- Created on Monday, 15 November 2010 17:23
The Online Log search at United Radio QSL Bureau now contains 55 logs and 500,000 log entries.
P29CS log from today has now been uploaded.
- Created on Thursday, 04 November 2010 19:15
4600 QSL cards have now been posted on Friday 5th November in 581 items of post. Direct and to World Bureaus.
I am particularly interested in those of you working at World Bureaus to report to me when these packages arrive.
44 letters posted 09/11/2010.
45 letters posted 12/11/2010.
45 letters posted 17/11/2010.
70 letters posted 30/11/2010.
85 letters posted 16/12/2010.
09 November - HA5FA Jenci reports that my package arrived at the MRASZ Hungary QSL Bureau. Thanks Jenci for your excellent service once again.
- Created on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 12:24
This week the United Radio DX Team have been very busy setting up various CQWW Contest Stations.
9M6DXX Steve will be operating as 9M8Z from Sarawak, East Malaysia.
HS0ZJD Vinny is QRV from near Surin in Thailand.
M9X is as i write being constructed field day style. I will be QRV as M9X along with the rest of the UK Scout Contest Team
MC0SHL will also be QRV from Pembrokeshire, Wales. Operated by G1VDP.
VK8NSB Stuie will be QRV from Darwin. Northern Territory.
Alll above as usual QSL Via M0URX - if you require a QSL Via Bureau use the QSL Request Form ONLY.
- Created on Saturday, 23 October 2010 21:17
Trygvi very much enjoys 4m so expect to hear more of OY4YN and other OY Hams on 4m.
- Created on Sunday, 17 October 2010 10:50
Designs for the Sebatik Island IOTA OC-295 DX'Pedition are now being finalised and the card will soon be at the printshop and be ready for distrubution end of October.
QSL cards are Via M0URX.
- Created on Sunday, 17 October 2010 07:38
OY4TN Trygvi reports........... "On October 10th & 11th we had a great tropo opening from the Faroe Islands. It was great fun for me working a lot of ON, PA and DL - also worked a few G stations and a single LA QSO. All together close to 200 QSO on 2M and 70cm.
Other stations active were OY1OF on 2M/P and he did work a lot of PA/ON/DL on 2M FM with a small mobile antenna and 50W.
OY9JD did work some 23cm and 70cm /P
And OY3JE managed to do a few QSO on 23cm from home QTH.Today (16-10) we had JOTA activety from our club station, activating the OY6JAM callsign. It was great fun to work the JOTA together with the scouts, all QSO were made on SSB, but we did demonstrate a bit of digital & SSTV.
Hopfully there will be some new HAM in the near future, because they seems to be quite interested in ham radio.
Vy 73's Trygvi de OY4TN"
Photo by OY1OF Ólavur Photo by OY4TN Trygvi
- Created on Friday, 15 October 2010 18:01
The new QSL card for VK8NSB Stuie has now been designed and has arrived from the printer.
QSL Sponsored by United Radio QSL Bureau
QSL Via M0URX
- Created on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 20:47
73, Steve, 9M6DXX
- Created on Monday, 04 October 2010 21:23
In an email tonight from OY1OF Ólavur Frederiksen explains that the air waves over the Faroe Islands have been quieter than normal this summer due to the shack renovation of the FRA HQ. Floors, ceilings and roof have all been replaced. Thanks to Ólavur for the following photographic images of the work being done. It is great to hear the Islanders "On Air" from the new refurbished shack. You can view more of Ólavur's gallery here.
- Created on Thursday, 30 September 2010 20:18
"6578 in 3.5 days. Gordon & Steve made 3064 on SSB and I did 3514 as 9M6XRO/P on CW, so it was close to a 50-50 split between SSB and CW (46.6% SSB and 53.4% CW). I have had a lot of nice emails in and the DX Cluster comments for us look pretty good too. We are all very happy with the QSO count, and we gave out a lot of "new ones" for 9M6 even for the non-IOTA chasers."Both logs have been uploaded onto the online log search this afternoon, also to LoTW. The team will be meeting tomorrow to decide which photographs to use for the QSL cards which will be designed soon.
- Created on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 14:43
I received a telephone call from Stuie VK8NSB today. Sadly his QSL Manager and personal friend VK6NE passed away.
Stuie asked me to take over QSL Management for VK8NSB. New QSL cards will be available very soon. Please be patient while we print new cards.
I have uploaded the log for VK8NSB onto my logsearch.
QSL is Direct Via M0URX or Bureau via my Online QSL Request Service.
Any QSL cards already in the Bureau system will be rerouted.
- Created on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 16:55
Today more boxes of QSL cards arrived from the RSGB Bureau. Here is a breakdown of the work in progress:
Incoming Bureau cards arrived 28th September 2010 for the following call series.
2,700 QSL cards for the G4Dxx - Sorted and dispatched 30/09/2010.
1,400 QSL cards for the G4Rxx - Sorted and dispatched 01/10/2010.
3,200 QSL cards Via M0URX. 4,600 Dispatched 05/11/2010
- Created on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 18:16
The Sebatik Island OC-295 Team are ready for the long drive from their base in Kota Kinabalu. 9M6XRO John sent me his latest log update today with the following text.
"I just thought I'd clear the decks before leaving for Sebatik Island in the morning so I will send you the 9M6XRO log up to date. We have the CRV all packed and ready to roll at 6am in about 7 hours time for the 550km to Tawau, overnight there, then boat to Sebatik about noon L/T on the 24th. We hope to have at least one station on by the 24th evening but I think we can manage to get both set up with a bit of luck. We met the deputy headmaster of the Wallace Bay school for lunch today in KK and from his description things have improved a lot since 2006 and sounds like we will have no problem setting up the two stations and antennas on the jetty which he says is 300 ft long with lighting along its length.
OK, we'll see. I'll get this off to you then pack the laptop - and my camera this time! 73 - John - 9M6XRO"
9M6XRO/P (CW) and 9M6DXX/P (SSB) are now both active on IOTA OC-295. This is only the second time that OC-295 has been active, the last time was in July 2006 with 3,600 QSOs logged with the call sign 9M4SEB. So we are expecting this activity to be in demand by IOTA hunters. There will be two QSL cards printed, one for each callsign so if you do work both please check my Direct & Bureau Instructions for QSL Info.
Where is Sebatik Island? Click Here > Map of Sebatik Island OC-295
The log will be uploaded AFTER the activity in a few days.
- Created on Monday, 30 August 2010 18:58
25 August 2010 - 3,500 QSL cards Via M0URX arrived from the RSGB Bureau. All QSL cards have now been processed, there are a total of 4,500 cards that will be sent to World Bureaus.
90 direct letters also posted Wednesday 1st September.
ZC4VJ Andy ends transmissions from ZC4
ZC4VJ - Andy reports that his duties in Sovereign Base of Cyprus have now come to an end. Andy has sent me his last log update which takes the total amount of Qs in the ZC4VJ log to 66,000. Andy will soon return back to the United Kingdom.
- Created on Friday, 27 August 2010 11:58
Following their operation from Sebatik Island (OC-295) from 24 to 27 September (see below), John, 9M6XRO; Steve, 9M6DXX, and Gordon, G3USR, will operate as 9M6XRO/P, 9M6DXX/P and 9M6/G3USR respectively, from Labuan Island OC-133, from 5 to 8 October inclusive (and possibly approx 0000-0200GMT on 9 October). Activity will be on SSB, CW and RTTY with two stations using amplifiers to a Hexbeam, verticals and a 160m inverted-L very close to the ocean. All bands from 10 to 160 metres will be used. QSL 9M6XRO/P and 9M6DXX/P via M0URX, and 9M6/G3USR via home call.
73, Steve, 9M6DXX
ANNOUNCING OC-295 SEBATIK ISLAND IOTA DXPEDITION 24-27 SEPTEMBER 20109M6XRO, 9M6DXX, 9W6AMC, 9W6LEE and G3USR plan to activate the rare IOTA island of Pulau Sebatik, OC-295, from 24 to 27 September inclusive. The operation will be on 10 - 80m with the emphasis on 15 - 40m. Two stations will be used with amplifiers to a HexBeam and verticals located directly above the sea water. Callsigns will be 9M6XRO/P on CW and 9M6DXX/P on SSB and it is hoped to have both stations on the air during all the major openings to Europe and North America. OC-295 has only been claimed by 14.2% of IOTA participants, having been activated just once before, in July 2006. QSL both callsigns via M0URX, direct, bureau, or LoTW. See Sebatik Island for further details and for a link to M0URX's on-line QSL request form for both direct and bureau cards.
The operators of the 2010 OC-295 Sebatik Island DXpedition would like to thank IREF.IncChiltern DX Club & GMDX for their generous sponsorship of this DXpedition.
- Created on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:45
A number of "Not in log" QSL cards have recently been returned to sender for reasons that I would like to bring to the attention of readers. There was a pirate operating at some point and also when Andy gets persistent callers there has been the case where band police interfere saying "xxxx you are 59!
I was talking to Andy this week and discussed this with him and Andy told me that he is strict with logging, a correct signal report exchange MUST be confirmed both ways for you to be logged. After all this IS the correct way that a 2 way QSO should be conducted.
Andy WILL NOT reward any bad operating; persistent callers who do not stand by will not be logged. LISTEN carefully and before you send me your QSL card check my online log search.
- Created on Sunday, 15 August 2010 08:54
Once again this morning I have had to report to Ofcom an interference problem that has caused major problems to my Amateur Radio Station. After the initial investigations back in March 2010, two deivces were found to be faulty, a plasma TV and also a mast head TV pre amp. Both of the previous matters were resolved by Ofcom who i have to say dealt with my complaints very well. So now I have S9 plasma TV type noise again and I have to start the whole complaint off again. I will keep you informed of progress.
Ofcom field engineer will be here to investigate this week.
- Created on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:20
- Created on Wednesday, 04 August 2010 20:03
United Radio QSL Management Bureau are pleased to support and promote the following appeal.
I ask all readers of my Blog please read the press release below and consider a donation to this fund. A very worthy cause...
Press Release [in full] by GD6TWF:
The following appeal was made on DX World. Net Assistance Required
Hi! I am Abel (ex-9E2ABL). What I want to ask about is that I have passed the RSGB exam and am now properly licensed.. but when I apply for the license here I am required to have a radio & I may pay for the custom duty here but for the radio that I cannot afford … so if there is a way like an organization to support or anything…that I can get a radio it will be so helpful. I hope I will get a positive response.
Thank you, 73 Abel
Following this appeal Sid May ET3SID a British National Resident in Ethiopia for decades contacted DX World.Net to say he had coached four young Ethiopians – all members of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (“EARS”) through the examination including Abel – and stated that all four were in the same position; they had the qualification to get a license but could not afford the cost of buying, shipping and importing equipment.
As a result of this request several amateurs made offer of help and it was decided to form a simple appeal to raise funds and accept donations of equipment so that these four young amateurs could get on the air.
The appeal is called Amateur Radio In Ethiopia (“ARIE”) and a webpage has been launched at http://tinyurl.com/ETproject which gives all the information and details on how to donate.
We have already had offers of equipment and cash donations from UK, Germany, New Zealand, UK, USA and Isle of Man.
The appeal has been designed so anyone can donate according to means. That old rig gathering dust on the shelf would change someone’s life. A small donation would allow us to buy PL259’s or a few metres of coax. A big donation would allow us to ship a donated rig out.
We welcome donations from individuals, clubs, societies, associations, dx-groups any where in the world. If your business is interested in being involved please contact us to see how we can work together.
We passionately believe that this organisation will have a lifelong impact on the recipients, help people enjoy their hobby who, without your help, would not be able to do so. Contributed towards equipping Ethiopian hams who will be making contacts and giving many other hams a new DXCC country while at the same time developing their own valuable technical skills and career prospects.
 Radio Society of Great Britain (‘RSGB”) International Examination. The cost of which was met by the RSGB.
For any questions please look at our website http://tinyurl.com/ETproject or contact Chris Wood
- Created on Monday, 02 August 2010 16:17
As many of you know I upload my log to Club Log and have some friendly rivalry between friends in the SSB 2010 League to see who can be No 1 SSB DX'er for the year. When MM0SJH Steve emailed me today saying with a snigger "I think you better look at Club Log!" I knew straight away that he had taken the Number One spot. Luckily my latest upload keeps me top on band slot difference. Over the last few weeks I have taken my eye off the ball with all the QSL work just lately, and being away in Wales where i can't add to my score of course.
So here is the table as we stand today August 2nd with just under 5 months to go!
Club Log 2010 SSB DXCC League
- Created on Monday, 02 August 2010 12:04
John Plenderleith 9M6XRO reports this week, John says:
"We had a great time at the 6th All Borneo Amateur Radio Festival in Brunei over July 23-25th hosted by BDARA whose members could not do enough for us. I kept the BARC banner flying high by winning the CW and General Knowledge Competitions!
As it so happened the 25th was the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah's 64th birthday and all Bruneians turn out for it. Everyone at the Hamfest was also invited. BDARA was allotted booth number 64 at the Padang and after the welcoming ceremony the Sultan makes the rounds of all the booths most of which are for local people from the outlying villages. At the BDARA booth the Sultan was presented with a gold-plated morse key and up to that point I was not aware of the Sultan's interest in ham radio but it seems he has the call V85HB and the booth had on display images from the past of the Sultan operating on 2m and working YB on HF!
I have attached photos of the gold-plated key, and one of yours truly with the talented young musicians from Kampong Bebuloh who were adjacent to our booth and performing traditional music on their gongs. I am sure some of the youngest members were no more than 5 or 6 years old and were barely visible behind the larger gongs but they never missed a beat!
On Thursday I went out to Langkah Syabas resort with 9M6GY and set up the station for a JA visitor, JE9MBV. I spent Friday at the BARC clubhouse repairing the low band inverted vee. A barrel connector and two PL-259 plugs were cremated so once again I suspect a lightning strike close by as the culprit. I have been busy but not on the air!
9M6XRO's Noisy Electricity Pole Gets a Visit!
One other thing. I had a call from the MCMC last Thursday and was told that the SESB (Electricity Board) were sending engineers out to inspect the noisy pole I'd been complaining about. I quickly headed out there clutching my MFJ noise meter and let them listen to the problem. The result is that it is now on their work list so one of these days it should get done. I just hope it is the last one and the problem doesn't jump to the next dodgy pole along the line!"