US Islands Awards Program

  • KF4BAN Bob, taking a break from the K3USI qualifying effort on MD032R Harrison, June 2017. Photo by NS4Jay
  • WY008L, Marie, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA
  • NC010S Bogue Banks / Emerald, Onslow Bay, Carteret Co. NA-112
  • PR048S Cayo de Tierra, Atlantic Ocean - Photo by WP4I
  • AZ024L Parker Canyon, Parker Canyon Lake, Cochise Co. - Photo by K8HGY
  • FL492S Big Grassy (Pepperfish Keys), Gulf of Mexico, Dixie Co. - Photo by W4YBV
  • VA001S Tangier, Chesapeake Bay, Accomack Co. NA-083
  • FL479S Peanut ICWW - Lake Worth, Palm Beach, NA-141
  • WY018L, Donoho Point, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA
  • VA063S Cedar, Atlantic Ocean, Accomack Co. - Photo by K1MJM
  • PR081S Cayo Chiva - KP3RE November 14, 2015
  • OH004L Middle Bass, Lake Erie, Ottawa Co
  • AL033S Robinson, Perdido Bay, Baldwin Co, - Photo by W5VK
  • WU4I, TN024R Looney, Tennessee River, Knox Co.

Welcome – 2019 ~ our 25th year

Upcoming USI Expeditions
Today is: Fri, Apr 19, 2019 - 12:48 UTC


April 6, 2019 – GPS Week Number Rollover (WNRO) 

January 1, 2019 Rule Changes

  • The minimum QSO count for island qualifications has been lowered from 25 to 15.
  • The 2 DXCC QSO requirement during an island qualification has been dropped.
  • Eligible bands for island qualifications have been expanded to include 6 meters and satellite QSOs.

USI 25th Anniversary Award

The USI is offering a special, 25th Anniversary award for both chasers and activators running from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

Chasers: Confirm 25 islands during 2019, as a club or individual.

Activators: Activate or qualify 25 islands, any combination of expeditions or home QTH. (see below)

Activators, expeditions: Qualify or activate a total of 25 islands in any combination.  A minimum of 15 QSOs must be made for both a new island qualification and an island activation to be considered for this award. This can be issued to a club call, (multiple members under one call) or individual.

Activators, home island QTH: Operate your home or club island QTH 25 times with the following requirements:
1.) For each activation, operate for a minimum of 2 hours and make the minimum 15 QSOs.
2.) Notify using the calendar form so your activation can be posted to the calendar and Facebook group.
3.) Call CQ US Islands and hand out the USI number.
Like chasers and expeditions, this award is issued to a single club or personal call sign.

Under our honor system, send the Award Chairmen, NS4J a list of confirmed or activated islands. The list should include, Name, Call, address, email, USI number, island name, date worked or activated, Call used or worked and all operators and calls.

Welcome to the U.S. Islands Awards Program (USI) web site. USI is an amateur radio award program centered around chasing and activating river, lake and ocean shore islands within the 50 United States and its Territories and Protectorates.

Numerous achievement awards are available for both island activators and island chasers.

U.S. Islands is a great way to go on a mini-DXpedition without spending a lot of money. Discovering islands in your own back yard and setting up a station outdoors is always a good time. If hams have only operated outdoors during Field Day, we offer another route to get outside and enjoy portable ham radio in a different way.

USI has two operating activities each year:

  • One-Day-Getaway is just that, a casual day of island portable operations the second Saturday of May. Activating or qualifying a new island, 1DG is a perfect way to hone your on the air operating skills and perfect your portable or mobile “field day kit”.
  • The W/VE Island QSO Party is our once a year “contest” that has a class for just about any individual or group. Operate from a friends island “Fixed” QTH, take your club on a single island “Expedition”, or go on a mobile or waterborne “Rover” adventure.

Any way you like it, portable, walk on, paddle to, motor to, mobile, drive on, USI is year around ham radio fun.

Please consider joining the USI Facebook group.

Silver Anniversary Activators Award
Running Totals as of 4 Feb 2019

Call # of Activations # of QSOs
K3USI 5 308

 Webmaster’s Photo Pick

Gear and kayak for Fullerton Island, FL544 qualification run. Wayne K4WK.


We are not affiliated in any way with the Islands On The Air (IOTA) awards program offered by the Islands on the Air (IOTA) Ltd.

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