Bureau Posting News Outgoing! January 2016

QSL cards have been posted to 85 World Bureaus today, Wednesday 20th January 2016 

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 or received by hams around the world.? This feedback will be added to our data below.

Total amount of QSL cards 17,056
Via M0URX 10,742
Via M0OXO 6,314

Total Weight kg 67,665g

Total Cost £309.48 / per kg £4.58
Average postage cost  1.81p per QSL card.

Photo - M0OXO, Charles with our bureau mailing

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Appointed QSL Manager for the VK0EK Project.

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."


TX3X QSL's Start To Arrive

t 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. 


TX3X QSL Mailing

TX3X1Whilst most people were stuffing the Christmas turkey over the last few days, I was stuffing the TX3X 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! 


QSL-VE2CSIIt's been five years now that I moved to Sept-Iles in CQ Zone 2 and try to work as many as possible to give them the chance to have CQ Zone 2 in their logs, many of you were in my logs and I thank you for that. But the most important thing, is the QSL manager. And mine is Tim Beaumont, M0URX who deserve a big thank you and our congratulations for a great service he provided. Tim, sincerely THANK YOU for what you've done. And you Tim and fellow DXers who read, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings. Now, we are reaching zone 5 in Montreal to study in security. So, no more VE2CSI for myself but fellow DXers wait until the station is rent for different contests. Good luck and thank you for great memories from zone 2. 

Thank you Steve, and thank you for everything you have done to keep CQ Zone 2 on the on the last 5 years!
Merry Christmas Steve,

VK8RD QSL Preview

I would like to welcome VK8RD, Rowan Dollar to United Radio QSL Bureau. Rowan is now living in Darwin Northern Territory of Australia.

QSL Via M0URX Direct or OQRS. Bureau by OQRS only please.

Direct QSL cards posted.

392 QSL cards were posted direct for TT8AMO & PJ4/OE7PGI on 10th December. 
All bureau cards are ready for the next dispatch in January.

Helping with the bureau load!

B2We are under increasing pressure to reduce the cost burden to both our own bureau, and the IARU bureaus in processing tens of thousands of bureau requests each year. So to help in this matter we will be sending the following email to all "Multi Bureau QSL requests" to ask the claiment for a donation towards costs. In return the QSL cards will be sent directly and delivered to you at the earliest opportuninity and lightening the load for the bureau system.
Thank you for your understanding!
"Thank you for the multiple "Bureau" QSL OQRS request received. Due to an ever increasing bureau workload I would like to ask you to consider a small donation, and these QSL cards will be posted to you DIRECT.
£3 GBP up to 4 QSL cards
£5 GBP up to 10 QSL cards
The financial burden from bureau requests to both the QSL manager and the IARU bureau is an ever increasing problem. In order to keep these financial costs to a lower level we are now asking multiple QSL requests to consider paying a small fee.
In return instead of receiving those QSL cards in maybe one year through your bureau, we will mail out the QSL cards to you by direct post as soon as possible.
Thank you for considering our request."

TT8AMO QSL Preview

The QSL for Pierre TT8AMO has been designed and will be in the print room and ready to post in early December.



PJ4/OE7PGI QSL Preview

The QSL for Philipp PJ4/OE7PGI has been designed and will be in the print room and ready to post in early December.


Thank you to Bernie Daily DX

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A new week and another incoming package of old International Reply Coupons donated to "UR QSL Bureau"

Thank you to Bernie McClenny W3UR / Daily DX for the donation of 100+ IRC's that will be used to pay for printing of DXpedition QSL cards and the posting of Bureau QSL cards to the world IARU Bureaus.

Do you have any old out of date IRC's in your shack drawer?
if you would like to donate them I can make good use of them. Thank you

LU & EU IARU QSL Societies return Bureau cards

I have temporarily suspended our Bureau dispatches to  Argentina until we can find out where the problem is.
Belarus bureau package has been returned to me endorsed “Returned due to expiry date” Expiry date of what?
59 QSL cards re-posted to Belarus Bureau 02/11/2015.
Argentina bureau package has been returned endorsed “Unclaimed”
I have emailed both QSL Bureau societies to find out what the problems are, until I hear from the two IARU societies QSL cards will not be able to be posted to Argentina.
Belarus bureau have confirmed that this was a post office error and the package has been resent.

Old IRC's donated - Thank you

IRC-OLDThank you to Dmitry UA3AGW for the kind donation of old IRC's. These will be cashed in and the money used to pay for QSL card printing & outgoing bureau costs.

If you have any old, out of date IRC's even old yellow or blue ones, please don't throw them away, you can post them to me and they will be put to good use.

Thank you Dmitry!

Do you have any?

PJ4KY Bonaire

A new resident amateur radio operator in Bonaire is PJ4KY, Bert, here is his QSL card preview that will be available soon. QSL Via M0URX.


Amateur Radio - A Hobby for the 21st century RSGB

TT8AMO Pierre Chad

chadHB9AMO, Pierre will be in Chad, operating holiday style like he did as 5U9AMO in 2013.

Pierre will be QRV as TT8AMO from mid-October till mid-November 2015

Mostly CW operation, may be a few SSB QSO on the CQWW SSB contest to give multipliers.

Online log on TT8AMO webpage uploaded when possible. Pierre will operate from various locations in Chad, sometimes with poor antenna possibilities, sometimes with better antenna possibilities.

Station: 21 years old TS-50 + MFJ971 tuner + long wire antenna. Logger 32 software.

LoTW will be uploaded by Pierre when he returns to Switzerland in December. www.HB9AMO.net

QSL Via M0URX direct letter or Via OQRS 


MX0LDG Lundy Island EU-120 2015


The Lundy DX Group will be active again from Lundy Island IOTA EU-120 from the 6th to the 13th October 2015 QRV as MX0LDG.
This year's team will be M5JON John, M0ILT Pete, MW0JZE Anthony & G3JKL John. We hope to be QRV around 1400 UTC on the 6th .

K800 LundyMX0OLDG will be on 10m to 40m SSB & RTTY . Due to the electricity being turned off at midnight until 6am we will not be operating between these times.

We will endeavour to run 4 stations for the period of the activation.

2 Kenwood TS-590's
1 Kenwood TS-570
1 Yaesu FT-450 
Antennas 2 - G3TXQ Light Weight D-Hexpedtion Hexbeams Supplied by Ant MW0JZE
1 Steppir Vetical

We will be operating from Stony Croft Cottage the location of our 2012 activation which is valid for:

IOTA: EU-120 , Grid Locator: IO71pe, WAB: SS14, Lighthouse Old Devon light ARLHS: ENG 073.

Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog daily if we have a good internet connection if not on our return.
Many Thanks & 73’s  The MX0LDG Team look forward to working you from Lundy Island.

QSL Via Tim M0URX - OQRS System http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/
QSL cards for this DXpedition are printed and will be posted out as soon as I have the logs.

Please note that MX0LDG is NOT affiliated to the RSGB. So bureau ONLY Via OQRS. No incoming cards will be collected.


WS5K/KH8 QSL Preview

Here is the QSL preview for WS5K/KH8. QSL cards will be posted end of October.
Stan has come to the end of his stay in American Samoa with 1,700 Qs in his log.

K800 QSL-WS5K-KH8K800 QSL-WS5K-KH8-Back

OY1OF Ólavur erects 10m beam

Tonight I received the latest log update from Ólavur OY1OF, as always log has been uploaded to LoTW and QSL requests processed for bureau and direct. Ólavur took some photographs using a drone of him putting up the 10m beam at the club station recently. Also a photo from his day job of working on the off shore rigs.
With tonight being the night of the bloodred moon, Olavur has shared with us an image he took a few years ago.

As always, thank you to Ólavur for sharing these photos with us. You can see more of his photographic work on his website http://www.faroephoto.com

OY1OF-2 1OY1OF-1

OY1OF-4 1OY1OF-4 2

OQRS is the way to go!

Times change and how we receive bureau QSL requests has also changed, let me show you why we need to make these changes.

Here are two photographs, the first on the top left is a box of 4,500 bureau cards received from  the RSGB Bureau on Monday.

The second photograph underneath is the same box 3 days later after all the QSL cards have been processed through the logs that I am QSL manager for.

THIS is how many are then put into my rubbish recycling bin just 3 days after receiving the cards.

I want to ask please for your help! In order to keep this Bureau service going we must change the way that I receive bureau requests.

AfterIf you are requesting a DXCC or IOTA Expedition or contest QSL card you must ONLY use OQRS!

Please understand that DXpedition call signs are NOT members of the RSGB and I will be charged money to receive them.

Just as important to remember is that DXpeditions and contest stations DO NOT need YOUR QSL card.

A DXpedition is undertaken to help you obtain an ATNO (All Time New One) whether that be a DXCC, IOTA, WAB area, band, mode or whatever.

Here are some facts for you:
4,500+ QSL cards received 4,200 QSL cards thrown away!

Out of the 4,500 QSL cards, 2,000 had already been requested direct, bureau or using OQRS, in some cases all three!. If you request a bureau QSL PLEASE DO NOT send another QSL! Only use 1 QSL route.

The average length of time that the cards took to arrive with me are 2 years 6 months. If the QSL cards had been requested on OQRS then you would get the cards 2 years 6 months quicker.

One Japanese station sent me 34 QSL cards for 34 QSOs for ONE DXpedition. The work that the bureaus have had to put in in both time and money just to get those 34 cards to me is quite startling. We need to STOP the waste and get smarter in how we use our resources.

If you DO have to send your QSL in Via Bureau type ALL QSOs on ONE card or paper.

Of course there are some stations that I am QSL manager that ARE RSGB members that DO want your QSL. OY1OF, OY4TN, PJ4DX, M0URX. Please continue to send us QSL cards for those stations, for ALL other DXpeditions please use OQRS only.

“QSL Via M0URX” does NOT mean that all QSL cards that I am manager for can be sent to me Via Bureau. Only RSGB affiliated call signs can receive QSL cards.

So the best way to know what to send me and what NOT, is clear. ALL DXpedition & contest QSL requests must be made by OQRS ONLY.

For the QSL route of the rest please check on QRZ.com for each call sign. Or use OQRS. If we need your QSL we will contact you.

I have been working with the RSGB for the past year to ensure that all QSL cards for my attention are delivered to me, but this costs money. I have agreed to pay to receive for DXpediitons QSL cards that I am QSL manager for and are not RSGB affiliated.. However this is only for those that cannot use OQRS as a last resort. OQRS must be your first option to receive  ALL DXpedition Bureau cards!

Any QSL cards that ARE sent to me for the call signs I am manager for MUST be made clear “QSL Via M0URX” if not they will NOT reach me. Sorry.

ALL OUT-GOING QSL cards are sent at my cost to all IARU World QSL Bureaus, so our outgoing QSL service continues as normal.

Thank you for your help in changing the way we work with you and reducing costs and time that your QSL cards are delivered to you.


Space Weather TV by Dr Tamitha Skov

B8-cQeUIEAIa5DBI am not sure if this may be of interest to some of you? Space Weather TV http://spaceweather.tv/ hosted by Dr Tamitha Skov has been getting very excited with all the solar weather this last week.
Tamitha is very enthusiastic about Amateur Radio and welcomes space weather questions from radio amateurs.  
She is also on Twitter @TamithaSkov every couple of days in the UK afternoon she can be watched on Periscope you can see on Twitter for the Periscope alert.
What is Periscope? Ok guys it is an App you can download onto your mobile phone and is linked with Twitter. Tamitha’s Periscope is a live Space Weather chat in which she explains the very latest Space Weather, very interesting and a lot to learn. She has only just started doing the live periscope chat recently and you can ask questions live and there are quite a few radio amateurs logging in.
So who is Dr Tamitha Skov?
Tamitha Mulligan Skov is a Research Scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles, California. She holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Physical Chemistry from UCLA. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics and Planetary Physics from UCLA in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Mulligan Skov works actively in the fields of solar and space physics, focusing on solar transient phenomena such as coronal mass ejections, solar flares, solar energetic energetic particles, and galactic cosmic rays, and the subsequent effects these phenomena have on the Earth’s magnetosphere and radiation belts. She is an instructor at the Aerospace Institute and serves on multiple review and anomaly teams for NASA, NOAA, and other government and private contractors. She also serves as an audio forensics analyst and instructor for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), hosted at Aerospace and funded by the Department of Justice.


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