Award Rules

A: CONDUCT ETHICS:

1.It is required of all applicants or stations requesting a REF Award a sportsmanship and “fair play”.

2.The applicant or the representative of this station (QSL-manager, etc ..) may be disqualified in the case where reprehensible facts demonstrate a notorious and constant violation of the OM spirit.

4.Only the REF Award service, in coordination with the national president, is authorized to make all decisions, these are final.

B: STARTING DATE: 1st january 1996.

The DIFM can be obtained by any station having an official license of amateur, as well as SWL under the same conditions.

C: WHAT IS DIFM ?

The DIFM is intended to promote traffic with the islands of metropolitan FRANCE. Above all, it’s an entertainment, therefore all the islands deemed dangerous of access will be excluded from the DIFM.

D: VALIDITE DES CONTACTS :

All stations contacted must be land stations with the name of the island clearly indicated. Contacts with boats, aircraft or made via relay stations are not counting. Activity from an island will only be accepted if a MINIMUM OF 100 LIAISONS has been achieved during the FIRST ACTIVITY. In this case, the copy of the log MUST be sent to the DIFM-MANAGER after being certified by the operator (s).

As of 1 January 2002, for uninhabited islands or islands with few residents, copies of the log of any activity must be sent to the DIFM-MANAGER as well as proofs of the presence on the island (photograph and / or certificate of transport) before 31st December of the year completed.

The operator (s) undertake to answer the QSL BURO or DIRECT regardless of the date of request.

Otherwise, these activities will not be taken into account and therefore any QSLs rejected.

E: CONDITIONS FOR OBTAINING THE DIFM AWARD :

It is necessary to present the supporting documents (QSLs) of 10 islands. It is then possible to obtain stickers increasing the value of the diploma by increment of 5 and always presenting the QSLs. Beyond 20 certified islands, it is possible to increase the island-by-island score. Supporting documents (QSL) must mention the DIFM Reference.

F: RANKINGS :

The basic DIFM Award can be requested at any time during the year.

An Honor Roll will be published before the end of the first quarter of each year.

G: COST OF THE AWARD  View the prices of all REF Awards ? 

(Every year at the beginning of the year are published in RADIO-REF the prices of all the official REF Awards)

H: THE MANAGER :

For all your requests related to a REF Award, please contact:

REF, Demande de Diplôme
BP 7429, 32 rue de Suède
37074 TOURS cedex 2

AWARD MANAGER : Pierre LESCURE F4GLJ

For additional information, please write to: : diplomes@ref-union.org

I: ISLAND DEFINITION :

For the DIFM Award, only significant land areas surrounded by water, never fully immersed, count. The maps used, and used for reference, are those of SHOM (Hydrographic Oceanographic Hydrographic Service) at a scale between 1/25000 and 1/52000 and IGN (National Geographical Institute) at the scale 1/25000.

J: ISLAND DIRECTORY :

It is divided into 4 parts which are themselves divided into groups. It includes :

– the DIFM reference (MA, AT, etc)

– the IOTA reference, if any

– The name or names of the island.

– Geographic coordinates

K: DELETED ISLANDS :

The following islands are deleted because they do not meet the criteria of paragraphs C and I. However, activities made before February 1, 1997 from these islands count. Their references are reassigned in the March 1, 1997 directory. When a request for DIFM Award or an increase in score, they will be put at the end of the list under the part “DELETED ISLANDS”.

1-ILES DE LA MANCHE :
île des TINTIAUX ex MA-007
île VERTE ex MA-037
île de ROCHEFORT ex MA-039
île du TAUREAU ex MA-042

2-ILES DE L’ATLANTIQUE :
île de la CALEBASSE ex AT-019
île des FAISANS/CONFERENCE ex AT-029
île LE DAOUET ex AT-049
île PEN GLAS ex AT-050
île DE CHELOT ex AT-051
île DE BERN ID ex AT-052
île DES PETITS CARDINAUX ex AT-095
île DE STHUAN ex AT-097
île DE TROMPELOUP ex AT-101
île de BEYCHEVELLE ex AT-107

3-ILES DE LA MEDITERRANEE :
île des EYGLAUDES ex ME-025
île du GRAND SALAMAN ex ME-026

4-ILES DE LA CORSE :
île de CAPENSE ex TK-040
île du BROCCU ex TK-041

L: IMPORTANT :

In the directory, all references whose names are in italics mean that an activity has been performed. The list of islands activated for the first time and meeting all the criteria will be published each year.

M: DIFM AWARD REQUEST :

Any request for DIFM Award or score increase will be written as follows.

On blanc paper, addressed to the REF, with the name, address and call sign of the applicant, the islands will be listed in order of DIFM references.

EX : ILES DE LA MANCHE

MA001 – callsign – date – time -rs/t

All receipts (QSL) will be join to the request.

The payment will be made to the order of the REF, preferably by check. For the QSL return, provide a very strong envelope.

ANY APPLICATION THAT DOES NOT RESPECT THIS OR INCOMPLETE ORDER WILL BE REFUSED.