US Islands Awards Program

  • KM4TXT Grace, QRV in Hontoon Island State Park (FL481R and POTA/WWFF K/KFF-1881) March 2019. - Photo by WX4TV.
  • KO4KHB qualifying AL056L
  • Swan, MD062S POTA K-0333 Qualified 2020-10-03 W3RRM
  • MD025R Paton, 1999 Island QSO Party, AE4MK
  • WI074L White Birch - Photo by KD9QKL
  • POTA activation of K-3062 Antelope Island State Park, UT001L, Feb. 2024 Photo by KI7KY
  • W1SYE crew ready to qualify Yarmouth Island ME121 Sept, 2019
  • Team KK1TLS, Terry FL017S Honeymoon Island, Sept. 2018.
  • N2PYH qualifying NY084L Glosky - June 11, 2022 Photo by N2PYH
  • FL492S Big Grassy (Pepperfish Keys), Gulf of Mexico, Dixie Co. - Photo by W4YBV
  • NF4GA on GA028L for the 2019 W/VE Island QSO Party.
  • Dennis N2DJS operating Rover call W2PE on NY054L Whaley for the 2023 Island QSO Party.
  • USI qualification of MD009S South Marsh. POTA K-7750 South Marsh WMA. Photo by - KC3OWM
  • KF4BAN Bob, taking a break from the K3USI qualifying effort on MD032R Harrison, June 2017. - Photo by NS4Jay
  • Terry, W4YBV on FL483S Venice.
  • WY018L, Donoho Point, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA

Welcome – 2024 ~ our 30th year


30th Anniversary Award – 2024: Details HERE

The latest version of POTA-2-US Islands Excel reference, (2023-11-05) is available on the download page.

USI flag and stickers are available. B/W single sided flags are $30 ea. Stickers are 2 – $5, 5 – $10, 10 – $19. including S/H.

Upcoming USI Expeditions:
Today is: 23rd April 2024

May 11, 2024
  • GA027L West - W4YBV 1DG

    May 11, 2024

    Your Name:    terry l. joyner
    Your Email:
    Your Call:    W4YBV
    Is this operation a::    Activation
    Call sign for the operation:    W4YBV
    USI Number:    GA027L
    Island Name:    WEST
    Operation Start Date and Time (ZULU):    2024-5-11 11:00
    Operation End Date and Time (ZULU):    2024-5-11 17:00
    Bands:    20-m
    Modes:    SSB
    Power:    100 W
    Additional information:    ONE DAY GET A WAY

April 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • FL272R Casey Key - W4YBV & N4SEC
  • FL273S - W4YBV
  • FL483S Venice - W4YBV
  • IL005R Kaskaska - K9I
  • VA034R Scott - K3USI
  • FL272S Casey Key - W4YBV
  • FL274S Blackburn Point - W4YBV
  • FL273S Elk - W5YBV
  • FL273S Elk - W5YBV
  • MA063 North Canal - KC1QKU
  • FL488R Venetian - W4YBV

Welcome to the U.S. Islands Awards Program (USI) website. 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 backyard 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 (1DG) 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 friend’s island “Fixed” QTH, take your club on a single island “Expedition”, or go on a mobile or waterborne “Rover” adventure. The last full weekend of August.

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

Please consider joining the USI Facebook group.

 Webmaster’s Photo Pick

Terry, W4YBV showing off the new, full color, double sided US Islands flag.

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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