NEWS UPDATE — “Three days ago the yacht AURORA left dock, prepared for our campaign, and is in Helsinki currently as part of another cruise. The updated photos of the AURORA are avaliable in the photo folder”.

MARCH 23, 2017 — Only in 2014 when the IOTA rules were changed and the minimum distance in 150 km (E5.3 point) was established, according to the application of Russian Robinson Club two new groups were added to the world list of groups of islands: in the Asian part – AS-203 (Shelikhova Bay Group), and in the European part – EU-190 (Viktoriya Island). Thus, now Viktoriya Island has the status of the certain remote island and can be activated for the world IOTA community. After activation by the new rules IOTA also the previous activities from the island will also be counted.

Now Viktoriya Island remains the last IOTA NEW ONE in Russia. At the same time in the world remained only two never activated islands remain from the 11 of the new island groups added in 2014 at a conference in Great Britain dated for the 50 anniversary of the international IOTA program. The RI1F team plans at the end of September – the beginning of October to conduct an expedition on the sea yacht and to present Viktoriya Island on the air for the IOTA/DX world radio amateur community.


RI1F expedition team:

Igor Znamensky UA9KDF Team leader
Daniel Gavrilov Captain RUSARC AURORA
Yury Zaruba UA9OBA RRC president
Vladimir Kostin Chief mate RUSARC AURORA
Andrey Korobejnikov UA9LDD CW operator
Yelena Sil’nitskaya Cook RUSARC AURORA
Valery Makarov UA0ZC CW/SSB operator
Dmitriy Trefilov Helmsman RUSARC AURORA
Vladimir Vasil’yev R9LR SSB/CW operator
Kirill Maslennikov Sailor RUSARC AURORA
Sergey Nadtochiy UA9KB CW operator
Artemy Rusin UA9KAM Photo, video, SSB op.
Andrey Semeshko RT9K Mechanic, cook, SSB op.
Victor Kuzyakin RW0BG CW/SSB operator
Mikhail Kutyumov UA1QV CW/SSB operator
Valery Nesterov RA9J CW/SSB operator
Vladimir Korobeinikov Son of UA9LDD CW/SSB operator

Support Group

RA3CQ      Igor Ustimenko pilot
DL8RCB   Anatoli Vilessov APRS support
RX9KM    Alexandr Kovalevsky QSL manager
W7/UA6JD Vlad Lambrianov QRZdesign/web support