US Islands Awards Program

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

Welcome – 2019 ~ our 25th year

Announcement:
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.

25th Anniversary Award

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: 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.

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.


Upcoming USI Expeditions
Today is: Fri, Jan 18, 2019 - 13:25 UTC

  • FL017S Honeymoon - KK1TLS

    Sat Jan 19, 2019 - Sun Jan 20, 2019 @ 

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.


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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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