US Islands Awards Program

  • W1SYE crew ready to qualify Yarmouth Island ME121 Sept, 2019
  • Dennis N2DJS operating Rover call W2PE on NY054L Whaley for the 2023 Island QSO Party.
  • NF4GA on GA028L for the 2019 W/VE Island QSO Party.
  • N2PYH qualifying NY084L Glosky - June 11, 2022 Photo by N2PYH
  • VA084R Embrey Dam Silt ~ K3USI Op. NS4J May 2024
  • POTA activation of K-3062 Antelope Island State Park, UT001L, Feb. 2024 Photo by KI7KY
  • 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
  • N3ARB Angela helping to qualify OH076L Walker's, May 2024.
  • Team KK1TLS, Terry FL017S Honeymoon Island, Sept. 2018.
  • Terry, W4YBV on FL483S Venice.
  • MD025R Paton, 1999 Island QSO Party, AE4MK
  • Swan, MD062S POTA K-0333 Qualified 2020-10-03 W3RRM
  • USI qualification of MD009S South Marsh. POTA K-7750 South Marsh WMA. Photo by - KC3OWM
  • WI074L White Birch - Photo by KD9QKL
  • KO4KHB qualifying AL056L

Welcome – 2024 ~ our 30th year

Announcements

30th Anniversary Award – 2024: Details HERE

The name of the W/VE Island QSO Party has been changed to the U.S. Islands QSO Party. This reflects the lack of participation of Canadian operators.

USI flag and stickers are available. B/W single sided flags are $30 ea. Stickers are 2 – $5, 5 – $10, 10 – $19. including S/H.

Upcoming USI Expeditions:
Today is: 24th July 2024

Jul 25, 2024
  • PA002R City - N2BTD

    Jul 25, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024  

    our Name:    Brian
    Your Email:    N2BTD@aol.com
    Your Call:    N2BTD
    Is this operation a::    Activation
    Call sign for the operation:    N2BTD
    USI Number:    PA002R
    Island Name:    City
    Operation Start Date and Time (ZULU):    2024-7-25 16:00
    Operation End Date and Time (ZULU):    2024-7-26 17:00
    Bands:    20,40
    Modes:    SSB
    Power:    100

Jul 27, 2024
  • OH Rove - W8SEG

    Jul 26, 2024 - Jul 30, 2024  

    I'm staying at East Harbor State Park (POTA US-1949) this coming Friday through Tuesday. I'll have my barefoot rigs on the mainland.

    There is vehicle access to four islands on the mainland side if anybody needs the following islands in their log. Let me know and I'll attempt to work it into the XYL's schedule.
    OH016L - Catawba
    OH046L - Bar Harbor
    OH008L - Johnson
    OH047L - Cedar Point

  • HI003S Kauai - KX9X/KH6

    Jul 27, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024  

    Linear and FM satellites and QRP HF

  • OH007L S. Bass - W8SEG

    Jul 27, 2024

    Your Name:    Nicholas Gorham
    Your Email:    fltopsgorham@gmail.com
    Your Call:    W8SEG
    Is this operation a::    Activation
    Call sign for the operation:    W8SEG
    USI Number:    OH007L
    Island Name:    South Bass Island
    Operation Start Date and Time (ZULU):    2024-7-27 TBD
    Operation End Date and Time (ZULU):    2024-7-27 TBD
    Bands:    20, 40
    Modes:    CW, FT8
    Power:    5W

Jul 28, 2024
  • OH Rove - W8SEG

    Jul 26, 2024 - Jul 30, 2024  

    I'm staying at East Harbor State Park (POTA US-1949) this coming Friday through Tuesday. I'll have my barefoot rigs on the mainland.

    There is vehicle access to four islands on the mainland side if anybody needs the following islands in their log. Let me know and I'll attempt to work it into the XYL's schedule.
    OH016L - Catawba
    OH046L - Bar Harbor
    OH008L - Johnson
    OH047L - Cedar Point

  • HI003S Kauai - KX9X/KH6

    Jul 27, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024  

    Linear and FM satellites and QRP HF

  • TX077 Leroy Elmore - K9DWG

    Jul 28, 2024

    Your Name: Patti Emmerling
    Your Email: pattiemmerling@proton.me
    Your Call: K9DWG
    Is this operation a:: Qualification
    Call sign for the operation: K9DWG
    USI Number: TX077
    Island Name: Leroy Elmore
    Operation Start Date and Time (ZULU): 2024-7-29 13:00
    Operation End Date and Time (ZULU): 2024-7-29 19:00
    Bands: 10, 15, 17, 40
    Modes: SSB Phone
    Power: 100W

July 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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2
3
  • SC002S Hilton Head - N7QPP
4
  • SC002S Hilton Head - N7QPP
5
  • SC002S Hilton Head - N7QPP
6
  • SC002S Hilton Head - N7QPP
  • NY051 Green - W2PE
7
  • SC002S Hilton Head - N7QPP
  • MA063 N. Canal - KC1QKU
8
  • SC002S Hilton Head - N7QPP
9
10
11
12
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
13
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
14
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
15
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
16
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
17
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
18
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
19
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
  • MA013 Bumpkin - NS1C
20
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
21
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
22
  • NC001S Ocracoke - WB8YJF
23
24
25
  • PA002R City - N2BTD
26
  • PA002R City - N2BTD
  • CO014 & CO013 - N0IPA
  • OH Rove - W8SEG
27
  • OH Rove - W8SEG
  • HI003S Kauai - KX9X/KH6
  • OH007L S. Bass - W8SEG
28
  • OH Rove - W8SEG
  • HI003S Kauai - KX9X/KH6
  • TX077 Leroy Elmore - K9DWG
29
  • OH Rove - W8SEG
  • HI003S Kauai - KX9X/KH6
30
  • OH Rove - W8SEG
  • HI003S Kauai - KX9X/KH6
31
  • HI003S Kauai - KX9X/KH6

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”.
  • U.S. Islands 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

Terry, W4YBV showing off the new, full color, double sided US Islands flag.



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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