8Q7BM & V73MW Cards Posted

QSL-V73MW
208 letters were posted this afternoon for 8Q7BM and V73MW.

Also posted 396 Bureau cards to ARI Italian Bureau.

Bureau QSL Requests "Tim's QSL Tips"

It is very important to remember that if you need a QSL sent through Bureau please always use OQRS http://m0urx.com/oqrs/ 

If you send a QSL via Bureau you MUST write  "QSL Via M0URX" and highlighted, in larger text than the DX station P3J for example.

Writing the QSL Via on the QSL card, does NOT always mean that the QSL will be routed as you intended.
A good reason to use OQRS instead.

Remember for most DXpeditions or contest stations and many DX, your QSL will NOT be needed. It is very important to save Bureau costs and use OQRS ONLY.

QSL Card Previews

The QSL cards for the recent DXpeditons 8Q7BM and V73MW are now at the printers and will be ready to be posted out by the end of March.

QSL-8Q7BMQSL-8Q7BM-BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QSL-V73MWQSL-V73MW-BACK

Need to keep your postage costs down?

As postage costs rise year on year, we are at that threshold where $2 barely covers costs outside Europe for a QSL, let alone covering other QSL expenses. So how can IOTA and DXCC DXpeditions be self sufficient? handle their own QSL management and cover all the costs like printing, labels, postage and bureau expenses?

Many QSL managers have chosen to increase QSL costs to $3, $4 or even $5. That is NOT our choice! There are two options that I would like to put to you, full QSL management and Independent QSL management. Both of these options include using Royal Mail's Online Business Account for posting your QSL cards. Some years ago I negotiated an International Mailing Contract with Royal Mail that was designed especially for posting QSL cards from DXpeditions with UK based QSL managers.
Remember, using stamps is the most expensive way to post QSL cards. With this contract we have a licence for a Postage Paid Impression for the envelope while the QSL manager accesses the account through the www.royalmail.com website.

Full QSL Management.
Both myself Tim Beaumont, M0URX and Charles Wilmott, M0OXO have facilities to handle all IOTA and DXCC QSL management to provide full QSL services, free QSL printing, postage costs, free outgoing Bureau. OQRS and FREE LoTW handling.
Our QSL costs are: Direct QSL: $2 - OQRS: €2 and Bureau: Free.
You can find out more by going to either of our websites www.M0URX.com or www.M0OXO.com

Independent QSL Management.
If you want to handle your QSL'ing yourself but need to lower postage costs then we can give you access to the mailing account so that you can handle your own cards.
You also have access to our Outgoing QSL Bureau at £1 per 100g. We post Bureau cards to ALL World IARU QSL Bureaus DIRECT every 3 or 4 months, using Prioirty Air Mail & M-Bag products.
If you are planning a DXpedition and want more information please contact Tim Beaumont, M0URX on +44 7976 292980

For the larger DXpeditions where you are posting more than 1.5kg to a country destination then we currently have access to the most competitive International postage rates in the business.
Whether you are planning a one man DXpediiton to the Channel Islands or a major Top 10 Most Wanted, we have the two options above for you to consider.

GS0NWM Isle Of Arran EU-123 Update

Both Glen (G0SBN) & Bob (M0KLO) spent Saturday afternoon doing a dry run of putting up the 8m mast with the newly acquired Hexbeam from Ant (MW0JZE). It was more than a bit windy so it was a quick up and down in the paddock to check on guy lengths. The second Hex is going up on a 12m Clark mast so hopefully that will be a bit more straight forward.

We used the Hex in 2012 for GB5DX and it was a good performer which encouraged Glen to make the plunge. The latest Hex from Ant is a lot lighter and has evolved a great deal and we are looking forward to giving it a good run out.

This week will see the testing of the 40m, 80m verticals and also the beverage RX antenna. We hope to be QRV on 160m which will most likely be an inverted 'L'. The following week is a dry run of the shack and networking on Wintest which should leave us enough time to minimise 'murphy!'

The three stations are going to be Kenwood 590s with bandpass filters fitted and running 400w from two of them and barefoot on the third. There will also be a Kenwood TS480SAT which will be configured for data mode operations.

Lots of lessons are being learnt during preparation and we can see why many operations opt for a waterside location and verticals. Its no easy feat wheeling around a Clark mast but hopefully it will be worth the effort!

We've recruited two extra recruits - Max and Jed who are Bob's Border Collies. They came with us on GB5DX in 2012 and people seemed more interested in knowing what they were doing than about the station so they're back on the team.

Cheers, Bob, M0KLO

GS0NWM will be the call sign of the Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club's IOTA activation of Isle of Arran, EU-123, from March 26th - April 2nd 2014.
The team will enter the CQ WPX Contest (29th & 30th March) as GM5NMulti Op.

PJ4F Bonaire SA-006

Stan Fraley, WS5K will be QRV as PJ4F operating from Bonaire, SA-006, from February 7th until March 9th 2014.

QSL Via M0URX - OQRS Preferred

QSL-PJ4F 1QSL-PJ4F-Back

V73MW QSL Via M0URX Re-scheduled

map of marshall-islands

N6MW Bill has now confirmed that his forthcoming DXPedition to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, February 25th to March 4th as V73MW will be QSL Via M0URX. OQRS preferred.

Focus on Club Log's most needed bands/modes – 160/80/30 CW and 20 for RTTY (not in contest), maybe some SSB and 17, while accepting the unfortunate 24 hours/day limitation.

Equipment – K3/KPA500/KAT500/ Laptop. Antennas – Inv L/T/Vert for 160/80 with elevated radials using a Spiderbeam 18m fiberglass pole plus a 20m VDA and 30 m VD on a second fiberglass pole. Nightly efforts on 160/80. Freq 1820.5 for 160, UP. Always UP! 20m RTTY for some low brain needed time, with a focus on EU.

Bill will be operating from Majuro Atoll, IOTA Reference: OC-029

You can find more information on Bill's webpage N6MW

Thank you to DX-World for your assistance in this partnership.

GS0NWM Isle of Arran EU-123

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GS0NWM
will be the call sign of the Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club's IOTA activation of Isle of Arran, EU-123, from March 26th - April 2nd 2014.

The team will enter the CQ WPX Contest (29th & 30th March) as GM5N Multi Op.

Three members, G0SBN, Glenn, G8YFA, Tony and M0KLO, Bob will be QRV on SSB CW & RTTY.
Locator: IO75in
WAB: NR93

Equipment will consist of 3 x Kenwood 590, 2 x Kenwood 480 Transceivers with an Elecraft KX3 for QRP skeds.
Acom Amplifiers.
Spiderbeampoles at 18m & 12m.
2 x G3TXQ Hexbeams at 12m.
40m & 80m Verticals.

QSL Via M0URX OQRS Preferred.
No incoming cards required through the Bureau. Please use OQRS. Thank you.

MS0OXE - TIREE EU-008 – MARCH 2014 #2

QSL-MS0OXE9th February saw us test build the shack, everything except the antennas and amps. Pc’s, rigs, networking and log programme all tested.

We will have one station on at any one time and two stations at higher rate times.

Scotland GM is not the most sought after DXCC by a long way but looking at clublog there are one or two bands/mode that are low on the worked percentages. These are, 160 and WARC on RTTY. So we will put some effort into these slots.

With other dxped’s QRV at the same time, no QRG’s announced, search the bands or keep an eye on the cluster for MS0OXE.

During the CQWW WPX SSB weekend (29/30 March) we will be QRV on WARC and 160 RTTY.

The team will arrive on Tiree Tuesday 25th, via ferry and air. Notwithstanding, Murphy, we should be QRV on 30m/40m by dusk.

On Wednesday 26th/Thursday 27th and Friday 28th cw will take priority as NO cw or very little over the weekend 29th/30th.

Keep an eye on our twitter feed for the latest upto date news, @bcdxcg_m0oxe .

See you all in the pile ups. 73 de MS0OXE.

World Bureau Posting 03/02/2014

QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus today, Monday February 3rd 2014.

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.

Total amount of QSL cards 7,586
Total Weight 34,715g

Read more: World Bureau Posting 03/02/2014

Mellish Reef 2014 Press Release 6

January 26, 2014

Mellish Reef DX-pedition is scheduled for March 28, 2014 to April 9, 2014.

Status:
We are on schedule and will soon be on autopilot. Team members booked their travel to Mackay, Australia, local contacts in Mackay are established, as well as suppliers to assist with logistics. Generators were ordered and will ship later in February from Sydney, Australia. One of the biggest logisticalchallenges will be purchasing 1,400 liters of petrol. The skipper of Evohe, Steve Kafka, agreed to handle the sourcing and take delivery of the petrol removing from the team this task.

Antennas from SteppIR, coax / accessories from DX-Engineering and folding hex beams from foldingantennas.com will be air shipped to Australia in early February from the USA. Another shipment from Hungary is also scheduled for February, some equipment will be hand carried. Joining the antennalineup is a 4 Square provided by Norbert DJ7JC.

Update to the QSL Policy:
We are happy to announce that any individual donating $50(USD) or more to VK9MT will automatically receive their QSL for all QSOs, free of charge. These donors will not need to request QSL cards or take any action to redeem the QSL. Our QSL manager, Tim Beaumont M0URX, will post the cards to all $50+ donors as soon as the cards are ready, thank you Tim for this wonderful service.

Global Pilot Team:
The pilot team will manage all DX community communication between the island team and DXers. Prior to sailing we’ll update the web site with process details and e-mail addresses. While on the island we will not be checking personal e-mail accounts. Please direct operational suggestions to the pilot designated for your region.

Fund Raising:
Like all DX-peditions to rare and semi-rare DXCC entities, donations are welcomed through vk9mt.complease use the Donate Button on the web site to insure your name is automatically added to the donor list,or by check / money order in US dollars to:

Mellish Reef 2014 DX-pedition
Gene Spinelli, Treasurer
PO Box 189
Divide, CO
USA 80814

For our friends outside the USA please use PayPal or e-mail for wire transfer instructions:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We appreciate the generosity of the foundations, clubs and individuals who have already made a donation or a commitment. At the completion of the DX-pedition a financial summary will be sent to all club / foundation donors.

For additional information please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And, of course, good luck to the FT5ZM team that is now QRV.

73, Team Mellish 2014

Bureau? Please use OQRS only.

I have a VERY important message for you today. For those of you requesting Bureau cards this MUST be done now ONLY by requesting using my OQRS service which will remain completely FREE.

There is a problem developing caused by those who ignore my OQRS system and send cards Via RSGB incoming Bureau. Incoming cards cost the RSGB and myself money.

It is simple. If you want a FREE Bureau service you must use my OQRS. If you continue to keep sending incoming Bureau cards that have not been requested then it will come to a time when we must start charging for Bureau cards. Times are changing and you must pay attention. Thank you.

8Q7BM from January 22nd

Raa Atoll
SM0MDG Björn
, will be QRV as 8Q7BM from Raa Atoll, AS-013 Maldive Islands "QSL Via M0URX OQRS Preferred"

Björn informs me: "My trip starts tomorrow and the license was received Thursday, so it's a tight schedule. We arrive on Monday but it might take one or two days for me to get on the air. I am bringing a TS-590S and lots of wire, hope to be able to participate in CQ160. Will be active a few hours every day for about a week, but it's a holiday and not an expedition so no promises."

QSL Direct?

A new year is a good time to remind you that if you are QSL'ing Direct you need to enclose US$2 and a Self Addressed Envelope for the QSL to be returned to you.

Simple! $2 and a SAE.

No IRC's, No Stamps & No Coins..... Just $2.

I think this reminder is important, because today I received 3 letters without $2. One contained an old IRC, and two others with no dollars at all.

Thank you.

UR Outgoing QSL Bureau "Send Service"

Just a reminder that United Radio QSL Bureau has an Outward QSL Bureau "Send Service" posting to all IARU World QSL Bureaus 3 or 4 times per year.
This FAST service is for all QSL'ers that may not be able to send these cards through your local society Bureau. Although I welcome anyone to use this service.

£10 per kilo. Pro-rata for lower volumes. or £1 per 100g

All QSL cards must be pre-sorted into the IARU Bureau sequence.

Special lower rates for DXpeditions.

All parcels should be securely packaged using plenty of packing tape to secure the box against bursting.
Email confirmation of packages sorted and dispatched.

UK only Cheque payable to Tim Beaumont

Mr Tim Beaumont 
PO Box 17
Kenilworth
Warwickshire CV8 1SF
ENGLAND

All Outgoing parcels are posted using Royal Mail, Priority Air Mail and MBag Service for fast transit.

There are NO minimum or maximum user limits.

Almost QSL Direct Service by ARI

In times when the cost of QSL'ing is becoming ever more expensive, it is welcome to see initiatives to reduce the cost. I would like to bring attention to the excellent QSL service provided by IK2DUW, Antonello, at the ARI HQ. An excellent initiative that is proving a great success. This means that ARI members can use the service to get QSL cards "Almost Direct" from QSL managers like myself. I send monthly bundles of QSL cards to ARI these include the "Almost Direct Service" So please pay attention Italian hams, use the excellent service that your organisation provides and I will ensure that your Bureau and "Almost Direct" cards get to you very quickly.

Here are the Instructions for use. Courtesy of ARI

The QSL Service "Almost Direct" provides that the members send QSL cards of the stations operated by the QSL Manager with which the association has reached specific agreements. 
Requests should be sent to: Antonello Passarella IK2DUW - QSL SERVICE " ALMOST DIRECT "ARI QSL BUREAU - Via Scarlatti 31-20124 MILAN

In the envelope you have to put the cards only for stations operated by the QSL Manager included in the list below.
Other QSL cards not included in this service in another envelope sent to the Association.

Read more: Almost QSL Direct Service by ARI

PJ4DX QSL cards posted

QSL-PJ4DXPJ4DX QSL cards have now arrived from the printer, I had asked Max to hold them over the holiday time to make sure that they did not get damaged in transit. 

60 letters will be posted on Tuesday 7th January.
Bureau requests have been processed waiting for the next dispatch.

We have had several people who have seen the QSL design ask what the little orange huts are on the main picture, Steve explains that they are former slave huts from the early 18th century. Perhaps not such a nice thing to have on a QSL card, but it is a part of the history and culture of the area.
(Actually I think it is where the QSL manager lives hehe)

MS0OXE Isle Of Tiree EU-008

QSL-MS0OXEMembers of the Black Country DX & Contest Group will be QRV from EU-008 Tiree from 25th March to 31st March 2014.

We will be signing MS0OXE in CW, SSB and RTTY on 160 to 10mtr’s.

We will also be taking part in CQWW WPX SSB on the weekend 29th / 30th  March 2014 as MS0OXE.

Logs will be uploaded  to CLUB LOG once a day and LoTW on our return home.

All QSL is via M0URX OQRS http://m0urx.com/oqrs/


More information at our web site: http://www.ms0oxe.net

Twitter feed: @bcdxcg_m0oxe

73 de MS0OXE. 

Promo QSL

A new M0URX / ON5UR Promo QSL card has been designed to promote our work. The QSL is a sample of our DXpedition & Contest QSL cards in high quality. 

ON5UR-PROMO-tim-3Paper: 300 gr.
Full Colour both sides.
UV Varnish finish.
Free Design. No Hidden Costs.

  5,000 cards €210 + carriage.
10,000 cards €360  + carriage.

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For M0URX QSL Management for your DXpedition with completely free service, free high quality QSL cards contact:
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New Year Posting

A Happy New Year from the United Radio QSL Bureau. I have been away at the Strumble Head Amateur Radio Klub this week for a few days away. Thanks Rob and Jane for your wonderful hospitality as always.

83 letters posted Saturday 4th January 2014.

Posting

76 letters posted on Friday December 27th.
 8 letters posted on Saturday December 28th.

UR QSL Bureau will be away until 2nd January as I am taking a short break, All QSL requests will be processed as soon as I return. OQRS will be open as usual.

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