of Croatia Award
( I O C A )
IOCA hunters award
IOCA activators award
Only those islands listed in the current IOCA
directory are valid for this award. The IOCA Awards are available in 9 different
ranks (the criteria for chasers/SWLs differs from that for activators) as
This beautiful and colorful award is presented by National Croatian
Tourist Board (Hrvatska turistička zajednica) in cooperation
with the Croatian Amateur Radio Association (Hrvatski radioamaterski
savez). This award is administered by IOCA award Manager.
The awards, particularly the higher ranking ones, are extremely challenging.
In order to encourage operation from the islands, two classes of awards
- one for the chasers and SWLs, and
- the other for those who go out and activate the islands (activators),
I hope these awards will encourage amateur radio operators from around
the world to contact or visit and activate some of the most beautiful
and picturesque islands of Croatia.
Upon achieving the maximum award level the applicants will qualify for
the Islands of Croatia Honor roll and their scores will be published annually
in Radio HRS and at this web.
In order to substantiate their contacts with the Croatian islands (list),
chasers (and SWLs) must submit QSL cards for actual contacts or their
photocopies. Any QSL cards deemed to have been altered will be disallowed.
Activators must show evidence that they have made
a minimum of 50 contacts from each island claimed, i.e. photocopied log
details or computer log disk. Activators are required to show proof that
their operation actually took place from the claimed island, i.e. photos
of operation that undoubtedly show that the operation took place from
the claimed island, or certificate from island's authorities or certificate
from island's marine or other proofs that operation undoubtedly took place
from the claimed island.This
is to maintain the integrity of the award program and to ensure all activators
are acting responsibly in the pursuit of the award.
In order to count a group activity (several activators
with a single, special callsign) as individual activity of each of the
group members too, such joint group callsign must log at least 50 QSO's
for each person in the group, i.e., 5 members x 50 QSO's = 250 QSO's as
a minimum. A joint photo of all operators is necessary as a proof.
Activators may count their activity towards the chasers award.
Contacts should be made from the same DXCC entity and must be made with
licensed amateur stations operating within the IOCA rules. Only contacts
after June 26,1991 are valid. Contacts can be on any HF band (1.8, 3.5,
7, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24 or 28 MHz) or on 50 MHz.
Maritime mobile contacts are not allowed. All stations must be shown to
be land based.
All participants in the IOCA Program need
to present and keep its high standards of morality and dignity, strictly
applying the rules of ham spirit.
All levels of IOCA diploma are free-of-charge
for island activators.
of the HRS committee (21 December 2004.) accepting the conditions
by which an island qualifies for an IOCA number.
1. For the IOCA programme, every island, that appears on the maps
of the National Hydrographical Institute of the Republic of
Croatia, is valid. (scale 1:100000).
as per clause 1, must be permanently above sea level. (ie. must
be a true island and not a reef)
3. Island must
have an formal name on the official maps as per clause 1.
of a CI-number to a newly activated island will be considered after
5. In exceptional
cases, activations may be allocated only a temporary CI-number.
6. In order
that activations be recognised and for the allocation of a permanent
CI-number of a newly activated island, it is necessary that:
a) the activator completes no less than 50 radio contacts with different
b) the submission of an extract of a map as per clause 1, that shows
the position of the activated island or that provides its exact
c) The IOCA manager receives an extract of the log showing no less
than 50 different contacts, frequency information is not required.
d) For group activations, additional conditions apply, refer to
latest IOCA rules.
7. Apart from
considerations of clause 5, it is necessary to satisfy one of two
a) submission of a signed declaraction by two persons who witnessed
the activation and who certify that the activation took place on
the attested island or
b) submission of photogaphic or video material that records the
radio amateur station was active at the attested location.
8. Only the
IOCA manager has the authority to allocate new IOCA numbers, as
well as the acceptance of proof of activation.
9. Any decision regarding new IOCA numbers will appear on the HRS
website as well as on th IOCA web site nomore that 24 hours after
any such decision.
Islands of Croatia Directory costs 8 IRC's
(or 10 Euro) and should be applied for initially.
The cost of The Directory includes the cost of the Basic certificate.
Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond stickers cost 8
IRC's (or 10 Euro) plus 4 IRC's (or 5 Euro) for returned (QSL)
postage. Plaque and Trophies cost 20 IRC's (or
25 Euro). When applying for
the Basic award, applicants should also send sufficient postage to cover
the cost of returning their QSL cards, otherwise these will be returned
via the bureau.
Application forms for the IOCA Directory and IOCA awards should be sent
Hrvatski radioamaterski savez