- Created on Friday, 28 December 2012 10:58
- Created on Friday, 21 December 2012 15:26
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with lots of great DX in 2013!
To ensure that no mail goes missing over the Christmas holiday shut down, I have now suspended all outgoing post. My next mailing out will be on Thursday 27th December 2012. I already have about 200 letters ready to post in that dispatch.
I would like to express my thanks to the loyal support of everyone, thanks to the suppliers that have kept United Radio QSL Bureau going in 2012, thank you to ON5UR Max for the excellent service of QSL printing, thank you to the loyal volunteers of the World QSL Bureaus for keeping all the Bureau cards circulating around the globe.
Thank you to you, and Merry Christmas.
- Created on Sunday, 09 December 2012 12:35
13th December 2012 - 160 QSL cards posted for OY3JE & PJ4NX.
JX5O QSL cards have now arrived. All outstanding QSL cards will be posted soon.
XR0Y - I have now taken over from Stan SQ8X as QSL manager for his activity XR0Y Easter Island from 2009. I have available a few hundred QSL cards. OQRS is now open to claim your DIRECT QSL, no bureau
Please only use OQRS direct option or direct by post.
As I only have a few XR0Y QSL cards, these will be for DIRECT ONLY! No Bureau cards available here until a reprint has been done. Thank you.
- Created on Friday, 30 November 2012 15:02
- Created on Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:09
The Faroe Islands offer a stunning backdrop that make beautiful photography that look just gorgeous on any QSL card, sunsets and Aurora Borealis are my favourite subject for a design. This new design for OY3JE Jan will be printed and available very soon. QSL Via M0URX.
I have received a parcel from Jan containing 115 letters. All letters have been processed through the log. QSL cards will be posted once the cards arrive from the printer.
- Created on Sunday, 25 November 2012 07:15
Welcome Peter, PJ4NX in Bonaire, to the United Radio QSL Bureau. QSL now Via M0URX. OQRS is now open.
Peter has sent me the full log so I can now process QSL requests. A NEW QSL card is currently being designed and will be printed soon. I expect to be able to post QSL requests by Christmas. Please be patient while I wait for the cards to be printed.
Peter will upload to LoTW regularly. Please use my OQRS for QSL requests where possible please, both for Direct and Bureau. I ask you please do not send any cards to PJ4NX through the Bureau system, if you can use OQRS please use it. Save costs!
Any stations that I am QSL manager for will always be glad to work you, however I ask you to follow the DX Code. If the DX station is asking for a specific area STAND BY and DO NOT call. Some of the behaviour from Europe now is unacceptable and the DX will just close down if you carry on like this. Thank you for your attention.
- Created on Thursday, 08 November 2012 10:15
After more than 6 months work and hundreds international phone calls, we finally find a "base location" for a DX trip to Monaco.
Callsigns: 3A/ON5UR - 3A/ON8AK - Operators Max and Marc.
Date: 9 - 17 November 2012.
SSB operation only.
So far we have permission for one base station, but we hope to find a solution to get two stations on the air.
We will operate from 10 to 80 Mtr.
- Created on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 17:33
I am pleased to announce that good progress is being made with discussion with Stan SQ8X for the transfer of QSL manager for JX5O.
I have now received the log. OQRS is open for NEW requests ONLY
Old Requets: Very Important: Please read carefully.
Stan has a further 80 - 100 direct letters and these will be replied to by Stan.
We will consult with a courier to arrange shipment of the boxes from Poland. I will make a further announcement as and when I have more news. I have no time frame just yet but you will get the QSL.
Please if you are emailing me, be polite, any nasty emails will be deleted or moved to the back of the pile! Please do not use cluster for discussion on this matter. Email me please.
Stan informs me "I have sent a big number of bureau cards already. Some are pending but this is something I can manage here"
Please DO NOT under any circumstances make a double request for Direct or Bureau cards already requested, as this will delay and cost money.
All previously requested QSL's will be honoured. My OQRS is only for NEW requests.
I repeat. DO NOT... that is DO NOT use OQRS for QSL cards already REQUESTED.
Thank you for your understanding. Tim M0URX
- Created on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 13:50
Wow what a morning on 10m! Although I have a day off work today I was up early and switched on the computer to check on emails and check band conditions, all very quiet but I noticed that a warning of an X1.8 flare had been issued at 0322z this morning. So I made a cup of tea and back into the shack to wait for the bands to open.
Then many Japanese stations calling in. After about an hour it seemed to go quiet so i tuned around, I found Glenn G8NOF further down the band working a VK2, I joined them for a few minutes as Glenn wanted to go QRT so he said take the frequency so again I called CQ DX beaming towards VK, and VU3KPL from Bangalore India called in, another CQ and a reply I struggled to work out where to beam all I was getting was L7 or NL, i tried again, and got the call "NL7V beaming long bath" rotator turned to about 150 degrees and there he was, NL7V in Alaska, some 20,720 miles on long path. we also tried the short path which was slightly stronger, Glenn called back in to work the NL7 I noticed a loud echo with G8NOF it sounded like our signal was going around the globe, great to hear, and something I don't hear very often on 10m.
Phewww, I need a cup of tea!
- Created on Saturday, 20 October 2012 14:59
How it all started - Written by Anthony David MW0JZE.
Unfortunately Chris G1VDP had to pull out with only 6 weeks left before the trip, we made the decision not to replace him confident that we could still manage with 3 ops. We changed the TS 590 to the TS 570, still a great radio.
Thursday 11th Oct
A 5pm start was needed as the MS Oldenburg sails from Ilfracombe North Devon which is approx. 2.5 hour drive from John M5JON QTH and we also had to pick Pete M0ILT up from Taunton en route. We arrived with 1.5 hours to spare so we found a nice little café were a very welcomed breakfast and coffee awaited us.
As all the baggage is taken to the accommodation we took advantage of a lift in a Landover as the walk up to the small village is quite steep and we wanted to save our energy for setting up the 3 stations. Due to the workload that the staff had at that particular time we had to wait almost 2.5 hours for it to be delivered, this was cutting it a bit fine to get the 2 hexbeams up before it started to get dark. As the kit arrived we were quickly unpacking all the antennas, none of us had ever worked together as a team before ,
I was the first to call MX0LDG at 20:33 GMT on 40m and was soon running quite a pile-up into EU, IC8AJU was first in the log. 117 stations were logged during the first hour. I was surprised by this as I along with John and Pete thought that Lundy had been done many many times in the past. Station was closed at 22:45 as the power goes off at 23:00 GMT or midnight local time with 182 in the log.
Band conditions were not fantastic but Lundy seemed to be quite wanted by many EU ops on the HF bands. On investigation it seems that many other expeditions to Lundy have been light weight in comparison to what we carried out or mainly on VHF. On times the pile-ups were quite intense logging over 150 per hour at times, this was short lived as the QSB was massive, 59 to 43 in a few seconds which slowed the rate down.
On the Saturday and Sunday there was a Scandinavian contest which made 40, 20, 15 and 10m quite congested so we concentrated on the WARC bands. 17m was very busy but 12m did not come alive until later in the afternoon. 12m attracted quite a few American stations with K5DXX in NM being the best. Total of 16 states being logged along with quite a few South Africans stations around the same time off the side of the beam, not to mention lots of EU.
As the days went past we also tried to take a few breaks for some exploring, we found the Pub and the shop HI. The Pub or Tavern seems to be the centre of the islands activities and is the venue for flight briefings, ships departure updates and any other important information. While most of the cooking was to be done in our cottage it was decided we would spend an evening or two at the Tavern, the food here is great with plenty of choice from Gammon Egg and Chips (Or was that Ham Pete) to some more rarer menu items such as Goat, I can recommend the Goat personally. John and Pete said I was behaving like a Kid after HI. The shop is where you can stock up on food, drink (beer) and Lundy merchandize ranging from stamps to clothing.
We were due to depart the island on the Tuesday afternoon so both Hexbeams, spare station and one main station were packed away. The 40m vertical and one main station were kept up for some last evening’s activity on 40m. With all the gear packed away we returned to the Tavern for the last meal of our stay only to be told that the ship would not be running the next day due to high 60mph winds and high sea swell.
Wednesday morning soon came around and we were ready to go by 9:30, off to the tavern for a flight briefing. There was a small flight supplement of £27 to pay for the helicopter, this is a cheap opportunity to fly in a helicopter and a first for me! By 18:00 we had dropped Pete off at home and had arrived back in Bristol awaiting my XYL Laura MW6INK to pick me up for my last leg trip home to Llanelli. One small point, Lundy is ONLY 41 miles from my home, it took me 7.5 hours traveling!!! May be I will charter a boat directly next time!
Final stats for MX0LDG are as follows:
- Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 19:02
MS0OXE QSL Cards - 141 direct letters posted 18/10/2012.
- Created on Saturday, 06 October 2012 09:58
A small group of 3 like minded DXer's have come together to form the Lundy DX Group and have obtained the Club call sign of MX0LDG.
The first activation of the group will be from Lundy Island EU-120 from the 11th - 16th October 2012.
They will be running 2 stations, 3 where possible, on all bands from 40m through 6m, on SSB with the possibility of some data modes from 06:00 hrs to 00:00 hrs each day. The islands electricity is turned off between 00:00 hrs and 06:00 hrs every night. This will be sleep time for the ops.
The equipment to be used will be a Elecraft K3 with a KPA500 amp, a Kenwood TS590s with a Expert 1K amp (400W) and a IC706 as a backup radio/3rd station.
Antennas will be 2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams supplied and built by Ant, MW0JZE, the main sponsor of the activation and a 1/4 wave vertical for 40m.
Team Members: John, M5JON, Peter, M0ILT, Ant, MW0JZE.
QSL Information: QSL Via M0URX
The log will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
Please use the OQRS on Tim's website.
DO NOT SEND CARDS FOR THIS ACTIVATION VIA THE BUREAU PLEASE USE OQRS ONLY.
IOTA Reference: EU120
WAB SQUARE :SS14
LOTA: Lundy Island Old Devon Light ARLHS ENG - 073
LOCATOR : IO71pe
GRID REF : SS132 442
16/10/2012 - Update: Stuck on island for another day. WX is bad so no boats sailing. Helicopter does not have any pilots so we fly out tomorrow morning. We have one station still running with a 40m 1/4 wave with several radials. The Vertical tunes well on 15m and are transmitting on 21.255 for a few more hours. Just over 5k in the log and all will be uploaded to LoTW and clublog soon.
Many thanks for working us. MX0LDG (M5JON, M0ILT & MW0JZE)
- Created on Friday, 05 October 2012 18:30
- Created on Monday, 01 October 2012 17:17
- Created on Monday, 01 October 2012 14:37
Here is the QSL card preview for MS0OXE. QSL cards are now in the print room and will be posted out during October.
- Created on Friday, 28 September 2012 21:55
Saturday 29th September 2012 - 9,283 QSL cards dispatched to World Bureaus directly.
The biggest parcels are:Japan 1,827, Germany 1,305, Russian Fed 792.
This posting includes QSL cards from the recent activities of 5B/G4MKP, 9M4SLL & CY9M.
Total weight:40.1 kg, Total postage cost: £290.39, average 3p per Bureau card.
For a full list of Bureau packages click read more tab.
- Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 12:57
- Created on Sunday, 23 September 2012 07:27
United Radio QSL Bureau have a number of IRC's For Sale worldwide.
Re-circulated IRC's (Correctly stamped & Valid until 31/12/2013) GBP £1.10 each + Postage + a small Paypal charge,
I will post to anywhere in the World.
If you want to buy IRC's please send me an email on "Contact M0URX" Page. I will quote you on the price for the amount of IRC's that you want to purchase.
- Created on Thursday, 20 September 2012 22:26
5B/G4MKP, 9M4SLL & CY9M Direct QSL cards were posted Friday 21st September.
All direct QSL requests up until last Sunday completed.
European Union Letters: 1,030
Rest of the World Letters: 1,489
18 packets including GDXG, MDXF, DDXF and DX Italia.
116 letters from last week posted out on 24th September 2012.
73 letters posted 26th September 2012.
81 letters posted 5th October 2012.
- Created on Monday, 10 September 2012 19:30
“So where shall we go this year for the DXpedition?”
“What about Tiree?”
“Good idea, but where is Tiree?”
And so the team from the “Black Country DX and Contest Group” find themselves out and about setting up station this year on the Scottish Isle of Tiree.
From Thursday 13th September until Monday 17th September MS0OXE will be on air 24/7 and will continue on to Thursday 20th as bands dictate.
The team will be QRV on 160-10m, SSB, CW and RTTY. The team wants to give every operator the chance to work Tiree and additionally for their IOTA marathon scores.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS
More information can be found at: MS0OXE Website
IOTA: EU-008, SCOTIA: DI-10, Loc: IO66ml, WAB: NL94, IOSA: NH 04.
Operators: Simon M0VKY, Terry G4MKP, Brian G0JKY, Drew G7DMO.
The team will have the following equipment on the island and look forward to working you from the Isle of Tiree.
2 X ACOM 1000 400W (1 spare)
1 X SPE 1K 400W
2 X HEX BEAMS 20m - 6m
1/4 wave vertical 30m
1/4 wave vertical 40m
1/4 wave vertical 80m
1/2 wave dipole 160m
Band pass filters, array solutions six pack and coax stub filters to allow multi op/multi band operation.
LoTW uploaded daily.
- Created on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:06
Another QSL card in the printroom is 5B/G4MKP, Terry was QRV from Cyprus during August. The QSL card will be available from mid September. I always ask the operators that I am QSL manager for to make sure that they take high resolution images, the final finish has a much sharper QSL card and with some very skillful design work by Max, ON5UR the QSL looks excellent!
I have had several emails asking about the curent situation with QSL cards. All 5B/G4MKP, 9M4SLL & CY9M QSL cards will be out by the end of September.
The Bureau dispatch to all World Bureaus is also still on schedule for end of September.