- Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 21:29
527 letters containing TX5RV, EA6/G4MKP & D44TXP QSL cards are now ready to post on Tuesday 10th December. All letters are posted by Priority Air Mail and should be with you before Christmas.
Bureau QSL cards will be posted direct to all World Bureaus in January.
- Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 20:47
I have spent the last few hours preparing to send out my own QSL cards for DXCC and IOTA DXpeditions worked recently, Oh boy, I did not realise how complicated QSL managers are making things these days, $3 if you want a QSL sent here but $4 if you want it sent outside Europe, $5 if you want it sent to the Pacific, what is going on?
Some countries only accepting IRC's so long as the IRC you sent has your country name on it! What? This completely disregards all UPU postal regulations on IRCs. I decided a short time ago not to accept IRC's any more, they are just causing too many problems.
One recent DXpedition website even states that if you want a quick LoTW upload then you must send $5 by PayPal..... Ummmm EXCUSE ME SIR, but isn't that the job of a QSL manager to upload to LoTW? If he wants paying for every LoTW upload he will be MINTED!!!!!! Some of these scandals are encouraged by DX organisations and Foundations throwing money at them and accepting these shoddy practices as STANDARD. It just is not good enough is it?
My logging software uploads the whole log to LoTW in ONE quick click of the mouse! Why on earth would you charge $5 for each individual upload? Answers on a postcard please? Together with $5 of course.
DX Foundations that accept $5 for a QSL or LoTW upload as acceptable should explain their reasons for this?
I even saw this one, a QRZ.com profile for an Italian IOTA
"EU stations: send a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) plus 5 US$ or 3 Euro or 1 valid IRC"
I have also been chasing up some non-QSL returns, and many QSL managers refuse to answer emails. WHY?
Here at United Radio QSL Bureau, I have some promises to DX'ers and DXpedition teams.
1) I will NOT charge any more than $2 for a Direct letter to send a QSL to ANYWHERE on this planet.
2) OQRS will not cost more than €2 for a Direct letter to send a QSL to ANYWHERE on this planet.
3) LoTW WILL be uploaded immediately after the DXpedition. Or at the earliest opportunity. FREE
4) Emails resulting from QSL requests WILL be answered as quickly as possible!
5) Bureau cards will be sent DIRECT to all IARU World Bureaus every 3 or 4 months. FREE
If you are planning a DXpedition, DXCC or IOTA in 2014 please contact us to provide YOU and the DX'ers that work you, with the best QSL services in the World. All mail is posted as Priority Air Mail.
United Radio QSL Bureau - Setting Standards!
- Created on Sunday, 24 November 2013 11:37
All parcels should be securely packaged using plenty of packing tape to secure the box against bursting.
- Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 17:27
The TX5RV Austral Island QSL card has been designed and will now be sent to the print room. I expect to be posting out the QSL cards in the second week of December, along with the QSL cards for the other recent activities of D44TXP and EA6/G4MKP.
- Created on Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:23
QSL card for Terry EA6/G4MKP will soon be available for dispatch. Here is the QSL preview:
- Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 18:15
Don, VE7DS and Dave, K3EL are planning a mini-dxpedition to Raivavae, (FO/A, Austral Islands, IOTA OC-114) from 30 October to 6 November 2013. The Austral Islands are currently 44th on the Club Log “most wanted” list, very high for a fly-in destination, with a particularly low percentage of Club Log users having contacts on 10 or 12 m. Callsign will be TX5RV.
Full information on this DXpediton including propagation prediction models, equipment and azimuthal map click the link: TX5RV – Raivavae – Austral Islands.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS Preferred - Direct, Bureau & LoTW will be uploaded at the end of the DXpedition
- Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 18:56
After a 10m QSO with PZ5RA, I followed his instrucion to QSL Via OQRS, I was so shocked to read that Ramon wants US$5 for ONE QSL card that I sent him an email and asked WHY would he want US$5? as this is far more than the costs would be. His reply is as follows:
"You know, it's your choice if you want the card or not. I myself have paid US$ 7,= to US& 10,= to get several exotic cards, also via Paypal. Feel free to shake with rage as you said and I wish you also a lot of luck to contact another PZ station.
P.S. Don't try to send me any more mails, as they will not be answered."
I am very disspointed by Ramon's overcharging Radio Amateurs for his QSL card. It simply is NOT Ham Spirit.
So there you go! He feels that because there are no other active PZ operators he can charge what he likes. Hmmm not very nice is it?
- Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:51
QSL preview of the recent D44TXP Isle de Sal, activity by Barry Zarucki M0DGQ.
- Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 14:06
I have been asked to take over QSL management for 5B4AHJ & P3J. The new QSL card has been designed and printed and is now available on my OQRS.
QSL Via M0URX
- Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 07:01
9,222 QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus today, Thursday 17th October 2013.
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.
Total amount of QSL cards 9,222
Total Weight 40,569g
Total Cost £204.07
£5.03 per kg
Average postage cost 2.2p per QSL card.
- Created on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 16:19
I am pleased to announce that we have obtained the required paper work from Association de Radio Amateur de Sept-Iles Inc club in Canada, for the call sign VE2CSI. LoTW certificate has been received with 16,600 QSOs from the last 3 years now uploaded to LoTW, giving CQ Zone 2 to many deserving.
The upload includes 4,000 Qs from last weekends CQWW RTTY contest.
Thank you to Dany, VE2EBK for the help in getting the documents I needed to process the certificate.
- Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 07:25
I am proud to announce that M0URX will be QSL manager for the 2014 DXpedition to Mellish Reef VK9MT.
Press release No 2 is on the VK9MT Website.
- Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 19:48
I have recently been asked to take over QSL management of the P3F Contest Group. QSL cards will be printed very soon. QSL Via M0URX OQRS.
- Created on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:14
- Created on Monday, 02 September 2013 14:05
Steve, 9M6DXX, and James, 9V1YC, will operate from Laos as XW8XZ and XW1YC from 5 to 10 September inclusive, using two stations. XW8XZ activity will be on SSB and XW1YC mainly CW with some SSB.
XW8XZ QSL via M0URX & XW1YC QSL via W5UE.
73, Steve, 9M6DXX / XW8XZ
- Created on Saturday, 24 August 2013 12:17
Barry Zarucki M0DGQ will be QRV as D44TXP, Cape Verde Islands, 27th August until 11th September 2013 inclusive, on 20 & 40 metres, CW only. Power will be only 20 W, with wire antennas near the waters edge.
Barry will be QRV as a holday station with his family on Island of Sal IOTA AF-086.
- Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 14:43
After more than eight years in Malaysia, my wife Eva, 9M6EVA, and I have decided to move on to another part of the world. We leave Malaysia on 1 November, therefore 9M6DXX will go QRT some time in October. 9M8Z has already closed down; the last QSO from that station was made in the RSGB IOTA Contest in July.
We will be moving to Bonaire and we hope to be active with PJ4 callsigns before the end of the year.
Thanks for all the QSOs from 9M6DXX and 9M8Z (also 9M6DXX/P, 9M8Z/P, XU7DXX, V8FEO, V85/9M8Z, FK/G4JVG, T32MI / CI / VI / SI, 4W6A, GD4JVG and 9M4SLL) since 2005. It's been fun!
73, Steve, 9M6DXX
- Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 13:47
IRC's can no longer be redeemed in the United Kingdom. Please note, I will NOT be accepting IRC's.
Any letters with IRC's will in future be sent Via Bureau.
I am getting a lot of IRC's coming in. People just ignore the fact I say NO IRC. No problem for me, the QSL will just go Via Bureau. PLEASE read instructions before you send ANY QSL cards. Information is VERY clear on QRZ and on this website.
Please check the costs below BEFORE you send me your QSL. No funds? No QSL SIMPLE!!!!
- Created on Sunday, 21 July 2013 20:25
The QSL from the recent activity by Steve Telenius-Lowe from Bonaire PJ4V is now in the print room and will be available for posting in early August.
- Created on Friday, 19 July 2013 14:14
Steve, 9M6DXX, will be active again as 9M8Z (OC-088) from 24 to 29 July, including an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (single op, all-band SSB, high-power, 24 hours). QSL via M0URX, OQRS, direct or via the RSGB bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible after the operation.
73, Steve, 9M6DXX / 9M8Z
QSL cards are in stock and will be mailed out very quickly.
- Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 08:00
Being a QSL manager brings with it a lot of responsibilities to both the DXpedition or DX station and to you the deserving. Since i started as a QSL manager in 2007, I have learned a lot about the expectations and requirements that I am required to provide, the global nature of QSL'ing is a 24/7 job in itself.
Some of the actions are just common sense but are alien to many, for example having a dedicated email address where people can ask questions and get a fast answer, most of the questions relate to busted calls or to lost letters and these have to be answered and resolved. Getting this basic job wrong will result in a bad reputation from the start.
No matter what method of QSL the deserving choose, they want that QSL to be received as quickly as possible. Finding ways to reduce that delivery time has meant that I can do that, whether it is OQRS, direct letters or bureau requesting, I have set in place actions and methods to get those requests completed and out the door quickly. Thank you to all those emails commenting on the speed of deliveries, this is very important to me and can highlight where things are going right and when and where things are going wrong.
When problems arise then I will highlight these on my Blog so that you are aware of any issues. Posting dates of major DXpedition mailings are always detailed on the Blog, also and this is where you should first check if you are waiting for a QSL. If it does not arrive then email me, please do not wait six months, if the mailing has gone the letter should only take 7 working days at most.
It is important to remember that to provide this service to the deserving relies on excellent slick cooperation with the DX Team, they must be able to understand the complexities of the job and be able to work with me on regular accurate log updating, fast transfer of high resolution images for QSL designing and have a dedicated member of the team available to help me with any of the more unusual inquiries that may come in. The word "Team" is very important.
LoTW - Logbook of The World is one aspect of QSL'ing that is important to those of you that are working towards DXCC and Honour Roll status. There is NO excuse NOT to have logs uploaded to LoTW at the earliest opportunity and this is something that is very important to me.
I always keep in stock a large amount of materials such as QSL cards, envelopes, labels and ink cartridges so that at a minutes notice I can kick into action for that unexpected DXpedition.
Here in the United Kingdom we have many QSL managers that provide a high quality of service, although all independent we are all in touch with each other to help if required. If your DXpedition needs a QSL manager? I am proud to say here in the UK we can help you. We are ready to provide a professional QSL service to DXpedition and some IOTA teams.
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