|SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE
(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,
(2) THE HUNTER CERTIFICATE : (Click here to see a
There are 3 basic requirements:
||The hunter must have scored the appropriate number of points for the level
||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.
||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
COST OF THE HUNTER CERTIFICATE :
(All fees shown include airmail postage where appropriate, and
are payable to André Saunders, SCOTIA Awards Manager)
|(i) Application form if down-loaded from our web-site
(no charge for extra copies)
|(ii) Application form, by post, via the Awards Manager
|(iii) The basic certificate (30 points) (without any
|(iv) Any separate upgrade ('stickers') - cost for each 'step'
|(v) Basic certificate + up to 6 upgrade stickers ('40' to
(if requested at the time of the initial application)
|(vi) Full SCOTIA Tartan 100 Certificate (with
(if requested at the time of the initial application)
(3) THE ACTIVATOR CERTIFICATE : (Click here to see a
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
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
|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
|Any requests required via Packet, for
general information on any aspect of the programme
||Alex JOHNSEN G(M)0DHZ
47, Bondfields Crescent