- Created on Saturday, 27 June 2015 13:00
I 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.
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.
- Created on Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:05
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.
- Created on Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:48
June 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
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.
- Created on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:42
After 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.
- Created on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 07:52
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!
- Created on Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00
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.
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
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.
- Created on Sunday, 07 June 2015 15:40
Just 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.
- Created on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 20:06
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!
- Created on Monday, 25 May 2015 15:22
OBA - 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.
QSL Manager Service - I offer full QSL manager services for your DXCC, IOTA DXpeditions and holiday stations.
Outgoing QSL Bureau – I also run an Outgoing QSL Bureau. All bureau cards are posted to all World IARU Bureaus 3 times a year.
Fast access to the World Bureau network. £8 per kilo. Lower rates for high volume.
- Created on Thursday, 14 May 2015 21:23
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.
The single QSL card below will be used for bureau and will also be used for direct for those with more than 10 QSOs.
- Created on Thursday, 14 May 2015 21:17
- Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 13:30
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 attention to the finest detail is important to us.
United Radio QSL Management Bureau not only support DXpeditions and provide QSL routes for many rare and interesting call signs, but we also support organisations like the CDXC Chiltern DX Club, ARI and several UK QSL managers.
In 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!
Are you a UK QSL manager? Are you planning a DXpedition and want to manage your own QSL mailings from the UK? Then we can help you too!
- Created on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:25
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.
- Created on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:54
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!
- Created on Saturday, 02 May 2015 17:18
I have uploaded the E30FB log file to LoTW today.
- Created on Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:22
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
OQRS 4 weeks OQRS 4 weeks,
Direct letters 6 weeks Direct letters 6 weeks
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.
- Created on Friday, 24 April 2015 19:18
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
- 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
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