IOTA Rules

Wed Jul 27 16:17:31 EDT 1994

    RSGB Islands on the Air Contest 1994.
Here's a reminder of the rules for the IOTA Contest 1994.
The Super Duper for IOTA (SDI) logging program is available from EI5DI,
QTHR. You must pay for Super Duper for other contests, but the
version for IOTA is free. To order a copy, send EI5DI a blank formatted
disk, return addressed envelope and three IRCs.
Dave G4BUO
    The aim of the contest is to promote contacts between
    stations in qualifying IOTA island groups and the rest
    of the world and to encourage expeditions to IOTA islands.
    UK entrants must be RSGB members - see the general rules
    for HF contests published in January 1994 Radio Communication.
    Note: Mainland G/GM/GW = EU005
          Mainland GI/EI   = EU115
2.  WHEN.
    1200 UTC Saturday 30th July to 1200 UTC Sunday 31st July 1994.
    3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz, CW and SSB.  IARU bandplans must be
    observed, and CW contacts must be made only in the recognised
    CW ends of the bands.  Contest preferred segments must also be
    observed, i.e. no operation must take place on 3.56 - 3.60 MHz,
    3.65 - 3.70 MHz, 14.06 - 14.125 and 14.30 - 14.35 MHz.
    (a) Single operator.
          CW only, SSB only or mixed-mode.
    (b) Single operator limited.
          CW only, SSB only or mixed-mode.  Operation is limited
          to 12 hours, and contacts on any THREE bands count for
          points.  Off periods must be clearly marked and must be
          a minimum of 60 minutes in length.
    (c) Multi operator single transmitter.
          Mixed mode.  Only one transmitted signal.
    Use of packet cluster or other assistance during the contest
    places the entrant in the multi operator category.
    (a) IOTA Island Stations.
          Stations on an island with an IOTA reference, for
          example AS007, EU005.  This section includes the
          British Isles.  Entrants intending to operate from a
          location whose IOTA status is not clear are advised
          to confirm validity by reference to the IOTA directory
          available from RSGB head-quarters.  Please indicate on
          the entry whether the station is permanent or a contest
          DXpedition, i.e. antennas and equipment installed
          specifically for the contest.
    (b) World (listed by continent).
          Any station in a location which does not have an IOTA
    (c) Short Wave Listener.
          See rule 10. The format of the listings will depend on
          the number of entries received.
    Send RS(T) and serial number starting from 001, plus IOTA
    reference number if applicable.  Do not use separate
    numbering systems for CW and SSB.  Stations may be contacted
    on both CW and SSB on each band.  Entrants in section (a)
    MUST send their IOTA reference as part of each contact.
    (a) QSO Points.
          Each contact with an IOTA island counts 15 points.  Other
          contacts count 5 points, except contacts with the entrant's
          own country or own IOTA reference, which count 2 points.
    (b) Multiplier.
          The multiplier is the total of different IOTA references
          contacted on each band on CW, plus the total of different
          IOTA references contacted on each band on SSB.
    (c) Total Score.
          The score is the total of QSO points on all bands added
          together, multiplied by the total of multipliers.
8.  LOGS.
    UK stations must use a Summary Sheet and RSGB-style log
    sheets, other entrants may use log sheets in local format,
    together with a summary and signed declaration that the rules
    and licence conditions have been complied with.  Separate log
    sheets must be used for each band (but not each mode).  Single
    mode entrants who make contacts on the other mode should submit
    these separately as checklogs.
    Logs must show: Time, Callsign, RST/serial number/IOTA reference
    sent, RST/serial number/IOTA reference received, multiplier
    claimed, and QSO points. Entrants are encouraged to submit
    cross-check ('dupe') sheets and a multiplier list.  Logs on
    computer disk are welcomed, in accordance with RSGB format.
    Entries must be postmarked 26 August 1994 at the latest, and
    mailed to the following address:
          RSGB IOTA Contest,
          c/o S. Knowles G3UFY,
          77 Bensham Manor Road,
          Thornton Heath,
          CR7 7AF,
    IOTA stations must state their location, i.e. island from
    where they operated, as well as their IOTA reference number.
    Checklogs from non-entrants are welcome.
    Points may be deducted, or entrants disqualified, for
    violation of the rules or the spirit of the contest. This
    includes refusal by IOTA island stations to make contacts
    with their own country when requested.  Use of a third party
    to make contacts on a list or net is also against the spirit
    and may lead to disqualification.  Duplicate contacts must
    be marked as such with no points claimed. Unmarked duplicates
    will be penalised at ten times the claimed points, and
    excessive duplicates may cause disqualification.
    Scoring is as for the transmitting contest.  Logs must be
    separate for each band, and show Time, Callsign of station
    heard, RST/serial number/IOTA reference sent, callsign of
    station being worked, multiplier claimed, and QSO points.
    Under "callsign of station being worked", there must be at
    least two other QSOs before a callsign is repeated, or else
    ten minutes must have elapsed.  If both sides of a QSO can
    be heard, they can be logged separately for points if
11.  AWARDS.
    (a) The IOTA Trophy (non-returnable) will be presented by
    the IOTA Committee to the entrant, whether single-operator
    or a multi-operator group in the IOTA Island Stations
    Section (DXpedition subsection), with the overall highest
    checked score, regardless of mode.  A trophy will also be
    awarded to the leading non-DXpedition IOTA entrant, and
    it is hoped to introduce further trophies as the contest
    (b) The DX News Sheet Trophy (retained for one year only) will
    be presented by the Editor of DX News Sheet to the British
    entrant operating from a location in the UK (including GD,
    GJ and GU) with the highest checked score in the single
    operator SSB category.  The winner of the IOTA Trophy will
    not be eligible for this award.
    (c) Certificates will be awarded to leading stations in each
    category and section, and in each continent, according to
12.  Note from the IOTA Director.
    Amateurs planning to activate an all-time new one for IOTA
    over the IOTA Contest weekend should, if possible, arrange to
    commence their operation in the preceding 24 hours to enable
    the new reference number to be issued before the start of the
    contest.  Once the contest is under way, it will not be
    possible to issue a new number and, without this, contacts
    made will not count as island contacts.


>From jholly at (Jim Hollenback)  Wed Jul 27 15:42:11 1994
From: jholly at (Jim Hollenback) (Jim Hollenback)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 1994 07:42:11 -0700
Subject: marking coax
References: <WGJE-6423-2209/27*/I=L/G=ERIC/S=SCACE/O=ADN/ADMD=TELEMAIL/C=US/@MHS>
Message-ID: <9407270742.ZM20243 at>

On Jul 26,  7:50pm, ERIC.L.SCACE at wrote:
> Subject: marking coax
> Two other ideas:

  idea 1 deleted.

> 2.  Go to the electrical supply store.  Buy a set of rolls of colored Scotch
> 88 electrical tape.  There are many colors to choose from.  Wrap one or more
> colored bands at the ends of your cables, and keep a legend.  I use about six
> colors (wht, blu, red, grn, bwn, yel), so two bands gives me 36 combinations. 
> Three bands gives another 216 possibilities.
>    For convention, I "read" the colors starting from the connector-end of the
> cable so as to not confuse RED-BLU with BLU-RED.

>    The drawback of this method is that one has to keep a list of cables.  For

why? brwn-blk = 10 meters, brwn-org = 15 meters, etc. unless of course you
can't get all the needed colors.

jholly at

>From Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH at TGV.COM>  Wed Jul 27 15:52:55 1994
From: Trey Garlough <GARLOUGH at TGV.COM> (Trey Garlough)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 1994 07:52:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: time flies ...
Message-ID: <775320775.158097.GARLOUGH at TGV.COM>

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

Hard to believe a year has elapsed since taking over the editorship of
the National Contest Journal.  My run will be coming to an end soon
and it's time to find a new person to fill this role.  If you think
you have an interest, drop me a line and we can discuss what's

--Trey, WN4KKN/6

>From alan at (Alan Brubaker)  Wed Jul 27 16:21:41 1994
From: alan at (Alan Brubaker) (Alan Brubaker)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 94 09:21:41 -0600
Subject: marking coax
Message-ID: <9407271520.AA12534 at dsd.ES.COM>

For what it is worth, here is how I do it with colored plastic tape following the
standard color code:

160  =  Blue
80   =  Gray
40   =  Yellow
20   =  Red
15   =  Green
10   =  Brown
For the WARC bands, it is:

30   =  Orange
17   =  Violet
12   =  Brown and Red
So 12 meters is the only band that I have to mark the feedline with more
than one tape. Once you get it straight in your mind, there is nothing
ambiguous with this system, I have found.

Good luck.

Alan, K6XO

alan at

Just some more roadkill on the Information SuperHighway...

>From tree at (Larry Tyree)  Wed Jul 27 15:34:09 1994
From: tree at (Larry Tyree) (Larry Tyree)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 94 07:34:09 PDT
Subject: SS Winners and mults
Message-ID: <9407271434.AA26414 at>

> >>Give me a contest where the Q/M ratio is more than 10 and I'm in fat
> city!!!
> Except SS of course where the winners never look for mults.
> Tim - NU6S

On CW, this is not true!  I typically spend several hours looking for my 
last mult in the SS.  I get it around noon on Sunday every contest.  The
trick is doing it with the second radio.

On a different subject, I delete messages having to do with grid squares.
It is just too different from how we do things now.


>From tree at (Larry Tyree)  Wed Jul 27 15:53:35 1994
From: tree at (Larry Tyree) (Larry Tyree)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 94 07:53:35 PDT
Subject: SprINT logs
Message-ID: <9407271453.AA26633 at>


We still need some more logs to get the name tracings to look good.  Currently
our QSO match percentage is about 45 percent, which is about half of the 90%
we have been able to achieve before.  If you are on the list, or are able to
talk to someone on the list, please do what you can to get the log submitted
to me ASAP!!!  

     Date                      9407    9404    9401    9310    9305
     Percent Matched           48.5    89.3    89.9    81.7    72.7
>     qth: n5rz	tx=97	--=0	ok
>     qth: w1ph	nh=85	tx=1	ok
>     qth: k1zx	fl=71	--=0	ok
>     qth: kr0y	tx=62	--=0	ok
>     qth: dl1iao	dx=53	pr=1	ok
>     qth: wn3k	de=35	--=0	ok
>     qth: wt3h	pa=29	--=0	ok
>     qth: k4xu	il=27	--=0	ok
>     qth: kd6ewt	ca=26	ct=1	ok
>     qth: w2pa	ny=16	--=0	ok
>     qth: oh7ma	dx=13	--=0	ok
>     qth: nl7gp	ak=12	--=0	ok
>     qth: wq2k	ny=11	--=0	ok
>     qth: nc6u	ca=9	--=0	ok
>     qth: w3cpb	md=9	--=0	ok
>     qth: k7sv	va=8	--=0	ok
>     qth: na4k	tn=7	--=0	ok
>     qth: ve4vv	mb=6	--=0	ok
>     qth: w4xj	tn=5	--=0	ok

Thanks for your support!!  

If you have deleted your log by mistake, perhaps using a disk editor will allow
you to find your log.  This might work better than some unerase routines.

73 Tree
tree at

>From Tim Coad" <Tim_Coad at  Wed Jul 27 18:22:47 1994
From: Tim Coad" <Tim_Coad at (Tim Coad)
Date: 27 Jul 1994 10:22:47 -0700
Subject: SS Multiplier Hunting
Message-ID: <n1436817786.36024 at>

        Reply to:   RE>SS Multiplier Hunting

>No no not so....
>>Wrong  QRM .....Breath
>>>What planet do you work SS on......

Hmmm.... Looks like things have changed since I worked SS. 
I had clean sweeps three years in a row and NEVER looked for a mult. Of
course this was SSB, and it was back in the 80's, and people did not use two
radios much. Maybe now it makes sense to spend 12 hours S&Ping for a
Thanks for the tips...Ill be back in it this year after 10 years of absence
and all of your advice will sure help!
Tim - NU6S 

>From k3lr <k3lr at>  Wed Jul 27 18:40:51 1994
From: k3lr <k3lr at> (k3lr)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 1994 13:40:51 -0400
Subject: TIC Ring Rotors
Message-ID: <199407271740.NAA27007 at>

I purchased several more rings (some big an some small) from TIC a few
months back and the delivery was OK then, but in recent conversations
with TIC (for more rings) it looks like delivery could be a problem.
The ring rotors that I have really work well, with easy installation
and no failures so far.  Turning evereything from large full size 40
meter beams to small 10 meter beams.

Tim K3LR

K3LR at

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