- 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 Monday, 25 May 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
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 Monday, 25 May 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.
Plans are to be on the ON4KST Chat page http://www.on4kst.org/. They will be posting their logs online.
- 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
- 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.
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