ADIF uploader "standard"

ADI uploader
When using our OQRS system to request your QSL cards, we have a tool for you to upload your ADIF which autofill’s the QSL request form. All you need from your log is a “Standard ADIF”

If you are using a logging software that exports between 60 to 100 fields in an ADIF this is NON standard.

If you are not familiar with ADIF (Amateur Data Interchange Format) then you can read more on here: http://www.adif.org/adif.html

So if you are not able to upload your ADIF to the tool, please just remove the non-standard fields and this will upload fine!
I highly recommend ADIF Master http://www.dxshell.com/adif-master.html for making amendments to logs and ADIF files.

6Y3T November activity

VE3RZ will be QRV as 6Y3T Jamaica between November 20th to 26th with activity in the CQWW CW contest and will be M/2. Outside the contest the team will try to be QRV on 60m on CW or FT8.

QSL will be available using OQRS here: 

Z68UR QSL Preview

Max ON5UR has designed the Z68UR QSL. Cards will be printed and posted in November.
OQRS is open for your double Z68UR QSL.
K800 QSL-Z68UR---Dubbel-2
K800 QSL-Z68UR---Dubbel-BACK

5U9AMO Niger 2018

QSL-5U9AMOPierre, 5U9AMO will be QRV from Niger between 20 November to 03 December 2018

CQWW CW contest + CW activity before and after

- Yaesu FT-991 transceiver (100 watts output).
- 13.8 volts DC 23 Ampers power supply.
- Spiderbeam 404-UL multiband antenna (10m to 40m).
- Wire antennas for 60m, 80m and 160m.
- 2 Spiderbeam 12 meters telescopic fiber masts.
- 1 Spiderbeam radial connection box.
- 2 x 25m Messi & Paoloni low loss coaxial cable.
- N1MM and Win-Test logging software.
- The 2018 QSOs will be uploaded in LoTW in February 2019

V47X QSL Preview

V47X QSL Preview - Thank you to QSL designer Max ON5UR. 
K800 QSL-V47XK800 QSL-V47X-BACK


HB0/ON4ANN QSL Preview

HB0/ON4ANN QSL Preview - Thank you to QSL designer Max ON5UR.
QSL cards will be posted in early November.
K800 QSL-HB0-ON4ANNK800 QSL-HB0-ON4ANN-BACK


HB0/ON4CCV/P HB0/ON4CKM/P WWFF QSL Preview

HB0/ON4CCV/P HB0/ON4CKM/P WWFF QSL Preview
K800 QSL-HB0-NBDX-WWFFK800 QSL-HB0-NBDX-WWFF-BACK


Cartoon mode

Here is the busy M0URX shack.
K800 M0URX Station
 

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!
United-Radio-QSL-Management-Bureau-1

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.
OQRS Open
361 Direct QSL cards posted on 20th September.

K800 QSL-TX5T-2K800 QSL-TX5T-2-BACK

 

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.....
OQRS NIL

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.
QSL via M0URX OQRS

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.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS: 

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 


QSL Via M0URX OQRS 

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.
K800 QSL-5B80FOCK800 QSL-5B90FOC-BACK


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. 

HK3C New QSL

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.
K800 QSL-HK3C-2K800 QSL-HK3C-2-BACK


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