CUBA IOTA GUIDE

 

Cuba is an archipelago consisting of the Island of Cuba, the Island of Youth (isla de la Juventud) and around 4,195 smaller keys and islets with 7 differents iota references.

 

 

map in part from F6AXX in "Les cahiers du DX" by LNDX

 

 

 

iota Nr island Px

infos

NA-015 Cuba main island and coastal isl. not valid for others ref. CO1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 main island, 2 DXCC CO and KG4, Guantanamo Bay (US military base)
NA-093 Archipelago Los Colorados (include Jutias), San Felipe Cays CO1,2,3

located few Kms north of the western coast of the island of Cuba. Was activated for the first time 1988 from Cayo Levisa, by a group of cuban hams. In 1995 the reference was acivated again, this time from Cayo Jutia, by a multinational DXpedition with hams from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cuba. This dxpedition, the CO1OTA, was active in all bands from 160m to 1,2 GHz. Activated again january 2006, T41JM and CO individual call-signs.

NA-056 La Juventud Islands group : La Juventud (aka Isle of Pines), Los Canarreos Archipelago (include Jutias), San Felipe Cays CO4 Archipelago Los Canarreos : located in a huge area south of the western coast of the island of Cuba. To this Reference belongs the second biggest island of the Republic of Cuba, Island of Youth (CO4, CM4, CL4 prefixes).
Recently, in june 1996, a group of cuban hams with the participation of a radioamateur from Portugal, activated a DXpedition for the IOTA Award from the Island of Youth (CO4OTA).
In april 1998, this reference was activated again, this time from Cayo Ernest Thelman, by a group of cuban hams.
NA-204 Sabana Archipelago, include Santa Maria CO5,6 located few Kms. north of the central part of the island of Cuba, just on the border of the "Gulf Stream. In Cayo Santamaria Key it has one of the most beautifull beaches of Cuba. This key is joined to the mainland by a 44 Kms. stone-road and has touristic facilities.
The reference was activated for the first time in 1995 with the multinational station CO0OTA with hams from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Cuba.
NA-086 Archipelago Camaguey, Coco,  Romano CO7 located few Kms. north of the eastern coast of the island of Cuba. It is a touristic area and has one of the biggest keys of the cuban archipelago; Cayo Romano. This reference was only activated in 1988 by a group of cuban hams.
NA-201 Jardines de la Reina Archipelago (Anclitas, Breton, Caballones, Caguamas, Cinco Balas, Grande) CO7 located few Kms south of the eastern coast of the island of Cuba. This reference was activated in 1988 by a group of cuban hams and in 1994 (CO9OTA).
NA-218 Keys at north of Holguín province CO8 All the keys located in the northeast coast of the island of Cuba, north of the province of Holguin.
On september 15th to 17th, 2000, the reference was activated for the firstever time by a group of cuban hams from Cayo Moa Grande.




Part of infos from FRC website - Stéphane Morice - F-10255 - (c) 2006