At the 2019 Friedrichsafen Ham Radio Fair, Germany it was announced that a further six new IOTA groups are to be added to the IOTA Directory. As follows:

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. 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. 

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 A number of these will be withdrawn in due course to keep within the programme cap of 1200 groups set long ago by the Management Team as a firm policy decision.

AS-206 JA0, 1, 2, 7 Honshu’s Coastal Islands East, Japan (qualifying islands to be added from Directory for these prefixes). A new group, created by splitting the current AS-117 Honshu’s Coastal Islands in accordance with the ‘large island’ criterion that allows more than one coastal island group. There has been considerable activity from both groups. The entry/title of AS-117 Honshu’s Coastal Islands has been changed to JA3, 4, 9 Honshu’s Coastal Islands West with the above-mentioned islands transferred to AS-206.

AS-207 R0K Chukchi Sea Coast Centre group, Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russia – Asia (=Kosa Dvukh Pilotov). Valid for the Arctic Islands Award. New ‘unofficial/coastal island group’, created by splitting the current AS-174 Chukchi Sea Coast West group. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity. This island does not currently appear in the listing for AS-174 Chukchi Sea Coast West group although it did many years back (it was deleted for lack of a map). 

OC-298 FO Tatakoto Atoll, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia (=Tatakoto). New ‘remote island group’. This island was previously part of OC-066 Tuamotu Archipelago but is separated from the other islands in this large group by at least 154 km. There have been some four previous operations. Tatakoto will be deleted from OC-066 Tuamotu Archipelago without any change to the latter’s group name or co-ordinates.

OC-299 V6 Yap East group, State of Yap, FSM (=Elato, Lamotrek, Olimarao, Pikelot, Satawal, West Fayu). New ‘remote island group’. These islands were previously part of OC-132 East Yap group but are separated from the remaining islands in that group by at least 160.5 km. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity. These islands will be deleted from OC-132 East Yap group which will now consist of Eauripik, Faraulep, Gaferut, Ifalik and Woleai and be renamed as Yap Centre group. 

OC-300 T31 McKean and Nikumaroro Atolls, Phoenix Islands, Central Kiribati, Kiribati (=McKean, Nikumaroro). New ‘remote island group’. These islands were previously part of OC-043 Phoenix Islands but are separated from the remaining islands in that group by at least 230 km. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity. These islands will be deleted from OC-043 Phoenix Islands which will now consist of Birnie, Enderbury, Kanton, Manra, Orona and Rawaki. 

SA-101 CE0 Alejandro Selkirk Island, Juan Fernandez Archipelago, Chile (=Alejandro Selkirk). New ‘remote island group’. This island was previously part of SA-005 Juan Fernandez Archipelago but is separated from the remaining islands in that group by some 159 km. There has been no known previous amateur radio activity. This island will be deleted from SA-005 group which will now consist of Robinson Crusoe and Santa Clara and be renamed as Juan Fernandez Archipelago (Robinson Crusoe Island). 

IOTA Management
Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd

2 COMMENTS

  1. I posted a comment asking for clarification that presumably did not meet moderation criteria as it has not been published. There are six groups listed but the announcement claims “five new IOTA groups”. So, is this a mis-count or do not all of those listed here represent changes to the IOTA directory? AS-206 for example, where there is confusion? Surely either IOTA Ltd or DXW as reporters would not want incorrect or misleading information in the public domain.

    Erik EI4KF.

  2. I read and reread the AS-206 details. Clearly this was written by my XYL … I didn’t understand a word of what was said. I checked the complete IOTA groups listing at the IOTA website and there is no AS-206 (and AS-117 remains unchanged). The mind boggles. SeventyThree(s).

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