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How IREF evaluates expeditions

 

The purpose of the following grading scale is to help with the decision of how much support is granted by IREF to an expedition. The areas of interest are the rarity of the island, number of operators, operating strategy, number of stations, QSL practices, the expense of reaching the island and the net experience of the expedition team. This process is only be a tool in helping the board of trustees make its funding decision.

 

Category

Criteria

 

Points

Rarity of Island

 

 

 

New IOTA

 

20

 

Top 5%

 

18

 

Top 10%

 

16

 

Top 20

 

14

 

top 30

 

10

 

Top 50

 

5

 

* Percentages deal with the need within the continent that the island is found

 

 

Number of Operators

 

 

 

3+

 

10

 

2

 

7

 

1

 

3

 

*An operator consists of a licenced amateur radio operator

 

 

Operating Strategy

 

 

 

24 hours per day

 

10

 

18 Hours per day

 

7

 

12 hours per day

 

5

 

8 hours per day

 

3

 

* The times represent operating hours during a day

 

 

Number of Days Operating

 

 

 

4+

 

10

 

3

 

7

 

2

 

5

 

1

 

2

Number of bands used

 

 

 

7-9

 

10

 

5-6

 

9

 

4 - must include 4 of the 5 primary bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 21, 28

 

8

 

3 - Must include 3 of the 5 primary bands

 

6

 

5 - Must include either 14 or 21 MHz

 

5

 

1 - Must be either 14 or 21 MHz

 

2

Number of stations

 

 

 

2+

 

10

 

1

 

5

QSL Practice

 

 

 

Within 3 months

 

10

 

Within 4 months

 

7

 

Within 5 months

 

5

Expedition Experience

 

 

 

2+ expeditions - based on difficulty & success

 

6-10

 

1 expedition - based on difficulty & success

 

1-5

 

Difficulty of reaching the island and the net experience of the operating team will be evaluated and used to help make decisions regarding the funding of the expedition. This process can be used as an incentive for additional funding after the expedition if certain goals are attained. For example, a limited funding commitment to a certain expedition because of lack of experience, etc., however if a significant number of QSO's, QSL timing, etc. are achieved additional funding could be forthcoming.