ZC4A QRV January 2018

K1024 QSL-ZC4A5B4AGN, Bob, reports that he will again be QRV as ZC4A from January 24 - 31.

Plans are to be QRV on 1.8 through 28 MHz, mostly on CW with some SSB and Data activity. They will have two or three stations (Elecraft K3s with amplifiers) active using mostly verticals.

QSL via OQRS to M0URX.  Please do not send any cards through the bureau. Only use OQRS. 

9M6XRO John - SK

K800 QSL-9M6XRO-SebPortableIt is with much sadness to report that John Plenderleith, 9M6XRO, passed away yesterday 4th December, John was first licensed in 1960 as GM3OOK in Ayrshire, Scotland. He operated from Singapore for about 10 years as 9V1RS, then moved to the Isle of Man as GD3OOK, then to Norfolk as G3OOK, including several years /MM. John retired to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, in 2005 and after one year as 9M6/G3OOK became 9M6XRO.

John logged over 250 thousand QSOs with his personal call signs often travelling on DXpeditons as a team member, adding many more thousands of contacts from many rare locations. John’s favourite mode was CW, but was comfortable on any mode, recently trying his hand with FT8 which he gave many all over the world an ATNO, John’s CW was exceptional, he was so accurate that over the last 10 years I rarely had any busted call enquiries. I first met John in 2011 when we operated together as team members on 4W6A, John was one of the CW ops and was extremely dedicated to his CW seat and was happy sitting for many, many hours and only wanted to stop when it was time for a beer.

A keen contester, John was active on most weekend contests, also chased DXCC and had Mixed 326 DXCC confirmed. CW 309, Phone 270, Digital 244.

His previous calls included: 3DA0OK, Op at 4W6A, Op at 5W8A (2013), 7P8OK, Op at 9M4SLL (Spratly), 9V1RS, A25OOK, C91XO, CU2/G3OOK/P, EL0A, G3OOK, GD3OOK, GM3OOK, Op at N8A (2013 from American Samoa KH8), V8FRO, V85/9M6XRO, Op at W8A (2013 from American Samoa KH8), XU7XRO, YB9/GM3OOK, ZL/GD3OOK (OC-201), Op at ZL9HR and ZS6/GM3OOK.

9M6XRO member of CDXC, GMDX, ISWL 9M6-6982, RNARS 0437

A true gentleman, great CW operator and friend. RIP John.

VP6D Press Release 1

VP6D cartoonized outlined booby yellow text 250 pixels squareFor Immediate Release Press Release #1 Dec 1, 2017

Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182)

The Perseverance DX Group (pdxg.net) is pleased to announce their planned activation of Ducie Island (a Marine Protected Area), currently Clublog #29 most wanted. Planning has begun for an expedition in Oct/Nov, 2018.

Landing permission, visas and radio license have been issued. A team of 14 operators will be on the island for up to 14 days. The team will depart from Mangareva, French Polynesia aboard the expedition ship Braveheart. Seven (7) operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/ CW/ Digital, including FT8.

The team includes: Dave K3EL, Pista HA5AO, Les W2LK, Heye DJ9RR, Mike WA6O, Jacky ZL3CW, Arnie N6HC, Steve W1SRD, Chris N6WM, Laci HA0NAR, Ricardo PY2PT, Walt N6XG, Gene K5GS, currently one open position to be filled.

Watch the usual DX sources we will announce additional details as they develop.
Website:  vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook will also be available.
Please direct questions to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
73, Team Ducie – 2018

(United Radio QSL Bureau are proud to be able to support VP6D as Mailing Consultant.)

Bureau Update

Bureau AugustSometimes QSL work can be challenging and changing times mean that we have to adapt to demands and also now national security. What this means is that many countries are tightening up security on sending “parcels”
There are new legislative requirements from certain countries security that have requested that when we send parcels to the IARU Bureaus we will need to send new “New Electronic Pre Advice Data” which include:

1) Name of recipient, telephone number, email address.
2) Name of sender, telephone number, email address.
3) As well as the usual description and value of the contents.
 
This has nothing to do with our carrier but will affect ALL carriers sending parcels to the affected countries of USA, Russia, Japan and Brazil, from April 2018 and ALL countries from April 2019.
I have consulted with the IARU who were unaware of the new changes, at this time the feedback I got from the IARU was that they did not feel that the IARU Bureaus would publically list this information.
 
So at this time I am unsure exactly how this is going to affect our outgoing Bureau dispatches from April 2018. At the very least it could mean that if IARU are not able to conform to these requirements, dispatches may be delayed at customs and at the very worst our Bureau dispatches may be subject to handling fees and surcharges for not meeting customs requirements. I suspect that many bureaus would then refuse to pay the charges and parcels would be sent back to us.
As yet we do not have the answers but could this be the death of the bureau QSL?
 

VE3RZ/VP9 QSL Preview

The QSL has been designed for VE3RZ/VP9 and will be in the print room soon. CCO-logo 2016

Logs have been uploaded to LoTW.

OQRS is open.
K800 QSL-VE3RZ-VP9K800 QSL-VE3RZ-VP9-BACK


PZ5V November 2017

The VooDoo contest Group will be QRV as PZ5V in preparation for the CQ-WW-CW contest between 20th - 28th November 2017. 

Team members this year will include Ned AA7A, John G4IRN, Lee KY7M & Ray G4FON.
Click here for OQRS & Log search 

The QSL below is from PZ5V 

K1024 QSL-PZ5VVoodoo-logo

4S7AYG QSL Preview

The QSL design for 4S7AYG Sri Lanka is now complete and ready to be sent to the print room.
OQRS Open: 

K800 QSL-4S7AYGK800 QSL-4S7AYG-Back

VE3RZ/VP9 November 2017

K800 Bermuda topographic map-en
Tony, VE3RZ
will be operating from Bermuda, QRV as VE3RZ/VP9 between 19th to 28th November 2017.

CQ Zone: 5
ITU Zone: 11
IOTA Ref: NA-005
IARU Locator FM72pi

Tony will be on air for the CQWW-CW contest and a few days before the contest using CW and FT8 modes & maybe some RTTY. Logs will also be uploaded to LoTW.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS

United Radio - 10 Years of QSL Management

UR-logoUnited Radio QSL Bureau has reached 10 years in QSL management, supporting rare DX and DXpeditions to send out QSL cards direct and through the IARU Bureaus. Times have changed considerably since I started back in 2007. 

The way in which DXpeditions have needed to plan their QSL policies, with cost of shipping and vessel charter reaching new levels it has been important to incorporate in our QSL work, ways that we can assist the DXpeditions in raising valuable revenue to help offset some of the high budgets needed. Quite often the DX chaser may not understand why a QSL will cost $5 but for some of the Top Rare DX locations where vessel charter, helicopter and shipping costs are very high it is not just the cost of postage that you are paying.

In 2007 all QSL requests arrived to us by post with dollars and IRC’s which was 100% manual work. Bureau was in our eyes used abusively back then and still is by many in our hobby. The cost of using the bureau is something few of us think about and few rarely think about the cost to everyone else when they send a box of 2,000 cards to their Bureau for processing when you should be asking yourself:

Are these cards wanted by the recipient? No? Don’t send them.
Do I want their cards back? No? Write “Thanks QSL” or “Your QSL is not required!”
Can I request their card by OQRS? Yes, so do it!

Bureau boxEvery quarter we receive a box of cards like this incoming from the bureau, most of which are sent to recycling once processed so please use OQRS.

While 3 or 4 times a year we send out to all IARU Bureaus packages weighing a total of 80 kg. Again combining our mailings with others keeps the cost down for everyone.

Using our bureaus responsibly makes it quicker and cheaper for those of us that actually NEED cards Via Bureau. Since 2007 you have requested over a quarter of a million QSL cards through our outgoing QSL Bureau.

Read more: United Radio - 10 Years of QSL Management

Have you any old out of date IRC's?

IRC OLDWe all have them somewhere stuck at the back of a drawer, yes those old, out of date, International Reply Coupons, (IRC’s) what the hell can we do with them?

Well please DO NOT throw them away they are very useful to us here at United Radio QSL Bureau. If you would be kind enough to donate them to us? We can sell them and use the money to fund our Outgoing QSL Bureau, this will help keep the free Bureau QSL service for all the stations that we are QSL manager for.

But isn’t the bureau free anyway? NO! There is no free lunch, we have to pay for posting all our bureau cards to all the IARU Bureaus. So you can help us by sending us your old out of date IRC’s. Thank you!

PO Box 17 Kenilworth,
Warwickshire, 
CV8 1SF
ENGLAND

More info: IRC Shop

V47FWX November 2017

Gary G0FWX will be QRV as V47FWX holiday style from 8th - 15th November 2017 Operating from Calypso Bay on St Kitts Island.

Locator:    FK87pg
IOTA Ref:  NA-104  QSL Via M0URX OQRS open
K800 QSL-V47FWXK800 QSL-V47FWX-BACK

 

4S7AYG Sri Lanka

Sri Lank1UDXT activity operated by Alex UT5UY and Roman UR0MC will be QRV as 4S7AYG from Sri Lanka, October, 22-31 2017.

CQ Zone: 22, ITU Zone: 41, IOTA Ref: AS-003,
IARU Locator: NJ05ix
Licence received & validated for LoTW

This activity became possible due to great assistance of: UX0HX & UZ1HZ HAM Radio Family, UR4LRG, UX1UF, UX0LL, UR8LV.

QSL Via M0URX: Log search and OQRS: 

QSL preview for MU/ON4ANN & MU/ON8CW/P

QSL designs for MU/ON4ANN & MU/ON8CW/P have now been sent to the print room and will be posted at the end of October.
QSL available by OQRS.
K800 QSL-MU-NB-DX-TEAMK800 QSL-MU-NB-DX-TEAM-Back
K800 QSL-MU-ON8SCW-PortableK800 QSL-MU-ON8SCW-Portable-Back

See you at the RSGB Convention

M1The RSGB Convention will, once more be held at Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes on 13-15 October 2017

I will be attending for the whole weekend and look forward to meeting up with you during the event.

 

MU/ON8CW/P Now online

While the NB DX Team were in Guernsey as MU/ON4ANN, they were also QRV as MU/ON8CW/P from the World Wide Flora & Fauna sites as listed below.
I have now received the logs for these WWFF activities and these are now on the OQRS. Each WWFF is logged as MU/ON8CW/P suffixed with the GUFF reference.
 
There will be two QSL cards printed, MU/ON4ANN & MU/ON8CW/P. QSL cards will be printed very soon.

GUFF001

Bridget Ozanne Orchid Fields

GUFF004

La Garenne d'Anneville

GUFF006

Le Grand Pré

GUFF008

Ozanne

GUFF009

Pleinmont

GUFF011

Rue Rocheuse

Bureau Posting September 2017

Bureau 23.09.17QSL cards have been posted 75 World Bureaus  - Saturday 23rd September 2017

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles, M0URX Tim & M0SDV Jamie

I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus or received by hams around the world? This feedback will be added to our data below.

This mailing features cards from the recent expeditions. The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly. 

Total amount of QSL cards 12,067
Via M0URX 2,948
Via M0OXO 7,406
Via M0SDV 1,300
Via MD0CCE 313
Via G4IRN 100

Total Weight  45,225 g (gross weight includes packaging)

 

Read more: Bureau Posting September 2017

New IREF Board Member

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New IREF Board Member

The Island Radio Expedition Foundation, Inc. (IREF) is pleased to announce that Charles Wilmott, M0OXO, is now a member of the IREF Board of Directors. Charles fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Neville Cheadle, G3NUG, who has been on the IREF Board since it's inception. IREF would like to thank Neville for his work on the Board and wise counsel over the years.

The IREF Board ultimately decides on IREF sponsorship of an IOTA Expedition and is an Internationally diverse group. In addition to Charles, M0OXO, the Board consists of Jim (JA9IFF), Buzz (N5UR), Don (W9DC), Jose (CT1EEB), Mike (K9AJ) and Buzz (NI5DX).

IREF is funded solely through donations and is a 501(c)(3) organization which allows for contributions by US hams to be tax deductible. The website is www.islandradio.org and contributions can me made by clicking on the "Join" tab.

MU/ON4ANN Guernsey

ON6NB 2
MU/ON4ANN will be QRV between 19th and 24th September from Guernsey.

ON4ANN – ON4CCV – ON5PDV – ON2BDJ – ON4ACP – ON6MI – ON4CAU –  ON8CW ON4AAQ – Etienne, 

Special attention for 160 -80 – 40 & 30 M, SSB, CW, DIGI
Equipment : Spiderbeams, Verticals, Inverted-L for 160 M, RX antenna’s

QSL Via OQRS Via M0URX

PDXG QSL Management Platform Update

Perseverance DX Group (PDXG.net)  September, 2017
PDXG QSL Management Platform Update

Earlier this year we released a report on the status of our PDXG QSL Management Platform that was developed to automate the QSL manager's backend processes. Developed over the past 3 years it's now at Version 4.3 and installed on servers in the United Kingdom and the USA. Exclusive users are Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Pista HA5AO and Gene K5GS.

The development goal was to eliminate, or greatly reduce, the manager's manual tasks. The first large implementation was the 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Island DX-pedition, we learned a lot about what QSL managers and users expect from an OQRS platform. We're happy to report the following 2017 year to date metrics:
- QSOs loaded: 5,018,167

- Total number of DX logs: 800 (DX-pedition, contest, active DX stations handled by M0URX, M0OXO and HA5AO)
The application eliminated much of the manual drudgery of processing confirmations for a single DX operator to the largest DX-pedition.

A QSL manager with one helper can process OQRS requests for the largest DX-pedition in one day, an amazing 75% reduction in time. Compare this to the old process that took multiple people many days to handle a large DX-pedition.

Today the only time consuming OQRS confirmation tasks are stuffing envelopes and affixing labels, a bulk mail franking machine eliminated postage stamps. Other automated tasks include matching donors to the log for special attention and busted call handling, no more busted/missing call e-mails.

One recently added feature prevents sending duplicate QSL cards to the same DXer. Many DXers request a card through OQRS or Direct and then send a card via the buro, the software will not respond to the buro request if a card was previously sent.

With all this extra time on their hands M0URX and M0OXO are available to handle additional DX call signs and DX-peditions.

ZG2TT National week in Gibraltar

K800 QSL-ZB2TT4th to the 10th of September is National Week in Gibraltar, to commemorate this, the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Stations can use the prefix ZG. Robert Morgan (ZB2TT) will be QRV as ZG2TT during the week in the hours he is not working.

Although we will not have a special QSL card for this activity we will overprint the QSO report labels with ZG2TT and the log will be uploaded to the OQRS after the 10th September so that you can claim the QSL card.

For the prefix hunters we will also upload the log to LoTW.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS preferred.  OQRS NOW LIVE

Mail to Venezuela suspended

Start date: 4 July 2017  End date: Ongoing

The local situation in YV has disrupted mail flows into Venezuela and our supplier has had to stop delivering mail in to Venezuela. As a result, we can no longer accept any mail for Venezuela, any mail on hand will be returned to sender.

We don't know when the situation will change, but we will look for alternative ways of getting mail in to Venezuela.
Our mail to the YV QSL Bureau will also be suspended until we can get the mail to Venezuela.

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