Welcome! I have designed these web pages to assist you with learning more about the many challenging international ham radio island award programs. The original and still the most popular island award is IOTA (ISLANDS ON THE AIR). To make it more exciting, there are many country and regional island awards which complement the IOTA program. It is important to note that not all islands valid for awards count for IOTA but part of the fun is to research the various awards. Hunting islands, meeting award requirements and submitting applications demands some basic knowledge.(Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd.). Postage rates have skyrocked creating a problem in obtaining a QSL for confirmation of a QSO. IOTA and some other island awards have recognized this issue. They have improved the award application process by permitting paperless confirmations from Club Log, LOTW and the annual IOTA Contest. This allows matching QSOs thus saving significant QSLing costs. I hope that this website can provide you with helpful suggestions to make the process of hunting islands and seeking awards easy and enjoyable. Details of the IOTA program are extensively covered under my IOTA Checkpoint page. It will provide instruction on developing your own island data base and how to submit an application for IOTA awards. I have also included my Biography including my family, history of my radio activity and interests as well as some information on my Location and Radio Equipment. Enjoy the website. I hope I have excited you into chasing islands and seeking awards.
These web pages are designed to assist you with learning more about the many challenging international ham radio island award programs.More info
Geoff Watts, a well known SWL and editor of the DX News Sheet developed the "Islands on the Air" (IOTA) award program in 1964.More info
It is fun to locate an island on a National Geographic map, find a resident amateur or encourage a ham to go to the island in need..More info
The newly developed IOTA web-based software program continues to be improved creating an easy and less costly application process.More info
Lighthouses are beautiful and fun to visit. Those located on islands pose a greater challenge to visit due to rough seas, various restrictions...More info
There are many islands and research bases both above 60 degrees North and below 60 degrees South...More info