TT8AMO Pierre Chad

chadHB9AMO, Pierre will be in Chad, operating holiday style like he did as 5U9AMO in 2013.

Pierre will be QRV as TT8AMO from mid-October till mid-November 2015

Mostly CW operation, may be a few SSB QSO on the CQWW SSB contest to give multipliers.

Online log on TT8AMO webpage uploaded when possible. Pierre will operate from various locations in Chad, sometimes with poor antenna possibilities, sometimes with better antenna possibilities.

Station: 21 years old TS-50 + MFJ971 tuner + long wire antenna. Logger 32 software.

LoTW will be uploaded by Pierre when he returns to Switzerland in December.

QSL Via M0URX direct letter or Via OQRS 


MX0LDG Lundy Island EU-120 2015


The Lundy DX Group will be active again from Lundy Island IOTA EU-120 from the 6th to the 13th October 2015 QRV as MX0LDG.
This year's team will be M5JON John, M0ILT Pete, MW0JZE Anthony & G3JKL John. We hope to be QRV around 1400 UTC on the 6th .

K800 LundyMX0OLDG will be on 10m to 40m SSB & RTTY . Due to the electricity being turned off at midnight until 6am we will not be operating between these times.

We will endeavour to run 4 stations for the period of the activation.

2 Kenwood TS-590's
1 Kenwood TS-570
1 Yaesu FT-450 
Antennas 2 - G3TXQ Light Weight D-Hexpedtion Hexbeams Supplied by Ant MW0JZE
1 Steppir Vetical

We will be operating from Stony Croft Cottage the location of our 2012 activation which is valid for:

IOTA: EU-120 , Grid Locator: IO71pe, WAB: SS14, Lighthouse Old Devon light ARLHS: ENG 073.

Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog daily if we have a good internet connection if not on our return.
Many Thanks & 73’s  The MX0LDG Team look forward to working you from Lundy Island.

QSL Via Tim M0URX - OQRS System
QSL cards for this DXpedition are printed and will be posted out as soon as I have the logs.

Please note that MX0LDG is NOT affiliated to the RSGB. So bureau ONLY Via OQRS. No incoming cards will be collected.


WS5K/KH8 QSL Preview

Here is the QSL preview for WS5K/KH8. QSL cards will be posted end of October.
Stan has come to the end of his stay in American Samoa with 1,700 Qs in his log.

K800 QSL-WS5K-KH8K800 QSL-WS5K-KH8-Back

OY1OF Ólavur erects 10m beam

Tonight I received the latest log update from Ólavur OY1OF, as always log has been uploaded to LoTW and QSL requests processed for bureau and direct. Ólavur took some photographs using a drone of him putting up the 10m beam at the club station recently. Also a photo from his day job of working on the off shore rigs.
With tonight being the night of the bloodred moon, Olavur has shared with us an image he took a few years ago.

As always, thank you to Ólavur for sharing these photos with us. You can see more of his photographic work on his website

OY1OF-2 1OY1OF-1

OY1OF-4 1OY1OF-4 2

OQRS is the way to go!

Times change and how we receive bureau QSL requests has also changed, let me show you why we need to make these changes.

Here are two photographs, the first on the top left is a box of 4,500 bureau cards received from  the RSGB Bureau on Monday.

The second photograph underneath is the same box 3 days later after all the QSL cards have been processed through the logs that I am QSL manager for.

THIS is how many are then put into my rubbish recycling bin just 3 days after receiving the cards.

I want to ask please for your help! In order to keep this Bureau service going we must change the way that I receive bureau requests.

AfterIf you are requesting a DXCC or IOTA Expedition or contest QSL card you must ONLY use OQRS!

Please understand that DXpedition call signs are NOT members of the RSGB and I will be charged money to receive them.

Just as important to remember is that DXpeditions and contest stations DO NOT need YOUR QSL card.

A DXpedition is undertaken to help you obtain an ATNO (All Time New One) whether that be a DXCC, IOTA, WAB area, band, mode or whatever.

Here are some facts for you:
4,500+ QSL cards received 4,200 QSL cards thrown away!

Out of the 4,500 QSL cards, 2,000 had already been requested direct, bureau or using OQRS, in some cases all three!. If you request a bureau QSL PLEASE DO NOT send another QSL! Only use 1 QSL route.

The average length of time that the cards took to arrive with me are 2 years 6 months. If the QSL cards had been requested on OQRS then you would get the cards 2 years 6 months quicker.

One Japanese station sent me 34 QSL cards for 34 QSOs for ONE DXpedition. The work that the bureaus have had to put in in both time and money just to get those 34 cards to me is quite startling. We need to STOP the waste and get smarter in how we use our resources.

If you DO have to send your QSL in Via Bureau type ALL QSOs on ONE card or paper.

Of course there are some stations that I am QSL manager that ARE RSGB members that DO want your QSL. OY1OF, OY4TN, PJ4DX, M0URX. Please continue to send us QSL cards for those stations, for ALL other DXpeditions please use OQRS only.

“QSL Via M0URX” does NOT mean that all QSL cards that I am manager for can be sent to me Via Bureau. Only RSGB affiliated call signs can receive QSL cards.

So the best way to know what to send me and what NOT, is clear. ALL DXpedition & contest QSL requests must be made by OQRS ONLY.

For the QSL route of the rest please check on for each call sign. Or use OQRS. If we need your QSL we will contact you.

I have been working with the RSGB for the past year to ensure that all QSL cards for my attention are delivered to me, but this costs money. I have agreed to pay to receive for DXpediitons QSL cards that I am QSL manager for and are not RSGB affiliated.. However this is only for those that cannot use OQRS as a last resort. OQRS must be your first option to receive  ALL DXpedition Bureau cards!

Any QSL cards that ARE sent to me for the call signs I am manager for MUST be made clear “QSL Via M0URX” if not they will NOT reach me. Sorry.

ALL OUT-GOING QSL cards are sent at my cost to all IARU World QSL Bureaus, so our outgoing QSL service continues as normal.

Thank you for your help in changing the way we work with you and reducing costs and time that your QSL cards are delivered to you.


Space Weather TV by Dr Tamitha Skov

B8-cQeUIEAIa5DBI am not sure if this may be of interest to some of you? Space Weather TV hosted by Dr Tamitha Skov has been getting very excited with all the solar weather this last week.
Tamitha is very enthusiastic about Amateur Radio and welcomes space weather questions from radio amateurs.  
She is also on Twitter @TamithaSkov every couple of days in the UK afternoon she can be watched on Periscope you can see on Twitter for the Periscope alert.
What is Periscope? Ok guys it is an App you can download onto your mobile phone and is linked with Twitter. Tamitha’s Periscope is a live Space Weather chat in which she explains the very latest Space Weather, very interesting and a lot to learn. She has only just started doing the live periscope chat recently and you can ask questions live and there are quite a few radio amateurs logging in.
So who is Dr Tamitha Skov?
Tamitha Mulligan Skov is a Research Scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles, California. She holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Physical Chemistry from UCLA. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics and Planetary Physics from UCLA in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Mulligan Skov works actively in the fields of solar and space physics, focusing on solar transient phenomena such as coronal mass ejections, solar flares, solar energetic energetic particles, and galactic cosmic rays, and the subsequent effects these phenomena have on the Earth’s magnetosphere and radiation belts. She is an instructor at the Aerospace Institute and serves on multiple review and anomaly teams for NASA, NOAA, and other government and private contractors. She also serves as an audio forensics analyst and instructor for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), hosted at Aerospace and funded by the Department of Justice.

Bureau box arrived 21/09/2015

Bureau box
A bureau box containing about 4,500 QSL cards arrived today 21/09/2015.

Cards sorted.& prcessed 24/09/2015.

Please remember for DXpedition QSL cards you should ONLY use OQRS.



K800 IMG 0653Stan WS5K is currently in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and is QRV as WS5K/KH8 until October 4th.

Stan's Grid locator is: AH45pp. 

Tutuila Island - IOTA ref: OC-045

QSL Via M0URX OQRS OQRS or Direct letter to M0URX. 

No incoming QSL cards are needed, so if you require Bureau QSL please only use OQRS.

Please DO NOT send to me Via the QSL Via Bureau. It will not be collected.

WS5K/KH8 has been uploaded to LoTW. Please log it correctly WS5K/KH8 or you will NOT get a match. QSL Via M0URX OQRS


PJ4/OE7PGI Bonaire

PJ4/OE7PGI Philippe will be operating from Bonaire 01 - 07/11/2015.

Philippe will be operating 20m - 10m, SSB and some RTTY.

QSL Via M0URX - OQRS & Direct postal.

Bureau Via OQRS only

Need a QSL Manager?

DXpedition QSL Posting- 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. 

For more information please email Tim Beaumont, M0URX,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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.  £6 per kilo. Lower rates for high volume.

The QSL service that will always put your QSL as priorirty... No matter what the weather outside!

OQRS - Please use it to request your QSL cards

Bureau AugustAmateur Radio is very much in a new age, there are many advances in the hobby which bring new technology to every aspect of our wonderful hobby.
One of the tools and services that we can take advantage of in our hobby is the "bureau", the bureau has also changed and we need to adapt in the way we request our bureau QSL cards.
For ALL DXpeditions, IOTA, Contest stations, and some rare DX stations, incoming QSL cards are NOT required in the QSL exchange! You are asked NOT to send your QSL cards through the bureau for these stations. Instead request your QSL cards using Online QSL Request System (OQRS).
On my OQRS system  you can request ALL your QSL cards very quickly. Your request will be processed very quickly and will be placed in country bins, the cards will be sent to the IARU Bureaus every few months. Your QSL will get to you much quicker and is the ONLY way that you should be requesting DXpedition QSL cards.
Why is this so important? The IARU Bureau service is a costly and time consuming service for the national societies, and certainly 75% of the QSL cards that I receive are recycled with the rubbish once they have been replied to by my QSL service. The DXpeditions DO NOT need your QSL card. 
The time and money invested in sorting and shipping the QSL cards around the world by all our bureaus is a very big commitment for all the societies involved, with so many QSL cards in the system that are NOT required it is literally "clogging up" the bureau. Use OQRS and get your cards much quicker!
How can YOU make use of OQRS for YOUR call sign? Register your call sign on CLUB LOG upload your log and you have access to your own OQRS that you can manage QSL cards that you want and let others request YOUR QSL card.

MS0OXE Fair Isle QSL Preview

MS0OXE Fair Isle DXpedition ended today with 5,340 QSOs in less than 1 week of operation in which the team experienced some of the most disturbed band conditions that we have seen in a long time. Every day say solar flares slamming into Earth's Ionosphere causing the K index to reach 5, and the A index to stay at 59 for almost 18 hours. This caused the bands for the team to be very unstable or closed for long periods with 10m and 12m barely workable the whole week. On Friday the 9th September the team stopped to view the beautiful Aurora which caused the bands to close.

Thank you to all who worked MS0OXE on this DXpedition to Fair Isle. Log has been uploaded to Club Log & LoTW. QSL cards will be in the print room very soon and will be posted in early October.

Please note - Do not send your QSL to us Via Bureau - Bureau = ONLY Via OQRS link above. Thank you


MS0OXE FAIR ISLE EU-012 September 2015

K800 QSL-MS0OXE-3The Black Country DX & Contest group will be QRV from Fair Isle, IOTA EU-012, from the 9TH to the 15th September 2015.

We expect to be QRV from 18:00 UTC on the 9th to 16:00 UTC on the 15th September 2015.

We will be on 10m - 40m in CW, RTTY, SSB and some PSK.

Due to no mains power throughout the night we will QRT each night around 2330 local and QRV each morning from 0730 local. Hence, no 160 or 80 meters.

We will have 3 stations on the air at all times from 0730 till 2330 each day from the 10th to 14th September.

Fair Isle OSWe are staying at the south lighthouse (SKADDAN) GRID: IO99EM, WAB: HZ16 and for lighthouse chasers ILLW: UK0127 – ARLHS: SCO 079 FAIR ISLE SOUTH SKADDAN – WLOTA: LH 1319.

QSL- All QSL is via Tim M0URX online OQRS system.

Or Direct Via post to:

Mr Tim Beaumont MS0OXE
P.O. Box 17
Kenilworth, Warwickshire


K800 WP 20150910 17 55 15 ProLOTW upload, once we have returned home. CLUBLOG uploads every day.

MS0OXE will be operated by M0VKY, M0YOM, G0JKY & M0CKE.

More information on our website-

We look forward to working you from Fair Isle. 73, MS0OXE.

Image copywright 

Given the remoteness of Fair Isle the team are pleased to report that they have been able to upload the log to Club Log and LoTW directly from the Island.

On the evening of the 10th, Simon reported that they are viewing the Aurora Borealis. On the downside this means that band conditons are very poor at this time.

Bureau Posting News Outgoing! August 2015

Bureau August
QSL cards have been posted to 89 World Bureaus today, Saturday 15th August 2015 

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 also contains E30FB cards.

Total amount of QSL cards 16,521
Via M0URX 11,141
Via M0OXO 5,380
Total Weight 67.438 kg

Total Cost £317.76 / per kg £4.71
Average postage cost 1.9 p per QSL card.


Read more: Bureau Posting News Outgoing! August 2015

PJ5A QSL Preview

QSL Preview of the recent PJ5A DXpedition to St Eustatius Island, IOTA NA-145, part of the DXCC entity Saba & St Eustatius.

Dick K5AND & Terry K4RX were QRV from 27th June to 5th July 2015, predominantly a 6m DXpedition which provided the worst conditions that they had experienced in their last 23 DXpeditions, in fact they only recorded one good to day Europe on 6m.

105 direct QSL cards were posted out on 3rd September 2015.


FAO UK Hams - How to send a QSL card

K800 WP 20150627 004I have noticed that many new hams in the United Kingdom are not aware of how to send QSL cards to ensure they get a 100% reply. So here are a few tips to help you along the way.

1) Use a Self-Addressed Envelope SAE for the QSL to be returned to you.

2) Enclose US$2 - this pays for postage, ink, labels and other items that are needed in QSL management. Never send a QSL without covering the return costs.
NO stamps or IRC's Sorry!

3) All QSOs should be neatly listed either on one QSL card or on a piece of paper attached to the QSL card.

Now let's look at what should be on your QSL card. Many QSL cards are used to claim awards, this means that your QSL card should contain at least the very basic details.

1) Your call sign, name and mailing address. Call sign should also be on the back.
2) The country name "England" should be clear. Not everyone will know that Hinckley Bottom is in England.
3) IOTA (Islands On The Air) MUST have the Island name printed on the QSL so "Mainland Great Britain" should be shown. You can also add the IOTA reference: EU-005.
4) CQ Zone: 14 ITU Zone: 27 should also be on your QSL for CQ & ITU Zones awards.
5) It is also helpful to add your Maidenhead locator: mine is IO92fj it is common that the last two letter suffix       be in lower case.
6) WAB: Worked All Britain is another award where it is helpful to show your WAB area mine is SP27. You      can also add your book numbers too.

7) This is most important! If you are using a photograph on the QSL, use HIGH RESOLUTION digital images.       Low resolution or scanned images will not work in QSL reproduction, they will be pixelated or grainy or           both. The same for logos, use high resolution logos.

Do not assume that the QSL printer will add such detail. To be honest QSL designers / printers that do not add the data or advise you about such information should not even be designing or printing QSL cards. So think about your design AND what text must be written on it.

Read more: FAO UK Hams - How to send a QSL card

Incoming Bureau Box

K800 WP 20150625 001
A box of 2,300 incoming bureau cards arrived today from the RSGB bureau. Only the 2nd time that i received a quarterly box on time in many years. Cards sorted and processed ready for the next dispatch.

I expect the next outgoing dispatch to be posted in August.

PJ5A St. Eustatius

steustuscaribJune 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.

Maidenhead Locator: FK87mm
IOTA Reference:       NA-145

Plans are to be on the ON4KST Chat page  They will be posting their logs online. 

Logsearch will be here: 

QSL via M0URX OQRS & direct letter OR Bureau by OQRS  

Please note that QSL cards need to be designed and printed. OQRS may show as QSL processed and will be posted when i have the cards from the printer.

Back to work!

K800 WP 20150624 002After returning from a successful mission to Ramsey Island EU-124, I am now home and returning to QSL work.

OQRS is up to date. 93 letters were posted this morning and 250 bureau cards processed this morning also.

Post has just arrived from the PO Box and an incoming box from the RSGB is due tomorrow.

Another 54 letters posted on Thursday 25th.

Taking a break!

United Radio QSL Bureau will be closed from Wednesday 17th to 24th June 2014. 
I will be able to answer some emails, QSL requests will be completed on my return. Thank you!

MC0SHL Ramsey Island EU-124 2015

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.

Please note that operation in the days before and after with MC0SHL will be from the club house on mainland Wales EU-005.

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.

The full team this year are;QSL-MC0SHL-2

Charles M0OXO
Tony G4LDL
Chris G1VDP
Vinny M0TAV
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

QSL-MC0SHL-2-BACKGlenys G8KWD - Tony's wife and Janes left hand. The girls are in charge as usual and I am sure will keep us all in our place. 

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.


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