US Islands Awards Program

  • KM4TXT Grace, QRV in Hontoon Island State Park (FL481R and POTA KFF-1881) March 2019. - Photo by WX4TV.
  • WU4I, TN024R Looney, Tennessee River, Knox Co.
  • PR081S Cayo Chiva - KP3RE November 14, 2015.
  • Horseshoe Island AR015 qualification, Sept. 2012 K5H. Noise Blankers Radio Group OPs K5KVN, K5PO, WB0RUR
  • KF4BAN Bob, taking a break from the K3USI qualifying effort on MD032R Harrison, June 2017. - Photo by NS4Jay
  • Team KK1TLS, Terry FL017S Honeymoon Island, Sept. 2018.
  • WY018L, Donoho Point, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA
  • FL492S Big Grassy (Pepperfish Keys), Gulf of Mexico, Dixie Co. - Photo by W4YBV
  • NF4GA on GA028L for the 2019 W/VE Island QSO Party.
  • VA063S Cedar, Atlantic Ocean, Accomack Co. - Photo by K1MJM
  • AL033S Robinson, Perdido Bay, Baldwin Co. - Photo by W5VK
  • W1SYE crew ready to qualify Yarmouth Island ME121, Sept, 2019
  • WY008L, Marie, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA

Welcome – 2020 ~ our 26th year

If you enjoy the U.S. Islands program and would like to help it continue, you might consider making a small donation to help with administrative expenses.


Announcements:

2020 W/VE Island QSO Party rule change.

To promote the use of digital modes within the Island QSO Party, Grid is now part of a valid exchange within a QSO. Grid is not a multiplier. Before a contest log is submitted for scoring, all grids must be converted to State, Province or DX for the QSO to count. See the complete rules HERE

Upcoming USI Expeditions
Today is: 15th August 2020

Aug 15, 2020
Aug 26, 2020
Aug 28, 2020
Aug 29, 2020
Aug 30, 2020
Sep 6, 2020
Sep 7, 2020
Sep 8, 2020

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. The last full weekend of August.

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.


 Webmaster’s Photo Pick

N6UTC Endaf Buckley activated Naples Island, CA060S via AO-92 on Saturday 25 July, 2020 with at least one USI to SOTA contact.  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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