monoband vertical with me too.

I would like to thank very much to all of you who supported this project. Much obliged to everyone, including those who didn’t need NA-172 for a new IOTA, such as Luis (CT4HN), Johan (PA3EXX), Ken (W1NG), Tony (W4FOA), but wanted to be part of this adventure.

Keep your ears to the ground for this rare one!


TL8AO - Central African Republic

CARKen LA7GIA will visit Central African Republic in November this year.

He has obtained authorization to operate as TL8AO in the CAR. He plans to to go to Bangui as a single-op between 10th - 22nd of November 2016 and mainly do CW. TL is currently ranked 50 WW mixed and 20 on cw. This will be similar to my 7Q, D6 and 3C activities – except this time I will be on 80m as well.

All donations received for this trip will go directly to the DWOB (Doctors Without Borders) Charlity.

Qsl via Clublog OQRS or M0OXO Direct Mail.




vy0ercPierre, VE3KTB was active yesterday as VE3KTB/VY0 from the McGill Arctic Research Station on Axel Heiberg Island (IOTA NA-043).

He then returned back to Eureka, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

The Club is located in the environs of the Eureka Weather Station which is itself located at 79 degrees 59 minutes N, 85 degrees 56 minutes W on Ellesmere Island (IOTA NA-008).

VY0ERC is currently operating out of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) Ridge Laboratory (RidgeLab) located approximately 11 km as the crow flies from the weather station (http://www.candac.ca).

Thanks for the new and very rare IOTA Pierre!


Nusa Penida - IOTA OC-022

oc-022YB3LZ, YB3MM, YB3TET, YC3ARY, YC3BFX, YC3ISB, YC9AUY, YC9BCD, YC9CCS will be active from Nusa Penida Island, IOTA OC - 022, 30 July - 1 August 2016 as YB3CC/9.

They will operate on HF Bands including activity in RSGB IOTA Contest 30 - 31 July 2016.
QTH Locator - OI71sh.
QSL via YB3MM, OQRS ClubLog, LOTW.

Ads for direct QSL:
Adhi (Bimbo) Widodo, PO Box 6, Pandaan 67156, Indonesia.



Pingtan Island IOTA AS-138

PingtanBG5UDN will be qrv from IOTA AS-138.

During the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31, 2016), a group consisting BD5XM, BD5XX, BG5QIC, BG5TLS, BG5TOX and IK7YTT will be active from Pingtan Island AS-138. 

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.






D44TWO Log complete

Santiago-D44TWO-QSLD44TWO QSO's have now been uploaded to LOTW and Clublog.

This is the full upload including the 2016 Log.

2371 QSO's have now been transferred from paper logbook to the PC Logging software. Sorry for the delay, these things do take a lot of time.

Normal QSL Cards can still be obtained via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.

Clublog Logsearch is here.




IOTA Contest 2016

iota-TRANSThe highlight of my year will soon be upon us. The 2016 RSGB IOTA Contest takes place on the 30th & 31st July and will see a flourish of activity from many Islands Worldwide, some rare some not so rare.

You can find the rules of the Contest by clicking here.

You can find a constantly updated list of entrants and their Islands by clicking here and a prieview of this can be seen below.

Lets hope you work a few new ones or indeed just enjoy the Contest! Good Luck!




VK3VTH/7 - OC-233

VK3VTH 7 2-696x453Tony, VK3VTH will be active from King Island IOTA OC-233.

  He will be qrv as VK3VTH/7 betweeen 18th and 22nd of August, 2016. on 20 and 40m, but will be using SSB only.








FT4JA AF-012 Cards arrive

K800 img017The QSL Cards for the FT4JA Dxpedition arrived today.

This confirmed several Band Slots for me as well as the most needed IOTA confirmation for AF-012.

Thanks for the team for the fast LOTW, IOTA and paper confirmations which were all received in good time.







XU7MDC - Update

XU7We have added a new Poll on the XU7MDC website asking which Bands you need XU7 on.

We would pleased to hear your responses.

Please check out the new Poll on our homepage! http://www.mdxc.org/xu7mdc/ and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/258144517868256/ and twitter https://twitter.com/xu7mdc





San Felix IOTA SA-013 (2017)

San FelixA DXpedition to San Felix Island IOTA SA-013 is now scheduled for April 2017. 

What began as a 3 man effort for earlier this summer has now apparently become a 10 man team, and all operators are experienced DXpeditioners. 

Planned modes CW, SSB, Digital. Planned bands 160m and up, probably also will include the 6m Band.









received 102103218626259431Theodoros, SV1EJD will be active from Syros Island, IOTA EU-067, 23 July - 11 August 2016 as SV8/SV1EJD.

He will operate on 80 - 6m SSB, RTTY including activity in RSGB IOTA Contest 30 - 31 July 2016.

QSL via home call, LOTW. Ads for direct QSL:






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