V63MJ - Broken Parts, Broken Hearts Kosrae 2015

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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,
but one I was willing to accept!
 
This one would be the same route as before – Texas to Honolulu and then island hopping to Kosrae. I did an Internet search and came up with the Village Resort and Eco Lodge, complete with thatched huts on the beach, a restaurant and bar, pretty solid wireless, 110 volts and US style outlets, drinking water, dancing girls, the whole package, and the price was reasonable. I could sleep under a mosquito net, run the pileups day and/or night as I chose, 160 through 10. Even better was that my calendar was mostly free in mid-February, so I could
do the ARRL DX CW contest as DX.
 
I started planning right after Visalia and Dayton in the spring month of 2014, asking around to see who might be interested in either going with me. 
Well, to be sure it was like the story of the Little Red Hen: nobody wanted to go, but there were no end to the volunteers to see if they could work me on 160 once I got there! This is not to imply there were none to assist me in my preparations, as we shall see. I always look for travel buddies on these trips to share the weight
of equipment, to share to operating time, to share to experience, and to help me figure out how to fix the things which always go wrong.

EP6T QSL Preview

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. 

K800 QSL-EP6T-DOUBLE

 

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Eritrea Project 2015

Press Release #1
By JH1AJT- Y. Zorro Miyazawa
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The SEISA/Foundation for Global Children is pleased to announce our next activity as “Eritrea Project 2015”.  As part of this project, we will conduct an amateur radio DXpedition from Asmara Eritrea, from March 6th to 17th, 2015.
 
A multi-national team of nine operators, consisting of:
Zorro - JH1AJT Team Leader
Paul - N6PSE Co-Leader
Franz - DJ9ZB
Jay - JA1TRC
Yuki - JH1NBN
Kazu - JH1OGX
Thomas - NQ7R
David - WD5COV
Dmitri - RA9USU
 
We are very excited about this announcement as it has taken many months of careful planning and negotiations to bring about this amateur radio event.  Our DXpedition call sign will be assigned to us upon our arrival in the capitol of Asmara.
 
We will use four transceivers consisting of two Elecraft K3 radios with the KPA500 amplifiers and two Kenwood TS590 transceivers with the ACOM 1010 amplifiers.
 
We will use beam antennas for the high bands (10-20 meters) and four verticals for the low bands (30-160 meters) We will try to work every area as much as possible.
 
Our QSL Manager is Tim - M0URX.
 
We are thankful to have the following sponsors supporting our Plans:
Northern California DX Foundation,
German DX Foundation,
International DX Association,
Northern California DX Club,
Southwest Ohio DX Association,
Intrepid-DX Group,
Lone Star DX Association,
Northern Illinois DX Association,
Swiss DX Foundation,
Western Washington DX Club,
Southeastern DX Club,
Orca DX and Contest Club,
Southeast Michigan DX Association,
Carolina DX Association,
Northern Ohio DX Association,
Oklahoma DX Association,
Danish DX Group,
Long Island DX Association,
Western New York DX Association,
and Elecraft.
 
If you wish to make a donation via PayPal, our address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(note-please do not send email to this address, it is for PayPal purposes only)
 
Thank you & 73,
SEISA/FGC Radio Team
Jay – JA1TRC

PJ4F Bonaire - IOTA SA-006

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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.

V63MJ Kosrae Island OC-059

W5MJ Madison will be QRV as V63MJ from the Federated States of Micronesia on Kosrae Island OC-059
16th - 24th February 2015.
CW only 160m - 10m - 500W using an Elecraft K3 & KPA500 Amplifier.
QSL Via M0URX Direct
Bureau OQRS only please.

Bureau Posting News

We have decided to hold back our February Bureau posting for a few weeks until sometime in March. We have both the EP6T and C5X QSL cards to add to this Bureau dispatch. More news as soon as we know the dispatch dates.

EP6T OQRS

EP6T OQRS is open now! Please follow link: http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/

HI2DX Letters Posted

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HI2DX QSL cards arrived from the printer today, 363 letters will be posted on Tuesday 27th January. Sorry these have taken longer than I would normally expect, there were a considerable amount of logging issues to work through.

Log backed up?

Have you worked any good DX lately? Then BACK UP YOUR LOG!

Please take note that I DO NOT give out date and time data from my logs. That includes EP6T.

Please do not email me saying you have a HDD crash! Back your log up!

EP6T Update

team ep6tWe are constant aware of the unbalanced amount of "EU-NA-VK-AS" QSO's. We do our best do bend this fact but 10 days is perhaps to less time to satisfy everybody. We are trying to call for certain area's, but are not always have the control on the hard to find "HAM spirit". Jammers, calling with fake calls and disrespecting the operators, sending disgraceful emails and calling us names is sometimes to much for us. PLEASE A LITTLE MORE RESPECT is needed.

Last night was the first day to enjoy RX with no local QRM. There is a noise level we must concur but this is not local. Many JA's made it through on the low bands, and on 80m some NA stations made it through. Only as far KV4FZ and NP2X was worked on 160m. Even EU was hard to work at sunrise.

We have 4 RX antenna's we can switch but when conditions are bad there's nothing we can do.

Today we had a visit of the Iranian press TV. They made a report and will be transmitted on the air tonight. We seem to be famous people over here, hihi.

We will do a logupdate on a regular base. We can't do any log adjustments at the moment. Our QSL manager will adjust when possible after the operation. Just send a mail with your busted call together with the time, band and mode you worked us.
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As QSL manager I am working hard answering emails regarding logging enquiries. I received the LoTW certificate on Tuesday. Thank you to the LoTW support team especially Kathy Allison and Dave Patton. EP6T team gave me permission to upload the logs to LoTW a few hours after the team upload to Club Log, once i am sure that the log is correct.

EP6T Arrives In Tehran

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We have good news! Everything is going as planned, we passed customs in Tehran with ALL our equipment, and are now waiting for our domestic flight to Kish Island! The help of Dr Fard was very much appreciated again and we were very happy to be welcomed by so many people of the local amateur radio society in the middle of the night. The 50 km trip between airports which was arranged by Mohammed (EP3MIR) and his assistant Ali went perfectly. All official departments on Kish island have been notified about our radio expedition. There should be no restrictions. In a few hours after arrival on the island we will start building the antennas, and setting up the stations. Expecting to be on air by midnight January 16th.
 
The ROCKALL DX GROUP

MS0OXE 2015 Activity Planned

All flights have been booked and QTH confirmed. 9th September to 16th September.

The team will take three flights and transfers to get to our QTH and should arrive by 1600z on the 9th September if all goes to plan. so, we should be QRV on the 9th early evening time. we will be QRV until PM on the 15th September weather permitting. we may have to QRT early if the weather turns bad.

Due to mains power limitations on the island we will QRT each night at 2300z and QRV each day at 0700z. we have looked at taking or hiring a generator. but in the end it was going to be a lot of trouble to get one on the island or courier one to the island.

As mentioned above, we have scheduled a band plan to suit. we will be QRV on 10 through to 40 meters only. MODES- CW, SSB and RTTY. we plan to have 2 stations on the air throughout each day from 0700 to 2300.

ANTENNAS. we have decided on using vertical mono band dipoles for each band as we have salt water very close to the antennas, less than 10meters, according to google earth.

We will upload to club log each day and LOTW on return home.

QSL’s will be handled by Tim, M0URX OQRS Direct & OQRS. Bureau OQRS ONLY a new QSL will be designed for this dxped.

Most of all, we will have fun doing it.. look forward to working you. 73 MS0OXE.

V63MJ Kosrae Island IOTA OC-059

Kosrae
W5MJ Madison Jones will be QRV as V63MJ Federated States of Micronesia on Kosrae Island OC-059 from 16th - 24 February 2015. CW only 160m to 10m. Using K3 transceiver, and KPA500 amplifier. 

QSL Via M0URX Direct & OQRS.
Bureau OQRS only please.

DXpedition Planning - Avoid those school boy errors!

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We have all heard about the "DX Code of Conduct" and how important it is for all of us, DX chasers and DX activators to follow rules to reduce DQRM and other nasties. As a QSL manager I am able to see much of what happens behind the scenes and feel that the new year is a good time to help those of you planning DXpeditions in the future to make sure that you are fully prepared for your adventure. Many of the circumstances I describe below HAVE happened to the teams that I have worked with and some of them are so "school boy error" that you often do not even think about it until the problem occurs.

Happy New Year 2015 from M0URX

A Happy New Year 2015 to DX'ers everywhere. Lots of projects ahead in the coming months in which I promise to do my best to keep the QSL cards leaving here both Via Direct and World QSL Bureaus. 
I am always looking for new DX partners to work with to compliment the worlds DX'pedition teams in the way of your QSL management.. If you have some IOTA or DXCC plans for the year ahead and would like a professional QSL Management service then please drop me a line as I would love to help.
 
A big thank you and Happy New Year also to the DX'peditioon teams and DX Stations that I have been working with in recent years. Thank you for your professional work in updating me with logs from where ever in the world you have been.

No Stamps - Thank you

Just a reminder as a QSL manager for many stations, some QSL managers cannot accept stamps as return postage. For me QSL = $2.
Without the $ I would not be able to provide a free Bureau service. In 2014 i sent out 31,000 bureau cards which taking into account of printing and carriage costs it works out as £1,600 and this would not be possible if stamps were used.

Another consideration is that from the United Kingdom although some letters can weigh 10g 97p, most will weigh 12g or more which is £1.28 (over $2)

Many UK QSL managers use a mailing contract using Postage Paid Imprints,(not stamps) and on this contract letters to USA can be as little as 60p. So for us using stamps is just throwing money away which is better invested in our bureau costs and other DXpedition costs.

Some may say that making a business out of QSLing is just not on! But we have a duty to provide the best quality of service for both you the DX chasers AND the DXpedition teams. Regrettably I have received a lot of envelopes with insufficient stamps either I have to use $ to put the extra stamps on or the QSL goes Via Bureau.

Hope this explanation helps a little? Have a great 2015 to you all, have a safe New Year!

HI2DX Saona Island NA-122 QSL Preview

Here is the QSL Preview for HI2DX Saona Island NA-122 DXpedition. QSL cards will be printed in the first week in January, I expect all direct cards to be posted end of January. Bureau cards will be sent to all World Bureaus in my February mailing.

K800 QSL-HI2DX

K800 QSL-HI2DX-BACK

M0URX Christmas Post

Today I posted out my last bundle of letters before Christmas. My next QSL mailing will be on 27th December.

OQRS is open as normal and all QSL requests will be processed through the Christmas week ready for the next dispatch.

Merry Christmas to everyone, thank you to you all for a very busy QSL service through 2014

2015 Bureau Policy for M0URX

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M0URX United Radiio QSL Service values the bureau system very much and recognises the DX'ers need to use the system to receive QSL cards for stations they work.
 
2014 has seen the RSGB conducting a Bureau Review in which it looked at the usage of the RSGB Bureau system by QSL managers here in the UK, in which I have been co-operatiing with the RSGB to find a way forward so that you can continue to request QSL cards for Bureau dispatch.
 
It is important to remember that ALL of my OUTGOING bureau cards are sent to all IARU World bureaus every four months in February, June and October at my expense and NOT Via the RSGB Bureau, so this review took the cost saving to the RSGB in my outgoing bureau expenses into account.
 
Whilst I can still RECEIVE QSL cards for call signs that are RSGB members or affiliated call signs to the society, I am NOT permitted to receive QSL cards as "QSL Via M0URX" if the call sign is NOT an RSGB member or affiliated call sign.
 
The only RSGB members that I look after and that do collect incoming QSL cards are: G1VDP, M0URX, OY1OF, PJ4DX.
 
For ALL other call signs especially ALL DXpeditions you must NOT send me any QSL requests Via Bureau, instead use my OQRS facility here: http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/
 
NO DXpediton QSL cards should be sent TO ME Via the bureau system, it is costly and very time consuming to process those QSL requests, for this reason United Radio QSL Bureau will be charged by the RSGB per kg for all QSL cards that are incorrectly sent to me for NON RSGB member call signs.
Use the Online QSL Request System OQRS ONLY please.
 
No Bureau system is free, and therefore I ask you to respect my new Bureau Policy of OQRS ONLY for NON RSGB member call signs. 
Your local IARU Bureau will receive the Online QSL Requests every four months giving you a very fast service.
Thank you for your attention.

 

EP6T Workshop to Prepare Equipment for Iran

HI2DX Update

HI2DX Log Issues
Some work has been done to recover missing QSOs and work is ongoing to repair the log completely, I ask for continued patience while I work through some repairs
 
I have now re opened the OQRS for HI2DX. 
QSL Via M0URX for DIRECT but for Bureau please ONLY use OQRS.
Please do not send your card Via bureau  - we do not need it. ONLY use OQRS.
 
Thank you

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