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Программа IOTA (Islands On The Air) является радиолюбительской программой, для радиолюбителей, которые интересуются активностью на КВ / УКВ диапазонах. Администрированием программы IOTA занимается Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd в содружестве с Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Программа действует с 1964 и способствует повышению интереса проведения радиосвязей с удаленными и труднодоступными островами по всему миру на радиолюбительских диапазонах, сохраняя дух романтики «открытия» островов посредством радиолюбительства.

IOTA Администрация сгруппировала все острова мира в порядка 1200 'IOTA групп' с разбивкой по географическому принципу, учитывая принадлежность островов к тем или иным странам. Таким образом, острова, подходящие под критерии программы IOTA, могут быть найдены в IOTA директории или на интернет сайте IOTA. Цель «охотника за островами» - провести максимальное количество радиосвязей с островными станциями, а «островного активатора» - предоставить такую возможность «охотникам». IOTA Администрация поощряет дружественное соревнование среди участвующих в программе, публикуя ежегодно результаты и достижения, а также поддерживает желание повышения результатов путем признания заслуг выдачей сертификатов и ценных престижных наград.

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Club Log
To clarify its position on the conduct of operations put on for the IOTA Programme the IOTA Board has updated the text of provision E.1.2 in the IOTA Programme Rules as follows:

IOTA Management attaches importance to the maintenance of fair play as far as is practicable. From time to time a set of circumstances occurs where official intervention is considered justified. One such case is where there is seen to be apparent intentional unfair, even discriminatory, treatment of people in the making of contacts or issue of QSL cards or QSO matches. An example of this is where an expedition to a rare IOTA group follows a clear practice of discriminating against contacts with non-participants in the IOTA Programme or, post-event, of deleting them from the log. In this regard the cardinal principle to be followed must be that it is immaterial whether the contact is a known participant or not in IOTA. Failure to observe fair play in cases like this is sufficient justification for rejection of the operation for IOTA credit on grounds of it bringing the IOTA Programme into disrepute. All participants are asked to have regard for our long established tradition of acting in accordance with the best of ham spirit.

G3KMA, 11 September 2019 
Vincent, F4BKV, has updated the Google Earth file containing all IOTA groups including the 6 new ones.
The new version can be downloaded here.

PA3EXX, 17 August 2019 
All old credits issued for operations from islands which used to be at one time part of these island groups but are now within AS-204, EU-190, and EU-117, respectively, have been transferred. In case the respective chasers already had credits for the latter groups, their original credits were revoked. EU-117 and EU-133 have been re-organized after Malyy Visotsky Is. lost its DXCC status in 2012, but the credit transfer was postponed until now. Old operations from the above island groups which have logs at Club Log enabled for QSO matching, as well as old IOTA Contest logs which fall into this category have been appropriately amended to continue to be used toward IOTA credits. Please direct any questions you may have on this topic to info@iota-world.org.

VE3LYC, 14 Augustus 2019 
All old AS-117 credits issued for operations from islands which now belong to AS-206 have been transferred to AS-206. Additionally, old AS-117 operations from islands now within AS-206 which have logs at Club Log enabled for QSO matching, as well as old IOTA Contest logs which fall in this category have been appropriately amended to be used toward AS-206 credits. Please direct any questions you may have on this topic to info@iota-world.org.

VE3LYC, 8 Augustus 2019 
Islands previously listed as qualifying for AS-117 that now fall within the co-ordinates box of the new group AS-206, Honshu’s Coastal Islands East, have now been transferred and are listed appropriately both in the application database scroll-down list and in the IOTA Directory online. Following several activations from AS-206 in the last few weeks with most already accepted for credit, the group number is now confirmed. Record-holders with credits for AS-117 that commence with prefixes JA0, 1, 2 and 7, will have their credits reviewed for transfer to AS-206. All chasers who logged into the IOTA system at least once during the last two years will be automatically informed by a credit re-allocation. This will alert them to the need to find a replacement card or QSO match for AS-117 with a prefix JA3, 4 or 9 to regain credit. Other record-holders for whom Management no longer retains an email address will have any necessary transfer made automatically. The intention is to transfer all credits to the correct IOTA group within a few weeks. As this is quite a big job, patience is requested.

G3KMA, 30 July 2019 
Following the decision to split the 5 yearly review of the IOTA list into two parts, we announced the first tranche of six new IOTA groups at the RSGB Convention, Milton Keynes on 14 October 2018 (see Management News item of the same date). The plan mentioned at the time was to add the second tranche at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen in June 2019. At the event’s IOTA Forum on Saturday, 22 June this took place with the announcement of a further six new groups. The review has now completed its work; the next one is scheduled for 2024.

These new groups have provisional numbers. This means that they will need to be confirmed by an operation taking place after 22 June 2019 that meets the 1000 QSO and other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the group number will credit for past operations be considered. Read the full list here.

The addition of these six groups takes the total of groups that have confirmed or provisional IOTA numbers to 1172. Of these 1131 have seen activity, the remaining 41 have not. The number of unnumbered groups remains at 33. A number of these will be withdrawn in due course to keep within the programme cap of 1200 groups set long ago by the Management Team as a firm policy decision.

G3KMA, 22 June 2019 
Hearty congratulations to Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC on being presented with the IREF IOTA Expeditioner of the Year award for 2018 at Dayton last weekend. This is especially significant as it is the first year that the award has been given. Cezar is well-known worldwide for mounting operations from some of the remotest islands listed in IOTA for the benefit of the IOTA community. The award related only to operations in 2018 but his record goes back over many years. Second place was awarded to Mikhail Zavarukhin, VE7ACN and the third went to David Deane, EI9FBB. All three well deserved the awards for the range of operations that they put on during the year. I am sure that IOTA enthusiasts everywhere will be delighted to see that they get this recognition and join us in sending them our congratulations and thanks.

G3KMA, 21 May 2019 

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