US Islands Awards Program

  • Team KK1TLS, Terry FL017S Honeymoon Island, Sept. 2018.
  • POTA activation of K-3062 Antelope Island State Park, UT001L, Feb. 2024 Photo by KI7KY
  • NF4GA on GA028L for the 2019 W/VE Island QSO Party.
  • KM4TXT Grace, QRV in Hontoon Island State Park (FL481R and POTA/WWFF K/KFF-1881) March 2019. - Photo by WX4TV.
  • KF4BAN Bob, taking a break from the K3USI qualifying effort on MD032R Harrison, June 2017. - Photo by NS4Jay
  • KO4KHB qualifying AL056L
  • MD025R Paton, 1999 Island QSO Party, AE4MK
  • WI074L White Birch - Photo by KD9QKL
  • N2PYH qualifying NY084L Glosky - June 11, 2022 Photo by N2PYH
  • FL492S Big Grassy (Pepperfish Keys), Gulf of Mexico, Dixie Co. - Photo by W4YBV
  • WY018L, Donoho Point, Jackson Lake, Teton Co. - Photo by K7EDA
  • USI qualification of MD009S South Marsh. POTA K-7750 South Marsh WMA. Photo by - KC3OWM
  • Terry, W4YBV on FL483S Venice.
  • Swan, MD062S POTA K-0333 Qualified 2020-10-03 W3RRM
  • 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.

Welcome – 2024 ~ our 30th year


30th Anniversary Award – 2024: Details HERE

The latest version of POTA-2-US Islands Excel reference, (2023-11-05) is available on the download page.

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: 4th March 2024

Mar 4, 2024
  • NY090 Lock 25 - KC2VAW

    Mar 4, 2024

    Your Name: Joel Fiske
    Your Email:
    Your Call: KC2VAW
    Is this operation a:: Qualification
    Call sign for the operation: KC2VAW
    USI Number: NY090
    Island Name: Lock 25
    Operation Start Date and Time (ZULU): 2024-3-4 14:00
    Operation End Date and Time (ZULU): 2024-3-4 19:00
    Bands: 40, 20, possibly 15, possibly 10
    Modes: SSB
    Power: 100
    Additional information: We will submit a report the day after the qualification. This is also a Parks on the Air entity. You are welcome to an ADIF copy of the log if you wish. The team will consist of KC2VAW and KD2CZY.

March 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • NY090 Lock 25 - KC2VAW

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

January 13, 2024, Mike N2PYH qualified NY089 Horseshoe Island. He parked at the lot the fisherman use just over the bridge to the island. He used a Hamstick on the tailgate mount for 20m then switched to a whip for 15m. Radio was his Yaesu FT-710 powered with a 40ah Bioenno battery. He logged 23 QSO’s including 1 into the US Virgin Islands.

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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