- Created on Sunday, 19 April 2015 10:26
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.
- Created on Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:17
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.
- Created on Thursday, 09 April 2015 20:20
Here is the QSL design of V63MJ. QSL cards will be posted in a couple of weeks.
- Created on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 07:49
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
- Created on Thursday, 02 April 2015 18:43
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
- Created on Monday, 30 March 2015 08:39
UW5ZM 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
- Created on Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:46
Thank 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.
- Created on Monday, 23 March 2015 11:53
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.
- Created on Saturday, 21 March 2015 18:40
The 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!
- Created on Saturday, 21 March 2015 16:23
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.
- Created on Saturday, 21 March 2015 16:03
- Created on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:57
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
While VU2CDP reports receiving the QSL card in just 4 days in Mumbai India!
- Created on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:43
Tuesday 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.
- Created on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:24
Via M0URX 10,072
Via M0OXO 5.466
- Created on Sunday, 08 March 2015 09:42
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.
- Created on Friday, 06 March 2015 15:45
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.
- Created on Monday, 02 March 2015 15:40
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,
- Created on Monday, 23 February 2015 20:55
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.
- Created on Friday, 20 February 2015 18:44
- Created on Sunday, 15 February 2015 20:23
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.
- Created on Sunday, 15 February 2015 20:13
Bureau OQRS only please.
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