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Lo IOTA (Islands On The Air) è un programma di attività radioamatoriali stimolante e innovativo, che ha attirato l’interesse di migliaia di radioamatori in tutto il mondo. Fondato nel 1964, il Programma IOTA si richiama al grande alone di fascino che circonda le isole per promuovere i collegamenti radio con le stazioni insulari ed arricchire l’esperienza di quanti sono attivi sulle bande amatoriali. Il Programma è amministrato da Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd (d’ora in avanti “IOTA Management”) in partnership con la Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

Lo IOTA Management ha suddiviso le isole marittime in circa 1200 “gruppi IOTA”. Per ragioni geografiche, ciascun gruppo contiene un numero variabile di isole valide (cioè in possesso dei requisiti per ‘contare’ ai fini IOTA), i cui elenchi sono pubblicati nella IOTA Directory e sul sito web dello IOTA. Per il Cacciatore di Isole IOTA, l’obiettivo è collegare almeno un’isola valida nel maggior numero possibile di gruppi; per l’Attivatore di Isole IOTA, l’obiettivo è fornire tali collegamenti. Il programma ha una solida struttura di regole. Nell’incoraggiare la competizione amichevole fra i cacciatori, lo IOTA Management pubblica i punteggi raggiunti dai partecipanti nell’Honour Roll (albo d’onore) e nelle classifiche annuali, e mette a disposizione una serie di diplomi e altri riconoscimenti di prestigio.

Bene, ora sapete qual è l’idea di base. Questo sito web colmerà le lacune. È stato progettato dallo IOTA IT Team per soddisfare le esigenze specifiche dei partecipanti al programma. Siamo in debito con Michael Wells (G7VJR), che ha reso disponibile Club Log per l’incrocio dei QSO ai fini IOTA, e con Rob Banfield (DM1CM), che ci ha permesso di incorporare le funzionalità di iotamaps.org nel sito IOTA.

Lo IOTA Management ringrazia i molti appassionati che hanno contribuito allo sviluppo IT tramite una donazione a Friends of IOTA.

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IOTA enthusiasts are reminded that the last date for mailing applications or score updates to checkpoints for inclusion in the 2019 Honour Roll and other performance tables is 31 January 2019. 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. In countries where the postal service to the checkpoint is often subject to delay, it is best to mail cards early so as to avoid complications. It is important that participants who have not updated since the 2014 annual listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2019.

G3KMA, 6 January 2019 
At this festive time IOTA Management would like to thank all of you who have supported the IOTA Programme in 2018, whether as DXpeditioners, chasers, resident islanders or FOI contributors, and wishes you and your families the very best of Season’s Greetings and a Happy, Peaceful and Healthy New Year 2019. 

G3KMA, 25 December 2018 
It is with deep regret that I learned of the death on 11 December 2018 of Jan Hallenberg SM5DJZ. Jan had served as IOTA checkpoint for Scandinavia from 2002 until November 2017 when he had to step down for health reasons. Throughout these years he carried out the role of checkpoint conscientiously and with great care. He looked after the interests of his customers in Scandinavia well beyond what might be expected of a checkpoint. He gave back so much. At all times he showed himself to be a passionate supporter and friend of the IOTA Programme and with 1096 credits on the database reached the highest levels of performance himself. That kind of score can only be reached with real dedication. A true IOTA enthusiast in every way he will be sadly missed. On behalf of the IOTA Community I should like to express heart-felt thanks to our friend Jan and pass sincere condolences to his family. Rest In Peace. 

G3KMA, 15 December 2018 
At its Board meeting on 17 November 2018 IOTA Ltd appointed a number of IOTA enthusiasts to serve as Directors on an enlarged Board. The full Board is Roger Balister G3KMA, Cezar Trifu VE3LYC, Charles Wilmott M0OXO, Dan Sullivan W4DKS, Hans-Georg Goebel DK1RV, Jim Nakajima JA9IFF and Ghis Penny, ON5NT. We thank Dr Jeff Cantor K1ZN who stepped down as Director in early November for his help and support during his period of service on the Board. We welcome the new appointees and look forward to the added strength they bring to the programme’s management. 

G3KMA, 14 December 2018 
Rob DM1CM has made some changes to his iotamaps.org software to filter out cluster spots with incorrect IOTA groups. The spots are available from the main menu IOTA DX Spots. If you are logged on to the website it also shows you your wanted IOTA groups if one is spotted.

PA3EXX, 18 November 2018 
IOTA Management announced on 31 August 2018 on the IOTA website the five yearly review of the Directory list of IOTA groups (see previous Management News item). It mentioned its intention of releasing a small number of additions at this year’s RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes with a second tranche at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen in July 2019. IOTA Management is grateful to proposers of some 28 candidate groups received by the 1 October deadline. On Sunday 14 October IOTA General Manager Roger Balister, G3KMA announced the first tranche of 6 new groups at the RSGB Convention. They covered a Swedish/Finnish joint sovereignty island and groups in North America, Asia and Oceania. All new groups have provisional numbers. This means that they will need to be confirmed by an operation taking place after 14 October 2018 that meets the 1000 QSO and other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the number will credit for past operations be considered. Read the full list here.

G3KMA, 14 October 2018 
The IOTA Management Team is pleased to announce the appointment with immediate effect of a new checkpoint to cover Portugal. Luis Sutil Teixeira, CT4NH has agreed to take on checkpoint duties for Portugal, previously covered by Julio Mateiro, CT1ZW. Our thanks go to Julio for his long service over many years and we wish him the very best for the future. Luis’s email is xx9tnh@gmail.com and mailing address Luis Sutil Teixeira, Rua Visconde Moreira de Rey 3, 2790-162 Carnaxide, Portugal. We welcome Luis to the team and look forward to working with him. IOTA Participants in Portugal, please note your new checkpoint.

G3KMA, 11 October 2018 
We have made some changes to our privacy policy in line with new data regulations. These include
  • Clarity on what data we have, how we use it, why we need it, how long we keep it and who has access to it;
  • Choices you have over how we use your data;
  • Details of where to contact if you have any concerns.
Perhaps the main change for holders of an IOTA record is that we have introduced a two year limit on the time that we retain your personal data if you have not logged in to your record on the IOTA website. Do log in at least once every two years, otherwise to recover your list of credits you will need to re-register your personal information. You can read the full privacy policy here.

G3KMA, 24 August 2018 
The IOTA Management Team is pleased to announce the appointment with immediate effect of two new checkpoints to cover Spain and Canada. Christian Cabre, EA3NT has agreed to take on checkpoint duties for Spain, previously covered by Josep Gilbert, EA3BT and Nuria Font, EA3WL. His email is ec3adc@gmail.com. Our thanks go to Josep and Nuria for their long service over many years and we wish them well. Bud Powell, VE7SMP has agreed to accept a similar task for Canada, previously covered by Reg Beck, VE7IG (SK). His email is ve7smp@rac.ca. Their mailing addresses are OK in QRZ.com. We welcome Christian and Bud to the team and look forward to an increase in IOTA awareness in their areas. IOTA Participants in these countries, please note your new checkpoint.

G3KMA, 23 August 2018 
It is with great sadness that I learned of the death on 24 July 2018 of Reg Beck, VE7IG. Reg had served as IOTA checkpoint for Canada since 2003, carrying out the role conscientiously and with great care. He stepped down in March this year for personal reasons. As long as I can recall, he showed himself to be a passionate supporter and friend of the IOTA Programme although he put as much into several other award programmes and was amongst the top achievers in all of them. In recent years he operated at times as VE1DXA from his daughter’s home in Nova Scotia from where he activated a number of IOTA groups. He was a real IOTA enthusiast who will be sadly missed. The IOTA Community expresses heart-felt thanks to our friend Reg and passes sincere condolences to his family.

G3KMA, 29 July 2018 
Copies of IOTA Directory 2018 can now be purchased from the IOTA Shop. This 18th edition will probably be the last paper edition to be printed, the inevitable consequence of the Internet age. The Directory contains the complete listing of 15,000 IOTA islands as well as everything readers need to know to participate in the programme. Included in the colour section are fascinating reports on several rare IOTA operations, well worth reading. The rules have seen a major and once only restructuring to make them easier to follow. The list of Most Wanted IOTAs has been recast to show the listing in three ways: based on contacts credited all-time, credited to those who updated in the last 10 years and to those who did so in the last 5 years. Regular features such as the Honour Roll and other performance listings, award winners and advice on making a first application are also included. Remember, this may be the last printed edition published, so if you prefer to check data in paper form, you would be well advised to purchase a copy. In addition to the Directory the newly established IOTA Shop also offers IOTA flags, large and small, and IOTA patches. More to come.

G3KMA, 28 May 2018 

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