© Egbert Hertsen
EgbertHertsen

Regional & National Islands Awards

IOTA being the “standard” award programme, several countries are offereing awards for working “their” islands and islets. I’ve been active chasing some of them.

Croatia

Sponsored by the croatian IARU society HRS.

Having

spent

many

summer

holidays

in

Croatia

this

definitely is my favourite national islands programme.

Info about this program may be found here. Current standing: 428 confirmed islands.

Russia

As a kid I adored spy movies. The secrecy of the USSR was so mysterious it fascinated me. The legendary "box 88" used to be the only way to get russian QSLs when I used to be a SWL. But even at those times I corresponded with a HAM in the Udmurt SSR republic... and even sent him gramophone records for which one time I was convoked at the soviet embassy in Brussels. Still wonder if the belgian secret services had some files about me, hi. Fortunately, these old days are gone but Russia kept fascinating me... its culture ant not at least the HAMs populating this enormous country. Chasing russian awards provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the country... so I'm an avid hunter of several russian award programs. The Russian Robinson Award for working islands belonging to the russian territory is definitely one of those. Currently I have 223 russian islands confirmed.

Canada

A quick look at the map reveals some of the many canadian islands. Ionospheric conditions permitting, I dream about the icy conditions on some of these islands while I'm hunting them from my cozy shack... Click here to visit the official webpage. Currently I have 40 canadian islands confirmed.

Chile

Ever tried to count the number of islands Chile counts? From my part of the world it certainly isn't the easiest national islands award to chase. Island activations aren't as common as on the old continent and sunspots are needed to keep the propagation path open... Click here to visit the official webpage. Currently I have 13 canadian islands confirmed.

France

DIFM = Diplôme des Îles de la France Métropolitaine. This award is available for confirmed islands along the french atlantic and Mediterranean coast. An enjoyable award program. Click here to visit the official webpage. Currently I have 79 french islands confirmed. DIFO: Diplôme des Îles Françaises d'Outre Mer Only french overseas islands (such as Martinique, Réunion, Kerguelen, Guadeloupe, Tahiti, Marquesas, etc) count for this award. The official webpage of the DIFO can be found here. Currently I have 28 french overseas islands confirmed.

Ukraine

UIA: Ukrainian Islands Award The name says it all: you need to work ukrainian islands to qualify for this award. Local spring and summertime sees increased activity while portable operations activate some islands in the Ukraine. Visit the Ukrainian Islands Award webpage. Currently I have 80 ukrainian islands confirmed.

Italy

IIA: Italian Islands Award Numerous islands are to be found along the italian coastline. Sardinia and Sicily being islands themselves are also surrounded by lots of islets. Currently I have 152 italian islands confirmed.

Denmark

DIA: DanishIslands Award Except for Jylland, Denmark is made up of islands. No problem to work the larger ones, but the tiny islets prove to be a challenge... Visit the DIA webpage by clicking here Currently I have 33 danish islands confirmed.

Spain

DIE: Diploma Islas Espanolas The award, both available as a paper certificate and as six ceramic tiles, is available for working islands belonging to the spanish territory, including the Balearic and Canary Islands as well as the Ceuta & Melilla region. Visit the DIE webpage by clicking here Currently I have 189 spanish islands confirmed.

Portugal

DIP: Diploma das Ilhas Portuguesas Portugal is another country offering an award for working national islands. Visit the DIP webpage by clicking here. Currently I have 34 portuguese islands confirmed.

Japan

JIIA: Japan IOTA Islands Award. Except for the main Honshu Island, Japan consists of numerous other islands. To promote contacts with these islands, the Japanese IOTA Islands Award is being sponsored. Currently I have 19 japanse islands confirmed.

Germany

GIA: German Islands Award DID: Deutsches Insel Diplom The award is available for working islands along the german coast (both Northsea and Baltic Sea). Visit the DID/GIA webpage by clicking here Currently I have 34 german islands confirmed.

Scotland

IOSA: Islands Of Scotland Award.

The scottish part of the United Kingdom counts several

islands. Some of them quite large, others can be very

tiny. Local HAMs tend to activate some of the less

frequently visited ones during their local summertime

giving the deserving a chance to work some new ones.

Currently I have 91 scottish islands confirmed.

Brazil

DIB: Diploma Ilhas Brasileiras Another south american

country which is offering an award for working islands

of its territory is Brazil.

Currently I have 28 brazilian islands confirmed.

Greece

GIOTA: Greek Islands On The Air.

Another attractive program for working national

islands comes from Greece.

Visit the GIOTA webpage by clicking here.

Currently I have 39 greek islands confirmed.

© Egbert hertsen
EgbertHertsen

Regional &

National Islands

Awards

IOTA being the “standard” award programme, several countries are offereing awards for working “their” islands and islets. I’ve been active chasing some of them.