Welcome. If you want to learn more about us, you have come to the right place.

The IOTA (Islands On The Air) Programme is an exciting and innovative activity programme that has caught the interest of thousands of radio amateurs worldwide. Established in 1964, it promotes radio contacts with stations located on islands around the world to enrich the experience of all active on the amateur bands and, to do this, it draws on the widespread mystique surrounding islands. It is administered by Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd (called here IOTA Management) in partnership with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

IOTA Management has grouped the oceans' islands into some 1200 'IOTA groups' with, for reasons of geography, varying numbers of 'counters', i.e. qualifying islands, in each group and has published the listings in the IOTA Directory and on the IOTA website. The objective, for the IOTA Island Chaser, is to make radio contact with at least one counter in as many of these groups as possible and, for the IOTA Island Activator, to provide such island contacts. The programme has a strong rule structure. IOTA Management encourages friendly competition among chasers by publishing details of participants' performance in an Honour Roll and annual listings, as well as by recognising it with certificates and prestige awards.

Right, now you know the basic idea. This website will fill in the gaps. It has been designed by the IOTA IT Team to meet the specific needs of those participating in the programme. We are indebted to Michael Wells G7VJR for making Club Log available for QSO matching for IOTA awards and to Rob Banfield DM1CM for allowing us to incorporate features from iotamaps.org into the website.

IOTA Management thank the many IOTA enthusiasts who have contributed to IT development through Friends of IOTA.

Join Friends of IOTA and support the development of the IOTA Programme!
IOTA Group Level - GBP 500+ Archipelago Level - GBP 250-499
Island Level - GBP 100-249 Atoll Level - GBP 10-99
Click here for a list of donors.
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IOTA enthusiasts are reminded that the last date for mailing applications or score updates to checkpoints for inclusion in the 2018 Honour Roll and other performance tables is 31 January 2018. If postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way but the scores will be held over to the following year's listing. It is important that participants who have not updated since the 2013 annual listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2018. Of interest this year is that in addition to the 2017 IOTA Contest logs a much larger number of logs of IOTA operations on Club Log have recently been made available for QSO matching. Experience to date shows the increased opportunity this offers for building a larger score.

G3KMA, 20 December 2017 
The chasers can now get IOTA credits through QSO matching for irregular log names. To facilitate this, the log names are now listed on the accepted activations tab. In order to get a match for AA1AA/P on XX-yyy with the log name AA1AA/P_XX-yyy, the chaser must upload to Club Log a QSO with the callsign AA1AA/P_XX-yyy. Once the match is obtained, the system will automatically use the proper callsign in the subsequent credit application. For any questions contact us at info@iota-world.org.

Team IOTA, 8 December 2017 
The 2017 IOTA Contest data has now been uploaded to the IOTA database and is available for QSO matching. We thank all concerned on the RSGB Contest Committee. It should be noted that if an operation is asked by IOTA’s Validation Team (not the same as the RSGB Contest Committee) for validation and this is not sent in good time, QSO matching will not be allowed and a warning that the operation will not be accepted for IOTA will be posted on the database for applicants to note. IOTA’s help point is at info@iota-world.org. Enquiries relating to the contest results should be directed to the RSGB Contest Committee at www.iotacontest@rsgbcc.org.

G3KMA, 24 November 2017 
It is with regret that we inform Scandinavian IOTA chasers that Jan Hallenberg, SM5DJZ has had to step down as their checkpoint for health reasons. Jan has been the checkpoint for Scandinavia for many years and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for a job well done and send him our good wishes.

Claes "Mel" Carneheim, SM0MPV has agreed to take over his duties with immediate effect.

Our thanks go to Mel for stepping forward – his address is Claes "Mel" Carneheim, Sagov. 3, SE-182 47 Enebyberg, Sweden and his email address is sm0mpv@ssa.se.

As a further step in database housekeeping we have to inform all chasers who have registered but have never entered the programme with an accepted score that the Board of IOTA Ltd has decided to allow them one year to post a score, failing which it will close their records. It considers that it makes no sense to allow substantial numbers of chasers to maintain a pending record assembled using all the benefits of an IOTA programme but not take the simple step of entering the programme. The one year will run from the date of this news item (26 September) or the date of first registration whichever is the later. Closed records will be moved without further notice to Archives where they will no longer be visible to their “owners”. To avoid this action chasers will need to submit an application within the year. The Board regrets the need for such action but has taken it in the interests of good management. Queries about this notice should be sent to info@iota-world.org.

G3KMA, 26 September 2017 

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