The new Directory introduces some fairly significant rule changes, made in the interests of simplification, which will take effect from 1 June 2016.
a. The discontinuation of the issue of paper certificates. Given ever-increasing postal charges and technological advances IOTA Management has decided that now in the 21st century all certificates should be sent electronically. Exceptionally, if this causes real problems, you can ask for certificates to be sent by post but this will attract an extra charge. (Rule C.5.12 and Annex B)
b. The discontinuation of giving credit for VHF / UHF contacts in the Standard Category of Application. Previously this was allowed but it made for awkward complications in the crediting of contacts in the two categories of application affected (Standard and VHF / UHF), and since the incidence of credits gained this way was so small, it was felt that this change would have very little effect on applicants. (Rule C.3.5)
c. Charges have been increased and the charging regime has been simplified in the interests of clarification. The basic starter 100 Islands certificate will in future be charged separately from the registration charge. (Annex B)
d. The threshold figure defining a “rare” IOTA group has been raised to cover those groups which 20% or fewer participants (previously 15%) have credited to their scores. Recent activity from a number of rare IOTAs has reduced the number of groups in this category. (Rule F.3.1)
When the system of Paperless QSLing is fully launched, there will be further changes to the procedures.
Coming Soon — The main IT Project to introduce paperless QSLing is on schedule for introduction early next year but stand by for an announcement shortly about interim steps in that direction.
Also, in the new Directory, read about the newly formed Friends of IOTA and an appeal for your help.
Roger Balister, G3KMA
IOTA Manager, Director/Trustee
Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd