Archive - August 2016

Friends Of IOTA – Update

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The ‘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 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

ZS9V – 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

Qsl is via Clublog OQRS or M0OXO Direct Mail.


VY0ERC NA-008 – Update

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The 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 (

QSL is via Clublog OQRS or Direct Post Mail.


RT92KA AS-092

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Qsl 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


The 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.





Cezar 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


Ken 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.