Skype upgrade

After my recent migration to a new computer system I have had to upgrade to the new Skype software. I have to say that I am not impressed. No way of migrating all my contacts to the new Skype.

Please search This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and re add me to your Skype contacts. Thank you!

VK8NSB now on LoTW

lotw-logo-cI now have the LoTW certificate for VK8NSB Stuie in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Full log has been uploaded to LoTW tonight.

Bureau Box Arrived

K800 Bureau box
4,000 incoming bureau QSL cards arrived from the RSGB Buraau today. I will be working through this box and processing the QSL cards very soon.

4W/G3ZEM Timor-Leste

Bob 5B4AGN plans to be QRV from Timor-Leste as 4W/G3ZEM between 8 - 20 October.
This will be a man in a tent style expedition, so not exactly 5 star. Location will be on the north shores of Timor-Leste, running a Elecraft K3 & KPA 500 combo with an HF9V for HF and an 18m Spider pole for 160/80m. With luck I will be QRV all 9 bands but with emphasis towards LF if conditions allow. Operation will be primarily CW.
QSL Direct via M0URX.
For Bureau please use OQRS.(No incoming cards are needed)

73 Bob, 5B4AGN

United Radio QSL Bureau Computer Install

United Radio QSL Bureau will be closed for a few days while I install a new computer system, this being my first upgrade since 2008. Configuring the logging software, moveing 100+ logs from the old system to the new and installing all the LoTW TQSL softtware and certificates will all take me a few days to load and be read to serve for the next few years. I will be able to reply to emails daily.

Thank you for understanding and sorry for any inconvenience.

No Incoming Bureau for 6 months!

Sorry for any delay with bureau cards. I have not had an INCOMING delivery from the RSGB Bureau now since February which is six months! Will keep you posted on the blog.

HI2DX Saona Island NA-122

THE 2014 ACTIVATION OF SAONA ISLAND IOTA NA-122 - NOV 19-23, 2014

saona dexpedition banner

HI2DX will take place at the end of 2014 by a team of operators leaded by HOTEL INDIA DX CLUB, INC. in a join effort with top DX operators from LOMA DEL TORO DX CONTEST CLUB, RADIO CLUB DOMINICANO, UNION DOMINICANA DE RADIOFICIONADOS UDRA and RADIO CLUB DE SANTIAGO among guest operators from FLORIDA CONTEXT GROUP, and other guest operators joining the team from the US.

OBJECTIVES:
To provide the possibility for every amateur radio station in the world - even those running QRP or very simple antennas - to make at least one contact with Saona Island.

To enable all level users and to DXers to put HI2DX in their logs on as many bands and modes as possible.

Goal is to log at least 60,000 contacts during this operation.

Besides the Dxpedition we will conduct a MEDICAL OPERATIVE PROGRAM to bring basic medical assistance and donate medications to residents of the island.

SAONA ISLAND is located in the southeastern part of the Dominican Republic

(Lat: 18° 7' 47.0814" /Long: -68° 40' 5.9376")

Surface area of 110 squared Km.
IOTA NA-122
CQ ZONE 8
ITU ZONE 11
GRID FK58OE
QSL INFORMATION: QSL Via M0URX

MX0LDG Isles of Scilly EU-011

MX0LDG will be QRV from the Isles of Scilly EU-011. We will be operating from the main island of St Mary's.

K800 K800 QSL-MX0LDG

Dates: 15th October 2014 to 22nd October 2014

Operators: John M5JON   Pete M0ILT   Ant MW0JZE   Charles M0OXO  and  Rob MW0RLJ

We plan to have 3 stations on air. In the main it will be SSB but hopfully there will aslo be some CW and Digi Modes from Charles M0OXO.

Equipment
x1 Elecraft K3 With KPA500 Amp
x1 Kenwood TS570 With Expert 1K FA Amp
X1 rig (TBC)                With Expert 1K FA Amp 
X1 Kenwood TS480 (200w) for CW and Digi Ops

Antennas
All antennas are once agian supplied by Ant MW0JZE
x2 G3TXQ Hex Beams
x1 40m vertial
x1 Windom 80m  

QSL Via M0URX  For Bureau Requests please ONLY use OQRS to request your Bureau QSL. 

My thoughts about IOTA & Bureau today

IOTA and getting the QSL cards needed!
With another IOTA contest behind us, I was thinking once again how much I would love to chase IOTA and claim awards. But it is way out of the reach in costs of QSL'ing, and this is not just myself but of many others. I have about 150 IOTA's that I need QSL cards from but nearly all of them are direct only so I feel pretty disillusioned with the whole award program simply because of these costs.
 
For those of you that were at the recent IOTA convention you will know that RSGB / IOTA have ruled out any log matching facility or use of the ARRL LOTW programme due to the costs involvedI feel it is a great shame as IOTA has a massive captive audience but no or very little investment / support from the RSGB, and this includes how the bureau is currently working.
 
We need more IOTA DXpedition teams to allow bureau requests, my own experience with the RSGB bureau is that we are constantly told what we can't send and ironically most of the cards I CAN'T send through the RSGB bureau, are QSL cards for its own IOTA award program. Remember if you are not the licence holder of that call sign you can't use RSGB to receive QSL cards either, so some of the club activations cannot use the incoming bureau for their "mini" DXpeditions to UK IOTA's

OQRS is the way to request!

OQRS really is the quickest way to receive your Bureau cards from M0URX. On May 21st 2014, DF7EF made an OQRS request for many Bureau cards, these were duly processed and carefully put into the DARC Bureau box. The box was then sent to DARC on June 2nd. This week Uli reports:

"I just got my monthly QSL parcel from the DARC-QSL-bureau and I was amazed how many cards were actually coming from your hands. And the greatest of all: I made my way through your OQRS  on the 21. May 2014. That's roughly 2 months. What an unbelievable quick service. My heartful thanks to your great work to the ham community. DF7EF Uli"

It is not just the DARC Bureau either! RX3AU from Russia writes: ... "Tnx for QSL from GS0NWM, MS0INT (11 QSO), CY9M, VK9MT & others."

The question that I have to ask is WHY does the RSGB have one of the SLOWEST Bureaus in the World? In tests here it is taking one to two years to get QSL cards to RSGB members, and that is sending from here as an RSGB member! 

Bureau does NOT mean slow! Just be clever and use OQRS for your Bureau cards!

QSL Design Preview

Two more new designs have been added to the United Radio QSL collection, MW/VK8NSB & 5B4AGN.

QSL-5B4AGNQSL-5B4AGN-BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QSL-MW-VK8NSBQSL-MW-VK8NSB-BACK

DKARS Magazine

DKARS MagazineDutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society have issued their first magazine, click the image to get the magazine in PDF.

In this magazine from the Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society you will read  "in short, we are a foundation that will serve the interests of all Dutch radio amateurs in the broadest
sense of the word, and thereby also want to pay attention to interest young people in technique. Indeed, the amateur radio hobby contains a plurality of technical aspects where young people can take part in and benefit of in their future careers.  
And do not forget, we're going to organize the Dutch Kingdom Contest (DKC) ! Every year on the first weekend of June, further on in in this issue more about this" 
Thank you to Peter PJ4NX for the information.

 

Donate your old out of date IRC's to United Radio Bureau!

What can you with with out of date IRC's?

IRC Old
We all have them don't we? Old out of date IRC's, yellow ones, blue ones or a stack of recent IRCs that expired in 2013. Package them up and send them to United Radio.
 
We will return these OLD IRC's to the UPU in exchange for stamps. You can help by donating your old out of date IRC's and sending them to us.
 
We will use the money to pay for printing of QSL cards for the next sponsored DXpedition team.
Thank you kindly for all IRC's sent.
 
 
Post your old out of date IRC's to: 
IRC
  
Mr Tim Beaumont
P.O. Box 17
Kenilworth
Warwicksire
CV8 1SF
ENGLAND
 
I am sorry we cannot accept IRC's in exchange for QSL postage. We do not use stamps here.
 

History of Russian Robinson Club

A short Break!

IOTA 50LUnited Radio QSL Bureau is taking a short break. I will be back to work on Monday 7th July. I will be answering emails during my break but QSL management will resume on my return.

I look forward to meeting many of you at the 50th IOTA Convention on the 4th to 6th July at Beaumont House Windsor.

9M6XRO/P June 26 - 30

QSL-9M6XRO-PORTABLE9M6XRO/P will be operating from Labuan Island OC-133 on Thursday 26th for a long weekend staying until June 30th.

John reports "I am taking my Icom IC-7000 and IC-2KL Linear with vertical antennas. I will operate on 40-10m near
the IOTA CW & SSB freqs, possibly some RTTY also."

QSL Via M0URX
For Bureau requests please only use my OQRS http://m0urx.com/oqrs/

Planning a DXpedition in 2014?

Here in the UK we have the best facilities to provide your DXpediton with the very best in QSL management.
We have a team of QSL managers ready to work for you and the deserving.
We have dedicated OQRS systems.
We have our own Outgoing QSL Bureau for the fastest Bureau shipments.
We have an Online Business Account for all our International mailings so your DXpedition gets the most competitive postal rates.
We have high quality QSL designers ready to put their mark on your QSL card.

For more information contact Tim Beaumont, M0URX, or Charles Wilmott, M0OXO.

QSL's Used to Claim Awards

United Radio QSL Bureau are very much aware that we have to make sure that QSL cards are valid for as many Award programs as possible. It is not always possible to keep everyone happy all of the time. So whether you are working towards DXCC, IOTA, QRP or whatever award where QSL cards are required I will always try to accomodate your needs.

I have recently exchanged several emails with a few QRP operators who request their QSL reports to be made out as /QRP. I would like to make it quite clear that my policy is to always write the call sign in the format that the licencing authority have licensed your Amateur Radio call sign. As far as I am aware no licencing authority issues /QRP on the licence documents. I think you would agree that if i started calling as M0URX/QSL you would think it was not correct and you would be right. Q-Codes are NOT part of your call sign! Neither is it my job as a QSL Manager to verify the power of your transmitter.

If you want a specific contact out of 5 in the log to be on a separate QSL please let me know, and providing you pay the correct postage for the amount of QSL cards you need then I will try to do this for you correctly. I have also communicated with a QRP club who have said that for their awards the QSL cards do not have to have /QRP and is down to the claimaint to verify which QSOs on a QSL are QRP.

OQRS & Direct Letter Rates.

Over the last few months the bank dollar exchange rates have been dropping quite heavily against other currencies. So that we can continue to provide the very best in QSL management our charges for QSL exchange have changed very slightly. With OQRS I have changed from €2 to GBP £2 and also increased very slightly the multi QSL offer for direct letter with $ to reflect the devalued dollar.

The following is a breakdown of Direct Postage Costs. Considering other QSL managers charge $2 per card, United Radio QSL Management Bureau believe the following is very reasonable.

 QSL Direct
      1 QSL only by post     =    US $2           or Paypal GBP £2. OQRS  (STRICTLY NO IRCs)

Multi QSL Direct - If you need to request more QSL cards take advantage of my Multi QSL offer.
As some of you DX and QSL as a group or friends, to reduce costs this may help you.

     2 to 4 QSL's by post    =    US $3           or Paypal GBP £3.   OQRS 
   5 to 10 QSL's by post    =    US $6           or Paypal GBP £5.   OQRS 
 11 to 20 QSL's by post    =    US $9           or Paypal GBP £7.   OQRS 
 21
 to 30 QSL's by post    =    US $14         or Paypal GBP £10. OQRS

The Hunt Is On!

WP 20140602 002Which IARU Bureau is the fastest? The hunt is on to find the Bureau service that sends out the fastest Bureau cards from the batch of VK9MT QSL cards.

On Monday June 2nd, eleven thousand QSL cards were sent to World Bureaus. Included in this posting was over 1,000 VK9MT Bureau cards. Have you got yours yet?

Let me know if you have? Please drop me an email, I am looking for the fastest sorters in the World!
Bureau does NOT mean slow!

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