MS0OXE FAIR ISLE EU-012 September 2015

K800 QSL-MS0OXE-3The Black Country DX & Contest group will be QRV from Fair Isle, IOTA EU-012, from the 9TH to the 15th September 2015.

We expect to be QRV from 18:00 UTC on the 9th to 16:00 UTC on the 15th September 2015.

We will be on 10m - 40m in CW, RTTY, SSB and some PSK.

Due to no mains power throughout the night we will QRT each night around 2330 local and QRV each morning from 0730 local. Hence, no 160 or 80 meters.

We will have 3 stations on the air at all times from 0730 till 2330 each day from the 10th to 14th September.

We are staying at the south lighthouse (SKADDAN) GRID: IO99EM, WAB: HZ16 and for lighthouse chasers ILLW: UK0127 – ARLHS: SCO 079 FAIR ISLE SOUTH SKADDAN – WLOTA: LH 1319.

QSL- All QSL is via Tim M0URX online OQRS system. http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/

Or Direct Via post to:

Mr Tim Beaumont MS0OXE
P.O. Box 17
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
CV8 1SF ENGLAND

WE DO NOT REQUIRE YOUR QSL CARD FOR CONFORMATIONS. Request QSL’s via M0URX OQRS.

LOTW upload, once we have returned home. CLUBLOG uploads every day.

MS0OXE will be operated by M0VKY, G4MKP, M0YOM, G0JKY & M0CKE.

More information on our website- http://www.ms0oxe.net/

We look forward to working you from Fair Isle. 73, MS0OXE.

Image copywright www.ScottishViewpoint.com 

 

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DXpedition QSL Posting- A reminder that DXpeditions & UK based QSL managers can take advantage of discounted postal costs for their  DXpedition QSL mailings by using my Royal Mail Online Business Account. 

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FAO UK Hams - How to send a QSL card

K800 WP 20150627 004I have noticed that many new hams in the United Kingdom are not aware of how to send QSL cards to ensure they get a 100% reply. So here are a few tips to help you along the way.

1) Use a Self-Addressed Envelope SAE for the QSL to be returned to you.

2) Enclose US$2 - this pays for postage, ink, labels and other items that are needed in QSL management. Never send a QSL without covering the return costs.
NO stamps or IRC's Sorry!

3) All QSOs should be neatly listed either on one QSL card or on a piece of paper attached to the QSL card.

Now let's look at what should be on your QSL card. Many QSL cards are used to claim awards, this means that your QSL card should contain at least the very basic details.

1) Your call sign, name and mailing address. Call sign should also be on the back.
2) The country name "England" should be clear. Not everyone will know that Hinckley Bottom is in England.
3) IOTA (Islands On The Air) MUST have the Island name printed on the QSL so "Mainland Great Britain" should be shown. You can also add the IOTA reference: EU-005.
4) CQ Zone: 14 ITU Zone: 27 should also be on your QSL for CQ & ITU Zones awards.
5) It is also helpful to add your Maidenhead locator: mine is IO92fj it is common that the last two letter suffix       be in lower case.
6) WAB: Worked All Britain is another award where it is helpful to show your WAB area mine is SP27. You      can also add your book numbers too.

7) This is most important! If you are using a photograph on the QSL, use HIGH RESOLUTION digital images.       Low resolution or scanned images will not work in QSL reproduction, they will be pixelated or grainy or           both. The same for logos, use high resolution logos.

Do not assume that the QSL printer will add such detail. To be honest QSL designers / printers that do not add the data or advise you about such information should not even be designing or printing QSL cards. So think about your design AND what text must be written on it.

Read more: FAO UK Hams - How to send a QSL card

Incoming Bureau Box

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A box of 2,300 incoming bureau cards arrived today from the RSGB bureau. Only the 2nd time that i received a quarterly box on time in many years. Cards sorted and processed ready for the next dispatch.

I expect the next outgoing dispatch to be posted in August.

PJ5A St. Eustatius

steustuscaribJune 25th – July 5th - K4RX, Terry;  W3CMP, Chris; and K5AND, Dick; are expected to arrive on St. Eustatius, will be QRV as PJ5A the following morning (local time) on 1.8 through 28 MHz and two stations on 6 meters, "one favouring EU/AF and the other favouring US". 

They will have three K-Lines and large antennas, with an emphasis on 6 meters until July 5th.

Maidenhead Locator: FK87mm
IOTA Reference:       NA-145

Plans are to be on the ON4KST Chat page http://www.on4kst.org/.  They will be posting their logs online. 

Logsearch will be here: https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/PJ5A 

QSL via M0URX OQRS & direct letter OR Bureau by OQRS  

Please note that QSL cards need to be designed and printed. OQRS may show as QSL processed and will be posted when i have the cards from the printer.

Back to work!

K800 WP 20150624 002After returning from a successful mission to Ramsey Island EU-124, I am now home and returning to QSL work.

OQRS is up to date. 93 letters were posted this morning and 250 bureau cards processed this morning also.

Post has just arrived from the PO Box and an incoming box from the RSGB is due tomorrow.

Another 54 letters posted on Thursday 25th.

Taking a break!

United Radio QSL Bureau will be closed from Wednesday 17th to 24th June 2014. 
I will be able to answer some emails, QSL requests will be completed on my return. Thank you!

MC0SHL Ramsey Island EU-124 2015

We would like to announce that we are currently in the final planning stages of our regular trip to Ramsey Island - IOTA EU-124. This year we are going to try to have 3 stations on air full time as we are only there for 3 nights.

Arrive on island Friday 19th June.
Depart island Monday 22nd June.

Please note that operation in the days before and after with MC0SHL will be from the club house on mainland Wales EU-005.

We will be using 3 of the new "Hexpedition" hexbeams built by Ant, one will be directed to the West to allow us to work as many stations in the USA as possible as we seem to be lacking contacts from there each year. There may be some digi mode operating and again we will be looking on 6m to work as many as possible on there too.

Team members this year include a new addition of Vinny, M0TAV, who we welcome into the fold as a guest operator. Vinny is the antenna erector here in the midlands and has experience of operating from around the world when he was working on cruise ships and from his time in Thailand.

The full team this year are;QSL-MC0SHL-2

Rob MW0RLJ
Ant MW0JZE
Tim M0URX
Charles M0OXO
Tony G4LDL
Chris G1VDP
Vinny M0TAV
Jane - Rob's wife and the chief chef and the one who keeps us in check
Laura MW6INK - Ant's wife and Janes right hand

QSL-MC0SHL-2-BACKGlenys G8KWD - Tony's wife and Janes left hand. The girls are in charge as usual and I am sure will keep us all in our place. 

Usual DX Code of conduct rules will be adhered to (FULL CALL ONLY) and the regular QSL route via M0URX. Please do not send your card to us via the bureau as we do not need your card, but use Tim's on line request service.
Or request direct and donate a couple of dollars to assit with our costs. 

There may be some operating the days before and after from the farm as we all assemble and get ready to travel.

We look forward to meeting you on the air and again we ask to listen to who we call and just act in a true Ham Spirit and allow us to complete the QSO's.

E30FB QSL ready to post!

K800 QSL-E30FB-Double-3Just one week after the E30FB QSL cards arrived from the printer we are pleased to report that 4,391 letters will be posted on Monday 8th June 2015.

Over 100 hours of work from the QSL team involved in the QSL process, M0OXO Charles and G1VDP Chris. Thank you guys, your help was most appreciated as always.

Also ready to post are the packages to GDXF, MDXC, SDXF & DDXG. Here are some of the images of the QSL work this weekend.

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QSL Cards arrive from printer!

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E30FB & ZF2CI QSL cards have arrived here from the printer ON5UR Max in Belgium. It will be a busy week ahead 6,400 labels to stick on the QSL cards first! On schedule for the June 15th posting date!

E30FB QSL Preview

The E30FB QSL has now been designed and will be in the print room soon. There has been some delay but we are now back on track! All QSL cards will be posted by 15th June.
OQRS open - QSL Via M0URX

OQRS requests will be showing as "Processed" this means that the request has been processed through the log. QSL cards will be posted when the QSL cards arrive from the printer.

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The single QSL card below will be used for bureau and will also be used for direct for those with more than 10 QSOs.

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ZF2CI Cayman Islands QSL Preview

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Planning a DXpedition in 2015?

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.
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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.

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oba 2014In the year up to 31/03/2015 the team have posted 30,930 items to almost every country in the World and supported a large number of DXpedition teams and single operator stations. The table shows you some of the statistics on our postage volumes over the last year!

 

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E30FB QSL Status

There has been a delay getting the items needed for the QSL design, on Saturday I received all the photographs, logos and text and this is now in the hands of our designer Max, ON5UR.

OQRS - Status Processed - This means that the request has been processed through the log and an envelope has been printed and placed in the country bin. So far 4,039 envelopes are in the country bins.

ALL E30FB QSL cards will be posted together in JUNE. 

UTC - 0 Hour Offset!

I am receiving an unusual amount of emails about log time errors causing a failure to match on LoTW.

Please check that your logging software is set to UTC with 0 hour offset.

Daylight Saving Time should not change your logging software clock!

E30FB 2015 LoTW uploaded

I have uploaded the E30FB log file to LoTW today.

LoTW - Does it effect direct QSL?

Ok, here I am again lifting my head above the parapet! Over the last year I have seen quite a lot of comments about how much the LoTW upload has affected direct QSLing. As a QSL manager I am in an unbiased position to do a little research. Obviously like for like is very difficult due to rarity of the DXCC, total Qs, unique calls in log and many other variables.

As I am NOT in a position where I am balancing huge budgets for rare DXpeditions I have the opportunity to look at this in a way many others cannot and here are some statistics from a couple of recent DXpediiotons.

EP6T was uploaded to LoTW during the DXpedition and daily to the end.
E30FB has NOT been uploaded to LoTW yet and the team have asked me not to until after 3 months.

So a good chance to look at this in more detail. Please note that E30FB worked 3,583 MORE unique call signs than EP6T so would be expected to receive more QSL requests.

E30FB 06/03 – 17/03/2015        EP6T 16/01 – 27/01/2015
Total QSOs 64,560                   Total QSOs 68,044
Uniques      20,326 - 31.5%      Uniques      16,743 – 24.6%    

Log uploaded to LoTW  
E30FB      NOT YET                 EP6T Daily from the 20th January at the time of the expedition

Direct QSL requests received.
E30FB 3,969                   EP6T 3,747

The Cliff
E30FB                                  EP6T
OQRS 4 weeks                     OQRS 4 weeks,
Direct letters 6 weeks              Direct letters 6 weeks

Bureau Reuests
E30FB 2,237                                  EP6T 2,400 (Aprox)

We have all read the arguments on here for and against, and when to upload to LoTW.

Last year at the RSGB Convention I recall one lecturer say that:

“Once you have uploaded the DXpedition log to LoTW you may was well watch the direct requests fall off the cliff” or words to that effect.

Every DXpedition I have been QSL manager for, QSL cards arrive steadily for some time and then, as you see with the above stats that after 4 weeks the OQRS will suddenly drop off followed by directs two weeks later, known as “The Cliff” once this point is reached for me it is the most economical time to post out all the QSL cards. However this has nothing to do with LoTW uploads.

Although not a scientific experiment the above shows me that uploads to LoTW make very little difference to Direct QSL requests. As we have said all along!

I have noticed an increasing willingness for people to PAY for LoTW uploads, which for those DXpeditions where funding is critical I think this will become a more common practice.

I have also noticed a lot of people pay for the direct QSL saying that “NO QSL required please LoTW only” but I also noticed this with EP6T where the Qs were ALREADY uploaded to LoTW so I would not take much notice of that.

ZF2CI Cayman Islands

photoCol, MM0NDX – from DX-World.net - will be active holiday-style from the Cayman Islands (NA-016) between April 25 to May 2, 2015.

QRV on 160-10m, SSB only. Also as ZF8/ZF2CI from Little Cayman (April 28) and ZF9/ZF2CI ( May 1).

QSL via M0URX.

Note for prefix hunters: 1997 was the last time a Cayman Brac ZF9 prefix was used.

 ZF8/ZF2CI - "Activity cut short by 90 mins due to extreme heat (44C) and no shade. Really suffered towards the end.

ZF9 will take place only on Friday now (not Wed and Friday as earlier announced).

Tomorrow and Thursday I will be QRV from ZF1A shack as ZF2CI giving out band slots to those who need ZF on more wanted bands." Col 

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.

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