Island hunting, like DXing and county hunting is very infectious. Once bitten by the bug, every
contact with an amateur operating from an island is packed with enthusiasm. The excitement of the
hunt increases with the small pileups, minimal intentional interference, and the need for only one
QSO per island. Even more enjoyable is the opportunity to meet the friendly group of Island Hunters
ho are eager to help you work a new island.
To get started, monitor the IOTA main frequency of 14.260 MHz and, if open 21.260 MHz. Sooner or
later, most island hunters and activators will show up on 14.260 whether it is for IOTA, or one of
the many other island award programs. Also monitor plus or minus the main IOTA frequency as other
amateurs operating from islands will QSY +/- when the main frequency is busy. For information on
upcoming island activities check the US Islands Calendar, IOTA web site, and other DX bulletins. The
425 DX News has excellent information and coverage of island operations (IOTA). Be sure to go
through all of your old QSLs and if you are really serious, your log books since most new island
hunters find they have worked and confirmed a number of islands.
Complete and final logs for VE8PW NA-007 / NA-131, and VK8PW/8 OC-229 are now available in my on-line log search section.
|Have Fun and Good Hunting!