US Islands Awards Program

  • KF4BAN Bob, taking a break from the K3USI qualifying effort on MD032R Harrison, June 2017. - Photo by NS4Jay
  • Terry, W4YBV on FL483S Venice.
  • Team KK1TLS, Terry FL017S Honeymoon Island, Sept. 2018.
  • KM4TXT Grace, QRV in Hontoon Island State Park (FL481R and POTA KFF-1881) March 2019. - Photo by WX4TV.
  • W1SYE crew ready to qualify Yarmouth Island ME121 Sept, 2019
  • FL492S Big Grassy (Pepperfish Keys), Gulf of Mexico, Dixie Co. - Photo by W4YBV
  • WI074L White Birch - Photo by KD9QKL
  • AL033S Robinson, Perdido Bay, Baldwin Co. - Photo by W5VK
  • VA063S Cedar, Atlantic Ocean, Accomack Co. - Photo by K1MJM
  • NF4GA on GA028L for the 2019 W/VE Island QSO Party.
  • WY008L, Marie, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA
  • WY018L, Donoho Point, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA
  • NS4J operation position on VA076L Eastland, Buggs Island Lake, NC - Photo by NS4Jay

Welcome – 2022 ~ our 28th year

Announcements:

The latest POTA 2 US Island cross reference Excel sheet has been added to the download page.

Upcoming USI Expeditions:
Today is: 23rd May 2022

May 23, 2022
May 24, 2022
May 25, 2022
May 26, 2022

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

N4BUN David Clopton qualifying GA075S Blackbeard on April 24, 2022. His was a successful POTA/USI operation from Blackbeard NWR, K-0260. 



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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