4S7AYG Sri Lanka

Sri Lank1UDXT activity operated by Alex UT5UY and Roman UR0MC will be QRV as 4S7AYG from Sri Lanka, October, 22-31 2017.

CQ Zone: 22, ITU Zone: 41, IOTA Ref: AS-003,
IARU Locator: NJ05ix
Licence received & validated for LoTW

This activity became possible due to great assistance of: UX0HX & UZ1HZ HAM Radio Family, UR4LRG, UX1UF, UX0LL, UR8LV.

QSL Via M0URX: Log search and OQRS: 

QSL preview for MU/ON4ANN & MU/ON8CW/P

QSL designs for MU/ON4ANN & MU/ON8CW/P have now been sent to the print room and will be posted at the end of October.
QSL available by OQRS.
K800 QSL-MU-NB-DX-TEAMK800 QSL-MU-NB-DX-TEAM-Back
K800 QSL-MU-ON8SCW-PortableK800 QSL-MU-ON8SCW-Portable-Back

See you at the RSGB Convention

M1The RSGB Convention will, once more be held at Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes on 13-15 October 2017

I will be attending for the whole weekend and look forward to meeting up with you during the event.

 

MU/ON8CW/P Now online

While the NB DX Team were in Guernsey as MU/ON4ANN, they were also QRV as MU/ON8CW/P from the World Wide Flora & Fauna sites as listed below.
I have now received the logs for these WWFF activities and these are now on the OQRS. Each WWFF is logged as MU/ON8CW/P suffixed with the GUFF reference.
 
There will be two QSL cards printed, MU/ON4ANN & MU/ON8CW/P. QSL cards will be printed very soon.

GUFF001

Bridget Ozanne Orchid Fields

GUFF004

La Garenne d'Anneville

GUFF006

Le Grand Pré

GUFF008

Ozanne

GUFF009

Pleinmont

GUFF011

Rue Rocheuse

Bureau Posting September 2017

Bureau 23.09.17QSL cards have been posted 75 World Bureaus  - Saturday 23rd September 2017

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. The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly. 

Total amount of QSL cards 12,067
Via M0URX 2,948
Via M0OXO 7,406
Via M0SDV 1,300
Via MD0CCE 313
Via G4IRN 100

Total Weight  45,225 g (gross weight includes packaging)

 

Read more: Bureau Posting September 2017

New IREF Board Member

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New IREF Board Member

The Island Radio Expedition Foundation, Inc. (IREF) is pleased to announce that Charles Wilmott, M0OXO, is now a member of the IREF Board of Directors. Charles fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Neville Cheadle, G3NUG, who has been on the IREF Board since it's inception. IREF would like to thank Neville for his work on the Board and wise counsel over the years.

The IREF Board ultimately decides on IREF sponsorship of an IOTA Expedition and is an Internationally diverse group. In addition to Charles, M0OXO, the Board consists of Jim (JA9IFF), Buzz (N5UR), Don (W9DC), Jose (CT1EEB), Mike (K9AJ) and Buzz (NI5DX).

IREF is funded solely through donations and is a 501(c)(3) organization which allows for contributions by US hams to be tax deductible. The website is www.islandradio.org and contributions can me made by clicking on the "Join" tab.

MU/ON4ANN Guernsey

ON6NB 2
MU/ON4ANN will be QRV between 19th and 24th September from Guernsey.

ON4ANN – ON4CCV – ON5PDV – ON2BDJ – ON4ACP – ON6MI – ON4CAU –  ON8CW ON4AAQ – Etienne, 

Special attention for 160 -80 – 40 & 30 M, SSB, CW, DIGI
Equipment : Spiderbeams, Verticals, Inverted-L for 160 M, RX antenna’s

QSL Via OQRS Via M0URX

PDXG QSL Management Platform Update

Perseverance DX Group (PDXG.net)  September, 2017
PDXG QSL Management Platform Update

Earlier this year we released a report on the status of our PDXG QSL Management Platform that was developed to automate the QSL manager's backend processes. Developed over the past 3 years it's now at Version 4.3 and installed on servers in the United Kingdom and the USA. Exclusive users are Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Pista HA5AO and Gene K5GS.

The development goal was to eliminate, or greatly reduce, the manager's manual tasks. The first large implementation was the 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Island DX-pedition, we learned a lot about what QSL managers and users expect from an OQRS platform. We're happy to report the following 2017 year to date metrics:
- QSOs loaded: 5,018,167

- Total number of DX logs: 800 (DX-pedition, contest, active DX stations handled by M0URX, M0OXO and HA5AO)
The application eliminated much of the manual drudgery of processing confirmations for a single DX operator to the largest DX-pedition.

A QSL manager with one helper can process OQRS requests for the largest DX-pedition in one day, an amazing 75% reduction in time. Compare this to the old process that took multiple people many days to handle a large DX-pedition.

Today the only time consuming OQRS confirmation tasks are stuffing envelopes and affixing labels, a bulk mail franking machine eliminated postage stamps. Other automated tasks include matching donors to the log for special attention and busted call handling, no more busted/missing call e-mails.

One recently added feature prevents sending duplicate QSL cards to the same DXer. Many DXers request a card through OQRS or Direct and then send a card via the buro, the software will not respond to the buro request if a card was previously sent.

With all this extra time on their hands M0URX and M0OXO are available to handle additional DX call signs and DX-peditions.

ZG2TT National week in Gibraltar

K800 QSL-ZB2TT4th to the 10th of September is National Week in Gibraltar, to commemorate this, the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Stations can use the prefix ZG. Robert Morgan (ZB2TT) will be QRV as ZG2TT during the week in the hours he is not working.

Although we will not have a special QSL card for this activity we will overprint the QSO report labels with ZG2TT and the log will be uploaded to the OQRS after the 10th September so that you can claim the QSL card.

For the prefix hunters we will also upload the log to LoTW.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS preferred.  OQRS NOW LIVE

Mail to Venezuela suspended

Start date: 4 July 2017  End date: Ongoing

The local situation in YV has disrupted mail flows into Venezuela and our supplier has had to stop delivering mail in to Venezuela. As a result, we can no longer accept any mail for Venezuela, any mail on hand will be returned to sender.

We don't know when the situation will change, but we will look for alternative ways of getting mail in to Venezuela.
Our mail to the YV QSL Bureau will also be suspended until we can get the mail to Venezuela.

V4/G0FWX November 2017

K800 QSL-V4-G0FWX

Gary G0FWX will be QRV as V4/G0FWX holiday style from 8th - 15th November 2017 Operating from Calypso Bay on St Kitts Island.
Locator:    FK87pg
IOTA Ref:  NA-104
 
QSL Via M0URX OQRS open

6W1SU

K1024 QSL-6W1SU-2

6W1SU will be operated by VE9CB during the CQ WW DX Contest CW, November 25th & 26th 2017.

6W1SU will be a single op all band high power. 

QSL via M0URX OQRS

5B/G4MKP Cyprus

Terry 5B/G4MKP will be on air as a holiday station between 20th - 27th September 2017, operating mostly on 40m.

QSL Via M0URX OQRS  Please do not send any Bureau cards, use OQRS. Thank you.
K800 QSL-5B-G4MKPK800 QSL-5B-G4MKP-BACK


FT8 Mode QSOs

I received a short statement from LoTW about FT8 Mode contacts in regard to the uploading to LoTW: 

"We have been inundated with emails about FT8. We were told that it will be a few weeks before the developers can get LoTW set up to accept FT8."

So please stand by, LoTW are aware that this work needs to be done before FT8 QSOs can be uploaded to the LoTW databse. Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE 14/08/2017 - All FT8 QSOs have now been uploaded to LoTW

VY2/WS5K QSL Preview

The QSL for VY2/WS5K Stan Fraley, Prince Edward Island NA-029, has been designed and will now be printed and ready for distribution very soon. Thank you to Max ON5UR for the QSL design.

K800 QSL-VY2-WS5KK800 QSL-VY2-WS5K-Back

 

VY2/WS5K

lodgesideVY2/WS5K Stan will be on air from Prince Edward Island from June 28th until July 10th. Stan WS5K will be operating from the PEI DX Lodge.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS

Prince Edward Island
IOTA: NA-029 
Locator: FN76vs
CQ Zone: 5 ITU Zone: 9

Have you any old out of date IRC's?

IRC OLDWe all have them somewhere stuck at the back of a drawer, yes those old, out of date, International Reply Coupons, (IRC’s) what the hell can we do with them?

Well please DO NOT throw them away they are very useful to us here at United Radio QSL Bureau. If you would be kind enough to donate them to us? We can sell them and use the money to fund our Outgoing QSL Bureau, this will help keep the free Bureau QSL service for all the stations that we are QSL manager for.

But isn’t the bureau free anyway? NO! There is no free lunch, we have to pay for posting all our bureau cards to all the IARU Bureaus. So you can help us by sending us your old out of date IRC’s. Thank you!

PO Box 17 Kenilworth,
Warwickshire, 
CV8 1SF
ENGLAND

More info: IRC Shop

Why Didn't My QSL Arrive?

K800 WP 20150321 002Getting your QSL cards to your destination can be a challenge, in fact there are many reasons why letters may not arrive. It is easy to assume that the letter has been stolen by an unscrupulous thief at the Post Office, but as a postal worker myself and being an account holder of our own International Online Business Account with the Royal Mail, I have seen numerous times how things can go wrong, no matter how hard we try, and sometimes people will just believe that either the letter was stolen or simply the QSL manager kept the dollars and didn’t send the QSL card.

So what really can go wrong? Over the past five years we have seen many global incidents, flooding, snow storms, hurricanes, war are just a few of the examples. In 2014, Venezuela suspended International Mail deliveries in a currency row, this led to a period of time where QSL cards in and out of Venezuela just seemed to disappear, it was easier for everyone to blame the DXpedition teams for stealing dollars, and bad QSL management than actually look at the real reason why the mail did not get through.

Also in 2014 the world’s postal administrations were advised that they should no longer dispatch international mail addressed to the Crimea region via Ukrainian Post. The Universal Postal Union passed on a message from the national postal service of the Ukraine confirming that it had difficulties delivering postal items to locations in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol following the annexation of the area by the Russian Federation. Many QSL cards in and out of that area were returned unable to find a route until Russia took over control of the post for that region. An extra digit “2” was put in front of the post code and the country name changed to Russian Federation, now hopefully that situation is resolved.

It is not only war and financial crisis that can cripple the post getting through, not many would realise but few letters are actually handled by postal workers these days, most are machine sorted and this can create a whole new set of complications. For some years letters to the U.S.A. have been endorsed “Unable to forward, Return to sender” I have personally tried numerous times to get to the bottom of this one, sadly USPS is an organisation that is not public facing and it is simply impossible to get someone internally to help. But it appears that if the address on the letter is not formatted correctly, even if the address is exactly correct then the sorting machine automatically puts a yellow sticker on the letter and returns it to sender, simply because the machine cannot see the route in the format it was programmed to see. The correct way the USPS should be working is to forward these letters for hand sorting, but in many cases the letters are just returned.

On a similar theme, sorting machines in the Japanese postal service quite often reject international mail that has the address only written in Japanese characters. On our own OQRS we now only accept all addresses in English characters to avoid this problem of mail to Japan being returned. But this then can be an issue to those of you using keyboards with foreign characters.

Read more: Why Didn't My QSL Arrive?

GS0NWM - Isle of Mull QSL Preview

The QSL design for GS0NWM Isle of Mull EU-008 is now ready for the print room. QSL requests will be posted around the 10th June.
OQRS is open.
K800 QSL-GS0NWM-3K800 QSL-GS0NWM-3-BACK

Bureau Posting May 2017 On its way!

Bureau May2017 1Our bureau QSL cards are starting their journey to the world IARU Bureaus, the route will take them directly to Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre where they will be put on the next available flight to each destination.

Thanks to Andy (pictured below) our collections driver for the mailing today.

Bureau May 2017 2

GS0NWM Isle of Mull update

GS0NWM Isle of Mull Log Update - Due to on site network issues some QSOs that were not recovered until the return home have now been synced to the Log Search / OQRS. All QSOs from this update were also uploaded to LoTW.
We have revised the Missing call forms that we received and notified the recipients.

CONTINENT/MODECWRTTYSSBTOTAL QSOTOTAL %
AFRICA 14 13 17 44 0.71 %
ANTARCTICA 0 0 0 0 0 %
ASIA 51 23 28 102 1.65 %
EUROPE 3057 701 1954 5712 92.47 %
NORTH AMERICA 159 24 61 244 3.95 %
OCEANIA 14 0 3 17 0.28 %
SOUTH AMERICA 36 6 16 58 0.94 %
TOTAL QSO 3331 767 2079 6177 100 %

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