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We currently have no plans for any activations in 2022 because of the COVID-19 problems – but plans are in progress for IOTA in 2023 – stay tuned!!

Previous Activation Information

IOTA ACTIVATION HERON ISLAND – IOTA OC-142
December 2nd – December 9th 2019

Thanks to all who worked us under difficult conditions.
If you need a direct card then please send $2 plus an SAE to Steve – G0UIH in the UK.

Front of the QSL for the 2019 activation to Heron Island [IOTA OC-142]. All direct QSL’s have now been sent out.

Thanks to all the stations that I spoke to whilst on Heron Island IOTA OC-142. The conditions on the band were challenging at best but I managed over 400 QSO’s in total. Of the 7 days of operation, 2 days were more or less flat with little or no conditions. I was also surprised that on this occasion during the Pacific evening, the band noise increased considerably. Certainly not noise free as was the activation to Lady Elliot Island (Also OC-142) in 2003. However, in 2003 the solar figures were in much better shape. There is normally a slight increase in noise during the evenings but not too much. This time was an exception.

….’Life’s a Beach’ – things are pretty warm on Heron Island. Steve VK2IAY on Heron in November 2019
Welcome to ‘Heron Island’ – Nature’s Wonderland – Great Barrier Reef

During the Pacific daytime band noise was zero. This is how I normally find conditions whatever time of the sunspot cycle. On 2 of the days I had good openings to EU but noise levels increased to S7 on both evenings over a 3 hour prime DX period. This was enough to make DX contacts to EU impossible which was disappointing. On three evenings I had two good openings with little or no noise and one evening with about S1-2 of noise. Sorry if you didn’t work us, but we have activations planned for the future years when hopefully the propagation will be more favourable.

From just North of Brisbane to the top-end of Queensland, many of Australia’s Barrier Reef Islands are simply stunning
IOTA ACTIVATION LORD HOWE ISLAND – IOTA OC-004
December 15th – December 24th 2015
Front of the QSL for the 2015 activation to Lord Howe Island [IOTA OC-004].

We would like to thank the many stations who we made contact with from Lord Howe Island during our activation in December 2015. A 4 colour 4 sided special QSL is available [above] either direct or via the Buro.

Steve at the terminal/gate 🙂 after landing at Lord Howe Island, Australia – December 2015
Some of the wonderful exotic wildlife of Australia. This cheeky fellow fancied a quick drink!
IOTA ACTIVATION GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND – IOTA OC-142
and SOUTH MOLLE ISLAND – IOTA OC-160 December 2007
VK2IAY/4 – Great Keppel IOTA OC-142 and South Molle Island IOTA OC-160 (Queensland – Australia) December 2007
IOTA ACTIVATION TO AFRICA – FUERTEVENTURA ISLAND (Canary Islands)
IOTA AF-004 – Summer 2006
Steve operating as EA8/G0UIH/p – Fuerteventura Island (Canary Islands) IOTA AF-004 – Summer 2006
PACIFIC IOTA ACTIVATION SPECIAL – FIJI and AUSTRALIA
IOTA OC-121, OC-156 and OC-137 in December 2004/January 2005
A Pacific IOTA Special featuring Australia and Fiji. Steve operating as 3D2FI – Nacula Island (Fiji) IOTA OC-156, Beachcomber Island (Fiji) IOTA OC-121 and as VK2IAY/4 Nth Stradbroke Island (QLD – Australia) IOTA OC-137 – Dec04/Jan05
I just love this QTH! – Steve Operating as 3D2FI from Beachcomber Island (Bure#2) IOTA OC-121 – December 2004
ANOTHER IOTA TRIPLE 3 ISLAND SPECIAL – QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
IOTA OC-160, OC-171 and OC-137 in December 2003
VK2IAY/4 – Hook Island IOTA OC-160, Dunk Island IOTA OC-171 and Lamb (Ngudooroo) Island (OC-137) – December 2003
IOTA TRIPLE ISLAND SPECIAL – QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
IOTA OC-160, OC-172 and OC-137 in December 2002
VK2IAY/4 – Lady Elliot Island IOTA OC-142, Fitzroy Island IOTA OC-172 and Nth Stradbroke IOTA OC-137 – December 2002
IOTA USA – FLORIDA GULF COAST ISLANDS
HONEYMOON ISLAND and CLEARWATER ISLAND – IOTA NA-034 in May 1998
Steve [with slightly more hair], operating as W4/G0UIH/M – Honeymoon and Clearwater Islands – IOTA NA034 – 1998

Do you need a QSL card? If you’ve made contact with us on any activation, then QSL’s are still available for all of the above islands. QSL is fine either via the buro [you may have to wait a while], or via direct with standard $2.00 contribution and an SAE to:
Steve Lawman, 44 Main St, Barnwell, Peterborough, PE8 5PS, England – UK.