US Islands Awards Program

About Us

A Brief History of USI

The United States Islands Awards Program (USI) covers islands that are within the fifty (50) states of the United States, and the U.S Territories and Protectorates. These island can be in lakes, rivers, and along the coastal shore line. Fresh water or salt water.

The USI was formed in 1994 to further enhance “island chasing” that had become so popular on the amateur radio bands. The goal of the USI program is to promote a simple but effective system of island chasing and activating in a professional radio-manner and to operate totally on the “honor system”. The USI warmly welcomes all ham radio operators, shortwave listeners (SWL), and island enthusiasts to yet another facet of island chasing. The USI is open to anyone interested in working toward the many and varied US Island Awards by collecting and activating US islands.

We are not affiliated in any way with the Islands On The Air (IOTA) awards program offered by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

USI Committee

The governing body of USI is the USI Committee (COM) and is composed of the Program Coordinator (PC), a Qualifications Manager (QM), an Awards Manager(AM), a Contest Manager (CM), a Special Events Manager (SM), several Advisors (A), and a Web master (WM). The Program Coordinator (PC) will administer USI with assistance from the QM, AM, CM, SM, A, and WM. The QM will assign state island numbers and maintain the US Island List.

Program Coordinator Page Pyne WA3EOP
Qualifications Manager Ted Sarah W8TTS
Awards Manager Jay Chamberlain NS4J
Contest Manager (2017) Jay Chamberlain NS4J
Webmaster Jay Chamberlain NS4J
Special Events Manager None  
Advisor Sean Kutzko KX9X
Advisor Mike Condon NE4S
Advisor John Reisenauer KL7JR
Advisor Dennis Tuchalski N9WDQ