IREF is proudly sponsored by the following organizations:

Islands On The Air

Chiltern DX CLUB



About IREF


IREF is an organization created to provide support to IOTA expeditions. The Foundation will depend on contributions from members on at least an annual basis. IREF has been born out of a grass roots desire to advance the sport of "Island Chasing" and has not received any endowments to help achieve these goals. IREF is a 501(c)(3) organization. This designation allows US contributors to deduct contributions to IREF, Inc. from their federal income taxes.


IREF is an international organization. The Board of Directors is made up of members from Great Britain, Portugal, Japan, and the United States. The Board will make all of the expedition funding decisions. The principles that the foundation are based on are:


> To provide funding and other support for expeditions to IOTA qualified islands for the purpsoses of operating amateur radio & promote radio science through portable island operations

> To provide funding and other support to amateurs resident on IOTA qualified islands where such assistance can be shown to improve their capabilities in achieving the same objectives.

> Promote International goodwill through amateur radio.

> Advance the body of knowledge for those interested in portable island radio operations in areas of expedition planning, antenna use and deisgn, radio propogation studies, and general radio science

> Unite amateur radio operators as a potential force to deal with issues concerning the advancement of the amateur radio hobby

> Promote expedition effectiveness by encouraging multi-operator, around the clock operating

> Promote prompt QSL delivery


The categories of membership are:


Lifetime Membership ~ $500USD


Sustaining Membership ~ $250USD


Supporting Membership ~ $100USD


Contributing Membership ~ $99USD or less


We will recognize each contributor on this web page. The amounts above are suggestions only, any contribution will be appreciated. Contributions may be made in the form of checks to the postal address below or by credit card through the PayPal service. Click the button below to use the PayPal service.


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