Re: IOTA Activations
Loren McCullough - WA3WZR
For 070 endorsements, just let me know the dates and callsign of the activation at iota@... , and I will make not of it for future credit.
For RSGB IOTA, it is a bit more complicated.
Here is what I can find from the IOTA website
Cards submitted for credit should show clearly the callsign used on the air and the island location at the time of the contact:
1) the callsign used for the operation must be printed (not handwritten or part hand-written),
2) the name of the island from which the operation took place must be printed (not handwritten) on the QSL card, as the IOTA Reference Number alone is not sufficient, and
3) the island name must be one that is recognized through its listing in the IOTA Directory
Cards with handwritten island names will never be acceptable and will be rejected.
DO I NEED TO TELL YOU MY PLANS IN ADVANCE OR CONTACT YOU AFTERWARDS?
No, it is normally not necessary for operations from routinely activated groups to inform us in advance. Just let the DX bulletins know your plans so that they can publicise the operation. However, this said, there are occasions when you need to be in contact with us. If you plan to operate from a new, i.e. provisionally numbered, or rare IOTA group or a group which geography, politics, or licensing or environmental restrictions make difficult to access, contact us early in the planning stage as there is a validation procedure you will need to follow for your operation to be accepted for IOTA. For these you will need to provide supporting documentation after the operation. For any operations,it is prudent to keep travel invoices, ticket stubs, permits and evidence of being on the island in case of subsequent challenge.
As far as cards vs. clublog, cards are not required when using clublog matching.
for your brief activation, I am not sure it is worth the effort to have those QSOs recognized by RSGB, and I am not sure who you would contact as it is after the fact.
I have used Clublog matching to get my RSGB IOTA certificate, their crediting goes something like this (The QSO in your log must match the activators log exactly)
- callsigns that can only map to a single island are counted automatically
- for all other IOTA groups, they list specific callsigns granted approval for that IOTA, and this list is updated periodically