Welcome – 2019 ~ our 25th year
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 is offering a special, 25th Anniversary award for both chasers and activators running from January 1 to December 31, 2019.
Chasers: Confirm 25 islands during 2019, as a club or individual.
Activators: Qualify or Activate a total of 25 islands in any combination. A minimum of 15 QSOs must be made for both a new island qualification and an island activation to be considered for this award. This can be issued to a club call, (multiple members under one call) or individual.
Under our honor system, send the Award Chairmen, NS4J a list of confirmed or activated islands. The list should include, Name, Call, address, email, USI number, island name, date worked or activated, Call used or worked.
Upcoming USI Expeditions
Today is: Fri, Jan 18, 2019 - 14:02 UTC
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.
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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.