IREF Inaugural DX-peditioner of the Year By AD5A, Mike Crownover, President IREF, Inc.
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The first year of the Island Radio Expedition Foundation (IREF) sponsored "IOTA DX-Pedtioner of the Year" award has come to a close and the calculations are being made to determine the winners. While IREF has been monitoring activations all year long, we want to be certain that all expeditioners who activated new, rare or multiple IOTA islands during the year to make sure that IREF has your expedition results. There may have been individuals who have been a part of multiple expeditions that might have been missed. Please send an email to with your expedition information.

The rules for the Award can be found here,

Plaques will be awarded for as many places as we have sponsors. So please have your club consider sponsoring a plaque or even individuals may be a plaque sponsor. The funds collected through sponsorships will go to support IOTA expeditions in the future. IREF is the only organization that sponsors only IOTA expeditions and your support is needed. Currently IOTA Ltd. and the Daily DX as Plaque sponsors.

A sample of the Plaque is on the IREF webpage,

The official award presentation will occur at the DX Dinner at the Dayton (Xenia) Hamvention.

If you like to chase IOTA islands, please consider donating to IREF.
We sponsor qualifying expeditions to new or rare IOTA islands. IREF is a 501(c)(3) organization making contributions tax deductible for US contributors. We are now in our 20th year. You can donate through our website at or through the IREF Facebook page at by clicking on the donate button.

Happy Hunting and 73,

IREF DX Peditioner of the Year