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  1. Island Chasing Roger Reini, KD8CSE October 2013

  2. What is Island Chasing? • Island chasing is one of several ways to operate from and activate various geographical or political entities • Akin to DXCC, county hunting, mountain peak activation (Summits On The Air), etc. • Main Program: IOTA (Islands On The Air) • US program: US Islands Awards Program

  3. Islands On The Air

  4. IOTA (Islands On The Air) • The best-known island chasing program • Created by Geoff Watts in 1964; now administered by the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) • Eligible islands or island groups: islands in salt water (not islands in rivers, lakes or mostly enclosed bays); listed in directory • More details at http://www.rsgbiota.org/info/directory.php

  5. IOTA Awards • First award certificate for contacting 100 islands; next come 200, 300, 400, etc. up to 1100 islands • Certificates also available for contacting all islands in each continent (All Africa, All North America, etc.) • IOTA Plaque of Excellence for contacting 750 island groups • IOTA 1000 Islands Trophy

  6. Example Certificate

  7. Miscellaneous • Forthcoming activations listed at http://www.rsgbiota.org/activations/index.php • 50th Anniversary convention July 4-6, 2014 in the UK

  8. US Islands Awards Program • Established in 1994 by John Reisenauer. Jr., KL7JR (ex-NL7TB) as a US counterpart to IOTA and CISA (Canadian Islands) • Not as well known as IOTA • Fresh water islands are eligible to be activated – e.g., Belle Isle, Grosse Ile, Mackinac Island are ineligible for IOTA but are eligible for USIA • Rules: http://www.usislands.org/rules.html

  9. USi Awards • USi Honor Roll – contact with 100 islands (then 300, 500, 750, 1000, 1250, 1500 and up) • WASI Award – work islands from all 50 states • More listed at http://www.usislands.org/awards.html

  10. 2013 W/VE QSO Party • Weekend before CQWW Phone contest – so October 19, 1600 UTC to October 20, 2359 UTC • Details at http://www.usislands.org/contest_rules.html

  11. Links • IOTA Program: http://www.rsgbiota.org • US Islands Award Program: http://www.usislands.org