HI2DX Letters Posted

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HI2DX QSL cards arrived from the printer today, 363 letters will be posted on Tuesday 27th January. Sorry these have taken longer than I would normally expect, there were a considerable amount of logging issues to work through.

Log backed up?

Have you worked any good DX lately? Then BACK UP YOUR LOG!

Please take note that I DO NOT give out date and time data from my logs. That includes EP6T.

Please do not email me saying you have a HDD crash! Back your log up!

EP6T Update

team ep6tWe are constant aware of the unbalanced amount of "EU-NA-VK-AS" QSO's. We do our best do bend this fact but 10 days is perhaps to less time to satisfy everybody. We are trying to call for certain area's, but are not always have the control on the hard to find "HAM spirit". Jammers, calling with fake calls and disrespecting the operators, sending disgraceful emails and calling us names is sometimes to much for us. PLEASE A LITTLE MORE RESPECT is needed.

Last night was the first day to enjoy RX with no local QRM. There is a noise level we must concur but this is not local. Many JA's made it through on the low bands, and on 80m some NA stations made it through. Only as far KV4FZ and NP2X was worked on 160m. Even EU was hard to work at sunrise.

We have 4 RX antenna's we can switch but when conditions are bad there's nothing we can do.

Today we had a visit of the Iranian press TV. They made a report and will be transmitted on the air tonight. We seem to be famous people over here, hihi.

We will do a logupdate on a regular base. We can't do any log adjustments at the moment. Our QSL manager will adjust when possible after the operation. Just send a mail with your busted call together with the time, band and mode you worked us.
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As QSL manager I am working hard answering emails regarding logging enquiries. I received the LoTW certificate on Tuesday. Thank you to the LoTW support team especially Kathy Allison and Dave Patton. EP6T team gave me permission to upload the logs to LoTW a few hours after the team upload to Club Log, once i am sure that the log is correct.

EP6T Arrives In Tehran

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We have good news! Everything is going as planned, we passed customs in Tehran with ALL our equipment, and are now waiting for our domestic flight to Kish Island! The help of Dr Fard was very much appreciated again and we were very happy to be welcomed by so many people of the local amateur radio society in the middle of the night. The 50 km trip between airports which was arranged by Mohammed (EP3MIR) and his assistant Ali went perfectly. All official departments on Kish island have been notified about our radio expedition. There should be no restrictions. In a few hours after arrival on the island we will start building the antennas, and setting up the stations. Expecting to be on air by midnight January 16th.
 
The ROCKALL DX GROUP

MS0OXE 2015 Activity Planned

All flights have been booked and QTH confirmed. 9th September to 16th September.

The team will take three flights and transfers to get to our QTH and should arrive by 1600z on the 9th September if all goes to plan. so, we should be QRV on the 9th early evening time. we will be QRV until PM on the 15th September weather permitting. we may have to QRT early if the weather turns bad.

Due to mains power limitations on the island we will QRT each night at 2300z and QRV each day at 0700z. we have looked at taking or hiring a generator. but in the end it was going to be a lot of trouble to get one on the island or courier one to the island.

As mentioned above, we have scheduled a band plan to suit. we will be QRV on 10 through to 40 meters only. MODES- CW, SSB and RTTY. we plan to have 2 stations on the air throughout each day from 0700 to 2300.

ANTENNAS. we have decided on using vertical mono band dipoles for each band as we have salt water very close to the antennas, less than 10meters, according to google earth.

We will upload to club log each day and LOTW on return home.

QSL’s will be handled by Tim, M0URX OQRS Direct & OQRS. Bureau OQRS ONLY a new QSL will be designed for this dxped.

Most of all, we will have fun doing it.. look forward to working you. 73 MS0OXE.

V63MJ Kosrae Island IOTA OC-059

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W5MJ Madison Jones will be QRV as V63MJ Federated States of Micronesia on Kosrae Island OC-059 from 16th - 24 February 2015. CW only 160m to 10m. Using K3 transceiver, and KPA500 amplifier. 

QSL Via M0URX Direct & OQRS.
Bureau OQRS only please.

DXpedition Planning - Avoid those school boy errors!

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We have all heard about the "DX Code of Conduct" and how important it is for all of us, DX chasers and DX activators to follow rules to reduce DQRM and other nasties. As a QSL manager I am able to see much of what happens behind the scenes and feel that the new year is a good time to help those of you planning DXpeditions in the future to make sure that you are fully prepared for your adventure. Many of the circumstances I describe below HAVE happened to the teams that I have worked with and some of them are so "school boy error" that you often do not even think about it until the problem occurs.

Happy New Year 2015 from M0URX

A Happy New Year 2015 to DX'ers everywhere. Lots of projects ahead in the coming months in which I promise to do my best to keep the QSL cards leaving here both Via Direct and World QSL Bureaus. 
I am always looking for new DX partners to work with to compliment the worlds DX'pedition teams in the way of your QSL management.. If you have some IOTA or DXCC plans for the year ahead and would like a professional QSL Management service then please drop me a line as I would love to help.
 
A big thank you and Happy New Year also to the DX'peditioon teams and DX Stations that I have been working with in recent years. Thank you for your professional work in updating me with logs from where ever in the world you have been.

No Stamps - Thank you

Just a reminder as a QSL manager for many stations, some QSL managers cannot accept stamps as return postage. For me QSL = $2.
Without the $ I would not be able to provide a free Bureau service. In 2014 i sent out 31,000 bureau cards which taking into account of printing and carriage costs it works out as £1,600 and this would not be possible if stamps were used.

Another consideration is that from the United Kingdom although some letters can weigh 10g 97p, most will weigh 12g or more which is £1.28 (over $2)

Many UK QSL managers use a mailing contract using Postage Paid Imprints,(not stamps) and on this contract letters to USA can be as little as 60p. So for us using stamps is just throwing money away which is better invested in our bureau costs and other DXpedition costs.

Some may say that making a business out of QSLing is just not on! But we have a duty to provide the best quality of service for both you the DX chasers AND the DXpedition teams. Regrettably I have received a lot of envelopes with insufficient stamps either I have to use $ to put the extra stamps on or the QSL goes Via Bureau.

Hope this explanation helps a little? Have a great 2015 to you all, have a safe New Year!

HI2DX Saona Island NA-122 QSL Preview

Here is the QSL Preview for HI2DX Saona Island NA-122 DXpedition. QSL cards will be printed in the first week in January, I expect all direct cards to be posted end of January. Bureau cards will be sent to all World Bureaus in my February mailing.

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M0URX Christmas Post

Today I posted out my last bundle of letters before Christmas. My next QSL mailing will be on 27th December.

OQRS is open as normal and all QSL requests will be processed through the Christmas week ready for the next dispatch.

Merry Christmas to everyone, thank you to you all for a very busy QSL service through 2014

2015 Bureau Policy for M0URX

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M0URX United Radiio QSL Service values the bureau system very much and recognises the DX'ers need to use the system to receive QSL cards for stations they work.
 
2014 has seen the RSGB conducting a Bureau Review in which it looked at the usage of the RSGB Bureau system by QSL managers here in the UK, in which I have been co-operatiing with the RSGB to find a way forward so that you can continue to request QSL cards for Bureau dispatch.
 
It is important to remember that ALL of my OUTGOING bureau cards are sent to all IARU World bureaus every four months in February, June and October at my expense and NOT Via the RSGB Bureau, so this review took the cost saving to the RSGB in my outgoing bureau expenses into account.
 
Whilst I can still RECEIVE QSL cards for call signs that are RSGB members or affiliated call signs to the society, I am NOT permitted to receive QSL cards as "QSL Via M0URX" if the call sign is NOT an RSGB member or affiliated call sign.
 
The only RSGB members that I look after and that do collect incoming QSL cards are: G1VDP, M0URX, OY1OF, PJ4DX.
 
For ALL other call signs especially ALL DXpeditions you must NOT send me any QSL requests Via Bureau, instead use my OQRS facility here: http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/
 
NO DXpediton QSL cards should be sent TO ME Via the bureau system, it is costly and very time consuming to process those QSL requests, for this reason United Radio QSL Bureau will be charged by the RSGB per kg for all QSL cards that are incorrectly sent to me for NON RSGB member call signs.
Use the Online QSL Request System OQRS ONLY please.
 
No Bureau system is free, and therefore I ask you to respect my new Bureau Policy of OQRS ONLY for NON RSGB member call signs. 
Your local IARU Bureau will receive the Online QSL Requests every four months giving you a very fast service.
Thank you for your attention.

 

EP6T Workshop to Prepare Equipment for Iran

HI2DX Update

HI2DX Log Issues
Some work has been done to recover missing QSOs and work is ongoing to repair the log completely, I ask for continued patience while I work through some repairs
 
I have now re opened the OQRS for HI2DX. 
QSL Via M0URX for DIRECT but for Bureau please ONLY use OQRS.
Please do not send your card Via bureau  - we do not need it. ONLY use OQRS.
 
Thank you

MX0LDG QSL cards Posted

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155 letters for MX0LDG posted 4th December 2014. Also posted are the latest 4W/G3ZEM QSL requests.

QSL Cards Arrived!

DimitriWe all love to receive QSL cards and this week SV2YC, Dimitri sent me a photo which made me smile. Dimitri requested a pack of QSL cards from the stations that I am QSL manager for a few days ago.

Thank you Dimitri for the photograph. 

4W/G3ZEM cards posted

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394 letters were posted today for 4W/G3ZEM. Please expect delivery within the next 5 - 7 days. If you also requested MX0LDG, they will be posted next week.

HI2DX Saona Island NA-122

THE 2014 ACTIVATION OF SAONA ISLAND IOTA NA-122 - NOV 19-23, 2014

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HI2DX will take place at the end of 2014 by a team of operators leaded by HOTEL INDIA DX CLUB, INC. in a join effort with top DX operators from LOMA DEL TORO DX CONTEST CLUB, RADIO CLUB DOMINICANO, UNION DOMINICANA DE RADIOFICIONADOS UDRA and RADIO CLUB DE SANTIAGO among guest operators from FLORIDA CONTEXT GROUP, and other guest operators joining the team from the US.

OBJECTIVES:
To provide the possibility for every amateur radio station in the world - even those running QRP or very simple antennas - to make at least one contact with Saona Island.

To enable all level users and to DXers to put HI2DX in their logs on as many bands and modes as possible.

Besides the Dxpedition we will conduct a MEDICAL OPERATIVE PROGRAM to bring basic medical assistance and donate medications to residents of the island.

SAONA ISLAND is located in the southeastern part of the Dominican Republic

(Lat: 18° 7' 47.0814" /Long: -68° 40' 5.9376")

Surface area of 110 squared Km.
IOTA NA-122
CQ ZONE 8
ITU ZONE 11
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QSL INFORMATION: QSL Via M0URX

International Incidents Update

Mail delayI quite frequently get emails asking me "Why hasn't my QSL package arrived?" Well you can be sure that we take your QSL requests very seriously indeed!

Sometimes delays in mail transportation can be the result of many International Incidents and may not always be obvious or specific to your region but may be the cause of a delay in the routing of your International Mail.

Incidents such as flooding, earthquake, fire, strike, flight delays, damage to aircraft ILS, war and government restrictions. I have seen all the above incidents causing delays in my time as QSL manager and one way to see if there is an event that could be the cause of your delay look on the "International Incidents Update" page at Royal Mail which gives quite a comprehensive list to incidents around the globe.

4W/G3ZEM Timor-Leste QSL Preview

Here is the QSL card preview of 4W/G3ZEM. All direct QSL cards are scheduled to be posted at the end of November.

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MX0LDG Isles Of Scilly QSL Preview.

The QSL for MX0LDG Isles of Scilly DXpedition is now ready to be printed. 

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