US Islands Awards Program

  • Horseshoe Island AR015, Sept. 2012 K5H. Noise Blankers Radio Group OPs K5KVN, K5PO, WB0RUR
  • KF4BAN Bob, taking a break from the K3USI qualifying effort on MD032R Harrison, June 2017. Photo by NS4Jay

Welcome – 2019 ~ our 25th year

Upcoming USI Expeditions
Today is: Sun, May 26, 2019 - 13:32 UTC
  • GA003S St. Simons - NF4GA

    Fri May 24, 2019 - Tue May 28, 2019 @ 


Award Congratulations 20 May 2019:
Dave VE3LDT;  1750 Honor Roll
Lee K7IOC; 100 Honor Roll
Dave AA1VX; Work 10, NC
Terry KK1TLS; First Q

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 25th Anniversary Award

The USI is offering a special, 25th Anniversary award for both chasers and activators running from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Details here.


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 (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 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.

Please consider joining the USI Facebook group.

Silver Anniversary Activators Award
Running Totals as of 25 April 2019

Call # of Activations # of QSOs  
K3USI 10 405 Expeditions
K7IOC To many to count 2,297 Home QTH WA003S
NF4GA 4 121 Expeditions

 Webmaster’s Photo Pick

Island Hunters ARC, Cape Coral, FL with a brand new callsign NA4PI and great looking QSL card. (Pine Island FL, FL033S) 


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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