DIFM : Diplôme des Iles de la France Métropolitaine
A - RULES
1 It is requested that all diploma applicants or stations giving the possibility of acquiring a diploma of the REF Union have a sporting spirit and fair play conduct.
2 An applicant or a station giving the possibility of obtaining a diploma or the responsible of this station (QSL manager...etc) can be disqualified for violating the rules and radioamateur fair play.
3 In the case where the responsible of a station has been found to have contravened the rules the activation can be refused and the station in question warned.
4 Only the diploma service of the REF-Union in consultation with the national president are authorised for all decision taking without appeal.
B - STARTING DATE 01 January 1986
The DIFM can be obtained by all stations with an official radio amateur licence also all SWLs under the same conditions.
C - WHAT IS THE DIFM ?
The DIFM is destined to promote contacts with french islands , it is before everything an amusement. So, all islands reputed to be dangerous for access are excluded from the DIFM programme.
D - CONDITIONS FOR VALIDITY OF CONTACTS
All stations contacted should be terrestrial with the name of the island and reference number clearly printed.Contacts with boats, aircraft and via repeaters are not recognised. The activation of an island will not be accepted if there has not been a minimum of 100 contacts made during tha 1st activation in this and only this case a copy of the log should be sent to the DIFM manager after being signed by the operator or operators before 31 december of the year.
E - QUALIFYING CONDITIONS FOR THE DIFM.
It is necessary to present justification (QSL cards) of 10 islands. Afterwards it is possible to obtain tickets raising the value of the diploma by groups of 5 always presenting the QSL cards. After 20 islands confirmed it is possible to raise the score island by island. The justificatives QSL cards must mention the DIFM reference and must be printed.
F - CLASSIFICATION
The basic DIFM can be claimed all year round. Score increasing is only done once per year before the 31 january. An honour table is published in the 3 months that follow.
G - PRICE
This is published each year in RADIO REF .
H - THE MANAGER
F5IL REF Union service diplôme BP 7429, F-37074 TOURS cedex 2, France
I - DEFINITION OF AN ISLAND:
For the DIFM only a significant area of ground, surrounded by water and never totally submerged count. The maps which serve as the only reference are those of the SHOM (Service Hydrographique Oceanographique of the Marine) with a scale between 1/25000 and 1/52000 and IGN with scale 1/25000.
J - THE ISLAND LIST
The list is divided into 4 main groups which are divided into sub groups. Each island has the following descriptive information : DIFM ref. (MA,AT,ME,TK.), name of the island, IOTA reference if applicable, the appropriate SHOM map number, the geographic co-ordinates, the 4 main groups and sub groups are (SEE J, french rules).
K - ISLANDS DELETED :
The islands in the following list (see K, french rules) , are deleted because they fall into the criteria of paragraphes C or I. However contacts made with these islands before the 1st february 1997 count. Their references have been re-distributed in the island list of 1st march 1997. During the demand for the DIFM or for a score update, these islands should be included at the end of the list in the section DELETED ISLANDS.
L - IMPORTANT
In the island list all the references where the island name is followed by (*) means that this island has already been activated. Every year at the same time that the classification list is published the list of islands activated for the first time will also be published.
M - DIFM APPLICATION:
All applications for the DIFM or for score augmentation should be set out in the following manner.
-On paper, addressed to DIFM-manager, with the name, address and call-sign,the islands should be listed in group and numerical order.
For example : ISLANDS OF THE CHANNEL, MA-001 -CALLSIGN-DATE-TIME-MODE-RS/T.
All QSL cards should be included with the application. Payment should be made to REF UNION. All applications not respecting these guidelines will not be accepted.
French islands award