The RSGB IOTA contest is one of the most important and exciting contests of the year. Since in this contest, the emphasis is on stations operating from islands, there are many operators that make short trips to one of the many available islands in any continent, including Europe.
To encourage the partecipation, the RSGB has released a very simple guide aimed at newcomers, where it is explained, step by step, how to enter a contest, to manage QSO’s and even to build your own dipole (normal or inverted V)!
This guide is found at http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/iotahelp.shtml.
Here are the details:
the contest period is from 1200 UTC Saturday to 1200 UTC Sunday.
Bands/modes: 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz, CW and SSB.
Single Op 12 hrs (Island/World | CW/SSB/Mixed | QRP/Low/High)
Single Op 24 hrs (Island/World | CW/SSB/Mixed | QRP/Low/High)
Single Op Assisted 12 hrs (Island/World | CW/SSB/Mixed | QRP/Low/High)
Single Op Assisted 24 hrs (Island/World | CW/SSB/Mixed | QRP/Low/High)
Multi-Op Island (QRP/Low/High)
All entrants can contact anyone, Island Stations or World Stations.
Island Stations contacting
World Stations: 5 points.
Island Stations having the same IOTA reference (for example EU-005 contacts EU-005): 5 points.
Other Island Stations: 15 points.
World Stations contacting
World Stations: 2 points.
Island Stations: 15 points.
The multiplier is the total of different IOTA references contacted on each band on CW, plus the total of different IOTA references contacted on each band on SSB.
Entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 7.
Rules are found @ www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2016/riota.shtml.
You may also want to check a large list of stations
which announced their partecipation @