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New Islands On the Air Groups Announced:

from The ARRL Letter on November 8, 2018
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New Islands On the Air Groups Announced:

Islands on the Air (IOTA General Manager Roger Balister, G3KMA, recently announced the first tranche of six new IOTA groups. Release of the new groups came in the wake of an August solicitation for possible new groups. The new groups cover a Swedish/Finnish joint sovereignty island and groups in North America, Asia, and Oceania. All new groups have provisional numbers, which means they will need to be confirmed by an operation that takes place after October 14, 2018, and that meets the 1,000 QSO requirement, as well as other normal validation requirements. Only after confirmation of the number will credit for past operations be considered.

- EU-192P Kataja Island, Finland/Sweden (Kataja), a split-sovereignty island located in the very north of the Gulf of Bothnia.
- OC-297P Morane Atoll, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia (Morane), a new "remote island" group, this was previously an outlier of the OC-113 Actaeon group.
- NA-249P Puerto Rico Coastal Islands, Puerto Rico (Caja de Muertos, Culebra, Culebrita, Mona, Monito, Vieques), a new "coastal islands" group.
- NA-250P Yakutat County Group, Coastal Groups, US (Alaska) (Fitzgerald, Gregson, Khantaak, Knight, Kriwoi, Krutoi, Otmeloi), a new "coastal islands" group created by splitting the current NA-161 Skagway - Yakutat County group.
- AS-205P Bering Sea Coast East group, Koryanskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russian Federation - Asia (Yoanna Bogoslova, Vasiliya Islands), a new "coastal islands" group, created by splitting the current AS-064 Bering Sea Coast group.
- AS-204P Kuril'skiye Islands North, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russian Federation - Asia (Atlasov, Shumshu, Paramushir, Antsiferova, Makanrushi, Onekotan, Kharimkotan, Chirinkotan, Ekarma, Shiashkotan, Raikoke, Matua, Rasshua, Ushishir, Ketoy, Simushir), a new group created by splitting AS-025 Kuril'skiye Islands into two.
Balister said he hopes to announce a second tranche of new IOTA groups at the HAM RADIO convention in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in June 2019.


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