FT8 DXpedition QSO Completed?

With an abundance of DX’peditions about to take to the air on FT8 using Fox & Hounds it is very important to remember that you must have received “RR73” from the DX station for the QSO to be logged by the DX station.

Sending a screen shot of your signal report exchanges is absolutely pointless and useless. Please let me explain?

The file that counts is the FT8 text file from the DX station. I can search that file in seconds and bring up the exchange between the two stations, I am seeing this time and time again that the DX station has not received the report from the caller so the DX station cannot complete the contact with “RR73” so NO 2 way QSO has been completed.

You can send as many screen shots as you like to show that you sent a report but that does not show, and you do not see that the DX has not received that report and has not completed the QSO with you.

Look, it is as simple as this….. if I was on SSB and recorded myself calling the DXpediton, giving my report that is not proof that the DX heard me… NO QSO!

Please stop sending screen shots they are irrellevent! Try again to make another QSO, or wait until the end of the DXpedition and ask the QSL manager to check the text file of the DXpedition!

Z68UR Log Uploaded

Z68UR Log uploaded to OQRS
We have repaired an issue with the log. Please report any problems on the "NOT IN LOG" button on OQRS. Thank you

Did I really work it?

As a QSL manager, as well as sending out the QSL cards one important job is to consider busted call or missing call inquiries. This may sound straight forward, after all a QSO is either in the log or it is not. But add in the adrenaline that rushes through the brain when you work an All Time New One (ATNO) then there is a chance of, mishearing, misunderstanding, euphoria, excitement, satisfaction, amazement, or doubt and all those emotions will take a split second.

Quite often after the emotions have passed and this can be literally seconds you think “did I really work that station?”

This is where the online logging comes in to its own, however what happens when you check the log and your call sign isn’t in it? All that adrenaline tells you that you did work it, but in that split second it takes, actually you didn’t, it was someone else with a call sign close to yours, but you are so sure it was you that you send an email to the QSL manager accusing the team of being deaf and stupid, I mean, how can they get MY call sign wrong, everyone knows who I am, top of Honour Roll in all the awards programs! So you demand that the team correct the log immediately. The QSL manager swings into action, emails the logged station, checks the matched data on Logbook of The World and shows the proof that NO, actually the team logged the correct call and you have to deny the DX’er of his moment of glory.

But, making the DX’er actually believe the evidence that you provide is like getting blood from a stone, instead he will email the operator who he thinks he worked and demand that he tells the idiot of a QSL manager he has to correct the log. Then what do you do? Luckily I work with some good DXpedition teams that say my decision is final. Of course I will always double check my facts, and work with the DX team to find the answers.

I think it is also important to consider that the operators on a DXpedition are working long shifts, they also go through spells of euphoria, amazement, excitement, satisfaction and doubt and also spells of despair. These guys are our team in the field or on the Island, sleeping under moonlight, if they are lucky! So please understand that mistakes happen and also consider the conditions at the DXpedition end, they could have Aurora, high noise QRN or QRM, severe weather and not to mention possibly hundreds of stations calling them at the same time, and ask yourself honestly could you cope in these conditions?

DX really IS more important than life or death to some. So why do I do it? Well I ask myself that regularly, but I do love doing what I do, I love DX’ing and QSL’ing and working with the DXpedition teams, it is all part of the game.

TX5T QSL Preview 2018

The QSL for TX5T Raivavae, Austral Islands DXpedition has been designed by Max ON5UR.
361 Direct QSL cards posted on 20th September.



PDXG OQRS v4.61 update

The new version of the PDXG OQRS is now on line and there are quite a lot of changes. Many are cosmetic, adding a bit of colour and others are more practical. I will post a longer description later but two of the main changes;

1) OQRS now allows ''live logging'' by Dxpeditions providing they have a stable Internet connection and are using N1MM.

2) After a log search you will see that we will no longer accept email and social media requests for Missing Call requests. This is a practical change and indeed a safer way to ensure all busted calls are traceable and more important, that none are missed by being sent on many different social media platforms.
Social Media requests need to be discouraged.

By using the Log Check Request Form for missing Q's this also helps me identify any serious log issues that i need to report to the DX team.

Thanks, hope you enjoy the new version which you will catch on both M0URX and M0OXO OQRS sites.....

HB0/ON4ANN September

ON6NB 2Members of the NB-DX Team from Belgium will be QRV as HB0/ON4ANN
From September 22-28. Team members include ON4ANN, ON4CCV, ON5PDV, ON2BDJ, ON4CKM and ON6MI.


The operators may also do some WWFF activity as HB0/ON4CCV/P and HB0/ON4CKM/P.

TX5T Australs August 2018

K800 QSL-TX5TFollowing on from their 2017 operation the CanAm DX Group is pleased to announce that they have added an additional team member, K4UEE, Bob Allphin, to their upcoming trip to Austral Islands. The licence for their call sign TX5T has arrived

The team will arrive on Raivavae Island IOTA Ref:OC-114 on August 13 and staying through August 22.

Plans are to have three stations on 40-6 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.

The Australs are number 71 on the Most Wanted List on Club Log. The team may try 80/160 but given summertime conditions in the Northern Hemisphere.

Please visit the web site for more information:

There will be a new QSL card printed after the DXpedition. The QSL shown above is from the 2017 operation.

The Final log has been uploaded to OQRS and LoTW. A further 400 FT8 QSOs have been recovered and are now on OQRS and uploaded to LoTW.

Outgoing July Bureau Mailing

July Bureau Mailing
QSL cards have been posted to 84 World Bureaus – Monday 16th July 2018

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles, M0URX Tim & M0SDV Jamie.

I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus or received by hams around the world? This feedback will be added to our data below.

This mailing features cards from the recent expeditions, 5B80FOC, 6O6O, EJ1D, VU4G, ZC4A,
The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly.

Total amount of QSL cards dispatched: 19,303
Via M0URX 4,784
Via M0OXO 9,632
Via M0SDV 806
Via MD0CCE 471
Via 9M2CNC / G4ZFE 1,435
Via G4IRN 1,015
Via LZ1JZ 1,066
Via G4ZIB 94

Total Weight 71,610g (gross weight includes packaging)

Read more: Outgoing July Bureau Mailing

Z68UR Kosovo September

K800 Z68UR


Max  ON5UR will be operating from Kosovo between 20th - 30th September 2018. Max has received the licence from ARKEP and will be QRV as Z68UR 


5B80FOC QSL Preview

QSL card for 5B80FOC has been designed marking the 80th Anniversary of the First Class CW Operators Club.
5B80FOC was operated by G3RWF Nick & 5B4AGN Bob. OQRS open

The QSL card is now at the printers and will be ready to post at the end of June.

Bureau mail gets to Venezuela Hams

YV4BCDIt has been very difficult to get mail in and out of Venezuela over the last year due to the politcal and financial climate in the country. Several attempts to get our bureau packages to the YV QSL Bureau failed with mail being returned as "Route suspended" however thanks to the help of the YV Bureau team we were able to route the mail via USA and this was picked up by the YV team.

The photo from YV4BCD, Juan shows that the cards from M0OXO Charles and myself, M0URX Tim finally got through to the Venezuela hams. Thank you to all who helped!

Could this be the death of the Bureau QSL?

Good griefSomething is happening that I believe could be the death of the Bureau QSL card. For security reasons all parcels sent around the world will soon have to have "Pre-Advice Data"

What this means is that I need to send in advance, electronically, personal data of the recipient and the contents of the parcel to customs.
I will need the IARU Bureau email address, name of the person I am sending to, telephone number, as well as the usual customs declaration.

This electronic data will need a "Commodity code" for the items inside the parcel. QSL cards are as near as we can get it "postcards" which is commodity code 49090000.
This is where we have a problem, this is telling customs that the postcards in the box are a commodity and are likely to be charged VAT standard rate to other European Union Countries (Isn't the EU supposed to be there to help EU citizens?) The only good news is that outside EU is 0% tax.

But I see nothing that can tell the recipients customs or douane that these postcards are a gift of "no value"
This will be starting in January 2019 and in some countries like Brazil it has already started. I am trying to get my head around this, looks really complicated and as far as I can see IARU Bureaus are not ready for it. I have asked my mail carrier for advice, so if I find out more on this I will report back soon.

3rd June - As of this time i am working with my account manager to ensure that our bureau dispatches will meet the new "Pre-advice data" requirements, however this does depend on cooperation from the IARU Bureaus to ensure that we have the data we need. 


A new QSL for John, HK3C is now in the printroom and will soon be ready to post.
As always OQRS is open for your requests.

80th anniversary of the First Class CW Operators' Club

A log search and QSL request facility is available with M0URX here that will be updated on a regular basis. Logging inquiries should be directed through the OQRS log search.
QSL requests should be made on the OQRS. You do not need to send any Bureau cards so please just use OQRS. Thank you

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the formation of the First Class CW Operators' Club, the special callsign 5B80FOC will be aired by a Bob 5B4AGN & Nick G3RWF during the month of May 2018.

A special QSL card will be available and the logs will be uploaded to the ARRL's Log Book of the World (LoTW) and Club Log on a regular basis.
Contacts with this station will count 10 points towards the FOC75 and FOC80 Awards.

Founded in 1938, and with its roots, history and management in the UK, the First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC) promotes good CW (Morse code) operating, activity, friendship and socialising via its worldwide membership of approximately 500. Members are active on all HF bands and the character of the club is best expressed in its motto:

"A man should keep his friendship in constant repair" - Samuel Johnson (1755).


  • Foster and encourage a high standard of CW operating ability and behaviour on the amateur bands.
  • Observe the licence conditions and principles of band planning.
  • Be considerate to other amateurs at all times.
  • Protect the future of the hobby through being active, encouraging newcomers and supporting a national society.

For more information including how to become a member, please visit the Club's own site.

HK3C log uploaded to OQRS

hk3cHK3C, John in Bogotá, Columbia has been in touch and asked me to take over QSL management of his call sign, HK3C, I will also be looking after his older calls signs of HK3AK and HK3OZ.

The logs have been uploaded to OQRS and are live.

A new QSL card will be designed shortly so QSL requests will be confirmed as soon as we have a new stock of cards.

9M6XRO QSL Requests

K800 QSL-9M6XRO-SebPortable
QSL cards for all call signs owned by 9M6XRO John, (now SK) must not be sent to me through the bureau as his RSGB membership will be closed. 
All QSL requests must come through the OQRS only.

All QSL cards requested on OQRS for both Direct and Bureau will be sent out on the next mailing.

Thank you to AD1C for your old IRC's

AD1CThank you to Jim, AD1C for the old out of date IRC's received. These will be sold and used to fund our outgoing QSL mailings to the IARU Bureaus. Thank you Jim for your support.

Donate your old out of date IRC's to United Radio QSL Bureau!

Please post your old, out of date IRC's to:
Tim Beaumont, P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1SF, ENGLAND

VP6D Press Release 4

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Press Release #4  April 16, 2018

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182)

We are now in the implementation phase of the project; equipment is being consolidated in Fremont, California. Customs brokers in the USA and New Zealand have been selected, and the New Zealand Government issued us an import / export license to ship the equipment to and from the country.

Manufacturers and distributors of amateur radio equipment are critical to the success of DX-peditions to rare entities. We are happy to have received significant support from DX-Engineering. They have furnished coax cable, guy ropes, a 40 meter four square system, coax connectors, ground anchors and other accessories. DX-Engineering has been a long time supporter of our projects and many other DX-peditions to rare entities; we very much appreciate their continued commitment to the hobby.

 Joining our list of corporate sponsors is SteppIR Communications Systems. We will add to our antenna lineup two 2 element Yagi antennas. These antennas proved to be indispensible during our TX3X Chesterfield Island project; we’re happy to have them for VP6D and appreciate SteppIR’s ongoing support.

A Garmin InReach Satellite Communicator will be used during the DX-pedition. You will be able to follow our journey on the web, details to be announced. This handheld unit also provides 2 way SMS messaging similar to that of a traditional mobile phone, and one way messaging to Twitter and Facebook. We will use this technology to communicate with family, the pilot team and to update you via social media, as required. We’ll also have an Inmarsat BGAN terminal for log uploads and e-mail with the pilot team.

 Our budget for this project is $175,000 (USD). Our current fundraising campaign is underway; you may see the progress at our website. We appreciate the donations and equipment support we’ve already received. With the final payment for the Braveheart due on September 1st, the next most expensive line item is equipment shipping budgeted at $20,000. Please remember, we have to pay these expenses whether or not you make a contact. We need your help to keep our DX-pedition team’s investment at a reasonable level. You may help by donating at: vp6d.com

 Members of the VP6D team will be attending the International DX Convention, Visalia, California April 20 – 22, 2018. We hope to meet many old friends, and make new ones at the convention.

73, Team Ducie – 2018


"QSL Via" What does this mean on our Online QSL Request System?

This has had many of you a little confused. The “QSL Via” field is ONLY for use in the Bureau when you want your Bureau cards sent Via someone else such as YOUR QSL manager.

Please do not write your email address, or any greetings and most definitely not MY call sign as your QSL will be sent and returned back to me.

Postage summary 2017 - 2018

The UK QSL managers continue to deal with large volumes of outgoing QSL cards both direct letters and bureau parcels to all the IARU Bureaus. 18,216 items posted. This is a summary of the postage for the year 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2018.
OBA 2018

VP6D Press Release 3

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Press Release #3 March 23, 2018
VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182)

 Joining the team is Ken Karr NG2H. A CW enthusiast, Ken was most recently a member of the VK0EK Heard Island 2016 DX-pedition team. Ken was first licensed in 1955 and credits Amateur Radio for launching his interests in science, engineering and oceanography.  Ken is retired from the US Navy; his assignments included commanding two nuclear fast attack submarines and serving as the senior member of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination team. We are very happy to welcome Ken to the team.

 With the cooperation of Elecraft and the Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DX-pedition team we will share the same Elecraft equipment. Upon its return to California the Elecraft equipment will be tested, configured and repacked for shipment to the Braveheart in New Zealand. Elecraft offered their assistance to expedite the process. We appreciate the willingness of both Elecraft and the Baker team to support VP6D.

 Joining our list of corporate sponsors is Cornelius Paul DF4SA of Spiderbeam GmbH whose products will be added to the antenna plan.

Providing an All Time New One (ATNO) is a key objective of VP6D. We will keep stations on 20 meter SSB and CW as propagation permits. Additionally, FT-8 may also provide DXers an ATNO opportunity during periods of poor conditions.

 As previously reported, we kicked off our fundraising campaign with a generous grant from the Northern California DX Foundation, followed by individuals, DX clubs and foundations. We especially appreciate the support from the following European organizations: German DX Foundation, Swiss DX Foundation, UK DX Foundation, European DX Foundation, Mediterraeno DX Club (Italy), Clipperton DX Club (France), GM DX Group (Scotland), Radio Society of Great Britain, LA DX Group (Norway), OHDXF (Finland), and the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG).  Like any DX-pedition to a rare entity, we will continue to actively solicit financial support.

 Of course, we appreciate the clubs, foundations and individuals that have already supported the project with their donations. A current list of all donors is available at: vp6d.com

 73, Team Ducie – 2018
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