Re: Possible IOTA Activation

Stephen Melachrinos

I think there are two things in play here.

- One is the minimum distance requirement. IOTA rules require a minimum distance of 200 meters from the mainland at low tide. My reading of Google Maps shows some of the distances as appearing less than the 500-foot indicator in the map legend. 200 meters is 656 feet, so 500 feet is much less than 200 meters.

- Secondly, the water in question is identified as the Cape May Canal. This is a man-made waterway, constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. I think the concept of a canal means that Cape May (and the surrounding area) would be considered part of the mainland, and not an island.


-----Original Message-----
From: VA7GEM -1470 via Groups.Io <boat.anchor@...>
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Sent: Wed, Jan 2, 2019 3:00 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] Possible IOTA Activation

Cape May is inside the boundary of NA-111 but is not listed.

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 11:28 AM, Justin Mattes--KC2GIK wrote:
If that's the case then Cape May qualifies too!

Justin, KC2GIK
I suppose having a bridge to it doesn’t violate the definition of an
island as a body of land completely surrounded by water …

- 73 and good DX de Mike, <> K6MKF, Past
President - <> NCDXC

From: <> On Behalf Of VA7GEM -1470 via
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:38 AM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Possible IOTA Activation

Just looking at a map and wondering how Cedar Key qualifies as an IOTA
when it has a permanent bridge to the mainland?
Maybe I don't understand IOTA rules.
HNY de Barry


Justin Mattes-KC2GIK

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