ZF2CI Cayman Islands QSL Preview

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United Radio QSL Management Bureau not only support DXpeditions and provide QSL routes for many rare and interesting call signs, but we also support organisations like the CDXC Chiltern DX Club, ARI and several UK QSL managers.

oba 2014In the year up to 31/03/2015 the team have posted 30,930 items to almost every country in the World and supported a large number of DXpedition teams and single operator stations. The table shows you some of the statistics on our postage volumes over the last year!

 

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E30FB QSL Status

There has been a delay getting the items needed for the QSL design, on Saturday I received all the photographs, logos and text and this is now in the hands of our designer Max, ON5UR.

OQRS - Status Processed - This means that the request has been processed through the log and an envelope has been printed and placed in the country bin. So far 4,039 envelopes are in the country bins.

ALL E30FB QSL cards will be posted together in JUNE. 

UTC - 0 Hour Offset!

I am receiving an unusual amount of emails about log time errors causing a failure to match on LoTW.

Please check that your logging software is set to UTC with 0 hour offset.

Daylight Saving Time should not change your logging software clock!

E30FB 2015 LoTW uploaded

I have uploaded the E30FB log file to LoTW today.

LoTW - Does it effect direct QSL?

Ok, here I am again lifting my head above the parapet! Over the last year I have seen quite a lot of comments about how much the LoTW upload has affected direct QSLing. As a QSL manager I am in an unbiased position to do a little research. Obviously like for like is very difficult due to rarity of the DXCC, total Qs, unique calls in log and many other variables.

As I am NOT in a position where I am balancing huge budgets for rare DXpeditions I have the opportunity to look at this in a way many others cannot and here are some statistics from a couple of recent DXpediiotons.

EP6T was uploaded to LoTW during the DXpedition and daily to the end.
E30FB has NOT been uploaded to LoTW yet and the team have asked me not to until after 3 months.

So a good chance to look at this in more detail. Please note that E30FB worked 3,583 MORE unique call signs than EP6T so would be expected to receive more QSL requests.

E30FB 06/03 – 17/03/2015        EP6T 16/01 – 27/01/2015
Total QSOs 64,560                   Total QSOs 68,044
Uniques      20,326 - 31.5%      Uniques      16,743 – 24.6%    

Log uploaded to LoTW  
E30FB      NOT YET                 EP6T Daily from the 20th January at the time of the expedition

Direct QSL requests received.
E30FB 3,969                   EP6T 3,747

The Cliff
E30FB                                  EP6T
OQRS 4 weeks                     OQRS 4 weeks,
Direct letters 6 weeks              Direct letters 6 weeks

Bureau Reuests
E30FB 2,237                                  EP6T 2,400 (Aprox)

We have all read the arguments on here for and against, and when to upload to LoTW.

Last year at the RSGB Convention I recall one lecturer say that:

“Once you have uploaded the DXpedition log to LoTW you may was well watch the direct requests fall off the cliff” or words to that effect.

Every DXpedition I have been QSL manager for, QSL cards arrive steadily for some time and then, as you see with the above stats that after 4 weeks the OQRS will suddenly drop off followed by directs two weeks later, known as “The Cliff” once this point is reached for me it is the most economical time to post out all the QSL cards. However this has nothing to do with LoTW uploads.

Although not a scientific experiment the above shows me that uploads to LoTW make very little difference to Direct QSL requests. As we have said all along!

I have noticed an increasing willingness for people to PAY for LoTW uploads, which for those DXpeditions where funding is critical I think this will become a more common practice.

I have also noticed a lot of people pay for the direct QSL saying that “NO QSL required please LoTW only” but I also noticed this with EP6T where the Qs were ALREADY uploaded to LoTW so I would not take much notice of that.

ZF2CI Cayman Islands

photoCol, MM0NDX – from DX-World.net - will be active holiday-style from the Cayman Islands (NA-016) between April 25 to May 2, 2015.

QRV on 160-10m, SSB only. Also as ZF8/ZF2CI from Little Cayman (April 28) and ZF9/ZF2CI ( May 1).

QSL via M0URX.

Note for prefix hunters: 1997 was the last time a Cayman Brac ZF9 prefix was used.

 ZF8/ZF2CI - "Activity cut short by 90 mins due to extreme heat (44C) and no shade. Really suffered towards the end.

ZF9 will take place only on Friday now (not Wed and Friday as earlier announced).

Tomorrow and Thursday I will be QRV from ZF1A shack as ZF2CI giving out band slots to those who need ZF on more wanted bands." Col 

Bureau Abuse & Responsible QSL’ing

The latest incoming box from the RSGB Bureau arrived 3 weeks ago and has been sorted and processed and in the Bureau bins ready for the next bureau dispatch.

It is quite clear that many people are confused by OQRS, Bureau and Direct QSL’ing which leads to a huge problem of “Bureau Usage Abuse” Let me see if I can make it clear for you so that we can reduce this abuse and reduce costs within the bureau system and also reduce the wasted time that is spent on sorting bureau cards and processing them.

Out of 3,600 bureau cards received 75% of them should NOT have been sent. Yes, 2,700 cards that you have sent me should NOT have been sent.

For all DXpeditions that are QSL Via M0URX the correct way to request your QSL cards is by using my OQRS. (Online QSL Request System)

Once you have requested your DXpedition QSL using OQRS you must NEVER then put your cards through the bureau – This is NOT required and is ABUSE of the bureau system!

Once the cards are processed they are BINNED.

It is quite clear that many of you do NOT understand this, ESPECIALLY DL stations that send for EVERY QSO Via Bureau – THIS IS ABUSE of the bureau system Please DO NOT DO IT!

Once I receive your OQRS request, your QSL is processed and stored until it is time to send the card to your bureau. You must NOT then send your card through the bureau.

If I need YOUR QSL I will email you and ask you for it!

You MUST ALSO correctly mark your log as "QSL Requested" When you receive your QSL from me you will see "THANKS QSL" This means your reply is NOT NEEDED. DO NOT SEND a reply QSL to DXpedition cards.

The Bureau service is NOT free, it costs national societies (AND ME) vast amounts of money to ship the cards around the world, abuse of the system is clogging it up and is extremely wasteful and will NOT be tolerated. This is the strongest language that I have used to highlight this massive problem. My next step will be to name and shame the abusers.

E30FB Log Update

Work on processing the E30FB QSL requests continues and I have an important update for you.

During the DXpedition the team experienced computer and network issues that could not be resolved on site A few days ago the laptops arrived back in Japan and the team have managed to get the raw logs to me for inspection. Around 2,000 QSOs that were missing have been recovered so far.

Action taken – These QSOs have been added to the log. QSL requests for both direct and bureau have been matched to the new QSOs found.

You DO NOT need to take any action other than check Club Log to see if your QSOs are there.

OQRS is open here - http://www.m0urx.com/eritrea_oqrs/  Thank you.

V63MJ Kosrae Island IOTA OC-059 QSL Preview

Here is the QSL design of V63MJ. QSL cards will be posted in a couple of weeks.

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EP6T mailing update

An update on the EP6T QSL mailing. I am getting some reports from USA that some letters did not arrive, letters with the post codes beginning 4, 5, 6, & 7. Whilst most letters HAVE arrived it looks like the USPS have mislaid a bundle or incorrectly routed them.

The missing letters were posted on the 17th March in an International mail bag labelled for USORDA Sorting centre in the USA. It would appear that one bundle was then sent to the wrong state. So although I am sure the letter WILL arrive, any non delivery I will just re send from here, no drama so anyones letter that did not arrive should contact me privately. Thank you

A Faroe Island Eclipse

On the 20th March 2015 the Faroe Islands was the location for a total eclipse of the sun. Radio Amateur Ólavur Frederiksen, OY1OF has allowed me to show you some of the photographs that he took on that morning.

Thank you Ólavur for sharing these with us. You can see more of Ólavur's beautiful photography here: www.FAROEPHOTO.com 

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Ukraine Bureau Delivers Fast Service


20150330110639UW5ZM Eugene informs me that he has received a pile of QSL cards from the Ukraine Bureau including EP6T which was only posted from here on the 17th March! Wow once again the Ukraine Bureau delivers a very fast service.

Bureau DOES NOT mean slow!

Thank you Eugene for the photograph!

Can your Bureau match this? Send me a photo if it can!

EA1DFP Quique also sends a photo of his bureau cards received from URE Bureau in Spain today! Well done URE. Thank you

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EP6T Bureau Cards Start to Arrive

K800 EP6T confirmation for LZ2JEThank you to the Bulgarian QSL Bureau for informing us that the EP6T bureau cards are arriving in Bulgaria. LZ2JE Vesko shows us in the photo of the bureau cards arriving at the destination.

Thank you for the fast service. It is most appreciated.

QSL Bureau CAN be slow, but in our experience the hard work and dedication of its staff as shown here can make the service fast and a cost effective way to distribute QSL cards.

Thank you Vesko!

Have YOU received the EP6T Bureau card? Please let me know.

FAO DL Club Station Operators

I am getting a lot of QSL requests from German Club Station operators for QSL cards under their own personal call sign. Sorry but these will be returned NOT IN LOG!

If you are the operator of the Club Station and you want to claim the QSL for your personal call sign, then you MUST also be logged by the DX with your HOME CALL. The Club Station call sign is not valid for your personal call.

Work continues.......

K800 WP 20150321 002The work continues since the posting of the EP6T QSL cards last Tuesday. The DXpedition E30FB to Eritrea closed with 62,500 QSO's and instantly the OQRS was busy with all your requests, already over 2,200 requests have been processed, envelopes printed and placed in trays in country order. Just to give you an idea how many are now using OQRS i have only received 276 direct letters so far for E30FB. Also over 1,000 bureau requests processed.

Other incoming requests have filled a box with 197 outgoing letters that will be posted on Monday, and a new supply of 14 boxes of envelopes ready for your QSL request.

I am waiting for the first bureau cards to land since we posted them on Tuesday! WHICH Bureau is the worlds FASTEST? If you get your bureau cards in the next week or two send me a photo of you with the QSL card for the blog! 

Commercial on You Tube

I have just spotted a commercial on You Tube from a company called MTN Group. It features a boy that wants to discover and uses Amateur Radio to talk to the Space Station. Inadvertently it is probably the best ever commercial for Amateur Radio I have ever seen (It isn't supposed to be advertising ham radio haha)

The moral of the story is Life is too short for QRP.

I just love this!

1st Class Post for EP6T

K800 20150318 162600MW0JZE, Anthony was first to report receiving his EP6T QSL card this morning after it was posted yesterday.

Closely followed by 2M0JMN John, thank you for the feedback guys.

I am especially looking for feedback on the bureau cards posted too! How about a photo too please? As soon as you get yours, please let me know! Thank you 

VU2CDPWhile VU2CDP reports receiving the QSL card in just 4 days in Mumbai India!

EP6T QSL Cards Posted

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 3,008 Direct letters have been posted for EP6T delivery is between 3 - 7 days.
Packages also sent to GDXF, DDXG & SDXG.

ALL Bureau cards requested before the 8th March have now been sent to all World Bureaus on our mailing today.

I would like to thank Charles M0OXO, who helped me process the letters over the last few days. It has taken over 100 man hours since the arrival of the cards from the printer last week to label cards, fill the envelopes & package the directs and bureau.

Bureau Posting News Outgoing! March 2015

K800 WP 20150317 001QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus todayTuesday 17th March 2015 

 

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles and M0URX Tim
I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus.

This mailing contains C5X VK9/G7VJR and EP6T.

 

Total amount of QSL cards15,538

Via M0URX 10,072

Via M0OXO 5.466
Total Weight 62.469 kg

Total Cost £265.90 per kg £4.26
Average postage cost  1.7p per QSL card.

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