- Created on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 20:34
I am currently working on the VK0EK QSL mailing. I expect to post ALL direct QSL cards by mid June. So far 2,000 letters are ready and so are the sponsors packages for GDXF, MDXC, SDXF & DDXG.
Please refrain from emailing me asking when you will get the QSL. The longer I have to spend on answering emails the longer the job takes! Thank you!
- Created on Sunday, 29 May 2016 09:17
The recent activity GS0NWM by Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club to Isle of Barra EU-010 made almost 10,000 QSOs and quite a number of QSL requests already received. Here is the QSL preview which is now going to print and will be out in the post in June.
The back of the QSL card also features GS0NWM/P Vatersay Island EU-010.
Please remember that the Bureau QSL is only available by OQRS request. Please do not send your cards. Thanks.
- Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 08:42
A new advertising flyer for United Radio QSL Bureau and ON5UR Maxi-Print has been designed. These will be posted out with QSL cards soon.
- Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 08:30
The QSL cards for VK0EK were sent to the print room this week and will shortly be shipped to me for the work in sending out the mailing sometime in June. As there were so many sponsors logos we felt it was necessary to show these on an additional sponsors leaflet that we will send with all direct QSL cards.
Bureau cards will be a single QSL. Bureau QSL is only available by OQRS request.
- Created on Sunday, 08 May 2016 16:43
BT (British Telecom) Have now lost me as a customer this weekend, after a week of disastrous customer service, failed call backs and hours of asking completely irrelevant questions, I may as well have been asked what I had for my Sunday lunch because it was as just as irrelevant as the questions they asked me. The problem started when I changed my password to the BT Yahoo emails on BT Webmail, immediately emails of important transactions failed to appear in my in box, and Yahoo Group emails also failed to arrive....
- Created on Monday, 25 April 2016 18:45
In the year up to 31/03/2016 the team have posted 28,242 items which is 2,700 fewer than last year. We have supported several large DXpedition teams and single operator stations. The table shows you some of the statistics on our postage volumes over the last year!
If you have a DXpedition and you are looking for a QSL manager that will look after all your QSL matters just drop us a line.
Also posted during this past 12 months are 33,682 QSL cards to all world Bureaus.
- Created on Saturday, 23 April 2016 09:48
Thank you to Eugene Kuschev, UA6EX for the donation of 41 old out of date IRCs. These are used to support our outgoing QSL Bureau costs. Thank you.
if you have any OLD IRC's then we would love to receive them as a donation. They will all be used to help us send out bureau cards.
- Created on Sunday, 03 April 2016 15:59
All 544 direct letters for A35T Tonga will be posted on Monday 4th April.
Bureau cards have also been processed ready for the next dispach, please remember DO NOT send your cards to us Via Bureau we will not receive them. OQRS ONLY for Bureau on ALL DXpeditions. Thank you.
- Created on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:04
Please take time to read carefully. Thank you.
QSLing Procedure and Policy- The Procedure
QSLs can be ordered three ways:
1) Online direct card request – $5 VK0EK OQRS page
2) Mailed direct request to the QSL Manager – $5
3) Online request with delivery via the Bureau VK0EK OQRS page (https://shop.vk0ek.org/buro.html)
Here are the details for these three options:
- Created on Monday, 21 March 2016 06:13
A35T Tongatapu Island OC-049 QSL card has been designed and is now being printed ready for dispatch very soon. OQRS for Direct and Bureau is open on my website as usual.
Please remember that there is NO longer any Incoming Bureau route for DXpeditions, You MUST request these on OQRS.
- Created on Monday, 29 February 2016 15:54
V31AX Paul (VE3AXT) has been in Belize for the last few weeks just operating holiday mode. Here is Paul's QSL card preview. Paul says that he will be back in Belize next year!
- Created on Monday, 29 February 2016 09:51
Just to remind you that M0URX OQRS replaces my Incoming Bureau service for DXpeditions.
DO NOT SEND me Bureau cards for DXpeditions.
- Created on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 07:55
There are many radio amateurs that are also DXpedition activators that also handle their own QSL management. To help you budget and meet your QSL’ing chores economically and quickly the United Radio QSL Management Bureau have a few tools that can assist you.
So if you are planning an IOTA, DXCC or just a holiday DXpedition and want to manage your own QSL’ing, then this will be of interest to you.
The first point I want to make quite clear is that postage stamps are best used for sending aunty Caroline a birthday card, they should not be used for sending DXpedition mailings. Let me introduce you to “OBA”
OBA – An Online Business Account was set up with Royal Mail some years ago, designed specifically for UK based QSL managers and DXpedition Teams so that they can post QSL mailings more cost effectively and also quicker than using conventional stamps.
Each QSL manager acts as an independent mailing house with access via the www.RoyalMail.com website from anywhere in the UK with a Posting Location Licence number from the Royal Mail.
1) The weights and quantities of mail are entered on an online order form and an invoice is raised.
2) “Postage Paid Imprint” labels are put onto the envelopes instead of stamps. Or the PPI can be printed directly onto your envelopes.
3) You take the mail to your local Post Office in a mail tray with the invoice and the mailing is complete.
4) Payment is made directly to me, as account holder, and should be paid the same day as the invoice is raised.
FULL training can be provided, a simple 15 minute session on the phone or skype is usually all that is needed. Materials are provided free by Royal Mail. The only extra cost for you are the labels and ink for your printer.
So what does all that save you? Well a considerable amount of time saving on your QSL’ing chores, so more time for the radio! On small mailings there is approximately 30 - 40% saving on UK stamp prices, which I consider proof enough on its own!
For the larger scale DXpeditions we have access to the biggest discounts on mailings to all destinations so if you have more than 1.5 kg of mail (150 letters) going to say USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain and so on, you get a significantly bigger discount, in fact up to 50 - 78% saving on UK stamp prices to those countries. This is called Max Sort product, but in return for the discount you must separate the countries mail and put it into mail bags with the routing bag label. In the case of the USA the letters are sorted into Zip Code area. I use this system for all the major DXpeditions that I am manager for. The mail bags then go directly to the (HIDC) Heathrow International Distribution Centre for forwarding on the next flight.
There is no penalty for letters weighing over 10g so even if you have a double QSL for example the QSL cards I sent for 9M4SLL, EP6T, E30FB the letters weighs 15g but the cost of posting is significantly lower than stamps.
How does all this work then? With all the UK QSL managers working together we can combine our annual postal expenses. To get access to the International contract we need an annual net spend of £5k per annum, to get access to Max Sort contract we need a net spend of £10k per annum on International mailing products.
The savings are so significant to the QSL’ing that since April 2013 we have sent over 83,000 items and saved over £30,000 on UK stamp prices.
QSL Management Team If you would rather let us handle all or some of your QSL management requirements you are welcome to drop us a line to discuss this with you further.
This is not just for the UK either, both myself Tim M0URX, and Charles M0OXO are QSL managers for some major International DX Teams. The level of management provided can be tailored to each DXpedition on an individual basis.
Outgoing QSL Bureau The savings made have funded our own Outgoing QSL Bureau. All IARU bureaus are sent a package 3 or 4 times a year. This is crucial to providing an excellent service for everyone to ensure the fast flow of cards around the world. Bureau does not have to mean slow! All our parcels are sent using Air Mail Business Class to arrive in 7 working days to the IARU bureau.
This is open to anyone to use for a charge £6 per kg, or FREE for DXpeditions only if you use our full QSL service.If you are planning a DXpedition and want more information please contact:
I would also like to welcome Jaime, 2E0SDV to the UK QSL team.
Whether you are planning a one man DXpediiton to the Channel Islands or a major Top 10 Most Wanted, we have many options for you to consider.
- Created on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:56
The A35T DXpedition is now packed up and ready to go. We will have three stations running Elecraft K3 transceivers with a KX3 as a backup radio, two Elecraft KPA500 amps, an Expert Amp 1.3, three KIO hex beams 20 through 6, and four Spiderpoles for the lower frequencies. We anticipate having our stations on 160 - 30 MHz during night hours, and the hex beams for 20 - 6 meters during daylight hours. We hope to be able to provide Qs on 160 to EU to fill the great need for that band. Our operation is scheduled for 18 - 28 February, not the 24th as previously reported. Even though K5NA and K5DU will be tending to a family emergency and not able to make the trip, we hope to have guest op Hiro A31MM, who recently moved to Tonga, joining us during our stay.
- Created on Sunday, 07 February 2016 08:09
You may remember the problem regarding letters routed to the USA being returned by the USPS endorsed:
”RETURN TO SENDER, NOT DELIVERABLE AS ADDRESSED UNABLE TO FORWARD”
Yet every letter is correctly addressed & No change of address has required forwarding.
I am STILL experiencing the same problem even though I am formatting the addresses to USPS specifications.
All returned letters I have had back, have been posted again at no cost to the DX’er.
The problem is clearly with the software on USPS sorting machines, remember mail is no longer hand sorted.
I am sure that USPS are not even aware of the software problem, sadly they also don't seem to care as all my emails for the last two years have gone unanswered. Just not good enough USPS! Please help!
- Created on Saturday, 30 January 2016 10:33
Thank you to K5GS and the TX3X Chesterfield Island DXpedition team for the plaque received today!
"In appreciation of Support to TX3X"
Well, it was a pleasure to assist you guys. Always here if you need! Thank you
- Created on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 12:21
Photo - M0OXO, Charles with our bureau mailing
- Created on Wednesday, 06 January 2016 21:03
I am very proud to announce that I have been appointed QSL manager for the forthcoming VKØEK DXpedition to Heard Island this year. Here is the announcement in full by the VKØEK Team:
"Jan. 6, 2016. We are pleased to announce that Tim Beaumont, MØURX, will provide the QSL manager service for VKØEK, with cards printed by Max, ON5UR. DXA will be the DXers primary interface with the expedition, and DXers will be able to request their QSLs via the DXA and VKØEK web pages, with QSL requests fulfilled by Tim and Max’s United Radio QSL Management Bureau. Online requests for direct cards are preferred, although direct paper QSLs via MØURX will also be accepted. Bureau requests will also be made via DXA/VKØEK. To provide efficient service and to reduce workload on the bureau system, all bureau requests should be made on-line."
- Created on Friday, 01 January 2016 08:29
It always gives me great pleasure to receive images of the QSL cards arriving at their destination, especially if the QSL is an ATNO for the DX'er. The images also give me information about how the mailing has gone and how long it takes for the letters to arrive around the world.
I first received an email from G3UML, Laurie in London that the QSL arrived just 24 hours after it was posted, At the same time M5JON John sent me the photo (below left) with the QSL in his shack.Further tweets from EI9KC & DL2AJB also indicate the QSL has arrived.
Just one day later i saw several Twitter messages from France, F8DZY sent the image (below middle) of the QSL. Also several messages from Germany saying that the QSL had arrived.
- Created on Sunday, 27 December 2015 08:18
Whilst most people were stuffing the Christmas turkey over the last few days, I was stuffing the TX3X Chesterfield Reef QSL cards into envelopes for the big mailing.
As Global Mailing Consultant to the TX3X Team, it was my job to ensure that the QSL card was designed by ON5UR Max Rymenant (Maxi-Print) to the specification requested by the team, and also process the OQRS requests and complete the QSL mailing in a timely manner.
As a result, packages to our sponsors DDXG, GDXF, MDXC & SWDXF, along with 2,749 letters to the deserving will be posted by business mail class on Tuesday 29th December and should reach you very soon.
Thank you to the TX3X Team for trusting me with this important job! For more information on the TX3X project please go to www.TX3X.com
- Created on Sunday, 20 December 2015 21:46
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