My thoughts about IOTA & Bureau today

IOTA and getting the QSL cards needed!
With another IOTA contest behind us, I was thinking once again how much I would love to chase IOTA and claim awards. But it is way out of the reach in costs of QSL'ing, and this is not just myself but of many others. I have about 150 IOTA's that I need QSL cards from but nearly all of them are direct only so I feel pretty disillusioned with the whole award program simply because of these costs.
 
For those of you that were at the recent IOTA convention you will know that RSGB / IOTA have ruled out any log matching facility or use of the ARRL LOTW programme due to the costs involvedI feel it is a great shame as IOTA has a massive captive audience but no or very little investment / support from the RSGB, and this includes how the bureau is currently working.
 
We need more IOTA DXpedition teams to allow bureau requests, my own experience with the RSGB bureau is that we are constantly told what we can't send and ironically most of the cards I CAN'T send through the RSGB bureau, are QSL cards for its own IOTA award program. Remember if you are not the licence holder of that call sign you can't use RSGB to receive QSL cards either, so some of the club activations cannot use the incoming bureau for their "mini" DXpeditions to UK IOTA's

OQRS is the way to request!

OQRS really is the quickest way to receive your Bureau cards from M0URX. On May 21st 2014, DF7EF made an OQRS request for many Bureau cards, these were duly processed and carefully put into the DARC Bureau box. The box was then sent to DARC on June 2nd. This week Uli reports:

"I just got my monthly QSL parcel from the DARC-QSL-bureau and I was amazed how many cards were actually coming from your hands. And the greatest of all: I made my way through your OQRS  on the 21. May 2014. That's roughly 2 months. What an unbelievable quick service. My heartful thanks to your great work to the ham community. DF7EF Uli"

It is not just the DARC Bureau either! RX3AU from Russia writes: ... "Tnx for QSL from GS0NWM, MS0INT (11 QSO), CY9M, VK9MT & others."

The question that I have to ask is WHY does the RSGB have one of the SLOWEST Bureaus in the World? In tests here it is taking one to two years to get QSL cards to RSGB members, and that is sending from here as an RSGB member! 

Bureau does NOT mean slow! Just be clever and use OQRS for your Bureau cards!

QSL Design Preview

Two more new designs have been added to the United Radio QSL collection, MW/VK8NSB & 5B4AGN.

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DKARS Magazine

DKARS MagazineDutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society have issued their first magazine, click the image to get the magazine in PDF.

In this magazine from the Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society you will read  "in short, we are a foundation that will serve the interests of all Dutch radio amateurs in the broadest
sense of the word, and thereby also want to pay attention to interest young people in technique. Indeed, the amateur radio hobby contains a plurality of technical aspects where young people can take part in and benefit of in their future careers.  
And do not forget, we're going to organize the Dutch Kingdom Contest (DKC) ! Every year on the first weekend of June, further on in in this issue more about this" 
Thank you to Peter PJ4NX for the information.

 

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

What can you with with out of date IRC's?

IRC Old
We all have them don't we? Old out of date IRC's, yellow ones, blue ones or a stack of recent IRCs that expired in 2013. Package them up and send them to United Radio.
 
We will return these OLD IRC's to the UPU in exchange for stamps. You can help by donating your old out of date IRC's and sending them to us.
 
We will use the money to pay for printing of QSL cards for the next sponsored DXpedition team.
Thank you kindly for all IRC's sent.
 
 
Post your old out of date IRC's to: 
IRC
  
Mr Tim Beaumont
P.O. Box 17
Kenilworth
Warwicksire
CV8 1SF
ENGLAND
 
I am sorry we cannot accept IRC's in exchange for QSL postage. We do not use stamps here.
 

History of Russian Robinson Club

A short Break!

IOTA 50LUnited Radio QSL Bureau is taking a short break. I will be back to work on Monday 7th July. I will be answering emails during my break but QSL management will resume on my return.

I look forward to meeting many of you at the 50th IOTA Convention on the 4th to 6th July at Beaumont House Windsor.

9M6XRO/P June 26 - 30

QSL-9M6XRO-PORTABLE9M6XRO/P will be operating from Labuan Island OC-133 on Thursday 26th for a long weekend staying until June 30th.

John reports "I am taking my Icom IC-7000 and IC-2KL Linear with vertical antennas. I will operate on 40-10m near
the IOTA CW & SSB freqs, possibly some RTTY also."

QSL Via M0URX
For Bureau requests please only use my OQRS http://m0urx.com/oqrs/

Planning a DXpedition in 2014?

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.

QSL's Used to Claim Awards

United Radio QSL Bureau are very much aware that we have to make sure that QSL cards are valid for as many Award programs as possible. It is not always possible to keep everyone happy all of the time. So whether you are working towards DXCC, IOTA, QRP or whatever award where QSL cards are required I will always try to accomodate your needs.

I have recently exchanged several emails with a few QRP operators who request their QSL reports to be made out as /QRP. I would like to make it quite clear that my policy is to always write the call sign in the format that the licencing authority have licensed your Amateur Radio call sign. As far as I am aware no licencing authority issues /QRP on the licence documents. I think you would agree that if i started calling as M0URX/QSL you would think it was not correct and you would be right. Q-Codes are NOT part of your call sign! Neither is it my job as a QSL Manager to verify the power of your transmitter.

If you want a specific contact out of 5 in the log to be on a separate QSL please let me know, and providing you pay the correct postage for the amount of QSL cards you need then I will try to do this for you correctly. I have also communicated with a QRP club who have said that for their awards the QSL cards do not have to have /QRP and is down to the claimaint to verify which QSOs on a QSL are QRP.

OQRS & Direct Letter Rates.

Over the last few months the bank dollar exchange rates have been dropping quite heavily against other currencies. So that we can continue to provide the very best in QSL management our charges for QSL exchange have changed very slightly. With OQRS I have changed from €2 to GBP £2 and also increased very slightly the multi QSL offer for direct letter with $ to reflect the devalued dollar.

The following is a breakdown of Direct Postage Costs. Considering other QSL managers charge $2 per card, United Radio QSL Management Bureau believe the following is very reasonable.

 QSL Direct
      1 QSL only by post     =    US $2           or Paypal GBP £2. OQRS  (STRICTLY NO IRCs)

Multi QSL Direct - If you need to request more QSL cards take advantage of my Multi QSL offer.
As some of you DX and QSL as a group or friends, to reduce costs this may help you.

     2 to 4 QSL's by post    =    US $3           or Paypal GBP £3.   OQRS 
   5 to 10 QSL's by post    =    US $6           or Paypal GBP £5.   OQRS 
 11 to 20 QSL's by post    =    US $9           or Paypal GBP £7.   OQRS 
 21
 to 30 QSL's by post    =    US $14         or Paypal GBP £10. OQRS

The Hunt Is On!

WP 20140602 002Which IARU Bureau is the fastest? The hunt is on to find the Bureau service that sends out the fastest Bureau cards from the batch of VK9MT QSL cards.

On Monday June 2nd, eleven thousand QSL cards were sent to World Bureaus. Included in this posting was over 1,000 VK9MT Bureau cards. Have you got yours yet?

Let me know if you have? Please drop me an email, I am looking for the fastest sorters in the World!
Bureau does NOT mean slow!

Back Online!

serverSorry for the downtime on Saturday 7th June, both the website and the OQRS were offline for a few hours. The server data centre was becoming unreliable and our IT manager has now moved us to reliable data centre. Sorry for any inconvenience today.

Normal service resumed. Thank you.

VK9MT QSL Mailing - June 2nd 2014

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On Monday, June 2, 2014 all outgoing VK9MT Mellish Reef QSL cards will be mailed from the United Kingdom.

Included in the mailing are all (received to date) OQRS requests, all requests made directly to the QSL manager and bulk packages of outgoing cards to: 

• Danish DX Group
• DX-Italia
• German DX Foundation
• Mediterraneo DX Club
• Swiss DX Foundation

All 2.724 individual letters are posted by Priority Business Mail and should arrive in 5 - 7 working days. This depends of course on your local postal service. Please contact our QSL manager Tim Beaumont, M0URX for any letter that does NOT arrive by July 1st. Sample cards for those clubs and foundations that requested them will be handled individually.

Additionally, requests for confirmation through the worldwide bureau system will be bulk mailed Priority Business Mail to the worldwide bureaus. LoTW was uploaded shortly after the DX-pedition.

"We would like to thank Tim, and his team for their excellent service and attention to detail. Tim reminds everyone that the fastest way to get your QSL is through OQRS."

And, of course, we would like to thank everyone that worked us, we are happy to confirm many All Time New Ones and band fills. We appreciate the support from the global foundations, clubs and individual donors who made this project possible.

For more information www.VK9MT.com

 

Bureau Posting News - Outgoing June 2014!

QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus, Monday June 2nd 2014. 

 

QSL 9This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles and M0URX Tim
I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus. This Bureau mailing includes VK9MT ZD8UW & 3B9FR.

 

Total amount of QSL cards 11,146
Total Weight 37.5 kg

 

 

 

Read more: Bureau Posting News - Outgoing June 2014!

US Dollar Hits New Low

I have been watching the value of the US Dollar fall, fall and fall some more, from $1.75 to $1.82 then $1.90 to the GB£ Sterling. This affects the value of dollars coming in for postal QSL card requests.
Although for the time being I will accept $2 for one QSL card, it is getting very close to having to increase this to $3 for one QSL.
Please if possible use my Online QSL Request System OQRS instead of posting QSL cards to me.

VK9MT QSL Shipment nearly ready!

IMG 1132VK9MT Double QSL has been printed, Max reports that the first box will soon by leaving the office in Belgium.

Photograph by Max, ON5UR. Thank you.

 

 

VK9MT QSL Preview

The Mellish Reef VK9MT QSL card has now been designed and will be in the print room from May 11th. Thanks to Max ON5UR for the design work.

There will be two designs, a 4 sided card folded card for direct QSL and a 2 sided card that will be mainly used for bureau use, and also for direct when more than 10 QSO's are needed.

If you still have not requested your QSL? Please use the OQRS: http://m0urx.com/oqrs/

Schedule for posting: We expect to be able to post all QSL cards Direct on 2nd June and Bureau QSL cards will be posted to all World Bureau soon after.

So far, 14,200 QSOs (35%) have been marked up for QSL either direct or bureau.

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QSL Status

So what has been happening in recent weeks since you made your OQRS request for VK9MT?
What is the status of the QSL?

While the VK9MT team were working their way back home from the Pacific, work here at the QSL management Bureau has been going well, but just WHAT have I been doing?

Firstly there were many emails, logging enuiries, questions that had to be answered, this was done, the busted calls were corrected, the log was uploaded to LoTW with permission from the VK9MT team.

OQRS requests came in fast and so far all Direct and Bureau OQRS requests have been "Processed"

What does "processed" mean? and why haven't I got the QSL yet?
This is what many of you are asking, "Processed" means that your OQRS request has been processed into the log for direct or bureau QSL. It cannot be posted yet because the QSL cards have yet to be printed.
OQRS is NOT Ebay! Just because you pay by PayPal, it does not mean you get the QSL in 10 days! The QSL process works exactly the same as if the QSL was posted to me.

All direct letters have also been processed through the logs and all envelopes are now in country order in seven mail trays in my office.

Sponsoring DX organisations often request QSL cards for their members which I prepare and package up and post to the DX society HQ. In this case files from DDXG, DX Italia, GDXF, MDXC and Swiss DXF have all been received and processed through the log.

If you were a $50+ donor, I have processed your QSOs to QSL direct, envelopes have also been prepared and placed in the mail trays. These QSLs are being sent out free as a token of our appreciation of your support. 
Please use Club Log and check your QSOs are correct. If you think you have a busted, please email me.

Dave, K3EL was the team photographer and arrived home in mid April and started to sift through the images of the DXpedition to provide me with the photographs needed to design the QSL card. The photographs, the text, the logos are now all in the hands of our QSL card designer Max, ON5UR and soon we will be able to proof the QSL design before it goes to the print room.

That is where we are today, all on schedule and still working hard to get you the ATNO in your QSL collection.

QSL posting is scheduled for June 2nd 2014.

Final Press Release Mellish Reef 2014

For Immediate Release:
Final Press Release Mellish Reef 2014
April 17, 2014

VK9MT Mellish Reef was activated on 30 March at 04:34z with ZL4PW first in the log and went QRT on 4 April at 1353z with JL1MTY closing the log.

Our decision to leave the island didn’t come easily; safety was always the first priority. Just as the last QSO was made it became clear we could not remain on the island another day. It was 01:00 (local) when the rain began. The wind was blowing at about 35 - 40 knots; we had water infiltrating the operating tents and the antennas were taking a severe beating. Over the 6 days we were on the island the weather grew progressively worse each day.
After a short meeting the on-island operators decided to QRT and begin packing the equipment in pelican cases for protection. We spent the next several hours packing equipment using head and hand torches.

When the Zodiac arrived for the 6AM shift change we began taking down the antennas and tents. Once the storm was officially declared Cyclone Ita there was no question we made the correct decision.
Our 10 day goal was 80,000 QSOs and as much RTTY as possible. In 5 days we made 40,000 Qs which put us on track for the original target.

ClubLog QSO summary:
- Europe 36.1%
- Asia 29.8%
- North America 29.1%
- Oceania 3.4%
- South America 1.2%
- Africa 0.4%

Modes:
- CW 61%
- SSB 30.5%
- RTTY 8.6%
All Time New One:
- All modes 26.1%

Unique Calls:  32.1%

The team of eleven operators and five boat crew worked well together. The measure of success isn’t how well one follows the plan but instead how we react to the unplanned. The weather required significant plan changes. Until we arrived at the reef the skipper was unable to determine if nighttime travel to and from the reef was possible. As it turned out, because of the many coral heads, the reef could only be travelled during daylight hours when the underwater coral was visible.

We watched Mellish Reef weather for weeks before leaving but Cyclone Ita required us to improvise, adapt and overcome. We knew things would get worse as reports of death and destruction came in from the Solomon Islands.
While disappointed, we are happy to have given ATNOs, band fills and to have put people on the Honor Roll and Top of the Honor Roll.
We appreciate the support from the corporate sponsors, foundations, clubs and the individual donors. When the books are closed we’ll provide an accounting to the clubs and foundations.
The team received many e-mails from the global DX community; we thank you for your concern, kind words and understanding.

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Logs, QSLs and LoTW:

Our QSL manager Tim M0URX reports he’s made great progress with busted and missing calls. ClubLog is up to date with the most current logs, and is updated as problems are resolved.
LoTW will be uploaded at the time this Press Release is distributed.
It is estimated that the actual QSL cards will be in the mail by the end of July.
Those donating $50USD or more do not have to request their QSL; Tim will handle this for you.

Upcoming Hamfest Season:
Several members of the VK9MT on-island team will be attending the Dayton Hamvention and the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio - International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs, as well as local ham club meetings and conventions.

For additional information please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
73, Team Mellish 2014

GS0NWM Isle Of Arran EU-123 QSL Preview

The QSL card for GS0NWM / GM5N Isle of Arran DXpedition has been designed and will soon be ready for delivery after Easter.

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