TX5T Austral Islands

TX5T Raivavae-Island Austral-IslandsThe CanAm DX Group will be operating as TX5T, for its upcoming trip to the Austral Islands, Raivavae Island IOTA Ref OC-114 February 20 - March 3, 2017.

Operators VA7DX Neil, VE7KW Keith, W5MJ Madison & W5RF Robert plan to use KIO Hex beams and Spiderpole verticals for 160-6 Meters on CW, SSB and digital modes.  The team will be using Elecraft K3s and amplifiers to be able to work antipodal into Western Europe, where FO/A is rare. 

They will be updating their website at www.Australs2017.com
Q
SL Via M0URX OQRS preferred.

Please do not send us any bureau cards as they are not required. OQRS is fast and free! Thank you

Log Search removed

As of today I have removed the OLD log search facility. Now that we have the NEW OQRS installed you should search on OQRS for your QSOs. Thank you.

FH/HB9AMO QSL Mailing

K1024 QSL-FH-HB9AMO150 letters for FH/HB9AMO Pierre, Mayotte Island will be posted on Wedneday 28th December 2016.

240 Bureau cards have been processed waiting for the next Bureau dispatch.

You can still request your QSL on our OQRS
Please do not send us any Bureau cards as they are not required. Thank you.

A look back through 2016

A look back through 2016 has seen some significant advances in our QSL work at the United Radio QSL Bureau.

bureau cardsIncoming QSL Bureau - The first of which was an agreement with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) to allow us to continue to receive incoming QSL cards for non-members of the RSGB society that use our QSL service, this was after two years of negotiation and renegotiation. During that time our incoming QSL cards were counted and separated into two piles, member call signs and non-member call signs. It was agreed that approximately 50% of the QSL cards I was receiving were for call signs that were not RSGB affiliated call signs. Both parties agreed that this could not continue and we agreed on some conditions to move forward.

1. That for all call signs member or non-member affiliated we would ask that all Bureau requests must be made by OQRS.

2. That all QRZ.com profiles and DXpedition websites that text would be included to advise that all Bureau requests MUST be made by OQRS.

“M0URX continues to take all reasonable steps to deter users of his service who are not RSGB Members from sending cards to the RSGB QSL bureau”

That United Radio would continue to send ALL outgoing Bureau cards to the IARU Bureaus at the expense of M0URX. Only cards permitted to be sent to the RSGB were to RSGB members within the United Kingdom.

Read more: A look back through 2016

PZ5V In the post!

K1024 QSL-PZ5VPZ5V - 110 Direct QSL cards will be posted on Thursday 15th December.

245 Bureau cards processed ready for the next dispatch

VI8BOD 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin – 19th Feb 1942

Darwin Amateur Radio Club Northern Territory

VI8BOD Active 0330Z 18th February 2017 to 1630Z 28th March 2017, NT, Australia

Darwin Amateur Radio Club Inc.

Press Release No 1

The Event  The 19th February 2017 is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Darwin. The first attack was carried out utilising the Aircraft carrier force which struck Pearl Harbour on the 7th December 1941. A second following aerial attack was carried out by land base bombers from the Dutch East Indies 2 hours later in the same day.

More aircraft attacked Darwin, a greater tonnage of bombs was dropped (but no torpedoes) and more ships, (of lesser aggregate tonnage) were destroyed and loss of life was in the order of 10% of that suffered in Pearl Harbour

The city was virtually destroyed, and defence installations were heavily damaged.

As with Pearl Harbour, advance warning of the attack was given (by the mission on Bathurst Island), but was not acted upon, hence the city was totally unprepared and not aware of the attack until bombs started to hit the town.

There were 46 ships in Darwin Harbour at the time of the first Air Raid. Of these 21 were sunk and a further 2 were sunk off Bathurst Island, one of which was not found until 2008

Read more: VI8BOD 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin – 19th Feb 1942

FH/HB9AMO QSL Preview

The QSL has been designed for Pierre FH/HB9AMO for his recent activity from Mayotte Island. The QSL will be in the print room on Monday. Direct QSL cards will be posted out on December 28th. 
QSL Via M0URX OQRS
Please do not send us Bureau cards - Use OQRS if you need a card via Bureau. Thank you

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PZ5V QSL Preview

Voodoo-logoThe QSL has been designed for the VooDoo Contest Group's recent activity, PZ5V in Suriname. Max ON5UR will send the design to the print room tomorrow morning so QSL cards will be out before Christmas.


You can see more information about the VooDoo Contest Group on their website.

You can still request your PZ5V QSL on our OQRS
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FH/HB9AMO November 2016

K1024 smallMayotte 1Pierre HB9AMO confirms that he will be QRV from Mayotte Island in November and will sign as FH/HB9AMO.

Pierre will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest November 26 - 27 and will be on air before and after the contest.

Travelling light with his Yaesu FT-991 & Automatic Tuner and wire antennas.

QSL Via M0URX OQRS preferred.
Log is now open on OQRS.

Bureau Dispatch December 2016

Bureau August

QSL cards have been posted 80 World Bureaus today Saturday 3rd December 2016.

This 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 or received by hams around the world? This feedback will be added to our data below.

This mailing features cards from the recent expeditions 

Total amount of QSL cards 21,668
Via M0URX   7,908
Via M0OXO 13,760

 


Total Weight in g 
79,665

Total Cost £345.25 / per kg £4.33
Average postage cost  1.6p per QSL card.

If anyone wishes to make a donation to the costs of bureau shipments, you can do when you request a QSL  and use the donation facility on OQRS.

Read more: Bureau Dispatch December 2016

UR QSL Bureau team up with Voodoo Contest Team

Voodoo-logoWelcome to the United Radio QSL Bureau to the VooDoo Contest Team, they will be QRV from Suriname with the call sign PZ5V in the CQWW CW Contest in November.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS prefererred. 

OQRS OPEN

You can find out more information on VooDoo Contest Team 2016 Contest Expedition 

Please note that we do not require your incoming QSL cards. Please only use OQRS for both direct and bureau route. Please do not send your card via bureau  - It is not needed. Thank you for helping us to use the Bureau responsibly!

Log Search & OQRS Guidance

Our OQRS system relies on log updates from our clients, it is not a live online log facility. As soon as i receive the log updates they will be uploaded to OQRS immediately.

For your information the "Last QSO in database" is clearly indicated on the log search. If it is not updated for your QSO then please come back soon to try again.

9M6XRO John, PJ4DX Steve, VK8NSB Stuie and ZB2TT Robert send me weekly log updates which are uploaded between Sunday and Tuesday.

Next Outgoing Bureau Dispatch

Bureau AugustUnited Radio QSL Bureau has an Outward posting to all IARU World QSL Bureaus 3 times per year.

Our next dispatch will be scheduled for 5th December. Anyone is welcome to use this outgoing service, our rates are very reasonable.

2016 - Our total for Bureau QSL cards posted this year will be 50,000
£6 per kilo. Pro-rata for lower volumes. PayPal accepted
All QSL cards must be pre-sorted into the IARU Bureau sequence.

Parcels should be posted to:

Mr Tim Beaumont C/O Royal Mail, Kenilworth Delivery Office,
P.O. Box 17
Kenilworth
Warwickshire,
CV8 1SF ENGLAND

All parcels should be securely packaged using plenty of packing tape to seal the box against bursting. 

Our dispatches are sent using priority Business Mail to reach the bureaus in 7 working days.
Ohh and by the way! If you have any OLD out of date IRCs and you would like to donate them to our QSL service? I would love to hear from you.

We will be reviewing our rates in January as our international carriage costs increase with the lower value of Sterling.

OY/ON6NB QSL Mailing

OY-post203 direct letters for OY/ON6NB have been posted since Friday 7th October. Also 553 Bureau cards have been processed waiting for the next dispatch.

OQRS is open here: http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

LoTW has also been uploaded.

Romania Post Office Mail Problems

YO  stampThis year has seen many problems with letters to Romania not arriving. Mail theft or mail just destroyed? I do not know why, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to get QSL cards to Romania.

If you have requested a QSL from me that has not arrived be assured that ALL QSL cards are posted 100%. Please contact me with the details, I will do everything I can to get the QSL to you, but be aware that posting mail to Romania some mail is not getting through and this is beyond my control!

OY/ON6NB QSL Preview

Just days after OY/ON6NB closed its log and the team flew back to Belgium, the QSL design was put together by Max, ON5UR, and is now in the print room. I would like to thank the team for their excellent collaboration in the QSL and OQRS side of the project. LoTW uploaded.

Many thanks to our professional photographer OY1OF Ólavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com for taking time to work with the team and allow us to use his image for this QSL design from Vágar Island, in the Faroe Islands, IOTA: EU-018, Grid Locator: IP62kb, WWFF: OZFF-0007.

The team would like to thank you all for working them on this DXpedition. QSL cards will be sent out in October.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS preferred
M
ore information can be found on the DXpedition website OY/ON6NB

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OY/ON6NB Faroe Islands 15 - 21 September 2016

K1024 Faroe IslandsA group of 8 Belgian Radio Amateurs will be QRV from Vágar Island EU-018 Faroe Islands between the 15th and 21st September 2016, OY/ON6NB will be On Air between 6m and 80m, in SSB, CW,PSK and RTTY with an emphasis on the higher bands, propagation conditions permitting.

The OY/ON6NB Team
ON4ANN – Erik, Team leader, SSB operator
ON4ACP – Philppe, CW operator
ON4CCV – Erik, SSB operator
ON4CKM – Cedric, SSB operator
ON5PDV – Paul, SSB Digi operator
ON6MI –    Rudi SSB operator 
Etienne -    ONL
ON4DTO - Andre SSB Digi operator
Photos courtesy of OY1OF Ólavur Frederiksen

QSL Via M0URX OQRS preferred 
M
ore information can be found on the DXpedition website OY/ON6NB
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VK0EK features on QST cover!

Cr7YYQwUEAAabdbGreat to see VK0EK DXpedition to Heard Island feature on the front cover of the October 2016 edition of QST magazine.

As QSL manager I was very proud to work with this team. The challenges of QSL duties on a major DXpedition are numerous, probably the most time consuming are researching busted call inquiries and monitoring the logs for any problems. Luckily i was able to work with some top IT guys on this project and it all went remarkably well.

You can of course still claim your VK0EK QSL card on our OQRS.

 

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5H1XX QSL Cards Posted

5H1XX PostingAfter just eight days since we sent the 5H1XX QSL design to the print room I am happy to confirm that 129 letters have been posted this morning. Many thanks to the fast work at ON5UR QSL Print Service.
279 Bureau cards have also been processed and ready for the next dispatch.

Of course you can still request your Direct or Bureau card on our OQRS service

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Responsible Bureau QSL'ing
Please do not send us any QSL's or replies through the bureau this is not required. It will however add extra work and costs. Please use OQRS only. Thank you

VK0EK Recovered QSOs

As promised, once we received the laptops back from Heard Island, we would reconcile all laptops with the master N1MM+ log, and more than 100 QSO’s have been recovered. We hope you were the lucky one – and if you have any questions – please contact our QSL Manager, Tim, M0URX:  https://vk0ek.org/qsl/

We would like to thank Pete, W6OP, and Mike, KJ4Z for their most excellent efforts finding and recovering these QSO’s. The majority were recovered from a failed laptop that did not sync with the N1MM+ Master log.

Recovered QSOs have been uploaded to OQRS http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

And they have also been uploaded to LoTW as well.

ZG2TT National week in Gibraltar

K800 QSL-ZB2TT5th 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

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