- Created on Saturday, 22 April 2017 10:39
- Created on Sunday, 02 April 2017 11:01
The UK QSL managers continue to deal with large volumes of outgoing QSL cards both direct letters and bureau parcels to all the IARU Bureaus. This is a summary of the postage for the year 01/04/2016 to 31/03/2017.
Direct items are slightly down by -1.3% on last year.
An increased postal cost of +4.45% on last year which is mainly due to our increased Bureau work over the last year along with an adjustment of exchange rate against the US dollar.
Our Bureau outgoing volume is counted from 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2016 at 58,512 bureau cards up 45.3% on 2015.
There are currently 2,131,698 QSOs in the OQRS database in which you can make QSL requests.
- Created on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:03
TX5T Austral Islands ALL 616 direct letters will be posted Wednesday 29th March 2017.
OQRS Open Please use OQRS for your QSL request.
We ask you to please not send us any cards Via Bureau as they are not required.
- Created on Monday, 27 March 2017 14:09
Are you about to embark on a new DXpedition project? Or a holiday station or maybe you are going to be or are operating from a place that demads high QSL traffic?
United Radio QSL Bureau is here to look after all your QSL management needs.
1) I can look after all your QSL requirements from Holiday station, IOTA to major expedition status.
2) Free use of postal mailbox.
3) I handle RSGB Incoming Bureau, Direct QSLing, LoTW, OQRS and Direct Via Paypal.
4) Professional QSL design & printing by ON5UR Max to ensure the highest quality QSL cards.
5) For DX'peditions I can offer free QSL cards if you use my QSL services. Contact me for more information
6) United Radio QSL Bureau runs its own OUTGOING QSL Bureau. Available for ANYONE to use. (60p per
7) For QSL managers and DX Teams we can provide access to the most competitive postal rates in the industry.
P.O. Box 17
CV8 1SF, ENGLAND
Firstly I can offer FREE high quality QSL printing for ALL MAJOR DXpedition Teams and also FREE high quality QSL printing to SOME holiday and IOTA stations using my service where $ contributions have been enclosed. Our QSL service will give YOU "attention to detail".
Our new OQRS offers a variety of tools designed to help the DXpedition Teams, the QSL manager and also the DXer. You can read more about our OQRS on my Blog posts below.
UK QSL Manager? Dealing with your own mailings? We can help reduce your postal costs with our International Mailing Contract.
- Created on Monday, 20 March 2017 12:08
TX5T Austral Islands QSL card has been deisgned and is now in the print room. I expect to post all direct QSL cards on April 1st. You can still request your TX5T QSL on OQRS for a fast return.
Please remember do not send us your card through the Bureau USE OQRS ONLY.
- Created on Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:40
Thank you to Dennis F5VHY for the donation of IRC's in support of our Outgoing QSL Bureau.
Do you have any old out of date IRC's?
By sending your old out of date IRC's to the United Radio QSL Bureau you will be helping keeping our QSL Bureau going.
Just 300 old out of date International Reply Coupons is enough to post 20,000 Bureau cards to world IARU Bureaus.
Please help by sending us your OLD IRC's - Thank you
P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1SF, ENGLAND
- Created on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:05
We receive many emails about our QSL work, thank you for all positive comments that is really appreciated. It is clear though that for some, OQRS (Online QSL Request System) is a bit of a mystery and need a little help, so here are some of your questions answered.
Q. I thought there was only one OQRS?
A. Many of you will be familiar with Club Log OQRS which is the most widely used OQRS. But there are many QSL managers and DXpedition teams that have their own OQRS on the web too.
Q. Why don’t we all use Club Log OQRS?
A. DXpeditions have many varied requirements for their QSL work, so do many DX chasers, so Club Log can’t please everyone all of the time. With many clients around the world, I would need access to about 100 different Club Log accounts to do my QSL work so this is why I have my own OQRS, all the logs that I am QSL manager for, on one account. (I also support Club Log 100%)
Q. Do I need to send you my QSL?
A. No No No, that is the whole idea of OQRS. For DXpeditions they do not need ANY incoming QSL cards, especially through the incoming Bureau that just creates extra work and huge costs for everyone. “Request it Don’t Send It USE OQRS” Then update your log to tell you no outgoing QSL was needed.
Q. My call sign is not in log how can I get this corrected?
A. On our OQRS Log Search you will see a “Busted / Missing Call Request form” Fill in that form and it will be sent to my work queue and I will reply to you directly. Please do not email me! ALWAYS check the “Last QSO in log date / time” The log may be waiting a log update!
Q. How do I pay for my QSL?
A. OQRS is fully integrated with PayPal you can see exactly how much the QSL will cost you in your own currency on the PayPal page. PayPal also allows Credit Card payment and payment transfers from your bank account.
Q. How do I know that you have sent my direct / bureau QSL?
A. When you use Log search and click “Request QSL” you will see the progress status of your request this may be “In Queue” or “Buro Sent” or “Direct Sent” OQRS Requested. Here you will also see the LoTW status.
If you see "Buro QSL Sent" Please DO NOT request another.
Q. When requesting a QSL what is the “QSL Via” box for?
A. Only use this if you have a QSL manager and want your bureau QSL sent to your manager.
It is NOT for your email address, or for greetings and NEVER put M0URX or your QSL will be sent to me.
DARC members can put the DOK number here.
Q. What if i have lost my QSO details? can you help?
A. No! Sorry i do not give out QSO details. You must back up your log regularly by ADIF on and off site. You should set up an account with CLUB LOG and upload your logs. That can be a one of your back ups so if you have a HDD crash then you will have not lost any data. There is now no excuse for you to lose your log!
Q. When will my QSL be posted?
A. If you are requesting a recent DXpedition QSL, remember please that QSL cards have to be designed, photographs need to be chosen, logos in high resolution sought, it can take some time to get everything in place. Printing usually takes 5 days then the QSL cards need to be shipped to the QSL manager.
If the QSL cards are in stock with your QSL manager, then posting can be a weekly process, or sometimes quicker if there is a sizeable mailing ready.
- Created on Sunday, 05 March 2017 10:01
Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) pdxg.net
PDXG QSL Management Cloud Platform Gene Spinelli K5GS 1st March 2017
Follow-up to PDXG Press Release dated: 29 August, 2016
With computers well entrenched in DXing and amateur radio in general the underappreciated QSL managers that work in the background are the recipients of thousands of e-mails (mostly all inquiring - sometimes complaining - about one or more missing QSOs), an untold number of snail mail pieces containing even more snail mail pieces, currency, IRCs, postage stamps and one or more QSL cards, even some with QSL cards for multiple DX stations or DX operators. This avalanche of paper is time consuming and labor intensive, sometimes requiring teams of volunteers to process. Add to this the hundreds of DX logs (in various formats), millions of DX contacts, donor lists, and consolidated DX club log submissions, all of which require accurate accounting and more importantly preservation.
QSL managers use different methods to recover their operating costs which include items such as toner, labels, envelopes, and sometimes pizza lunches for the volunteer teams. Some managers personally absorb the cost while others pass the cost to the DX-pedition.
In late 2014 Pista HA5AO and Gene K5GS began discussing an OQRS / QSL management platform specifically for the QSL managers that handle our projects. While Michael Wells G7VJR ClubLog is an outstanding application which made significant positive contributions to the hobby and introduced many new concepts in confirming contacts, we were looking for something that addressed the backend QSL management processes. The complexities of handling tens of thousands of QSL cards, e-mails, Not in Log / busted calls requests, returned postal mail pieces and a host of other tasks which were done manually for so many years needed to change.
We began by collecting requirements and creating detailed process flowcharts. Pista coded the application and we soon had a skeleton platform that offered some flexibility as well as functionality. The usual and familiar DX Log Search and OQRS functions were delivered in Phase 1.
After a number of enhancements and tests we switched it on for the 2015 TX3X DX-pedition. Of course, no amount of testing will uncover every bug. We learned what users expect and how they use OQRS software. Realizing we needed input from people with more experience than either of us in handing large volumes of confirmation requests we contacted Tim Beaumont M0URX (who previously handled cards for us) and his QSL Manager partner Charles Wilmott M0OXO. After e-mails and Skype conference calls we had a comprehensive list of process steps, additional requirements and a written agreement on how to proceed. As the new requirements were sorted, prioritized and coded each was tested by the team.
- Created on Thursday, 02 March 2017 19:12
A mailing of all 238 letters will be posted on Friday 3rd March, mostly ZC4A & ZC4ZM QSL cards plus others.
Our OQRS is open for all call signs that I am manager for please use OQRS for all your QSL requests.
Please also remember that we do not need your incoming bureau cards, so PLEASE only use OQRS if you want to use the Bureau route.
- Created on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:57
The 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.
Please do not send us any bureau cards as they are not required. OQRS is fast and free! Thank you
Busted / Missing calls should be directed to the OQRS link above where you will find the "Busted / Missing Call" form, just enter your data and I will check the log. Please do not email me. USE OQRS for your inquiries. Thank you. Corrected log entries will automatically be uploaded to LoTW on the next upload.
- Created on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 16:47
- Created on Thursday, 02 February 2017 18:03
Bob, 5B4AGN & Steve, G3VMW will be QRV as ZC4ZM & ZC4A from the UK Sovereign Base Area of Cyprus from 2nd February 2017.
- Created on Monday, 30 January 2017 08:54
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
(PLEASE NOTE - At any time the log on OQRS may not be complete as logs will be incoming from several operators.)
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
- Created on Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:33
Well, this is what happens when you do not check QSL information! Here is a pile of QSL cards for 9M6XRO, but because the sender did not put "QSL Via M0URX" then of course they have gone to Malaysia Amateur Radio Transmitting Society. the cards are with John, 9M6XRO amd we will now have the expense of re routing the cards to the United Kingdom.
CHECK the QSL info BEFORE you dump a QSL into the bureau.
QRZ.com profile quite clearly states "please do not send your card via Bureau USE OQRS."
Most of the QSL cards should have been requested on OQRS avoiding this problem.
- Created on Saturday, 28 January 2017 15:42
9M6XRO, John Plenderleith, was recently operating from the Mount Kinablu National Park, Dream World Resort. Here is John's report along with some photos.
"The sign at the gate says "Relax Amidst the Clouds", well at times we were ABOVE the clouds and for long periods we were actually in them.
Visibility often changed from unlimited to totally misty in a matter of minutes. Temperatures were very cool all day and more so at night.
The town down the hill is Kundasang which is the location of Mount Kinabalu National Park, a start point for climbing Mt Kinabalu.
Kundasang is on the route we passed a few years back when driving from KK to Tawau for the Sebatik Island trips. Due to the elevation that area produces all the veg and most of the fruit for Sabah as well as for export. We loaded up on the way back and also bought a load of barbecued wild boar meat which they bbq and sell by the roadside.
As you can see in one photo Mount Kinabalu (about 14,000 ft high) was almost plumb North of us so most of the stuff I worked apart from JA was LP. As you can see, there was a great take-off to the South."
John reports making several hundred QSOs from this location mainly on LF and some Qs to North America Long Path, as usual all QSOs have been uploaded to LoTW and OQRS is open.
- Created on Saturday, 28 January 2017 13:40
United Radio QSL Bureau are sponsoring the QSL management of GB1SWC a Special Event Station at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven will host a variety of special events throughout the weekend of 11th - 12th March 2017 to support local charity Samaritans of West Cumbria and to raise awareness of the work undertaken by Samaritans.
In addition to the scheduled beacon exhibits on display, members of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will broadcast voice and digital mode transmissions from Amateur Radio Station GB1SWC. As well as live tracking of the International Space Station and other interactive demonstrations such as a Morse Code Game, there will be sending and receiving of Television pictures and digital information over radio waves.
If radio conditions are favourable members of the public will also be invited to exchange greeting messages on air with licensed stations in the UK and abroad.
Suicide kills three times more people than road traffic accidents and West Cumbria has one of the highest suicide rates in the UK. Local volunteers from Samaritans will be on hand during the weekend to explain the work of their organisation and can be available to talk with anyone in private and in confidence if needed.
Nationally Samaritans respond to more than 5 million calls for help a year and it is only through the public’s kind donations and our trained volunteers that ensures we are always there for anyone struggling to cope.
- Created on Saturday, 28 January 2017 10:10
Over the last few years there has been some dramatic changes to how we all request our QSL cards. In Direct QSL requests it is quite significant that we are now requesting over 90% of these using OQRS as opposed to sending a direct letter. This data is measured here by our own OQRS system. This means that you not only get your QSL card much quicker by using OQRS, it also saves us a lot of time in processing your QSL request.
An added feature is the “Busted / Missing Call” form in which you can make an inquiry all in-house without emailing the QSL manager.
Some of you are confused about the “QSL Via” field – This is ONLY to be used if your bureau QSL is to be sent to YOUR QSL manager. It is NOT for your email address or for any greetings message and it most certainly should not be to write M0URX or your QSL request will just come back to me!
There is still much work to do in educating DX chasers on how to use OQRS. In particular we are experiencing a lack of use from the “Bureau” users, for DXpeditions, IOTA, Holiday stations and many rare DX stations, you should NOT be sending your QSL cards through the bureau. We need you to utilise the OQRS service.
Please - Always check on QRZ.com for QSL info!
Here at the United Radio QSL Bureau we practice “Responsible QSL’ing” and we ask you to do the same.
We are particularly concerned about QSL’ers and Contesters from JA, DL, OH, OK, UA who continue to “QSL ALL” QSOs from their log and perform QSL card dumps into their respective IARU QSL Bureaus. This practice is an example of irresponsible QSL’ing. The cost in both time and money to process such vast amounts of QSL cards is quite honestly staggering! Worst offenders of such behaviour are well known contest stations and we ask you to please STOP dumping your logs into the QSL Bureaus of the world. It is of course done for “Branding” purposes of the contest station so that the stations that they work remember the call sign and work them again in the next contest and the next and the next and then of course another dozen QSL exchanges are generated automatically by the QSL dumping of the contest station. This of course is very self-defeating, why? Most contest stations either do not pick up their bureau cards or they have a QSL manager deal with them, so the operators will probably never even see who has sent the QSL cards so the “branding” exercise is very flawed. Not to mention all the QSL cards that are sent to non-affilated call signs which all then have to be returned to the contest station. More waste!
The waste that this creates is quite huge, yet every single one of those useless requests has to be checked into the logs here just in case one of them is a “GENUINE” bureau request. This can take hundreds of man hours every year that is just here with the work I do. SO around the world there will be thousands and thousands of hours wasted processing the bureau cards from contest stations that are not requested or wanted or even want a reply back. This is beyond selfish, it is down right not acceptable! The money used by the world IARU Bureaus to ship all these cards that are not requested or wanted could be much better spent. Think about it!
Much investment has gone into Online QSL Request System development to save time in processing QSL requests this is very evident with the bureau requests, we do not have to wait three years to receive your card. Your QSL will be sent on our next dispatch to your IARU Bureau. Please help us in reducing the bureau waste! Thank you!
- Created on Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:39
Ron Vadeboncoeur VE3REV is QRV in Senegal as 6W1SU operting from Dakar.
QSL cards are available for request on OQRS Please do not send us any bureau cards, use OQRS.
LoTW will be uploaded when I get each log upload.
Ron has asked that you read the following while you are in the pile up!
Hello! I have been licenced for 20 years as VE3REV and moved to Dakar, Senegal in August 2016 for 2+ years. I have not been very active, therefore, still consider myself a “Novice”. So, I ask for the following when making a QSO:
1) Be Tolerant: I may not be a good operator, yet, but I WANT TO LEARN;
2) Be Patient: I will be in Dakar for two or three years and will be active from 6m down to 80m. If you don't work me the first time, there will be many other chances! Operating phone only but hoping to tackle CW later;
3) Be Polite: I have never worked pile ups before. If they occur, I will try to “manage” them the best I can using prefix numbers, geographic location, etc. I dislike QSOs being broken by over-zealous operators, so if you cut in at an inappropriate time, you just might get ignored...being Canadian, I must conclude by saying “Sorry” :)
4) Be Supportive: I gladly accept constructive criticism and advice. Feel free to email me.
Kenwood TS850S (thanks to VE9CB)
ICOM 551D 6m with IC-PS20 power supply
Yaesu FL1200Z amplifier
MA5B 3-element trapped yagi 10/12/15/17/20m
6m 6JXX6 6-element yagi (thanks to F6EPY)
40m and 80m dipoles
Location: [Pretty sweet I'm told] In downtown Dakar (Le Plateau) with a clear, western view of the ocean 250m away, looking directly at Les Iles des Madeleines. Antennae located on building roof about 50m above ground and 65m above sea level. Look forward to working the world! 73 Ron 6W1SU - VE3REV
- Created on Friday, 20 January 2017 19:05
I consulted ARRL DXCC, LoTW to get some guidance on our responsibilities on this matter and here is their response:
“I spoke to DXCC and Norm Fusaro to see if anything was actually WRITTEN regarding this issue.
Like LoTW, there is not anything written. It is a matter of Ethics.
The reason for not giving out the QSO information is so that persons cannot claim credit for a QSO that was not actually made. It is protection of the data and the integrity of the DXCC program.
This is to keep the QSO information genuine for a prestigious and sought-after award.
If someone contacts you, and they use LoTW, the data of the QSO is in their LoTW account. If they need their QSO/QSL log file, it can be obtained from Rick Murphy’s LoTW site at: http://www.rickmurphy.net/lotwquery.html
If they do not use LoTW, this is another issue. You are correct in not just giving out the QSO information if they ask without providing any information themselves.”
The answer is quite simple. Back up your ADIF log. Also, set up accounts with Club Log & LoTW, upload your logs regularly and then you will always have a record and backed up data of your log. Our policy is in line with the ethics of the DXCC Award Program and we will not give out QSO data, there is no excuse for losing your data. Back it up! We ask that you do not ask us for QSO data as we are not in a position to give the data to you.
- Created on Monday, 02 January 2017 14:40
- Created on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 13:05
150 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.
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