the GM3VLB page

offering informal information on Amateur Radio operation from Scottish Islands
(specifically the SCOTIA, IOTA, WAB, WLH and CIsA programmes - and other schemes involving Scottish Islands)

Published by GM3VLB

SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE SCOTIA PROGRAMME

(1) ADMINISTRATION :
Initially, the programme will be run primarily by André (GM3VLB) acting as Awards Manager with son Niall (GM6GMZ/VP8NJS) continuing to provide the necessary technical back-up in respect of this web-site. Whilst we appreciate that many do not have Internet access, it is the only practical way for us to proceed, and we must hope that everyone will help by disseminating the web-site information relating to the SCOTIA programme. It is hoped that few changes will be required, making continual reference to the site unnecessary.
The Awards Manager has extensive e-mail listings for both UK and Overseas stations and will continue to use this route for day-to-day updates. As is already the case, any useful information regarding past, current or forthcoming island activations will be gratefully received and disseminated via e-mail and/or other appropriate routes.

Alex (G0DHZ/AA8YH - formerly GM0DHZ), as the principal co-activator of many islands, can also assist with most queries and dissemination of information (for contact details, see below).

(2) THE HUNTER CERTIFICATE : (Click here to see a sample)
There are 3 basic requirements:

i) The hunter must have scored the appropriate number of points for the level claimed.
ii) Island hunters need not submit QSL cards, but the official application form (which can be downloaded free from this web-site) must be signed by one independent person (who need not be a radio amateur) certifying that he/she has seen the QSL cards relating to the QSOs/SWL reports claimed.
iii) The appropriate fee (see below) should accompany the application form. We regret that only £Sterling, $U.S. or Euros can be accepted. Any cheques must be issued against a UK Sterling account, and should be payable to André Saunders, SCOTIA Awards Manager.

COST OF THE HUNTER CERTIFICATE :
(All fees shown include airmail postage where appropriate, and are payable to André Saunders, SCOTIA Awards Manager)

UK £ US $ Euro €
(i) Application form if down-loaded from our web-site
(no charge for extra copies)
free free free
(ii) Application form, by post, via the Awards Manager 2 3 3
(iii) The basic certificate (30 points) (without any stickers) 5 8 8
(iv) Any separate upgrade ('stickers') - cost for each 'step' 1 2 2
(v) Basic certificate + up to 6 upgrade stickers ('40' to '90')
(if requested at the time of the initial application)
10 15 15
(vi) Full SCOTIA Tartan 100 Certificate (with ALL stickers)
(if requested at the time of the initial application)
12 20 20

(3) THE ACTIVATOR CERTIFICATE : (Click here to see a sample)
For full details of the requirements for island activation, please see the SCOTIA Activators Guide.

COST OF THE ISLAND ACTIVATORS CERTIFICATE :
THE BASIC ACTIVATOR'S CERTIFICATE IS FREE. To encourage and recognise the efforts of all island activators, the basic SCOTIA Activator Certificate and all subsequent higher level stickers, will be issued free of charge, on compliance with the Guidelines, and on submission of the appropriate application form (which can be downloaded free of charge from this web-site).
In accordance with our aims of encouraging visitors, any visitor from outwith the UK, but including Eire, activating their first SCOTIA Island, will be deemed to qualify for, and may therefore apply for, the basic SCOTIA Activator Certificate, which will be issued free of charge as stated above.
Any activator applying for a free certificate 'upgrade' should enclose UK £1.00 (or equivalent) to cover the postage for the upgrade stickers.

(4) VARIOUS LEVELS of the AWARD :
The basic entry level requires the applicant to have scored a minimum of 30 points. The applicant is then entitled to the basic certificate (which would be issued without stickers). The minimum score of 30 points can be achieved in a number of ways (click here for details of the scoring system).
Progress towards the full SCOTIA Tartan 100 Certificate is by one or more 10-point increments, until the maximum of 100 points is reached. Each 10-point step entitles the applicant to the appropriate "sticker" (e.g. "40", "50", "60" etc. up to "100").
Entry can also be at any level from "30" to "100". For example, a first-time applicant with 70 points would receive the basic certificate and stickers up to and including that level.
NOTE: It was initially intended to refer to the 100-point level as the Tartan Award. However, it has now been decided to call this the 'Tartan 100 Certificate'. A possible future trophy to recognise outstanding achievement in terms of total points, total islands etc. (the exact number has not yet been decided) may yet be called "The EILEAN MÒR TARTAN TROPHY". Regretfully, we must still report that as of early 2007, no decision has yet been taken. Apart from the work involved, our primary concern is to create a form of "trophy" which will both be desirable and yet affordable (we are very conscious of the often exorbitant costs of various other award programme trophies). We are very aware that many "Tartan 100" certificate holders have gone on to outstanding scores which must be recognised.

(5) NUMBER OF ISLANDS :
There will be 200 qualifying islands (click here to see list). Old hands will recognise most from other island lists such as IOTA and IOSA. This total will NOT be exceeded in any circumstances but we reserve the right to DELETE and REPLACE any island on the list, an action which will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Each SCOTIA Island has an appropriate IOTA reference that has been agreed between GM3VLB and the UK IOTA committee (some minor errors will be corrected shortly, if this hasn't already been done). An excellent "cross-reference" document has been produced and made freely available by John OZ4RT. Knowing any one of either the Scottish island name OR the SCOTIA reference number OR the IOSA reference number, enables you to determine the other two.

(6) ISLAND GROUPS :
The 200 islands are divided into 6 geographical "groups". Note that withing each group, the island reference numbers increase with increasing "northerliness"...the further north an island, the bigger its reference number within its group. An exception is made with the COASTAL SOUTH (CS) group which begins and includes the Firth of Forth islands as there are no designated islands north of this on the east coast. The CS group begins with Firth of Forth islands ISLE of MAY (CS01) through INCHCOLM (CS07), before jumping to HESTAN (CS08) in the Solway Firth in the south-west, which marks the boundary between Scotland and England.

35 DISTANT ISLANDS ("DI") 33 ORKNEY ISLANDS ("OI") 26 SHETLAND ISLES ("SI")
28 HEBRIDEAN ISLES ("HI") 40 COASTAL - South ("CS") 38 COASTAL - North ("CN")

The boundary between the CS (Coastal South) and CN (Coastal North) islands is based on an imaginary line running from the west coast port of OBAN (56.4° N / 5.47° W), through the sound of Kerrera and around the south coast of the island of MULL and its associated islands. The islands in the Firth of Forth, to the east of the capital city EDINBURGH, are the only significant islands off the east coast of Scotland. As explained above, these have been included in the CS (Coastal South) group..

(7) OPERATING BANDS, MODES etc. :
QSOs or reports may be on either A1A or A3J modes, and on any of the "WARC" HF bands, from 10m (28MHz) to 160m (1.8MHz) but to encourage and recognise the increasing use of the 6m (50MHz) band, QSOs on this band, after 1st January 1996 (as for the HF bands) will now also be accepted. Cross-band and cross-mode QSOs are allowed but repeater or satellite-assisted QSOs are not.

(8) CONTACT ADDRESSES :

All correspondence regarding the award programme, including applications Andre SAUNDERS GM3VLB
6, Douglas Crescent
KELSO
Scotland
TD5 8BB
e-mail
gm3vlb@btinternet.com
All correspondence relating to the web-site or to the philatelic aspects of the SCOTIA programme (or indeed any previous philatelic material issued by him) Niall J. SAUNDERS GM6GMZ/VP8NJS
6 The Haughs of Clinterty
KINELLAR
Aberdeen
Scotland
AB21 0TZ
e-mail
vp8njs@njs101.com
Any requests required via Packet, for general information on any aspect of the programme Alex JOHNSEN G(M)0DHZ
47, Bondfields Crescent
HAVANT
Hampshire
England
PO9 5ER
e-mail
gm0dhz@virginmedia.com
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