4W/G3ZEM Timor-Leste Update 15th October

The HF9V finally arrived in good shape and was put together in the scorching sun.  Well worth the effort as it out performs my wire jumble on all bands.  On those bands where the jumble is a good match to the coax it's around 6dB up and where I rely upon the ATU to flatten the feed-line it's up as much as 10dB in some cases.  This would appear consistent with performance claims for vertical antennas at sea edge.
New challenges arise every day and power cuts are among them.  It's just like in Cyprus where without notice all power can be lost.  Fortunately there is a generator back-up so I can usually be on air again in about 5 minutes.
Lest the thought may have been entertained in anyone's mind, I can attest to the existence of Dili belly.  Good runs are currently punctuated with barely adequate notice, by bad.
Looking through spots on DX summit I see I have taken a few bullets from the deserving for going QRT without explanation.  Ah well.  If anyone can explain how I might advise the pile of an unscheduled power cut before it happens, I will be most appreciative.  Dili belly presents a similar challenge providing as it does absolutely no time for chit chat before urgent evacuation takes place.  So far I have managed to evacuate the tent before any other evacuation gets underway.   A situation I am concentrating hard to maintain.  It is difficult to convey the subtleties of my situation to the baying hoards.  Many of them are anyway too busy endlessly sending their own call to notice.

Bureau Posting News Outgoing! October 2014

QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus todayTuesday 14th October 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 11,993
Total Weight 48460 g

Total Cost £241.40
per kg £4.97
Average postage cost  2p per QSL card.

Tales from Timor by 4W/G3ZEM

It gets busy around here at weekends.  A bunch of young folks pitched right along side me yesterday afternoon.  They found my antennas useful facilities on which to hang their bathing suits for drying.  It's as well they could only reach the polypropylene support cords and not the hot end of the dipoles.  Come 7pm local they stoked up the BBQ and on went the ghetto blaster (do they have ghetto blasters these days?).  More likely some Bluetooth Boombox.   Anyway it was boom, boom, boom consistently thereafter.  Loud enough to drown out the noise from the waves crashing against the sea wall, which had hitherto been my main source of audible interference.  At the same time they apparently managed to connect their assorted electrical junk to the power supply creating an S9 rasping noise across the whole of 80m.  So much for my plan to try to work into the US on there.  
These kids know how to party.  Their Boombox didn' ;t fall silent until 6am this morning.  I assume the batteries went flat.  Blow me but they were up and about again at 8am and the party goes on as I write.  My fingers are crossed they will need to leave later today, to be back to Dili for whatever calls for their attention on a Monday morning.  I'm certainly hoping they aren't still here overnight tonight with their sundry electrical trash creating mayhem across 80m and their boombox denting my eardrums. 
DX-peditioning has its challenges.

Read more: Tales from Timor by 4W/G3ZEM

4W/G3ZEM Timor-Leste 9th October

Heavy seas have put paid to tonight's plans.  The improved sea anchor is still no match for the forces of nature.  Torn free once again but this time the antennas have also  been ripped clean off the mast. 
Plan B will be invoked tomorrow.  This will aim to remove reliance on the sea anchor.  You know what Albert said about folks who keep doing the same thing but expecting a different result.
Much as I would love to continue to paddle in the treacle that is the European pile, I will have to make do with wine and song for the rest of tonight.
The life of a solo DX-peditioner can be tough. 73 Bob 4W/G3ZEM

UPU IB Circular No 71 - Post suspended to Crimea

It may be helpful to alert DX'ers that Ukraine has suspended post to Crimea and the City of Sevastopol post codes 95000 - 99999 are affected. Mail is being returned endorsed "UPU IB Circular No 71" The  UPU explanation for this is below.

The world’s postal administrations have been advised that they should no longer dispatch international mail addressed to the Crimea region via Ukrainian Post.

The Universal Postal Union passed on a message from the national postal service of the Ukraine last week confirming that it has difficulties delivering postal items to locations in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

The guidance comes following the annexation of the territory by Russia in the wake of a local referendum described by the United Nations as “invalid”.

The UPU confirmed that it passed on the message to all its members, the postal administrations of 192 countries, stating that they should suspend dispatch of international postal items addressed to the Ukrainian postal codes 95000-99999.

The UPU said Ukrainian Post would inform global postal operators about the resumption of deliveries “as soon as the situation changes”.

According to the UPU, Ukraine received about 20m letters and more than 2.5m parcels from abroad in 2012.

Commenting on the situation, UPU director general Bishar A Hussein said he hoped the parties involved would soon find an operational solution.

UPDATE - I am now aware that mail to the affected posted codes 95000 - 99999 has been re-assigned an extra digit on the code and is handled Via Russian Federation.

4W/G3ZEM Timor-Leste - 8th October

As you likely know my antenna elected not to travel with me due to some "machine problem" in Doha. Travelling independently it arrived Singapore last night and will be shipped to Dili on tomorrow's flight.

Fortunately I have fallen on my feet here. My Australian hosts and their Timorese staff are amazing. Having received VIP treatment at the airport I was taken shopping for wire and coax to facilitate jury rigging a temporary antenna. Dili is no place to shop for this kind of stuff but despite this within less than an hour of arrival I had managed to purchase 100m of PVC covered antenna wire and a 20m length of 50R coax. However the cost however was enough to make my e yes water. When only one place in town has what you need they can take your money through your nose While I was shopping for wire my host located a 10m bamboo and had it delivered to site. What service. My team of Timorese pole erectters and antenna riggers did fantastic work once I had figured out the required wire lengths.

The antennas for 17/30m were rigged just as it got dark last night but the 30m anchor fell prey to the night tide. Repair work will be underway shortly when the tide falls back. The location is amazing with my bamboo antenna support only around 1m from the sea when the tide is in and around 10m when it's out.

Signals on 17m early evening Timor time were amazing. Pleased to already have a bunch of Gs and CDXC members in the log. I plan to flip between 17/30m until the HF9V arrive s as re-rigging the bamboo pole could cause me to use all my expensive wire in a hurry. I am here until 21 Oct so plenty of time to get on the other bands.

Although the HF9V works pretty well on 80m an inverted L on the bamboo pole may give some advantage. An option for later.

Thanks for the Qs so far. Hope to see you on multiple bands. Bob 4W/G3ZEM

4W/G3ZEM Timor-Leste

Bob 5B4AGN plans to be QRV from Timor-Leste as 4W/G3ZEM between 8 - 20 October.
This will be a man in a tent style expedition, so not exactly 5 star. Location will be on the north shores of Timor-Leste, running a Elecraft K3 & KPA 500 combo with an HF9V for HF and an 18m Spider pole for 160/80m. With luck I will be QRV all 9 bands but with emphasis towards LF if conditions allow. Operation will be primarily CW.
QSL Direct via M0URX.
For Bureau please use OQRS.(No incoming cards are needed)

73 Bob, 5B4AGN

Letter to RSGB

As some of you are aware if you are RSGB members, there have been problems getting QSL cards to RSGB members through the RSGB Bureau. So please be assured if you are an RSGB member and had difficulties receiving my QSL cards I am doing everything I can to resolve the mattter.
At the request of the RSGB General manager I have removed the copy of the letter I sent to the RSGB. The GM says that the RSGB do not have a ban on QSL cards to RSGB members.
I can only apologise to the RSGB members that have had cards defaced. These cards will be replaced and will be sent to you direct at my expence.

MW0JZE 7 Band Hexbeam Announced

7band-hexbeamGreat news today for the users of the Hexbeam as Anthony MW0JZE has announced his new version of the antenna and it includes 40M !

Anthony says: ''Over the past 9 months I have been planning, designing and developing the new Hexbeam concept. I have done much research on the 40m full size Hexbeam but came to the conclusion it was just too big to erect in an average size garden. The wind load would be so high that any strong gales could cause destruction to the fiberglass arms limiting its life span. The compromise I came to was to design a non-trapped Di-pole antenna with as little loss as possible while maintaining a modest turning radius.''

Read more on this 6M thro 40M antenna by visiting Ant's site by clicking the image above... Good luck Ant !

Story credited to Charles M0OXO.

What does United Radio QSL Bureau do?



A desire to provide DX'peditions a "One Stop Shop" QSL Management, QSL Design and high quality professional printing. All in one!

United Radio QSL Bureau

United Radio QSL Bureau was started in 2007 by Max ON5UR and Tim M0URX to provide a one stop shop for all QSLing services. Here are a few of the services that we provide.
ON5UR as part of this, sourced and designed a "DXpedition & Contest QSL" in runs of 5,000 & 10,000 cards where the design, card and print quality are better than what is on the market and cheaper too!
I send out 10,000 samples every year with all my direct QSL cards.
M0URX & M0OXO offer a full free QSL manager service to all DXpedition, IOTA and rare DXCC stations, Contest Stations are charged only for the first print run of cards, the same for NON DX stations.
M0URX also offers an online posting service for all UK QSL Managers. This service gives up to 70% discount on stamp prices and is essential that DXpediitons make the most of this service. For example on larger mailings of 1.5 kg to a country, 15g letters to the USA could be sent for as little as 32p using Priority Air Mail.
(Contract mailings like this are sorted BEFORE stamped items hence "Priority")
M0URX & M0OXO Together provide an Outgoing QSL Bureau going to all IARU Bureau every 4 months. February, June and October.
M0URX & M0OXO both have a tailored OQRS system to speed up both Direct and Bureau postings.

A passion for DX and a desire to promote professional QSL Management, Design and Printing for all radio amateurs. Of course we are also dedicated to the phenomenon called DX!

To give support to DXpeditions, to give postal advice and assistance to UK based QSL managers.

We welcome International DX Teams to use our postal facilities. We offer discounts on postage costs and can send all your outging international and national mailings, saving YOU time and money. Substantial savings on larger malings especially to USA & Japan.

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QRV Tonight PJ4DX and OY1OF

Some big signals on the bands tonight from two stations that I am QSL manager for, Steve PJ4DX on 21.295 MHz and Olavur OY1OF on 21.242 MHz this evening. Olavur was on a very skewed path at 270 degrees.


Skype upgrade

After my recent migration to a new computer system I have had to upgrade to the new Skype software. I have to say that I am not impressed. No way of migrating all my contacts to the new Skype.

Please search This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and re add me to your Skype contacts. Thank you!

VK8NSB now on LoTW

lotw-logo-cI now have the LoTW certificate for VK8NSB Stuie in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Full log has been uploaded to LoTW tonight.

Bureau Box Arrived

K800 Bureau box
4,000 incoming bureau QSL cards arrived from the RSGB Buraau today. I will be working through this box and processing the QSL cards very soon.

United Radio QSL Bureau Computer Install

United Radio QSL Bureau will be closed for a few days while I install a new computer system, this being my first upgrade since 2008. Configuring the logging software, moveing 100+ logs from the old system to the new and installing all the LoTW TQSL softtware and certificates will all take me a few days to load and be read to serve for the next few years. I will be able to reply to emails daily.

Thank you for understanding and sorry for any inconvenience.

No Incoming Bureau for 6 months!

Sorry for any delay with bureau cards. I have not had an INCOMING delivery from the RSGB Bureau now since February which is six months! Will keep you posted on the blog.

My thoughts about IOTA & Bureau today

IOTA and getting the QSL cards needed!
With another IOTA contest behind us, I was thinking once again how much I would love to chase IOTA and claim awards. But it is way out of the reach in costs of QSL'ing, and this is not just myself but of many others. I have about 150 IOTA's that I need QSL cards from but nearly all of them are direct only so I feel pretty disillusioned with the whole award program simply because of these costs.
For those of you that were at the recent IOTA convention you will know that RSGB / IOTA have ruled out any log matching facility or use of the ARRL LOTW programme due to the costs involvedI feel it is a great shame as IOTA has a massive captive audience but no or very little investment / support from the RSGB, and this includes how the bureau is currently working.
We need more IOTA DXpedition teams to allow bureau requests, my own experience with the RSGB bureau is that we are constantly told what we can't send and ironically most of the cards I CAN'T send through the RSGB bureau, are QSL cards for its own IOTA award program. Remember if you are not the licence holder of that call sign you can't use RSGB to receive QSL cards either, so some of the club activations cannot use the incoming bureau for their "mini" DXpeditions to UK IOTA's

OQRS is the way to request!

OQRS really is the quickest way to receive your Bureau cards from M0URX. On May 21st 2014, DF7EF made an OQRS request for many Bureau cards, these were duly processed and carefully put into the DARC Bureau box. The box was then sent to DARC on June 2nd. This week Uli reports:

"I just got my monthly QSL parcel from the DARC-QSL-bureau and I was amazed how many cards were actually coming from your hands. And the greatest of all: I made my way through your OQRS  on the 21. May 2014. That's roughly 2 months. What an unbelievable quick service. My heartful thanks to your great work to the ham community. DF7EF Uli"

It is not just the DARC Bureau either! RX3AU from Russia writes: ... "Tnx for QSL from GS0NWM, MS0INT (11 QSO), CY9M, VK9MT & others."

The question that I have to ask is WHY does the RSGB have one of the SLOWEST Bureaus in the World? In tests here it is taking one to two years to get QSL cards to RSGB members, and that is sending from here as an RSGB member! 

Bureau does NOT mean slow! Just be clever and use OQRS for your Bureau cards!

QSL Design Preview

Two more new designs have been added to the United Radio QSL collection, MW/VK8NSB & 5B4AGN.











DKARS Magazine

DKARS MagazineDutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society have issued their first magazine, click the image to get the magazine in PDF.

In this magazine from the Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society you will read  "in short, we are a foundation that will serve the interests of all Dutch radio amateurs in the broadest
sense of the word, and thereby also want to pay attention to interest young people in technique. Indeed, the amateur radio hobby contains a plurality of technical aspects where young people can take part in and benefit of in their future careers.  
And do not forget, we're going to organize the Dutch Kingdom Contest (DKC) ! Every year on the first weekend of June, further on in in this issue more about this" 
Thank you to Peter PJ4NX for the information.



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