New IOTA OC-298 Tatakoto Atoll has now been confirmed following the opening up of QSO matching on LoTW for contacts with Cezar, VE3LYC’s recent TX0T operation (30 October – 5 November 2020). This has enabled credits made previously with the island by FO5RH, FO0CLA and TX5TES and credited to OC-066 to be transferred to the new number OC-298 where the evidence is clear. Record holders may wish to check if they now need to restore credit for OC-066 with a replacement card. Requests arising from this change of group number should be made using the normal update procedure through checkpoints. The current list of these is at Annex A in the IOTA Directory.

This is a suitable time to remind you that the last date for sending score updates to checkpoints, both online or by QSL cards, for inclusion in the 2021 Honour Roll and Annual Listings is 31 January 2021. If cards are postmarked after that date, and each year checkpoints receive some, they are processed in the normal way but the scores are held over to the following year’s listing. The current disruption to postal services as a result of coronavirus suggests that, where cards are to be sent, they should be sent in good time to enable credit to be given. It is important that participants who have not updated since the 2016 annual listings and wish to remain listed should note the 5 year cut-off rule and make a submission before 31 January 2021. If you have not logged into your record for more than two years, you will need to revalidate your registration through Do not leave it to the last moment as you may run out of time. 

G3KMA, 10 December 2020