- Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:25
Both Glen (G0SBN) & Bob (M0KLO) spent Saturday afternoon doing a dry run of putting up the 8m mast with the newly acquired Hexbeam from Ant (MW0JZE). It was more than a bit windy so it was a quick up and down in the paddock to check on guy lengths. The second Hex is going up on a 12m Clark mast so hopefully that will be a bit more straight forward.
We used the Hex in 2012 for GB5DX and it was a good performer which encouraged Glen to make the plunge. The latest Hex from Ant is a lot lighter and has evolved a great deal and we are looking forward to giving it a good run out.
This week will see the testing of the 40m, 80m verticals and also the beverage RX antenna. We hope to be QRV on 160m which will most likely be an inverted 'L'. The following week is a dry run of the shack and networking on Wintest which should leave us enough time to minimise 'murphy!'
The three stations are going to be Kenwood 590s with bandpass filters fitted and running 400w from two of them and barefoot on the third. There will also be a Kenwood TS480SAT which will be configured for data mode operations.
Lots of lessons are being learnt during preparation and we can see why many operations opt for a waterside location and verticals. Its no easy feat wheeling around a Clark mast but hopefully it will be worth the effort!
We've recruited two extra recruits - Max and Jed who are Bob's Border Collies. They came with us on GB5DX in 2012 and people seemed more interested in knowing what they were doing than about the station so they're back on the team.
Cheers, Bob, M0KLO
- Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 11:52
Stan Fraley, WS5K will be QRV as PJ4F operating from Bonaire, SA-006, from February 7th until March 9th 2014.
QSL Via M0URX - OQRS Preferred
- Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:02
N6MW Bill has now confirmed that his forthcoming DXPedition to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, February 25th to March 4th as V73MW will be QSL Via M0URX. OQRS preferred.
Focus on Club Log's most needed bands/modes – 160/80/30 CW and 20 for RTTY (not in contest), maybe some SSB and 17, while accepting the unfortunate 24 hours/day limitation.
Equipment – K3/KPA500/KAT500/ Laptop. Antennas – Inv L/T/Vert for 160/80 with elevated radials using a Spiderbeam 18m fiberglass pole plus a 20m VDA and 30 m VD on a second fiberglass pole. Nightly efforts on 160/80. Freq 1820.5 for 160, UP. Always UP! 20m RTTY for some low brain needed time, with a focus on EU.
Bill will be operating from Majuro Atoll, IOTA Reference: OC-029
You can find more information on Bill's webpage N6MW
Thank you to DX-World for your assistance in this partnership.
- Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:56
GS0NWM will be the call sign of the Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club's IOTA activation of Isle of Arran, EU-123, from March 26th - April 2nd 2014.
The team will enter the CQ WPX Contest (29th & 30th March) as GM5N Multi Op.
Three members, G0SBN, Glenn, G8YFA, Tony and M0KLO, Bob will be QRV on SSB CW & RTTY.
Equipment will consist of 3 x Kenwood 590, 2 x Kenwood 480 Transceivers with an Elecraft KX3 for QRP skeds.
Spiderbeampoles at 18m & 12m.
2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams at 12m.
40m & 80m Verticals.
- Created on Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:05
9th February saw us test build the shack, everything except the antennas and amps. Pc’s, rigs, networking and log programme all tested.
We will have one station on at any one time and two stations at higher rate times.
Scotland GM is not the most sought after DXCC by a long way but looking at clublog there are one or two bands/mode that are low on the worked percentages. These are, 160 and WARC on RTTY. So we will put some effort into these slots.
With other dxped’s QRV at the same time, no QRG’s announced, search the bands or keep an eye on the cluster for MS0OXE.
During the CQWW WPX SSB weekend (29/30 March) we will be QRV on WARC and 160 RTTY.
The team will arrive on Tiree Tuesday 25th, via ferry and air. Notwithstanding, Murphy, we should be QRV on 30m/40m by dusk.
On Wednesday 26th/Thursday 27th and Friday 28th cw will take priority as NO cw or very little over the weekend 29th/30th.
Keep an eye on our twitter feed for the latest upto date news, @bcdxcg_m0oxe .
See you all in the pile ups. 73 de MS0OXE.
- Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 12:17
QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus today, Monday February 3rd 2014.
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.
Total amount of QSL cards 7,586
Total Weight 34,715g
- Created on Sunday, 02 February 2014 09:30
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.
- Created on Sunday, 02 February 2014 08:09
January 26, 2014
Mellish Reef DX-pedition is scheduled for March 28, 2014 to April 9, 2014.
We are on schedule and will soon be on autopilot. Team members booked their travel to Mackay, Australia, local contacts in Mackay are established, as well as suppliers to assist with logistics. Generators were ordered and will ship later in February from Sydney, Australia. One of the biggest logisticalchallenges will be purchasing 1,400 liters of petrol. The skipper of Evohe, Steve Kafka, agreed to handle the sourcing and take delivery of the petrol removing from the team this task.
Antennas from SteppIR, coax / accessories from DX-Engineering and folding hex beams from foldingantennas.com will be air shipped to Australia in early February from the USA. Another shipment from Hungary is also scheduled for February, some equipment will be hand carried. Joining the antennalineup is a 4 Square provided by Norbert DJ7JC.
Update to the QSL Policy:
We are happy to announce that any individual donating $50(USD) or more to VK9MT will automatically receive their QSL for all QSOs, free of charge. These donors will not need to request QSL cards or take any action to redeem the QSL. Our QSL manager, Tim Beaumont M0URX, will post the cards to all $50+ donors as soon as the cards are ready, thank you Tim for this wonderful service.
Global Pilot Team:
The pilot team will manage all DX community communication between the island team and DXers. Prior to sailing we’ll update the web site with process details and e-mail addresses. While on the island we will not be checking personal e-mail accounts. Please direct operational suggestions to the pilot designated for your region.
Like all DX-peditions to rare and semi-rare DXCC entities, donations are welcomed through vk9mt.complease use the Donate Button on the web site to insure your name is automatically added to the donor list,or by check / money order in US dollars to:
Mellish Reef 2014 DX-pedition
Gene Spinelli, Treasurer
PO Box 189
We appreciate the generosity of the foundations, clubs and individuals who have already made a donation or a commitment. At the completion of the DX-pedition a financial summary will be sent to all club / foundation donors.
And, of course, good luck to the FT5ZM team that is now QRV.
73, Team Mellish 2014
- Created on Sunday, 26 January 2014 07:40
I have a VERY important message for you today. For those of you requesting Bureau cards this MUST be done now ONLY by requesting using my OQRS service which will remain completely FREE.
There is a problem developing caused by those who ignore my OQRS system and send cards Via RSGB incoming Bureau. Incoming cards cost the RSGB and myself money.
It is simple. If you want a FREE Bureau service you must use my OQRS. If you continue to keep sending incoming Bureau cards that have not been requested then it will come to a time when we must start charging for Bureau cards. Times are changing and you must pay attention. Thank you.
- Created on Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:38
SM0MDG Björn, will be QRV as 8Q7BM from Raa Atoll, AS-013 Maldive Islands "QSL Via M0URX OQRS Preferred"
Björn informs me: "My trip starts tomorrow and the license was received Thursday, so it's a tight schedule. We arrive on Monday but it might take one or two days for me to get on the air. I am bringing a TS-590S and lots of wire, hope to be able to participate in CQ160. Will be active a few hours every day for about a week, but it's a holiday and not an expedition so no promises."
- Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 20:13
A new year is a good time to remind you that if you are QSL'ing Direct you need to enclose US$2 and a Self Addressed Envelope for the QSL to be returned to you.
Simple! $2 and a SAE.
No IRC's, No Stamps & No Coins..... Just $2.
I think this reminder is important, because today I received 3 letters without $2. One contained an old IRC, and two others with no dollars at all.
- Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:37
All parcels should be securely packaged using plenty of packing tape to secure the box against bursting.
Email confirmation of packages sorted and dispatched.
UK only Cheque payable to Tim Beaumont
Mr Tim Beaumont
PO Box 17
Warwickshire CV8 1SF
All Outgoing parcels are posted using Royal Mail, Priority Air Mail and MBag Service for fast transit.
There are NO minimum or maximum user limits.
- Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:06
In times when the cost of QSL'ing is becoming ever more expensive, it is welcome to see initiatives to reduce the cost. I would like to bring attention to the excellent QSL service provided by IK2DUW, Antonello, at the ARI HQ. An excellent initiative that is proving a great success. This means that ARI members can use the service to get QSL cards "Almost Direct" from QSL managers like myself. I send monthly bundles of QSL cards to ARI these include the "Almost Direct Service" So please pay attention Italian hams, use the excellent service that your organisation provides and I will ensure that your Bureau and "Almost Direct" cards get to you very quickly.
The QSL Service "Almost Direct" provides that the members send QSL cards of the stations operated by the QSL Manager with which the association has reached specific agreements.
Requests should be sent to: Antonello Passarella IK2DUW - QSL SERVICE " ALMOST DIRECT "ARI QSL BUREAU - Via Scarlatti 31-20124 MILAN
In the envelope you have to put the cards only for stations operated by the QSL Manager included in the list below.
Other QSL cards not included in this service in another envelope sent to the Association.
- Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 20:26
PJ4DX QSL cards have now arrived from the printer, I had asked Max to hold them over the holiday time to make sure that they did not get damaged in transit.
60 letters will be posted on Tuesday 7th January.
Bureau requests have been processed waiting for the next dispatch.
We have had several people who have seen the QSL design ask what the little orange huts are on the main picture, Steve explains that they are former slave huts from the early 18th century. Perhaps not such a nice thing to have on a QSL card, but it is a part of the history and culture of the area.
(Actually I think it is where the QSL manager lives hehe)
- Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:37
Members of the Black Country DX & Contest Group will be QRV from EU-008 Tiree from 25th March to 31st March 2014.
We will be signing MS0OXE in CW, SSB and RTTY on 160 to 10mtr’s.
We will also be taking part in CQWW WPX SSB on the weekend 29th / 30th March 2014 as MS0OXE.
Logs will be uploaded to CLUB LOG once a day and LoTW on our return home.
All QSL is via M0URX OQRS http://m0urx.com/oqrs/
More information at our web site: http://www.ms0oxe.net
Twitter feed: @bcdxcg_m0oxe
73 de MS0OXE.
- Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 09:22
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- Created on Saturday, 04 January 2014 09:19
A Happy New Year from the United Radio QSL Bureau. I have been away at the Strumble Head Amateur Radio Klub this week for a few days away. Thanks Rob and Jane for your wonderful hospitality as always.
83 letters posted Saturday 4th January 2014.
- Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013 17:01
76 letters posted on Friday December 27th.
8 letters posted on Saturday December 28th.
UR QSL Bureau will be away until 2nd January as I am taking a short break, All QSL requests will be processed as soon as I return. OQRS will be open as usual.
- Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:23
Tim's Twitter OQRS offer, up to 5 QSL cards for just €2 OQRS ONLY Up to December 29th ONLY
OQRS comments field write "Twitter" OQRS offer ONLY
- Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 10:39
Merry Christmas to everyone from myself and all the Radio Amateurs of the United Radio QSL Bureau. 2013 has been a very busy year at URQB, I continue to ensure that QSL cards are sent as quickly as possible both direct and through the IARU QSL Bureaus.
So what have we been up to this year? In January Björn SM0MDG was in the Caribbean active as V26BM & VP2MSW, although a family holiday Björn had great fun with the radio operation. January also saw the announcment of Spratly Island in March, plans were well on the way for this eight man DXpedition.
In February 5B4AGN was on his travels, once again to the Pacific Ocean where Bob had enjoyed a previous solo DXpedtion in 2011, Bob signed as KH2/G3ZEM from Guam before moving on to Chuuk in Micronesia using wire antennas as V63ZM.
February was a busy month as a Dutch expedition team "The Rockall DX Group" were active from Burundi as 9U4U, the team put 70,000 Qs in the log and was the largest DXpedition that I have been QSL manager for to date, so it was important for me to make sure that the QSL side of the expedition was completed in the usual manner.
After four DXpeditions in four weeks March was a month of some serious log work, prosessing thousands of QSL requests. A very important part of my work is to be sure that the logs are uploaded to LoTW NOT after six months but immediately after the DXpediton has ended or as quickly as possible. Yes busted calls need correcting but it is possible to upload quickly and as far as I am concerned this is the way the job should be done.
Whilst the log work continued at a pace in March, 9M4SLL started in the Spratly Islands with over 40,000 Qs logged it was a successful DXpedition with conditions continuing to improve over the Spring Equinox period.
Shortly after his trip to Spratly, Steve, 9M6DXX was on a mission to go to Vientiane Laos, Steve was QRV as XW8XZ on a recconaisance trip for a planned activity later in the year, due to licensing issues for a team expediton it was decided later in the year that this was not to go ahead.
April was a very big posting month here, with thousands of QSL cards being posted for 9U4U and shortly after 9M4SLL. Thanks to Chris, G1VDP, and Charles, M0OXO for your professional help as always in getting these two mailings out.
In May, Pierre, HB9AMO, was working in Niger, licensed as 5U9AMO, this proved to be a very popular activition, whilst operating in his spare time from several locations within Niger. Pierre added 8,700 Qs to the log and QSL cards were again quickly sent out.
May was also the 75th Anniversary of the "First Class CW Operators Club (FOC), Bob, 5B4AGN, asked me to be
QSL manager for his part in the celebrations in Cyprus with the call 5B75FOC. Bob made a massive effort to be QRV as much as he could and made 12,800 QSOs. The QSL request was again very popular for the special event station.
The summer months are always a quieter time here as far as DXpeditions are concenred, so my work turns to Bureau cards, 15,000 Bureau cards posted to IARU Bureaus in June alone.
Steve, 9M6DXX and his wife Eva were again on their adventures in June as they started looking for a new place to call home, on a visit to Bonaire, Steve was QRV as PJ4V and started proceedings to move from Malaysia to the Caribbean.
It was October when Steve closed down his station 9M6DXX after eight years on Borneo, East Malaysia.
A smaller low power activity was planned in August by Barry M0DGQ to the Cape Verde Islands, with just wire antennas and 20 Watts Barry had great fun as D44TXP.
September saw some of the Cyprus contest stations P3F and P3J have their QSL facilities hosted by URQB, I had new QSL cards designed and printed, fast QSL response times for both Bureau and Direct are now in place for these teams.
I was also asked to be QSL manager for the forthcoming, Mellish Reef DXpedition VK9MT, this will be my biggest job yet and one I welcome and really look forward too, and one I will take great pride in completing to the best of my ability as always.
In November Terry G4MKP, went on holiday with his family to Mallorca Island in the Balearic Islands, QRV as EA6/G4MKP even a European holiday can create some really nice pileups. Terry's wife says next year he can go on holiday with his radio mates!
Also in November was a suitcase DXpedition by Dave, K3EL & Don VE7DS to Raivavae Island in the Austral Islands, very much an Elecraft and vertical expediton. TX5RV logged 11,800 Qs mainly CW.
Closing up 2013, Steve 9M6DXX / G4JVG finally got his residency papers signed and had moved to Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. LoTW certificate has already been signed and is active as PJ4DX, with 3,500 Qs logged in the first few weeks as Steve once again chases DXCC and IOTA from a new location. What a challenge that is!
Here at the QSL office a total of 35,000 Bureau cards have been sent to IARU Bureaus directly, for a faster service during 2013. Again thanks must go to Charles, M0OXO for help sending the Bureau cards.
I do not keep a running total of direct cards, but i guess it is around 15,000 cards posted direct to radio operators around the world.
I must thank also the people that help URQB to continue to provide you the service that you enjoy. Our IT engineer M0YOM James Thresher provides an excellent service not only in web hosting but also in OQRS maintenance and updating to provide a continuing uninterupted service. Mr Mail, Oliver Bross VK5RK provides the email service. Mike G4VPD, provides the labels and other materials needed for the office. While Max, ON5UR provides an unrivalled QSL design and print service to keep me supplied with 69,000 QSL cards I needed for 2013. Thank you everyone!
A very Merry Christmas to everyone, where ever you are, and wish you Best Wishes for the year 2014.
- Created on Sunday, 15 December 2013 11:58
48 letters will be posted on Monday 16th December, also a package of 330 QSL cards to ARI Bureau Italy.
30 letters will be posted on Wednesday 18th December.
This will be the last posting out before Christmas. Next posting December 27th.
2013 Outgoing QSL Bureau
35,964 QSL cards have been sent to all World Bureaus during 2013 from M0URX QSL Bureau.
57,500 QSL cards printed and paid for this year by M0URX QSL Bureau
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