On June 23, 2000 I applied to the FCC by mail, using Form 610-B, for a club radio amateur license for the newly-formed Island Hunters Amateur Radio Club. On July 14, 2000, the club callsign KB1FLM was issued to us by the FCC. I applied on-line the same day for a a vanity callsign for the club, hopefully KC4AAG because it was previously issued to Antarctica. Fortunately, web sites at the time located at http://www.carroll-usa.com/vanity/ as well as the FCC's ULS web site located at http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/uls/ allows instant checking on issued calls as well as availability of vanity calls.
On August 1, 2000, our club was indeed issued KC4AAG. Here is the club QSL that we designed (pictured left).
The club web site was located at http://www.qsl.net/kc4aag. It included a message board for island hunters courtesy of LiveUniverse, as well as island activity info and links.
I was very active chasing islands for both US Islands and Islands-On-the-Air during this part of the year. I sent over 40 direct QSLs, some that were on hold due to lack of funds, to many island QSL managers as well as direct. My hope is to get my island total to the point where an update is warranted for both awards. I also purchased the new IOTA 2000 directory, as the list has been modified substantially since last the past year or two.