US Islands Awards Program

  • AL033S Robinson, Perdido Bay, Baldwin Co. - Photo by W5VK
  • Team KK1TLS, Terry FL017S Honeymoon Island, Sept. 2018.
  • VA063S Cedar, Atlantic Ocean, Accomack Co. - Photo by K1MJM
  • WY008L, Marie, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA
  • 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
  • VA001S Tangier, Chesapeake Bay, Accomack Co. NA-083
  • OH004L Middle Bass, Lake Erie, Ottawa Co
  • NC010S Bogue Banks / Emerald, Onslow Bay, Carteret Co. NA-112
  • PR081S Cayo Chiva - KP3RE November 14, 2015.
  • Horseshoe Island AR015, Sept. 2012 K5H. Noise Blankers Radio Group OPs K5KVN, K5PO, WB0RUR
  • FL479S Peanut ICWW - Lake Worth, Palm Beach, NA-141.
  • KM4TXT Grace, QRV in Hontoon Island State Park (FL481R and KFF-1881) March 2019. - Photo by WX4TV.
  • WU4I, TN024R Looney, Tennessee River, Knox Co.
  • FL492S Big Grassy (Pepperfish Keys), Gulf of Mexico, Dixie Co. - Photo by W4YBV

Welcome – 2019 ~ our 25th year

Upcoming USI Expeditions
Today is: Tue, Aug 20, 2019 - 14:27 UTC


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. Details here.


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 (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 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 25 April 2019

Call # of Activations # of QSOs  
K3USI 12 548 Expeditions
K7IOC To many to count 2,297 Home QTH WA003S
NF4GA 8 238 Expeditions
KK1TLS 12 929 Expeditions

 Webmaster’s Photo Pick

K3USI flying the new USI flag on the recent NY045S expedition. They are available from NS4Jay for $19 including US postage.

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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