US Islands Awards Program

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

Welcome – 2018 is our 24th year

Announcement:
Congratulations to the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL) for surpassing their 2017, 40th anniversary goal of 40 US Island activations with operations from 46 USI.


Upcoming USI Expeditions
Today is: Fri, Feb 23, 2018 - 10:43 UTC

Nothing from Fri Feb 23, 2018 to Thu Mar 1, 2018.

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.


 Webmaster’s Photo Pick

Ten members of the North Fulton A.R.L. (NF4GA) received this USI Certificate of Excellence for their outstanding efforts during the 40th anniversary of NFARL, 2017. They operated from 46 US Islands with a total of 902 QSOs.

Scott Straw KB4KBS, Jeff Otterson N1KDO, Jim Paine N4SEC, Terry Joyner W4YBV, Grant Register KK4PCR, Daryl Young K4RGK, Lori Young K4UPI, Bob Hensey K4VBM, John Norris N4IHV, and Bill Cobb K4YJJ



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).

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