20 abril 2011

ANNOUNCING THE IOTA 50TH ANNIVERSARY MARATHON

ANNOUNCING THE IOTA 50TH ANNIVERSARY MARATHON, 1 JANUARY 2012 - 31 DECEMBER
2013

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Islands On The
Air (IOTA) Programme by British SWL Geoff Watts, BRS-3129. As a build-up to
our celebrations on this occasion, the RSGB IOTA Manager and Committee
announce an exciting activity period in which all licensed amateurs
world-wide are invited to participate.

For a two-year period during 2012 and 2013, IOTA chasers are encouraged
to contact as many different IOTA groups as possible, and IOTA activators to
play their part by operating from as many groups as possible, with special
emphasis on the less-frequently activated ones. The points system adopted
rewards 'Activators' with higher scores for activating the rarer IOTA
groups. Certificates and awards will be available to both 'Chasers' and
'Activators' to reflect attainment of graduated bands of performance
together with attractive prizes for top scorers.

The challenge provides a level playing field for everyone, whether they
are complete newcomers to IOTA or are holders of the prestigious IOTA 1000
Islands Trophy, because everyone starts with a clean slate on 1 January
2012.

We hope that all our readers will consider ways in which they can support
this event. We would like to see work starting now to schedule activity from
as many IOTA groups as possible throughout the 24 months. Let us target 500
groups initially in the hope and expectation of being able to raise this
higher as the Marathon progresses.

Attached are the full rules of the IOTA 50th Anniversary Marathon as they
appear in the forthcoming 'RSGB IOTA Directory' to be released at Dayton.
They can also be seen on G3KMA's website at www.g3kma.dsl.pipex.com. They
will be uploaded to the RSGB IOTA website at www.rsgbiota.org shortly when
key personnel return from Visalia.

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We would be grateful if you would give this event maximum publicity. As all
islands qualifying for IOTA count also for DXCC, this will be a big boost to
DXCC activity during these two years. Update bulletins will be issued from
time to time.

Best regards

Roger

Joint Marathon Managers
- Roger Balister, G3KMA, RSGB IOTA Manager
- Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX

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