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The IOTA (Islands On The Air) Programme is an amateur radio HF / VHF band activity programme, administered by Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd (called here IOTA Management) in partnership with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Established in 1964 it promotes radio contacts with stations located on islands around the world to encourage greater use of the amateur bands, and to do this it draws on the widespread mystique surrounding islands.

 

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 atleast one counter in as many of these groups as possible and, for the IOTA Island Activator, to provide such island contacts. 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.

 

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