Bureau Abuse & Responsible QSL’ing

The latest incoming box from the RSGB Bureau arrived 3 weeks ago and has been sorted and processed and in the Bureau bins ready for the next bureau dispatch.

It is quite clear that many people are confused by OQRS, Bureau and Direct QSL’ing which leads to a huge problem of “Bureau Usage Abuse” Let me see if I can make it clear for you so that we can reduce this abuse and reduce costs within the bureau system and also reduce the wasted time that is spent on sorting bureau cards and processing them.

Out of 3,600 bureau cards received 75% of them should NOT have been sent. Yes, 2,700 cards that you have sent me should NOT have been sent.

For all DXpeditions that are QSL Via M0URX the correct way to request your QSL cards is by using my OQRS. (Online QSL Request System)

Once you have requested your DXpedition QSL using OQRS you must NEVER then put your cards through the bureau – This is NOT required and is ABUSE of the bureau system!

Once the cards are processed they are BINNED.

It is quite clear that many of you do NOT understand this, ESPECIALLY DL stations that send for EVERY QSO Via Bureau – THIS IS ABUSE of the bureau system Please DO NOT DO IT!

Once I receive your OQRS request, your QSL is processed and stored until it is time to send the card to your bureau. You must NOT then send your card through the bureau.

If I need YOUR QSL I will email you and ask you for it!

You MUST ALSO correctly mark your log as "QSL Requested" When you receive your QSL from me you will see "THANKS QSL" This means your reply is NOT NEEDED. DO NOT SEND a reply QSL to DXpedition cards.

The Bureau service is NOT free, it costs national societies (AND ME) vast amounts of money to ship the cards around the world, abuse of the system is clogging it up and is extremely wasteful and will NOT be tolerated. This is the strongest language that I have used to highlight this massive problem. My next step will be to name and shame the abusers.

E30FB Log Update

Work on processing the E30FB QSL requests continues and I have an important update for you.

During the DXpedition the team experienced computer and network issues that could not be resolved on site A few days ago the laptops arrived back in Japan and the team have managed to get the raw logs to me for inspection. Around 2,000 QSOs that were missing have been recovered so far.

Action taken – These QSOs have been added to the log. QSL requests for both direct and bureau have been matched to the new QSOs found.

You DO NOT need to take any action other than check Club Log to see if your QSOs are there.

OQRS is open here - http://www.m0urx.com/eritrea_oqrs/  Thank you.

V63MJ Kosrae Island IOTA OC-059 QSL Preview

Here is the QSL design of V63MJ. QSL cards will be posted in a couple of weeks.

K800 QSL-V63MJK800 QSL-V63MJ-BACK

EP6T mailing update

An update on the EP6T QSL mailing. I am getting some reports from USA that some letters did not arrive, letters with the post codes beginning 4, 5, 6, & 7. Whilst most letters HAVE arrived it looks like the USPS have mislaid a bundle or incorrectly routed them.

The missing letters were posted on the 17th March in an International mail bag labelled for USORDA Sorting centre in the USA. It would appear that one bundle was then sent to the wrong state. So although I am sure the letter WILL arrive, any non delivery I will just re send from here, no drama so anyones letter that did not arrive should contact me privately. Thank you

A Faroe Island Eclipse

On the 20th March 2015 the Faroe Islands was the location for a total eclipse of the sun. Radio Amateur Ólavur Frederiksen, OY1OF has allowed me to show you some of the photographs that he took on that morning.

Thank you Ólavur for sharing these with us. You can see more of Ólavur's beautiful photography here: www.FAROEPHOTO.com 

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K800 20mars15 2I4B1949

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Ukraine Bureau Delivers Fast Service


20150330110639UW5ZM Eugene informs me that he has received a pile of QSL cards from the Ukraine Bureau including EP6T which was only posted from here on the 17th March! Wow once again the Ukraine Bureau delivers a very fast service.

Bureau DOES NOT mean slow!

Thank you Eugene for the photograph!

Can your Bureau match this? Send me a photo if it can!

EA1DFP Quique also sends a photo of his bureau cards received from URE Bureau in Spain today! Well done URE. Thank you

K800 EA1DFP EP6T

EP6T Bureau Cards Start to Arrive

K800 EP6T confirmation for LZ2JEThank you to the Bulgarian QSL Bureau for informing us that the EP6T bureau cards are arriving in Bulgaria. LZ2JE Vesko shows us in the photo of the bureau cards arriving at the destination.

Thank you for the fast service. It is most appreciated.

QSL Bureau CAN be slow, but in our experience the hard work and dedication of its staff as shown here can make the service fast and a cost effective way to distribute QSL cards.

Thank you Vesko!

Have YOU received the EP6T Bureau card? Please let me know.

FAO DL Club Station Operators

I am getting a lot of QSL requests from German Club Station operators for QSL cards under their own personal call sign. Sorry but these will be returned NOT IN LOG!

If you are the operator of the Club Station and you want to claim the QSL for your personal call sign, then you MUST also be logged by the DX with your HOME CALL. The Club Station call sign is not valid for your personal call.

Work continues.......

K800 WP 20150321 002The work continues since the posting of the EP6T QSL cards last Tuesday. The DXpedition E30FB to Eritrea closed with 62,500 QSO's and instantly the OQRS was busy with all your requests, already over 2,200 requests have been processed, envelopes printed and placed in trays in country order. Just to give you an idea how many are now using OQRS i have only received 276 direct letters so far for E30FB. Also over 1,000 bureau requests processed.

Other incoming requests have filled a box with 197 outgoing letters that will be posted on Monday, and a new supply of 14 boxes of envelopes ready for your QSL request.

I am waiting for the first bureau cards to land since we posted them on Tuesday! WHICH Bureau is the worlds FASTEST? If you get your bureau cards in the next week or two send me a photo of you with the QSL card for the blog! 

Commercial on You Tube

I have just spotted a commercial on You Tube from a company called MTN Group. It features a boy that wants to discover and uses Amateur Radio to talk to the Space Station. Inadvertently it is probably the best ever commercial for Amateur Radio I have ever seen (It isn't supposed to be advertising ham radio haha)

The moral of the story is Life is too short for QRP.

I just love this!

1st Class Post for EP6T

K800 20150318 162600MW0JZE, Anthony was first to report receiving his EP6T QSL card this morning after it was posted yesterday.

Closely followed by 2M0JMN John, thank you for the feedback guys.

I am especially looking for feedback on the bureau cards posted too! How about a photo too please? As soon as you get yours, please let me know! Thank you 

VU2CDPWhile VU2CDP reports receiving the QSL card in just 4 days in Mumbai India!

EP6T QSL Cards Posted

K800 QSL-EP6T-DOUBLETuesday 17th March 2015  -

 3,008 Direct letters have been posted for EP6T delivery is between 3 - 7 days.
Packages also sent to GDXF, DDXG & SDXG.

ALL Bureau cards requested before the 8th March have now been sent to all World Bureaus on our mailing today.

I would like to thank Charles M0OXO, who helped me process the letters over the last few days. It has taken over 100 man hours since the arrival of the cards from the printer last week to label cards, fill the envelopes & package the directs and bureau.

Bureau Posting News Outgoing! March 2015

K800 WP 20150317 001QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus todayTuesday 17th March 2015 

 

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles and M0URX Tim
I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus.

This mailing contains C5X VK9/G7VJR and EP6T.

 

Total amount of QSL cards15,538

Via M0URX 10,072

Via M0OXO 5.466
Total Weight 62.469 kg

Total Cost £265.90 per kg £4.26
Average postage cost  1.7p per QSL card.

A busy week ahead!

I have received quite a lot of emails and calls this week about the schedule for EP6T QSL'ing! In the hope that we can keep the emails down to a minimum this week here is the time schedule for the next 10 days or so.

Friday 6th March - EP6T QSL cards were picked up from Maxi-Print in Belgium by our courier.
Tuesday 10th March - EP6T QSL cards expected to arrive at United Radio QSL Bureau.
Courier delivered parcels.
Bureau labels will be prepared and placed on QSL cards and sorted to bureau bins.
2,000 Bureau cards prepared today.
Wednesday 11, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th - Direct QSL labels will be prepared and placed on QSL cards.

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th - Direct QSL Letters will be processed ready for a mailing. G1VDP Chris &                                         M0OXO Charles will be working with me over the weekend to ensure the job is completed.
Monday 16th March - M0OXO and M0URX will package up all Bureau boxes to World Bureaus.
Tuesday 17th March - All Direct and Bureau cards will be posted.

I then have two weeks off work to dedicate to the E30FB team in processing the direct and bureau requests and of course the busted call emails. 

Just to note that I am currently on "Bureau Lock down!" Which means that as of today I will not be processing any more bureau requests until the schedule above is completed. ALL OQRS bureau requests processed on 08/03/2015 or before will be sent out on this Bureau posting.

 

Eritrea OQRS E30FB now live!

Eritrea 2015 OQRS E30FB is now live here http://www.m0urx.com/eritrea_oqrs/

Please DO NOT use OQRS unless your QSO is CONFIRMED on Club Log. Thanks.

V63MJ - Broken Parts, Broken Hearts Kosrae 2015

K800 447 1
After having a great solo DXpedition to Pohnpei in 2012, I thought it would be appropriate to return to Micronesia, this time to Kosrae, OC-59, especially since I now had a 500 watt amplifier light enough to carry with me. I knew V6 was in the Top 100, so why not? Micronesia is just north of the Equator, and the 8000 mile haul to North America was doable. Although ClubLog propagation charts do not show any 160 activity to NA out of the 350 or so logs submitted, I figured that it was because no one had attempted that path yet. A challenge, true,
but one I was willing to accept!
 
This one would be the same route as before – Texas to Honolulu and then island hopping to Kosrae. I did an Internet search and came up with the Village Resort and Eco Lodge, complete with thatched huts on the beach, a restaurant and bar, pretty solid wireless, 110 volts and US style outlets, drinking water, dancing girls, the whole package, and the price was reasonable. I could sleep under a mosquito net, run the pileups day and/or night as I chose, 160 through 10. Even better was that my calendar was mostly free in mid-February, so I could
do the ARRL DX CW contest as DX.
 
I started planning right after Visalia and Dayton in the spring month of 2014, asking around to see who might be interested in either going with me. 
Well, to be sure it was like the story of the Little Red Hen: nobody wanted to go, but there were no end to the volunteers to see if they could work me on 160 once I got there! This is not to imply there were none to assist me in my preparations, as we shall see. I always look for travel buddies on these trips to share the weight
of equipment, to share to operating time, to share to experience, and to help me figure out how to fix the things which always go wrong.

EP6T QSL Preview

As QSL sponsors of EP6T, ON5UR Max & M0URX Tim are pleased to show you the preview of the EP6T QSL designs. QSL cards are on schedule to be in the post later in March. 

K800 QSL-EP6T-DOUBLE

 

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Eritrea Project 2015

Press Release #1
By JH1AJT- Y. Zorro Miyazawa
__________________________________________________________________
 
The SEISA/Foundation for Global Children is pleased to announce our next activity as “Eritrea Project 2015”.  As part of this project, we will conduct an amateur radio DXpedition from Asmara Eritrea, from March 6th to 17th, 2015.
 
A multi-national team of nine operators, consisting of:
Zorro - JH1AJT Team Leader
Paul - N6PSE Co-Leader
Franz - DJ9ZB
Jay - JA1TRC
Yuki - JH1NBN
Kazu - JH1OGX
Thomas - NQ7R
David - WD5COV
Dmitri - RA9USU
 
We are very excited about this announcement as it has taken many months of careful planning and negotiations to bring about this amateur radio event.  Our DXpedition call sign will be assigned to us upon our arrival in the capitol of Asmara.
 
We will use four transceivers consisting of two Elecraft K3 radios with the KPA500 amplifiers and two Kenwood TS590 transceivers with the ACOM 1010 amplifiers.
 
We will use beam antennas for the high bands (10-20 meters) and four verticals for the low bands (30-160 meters) We will try to work every area as much as possible.
 
Our QSL Manager is Tim - M0URX.
 
We are thankful to have the following sponsors supporting our Plans:
Northern California DX Foundation,
German DX Foundation,
International DX Association,
Northern California DX Club,
Southwest Ohio DX Association,
Intrepid-DX Group,
Lone Star DX Association,
Northern Illinois DX Association,
Swiss DX Foundation,
Western Washington DX Club,
Southeastern DX Club,
Orca DX and Contest Club,
Southeast Michigan DX Association,
Carolina DX Association,
Northern Ohio DX Association,
Oklahoma DX Association,
Danish DX Group,
Long Island DX Association,
Western New York DX Association,
and Elecraft.
 
If you wish to make a donation via PayPal, our address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(note-please do not send email to this address, it is for PayPal purposes only)
 
Thank you & 73,
SEISA/FGC Radio Team
Jay – JA1TRC

PJ4F Bonaire - IOTA SA-006

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Stan WS5K will be QRV as PJ4F on Bonaire IOTA SA-006 from February 15th - March 15th 2015.

QSL Via M0URX Direct.

Bureau OQRS only please.

V63MJ Kosrae Island OC-059

W5MJ Madison will be QRV as V63MJ from the Federated States of Micronesia on Kosrae Island OC-059
16th - 24th February 2015.
CW only 160m - 10m - 500W using an Elecraft K3 & KPA500 Amplifier.
QSL Via M0URX Direct
Bureau OQRS only please.

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