MU/ON4ANN Guernsey

ON6NB 2
MU/ON4ANN will be QRV between 19th and 24th September from Guernsey.

ON4ANN – ON4CCV – ON5PDV – ON2BDJ – ON4ACP – ON6MI – ON4CAU –  ON8CW ON4AAQ – Etienne, 

Special attention for 160 -80 – 40 & 30 M, SSB, CW, DIGI
Equipment : Spiderbeams, Verticals, Inverted-L for 160 M, RX antenna’s

QSL Via OQRS Via M0URX

PDXG QSL Management Platform Update

Perseverance DX Group (PDXG.net)  September, 2017
PDXG QSL Management Platform Update

Earlier this year we released a report on the status of our PDXG QSL Management Platform that was developed to automate the QSL manager's backend processes. Developed over the past 3 years it's now at Version 4.3 and installed on servers in the United Kingdom and the USA. Exclusive users are Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Pista HA5AO and Gene K5GS.

The development goal was to eliminate, or greatly reduce, the manager's manual tasks. The first large implementation was the 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Island DX-pedition, we learned a lot about what QSL managers and users expect from an OQRS platform. We're happy to report the following 2017 year to date metrics:
- QSOs loaded: 5,018,167

- Total number of DX logs: 800 (DX-pedition, contest, active DX stations handled by M0URX, M0OXO and HA5AO)
The application eliminated much of the manual drudgery of processing confirmations for a single DX operator to the largest DX-pedition.

A QSL manager with one helper can process OQRS requests for the largest DX-pedition in one day, an amazing 75% reduction in time. Compare this to the old process that took multiple people many days to handle a large DX-pedition.

Today the only time consuming OQRS confirmation tasks are stuffing envelopes and affixing labels, a bulk mail franking machine eliminated postage stamps. Other automated tasks include matching donors to the log for special attention and busted call handling, no more busted/missing call e-mails.

One recently added feature prevents sending duplicate QSL cards to the same DXer. Many DXers request a card through OQRS or Direct and then send a card via the buro, the software will not respond to the buro request if a card was previously sent.

With all this extra time on their hands M0URX and M0OXO are available to handle additional DX call signs and DX-peditions.

ZG2TT National week in Gibraltar

K800 QSL-ZB2TT4th to the 10th of September is National Week in Gibraltar, to commemorate this, the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Stations can use the prefix ZG. Robert Morgan (ZB2TT) will be QRV as ZG2TT during the week in the hours he is not working.

Although we will not have a special QSL card for this activity we will overprint the QSO report labels with ZG2TT and the log will be uploaded to the OQRS after the 10th September so that you can claim the QSL card.

For the prefix hunters we will also upload the log to LoTW.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS preferred.  OQRS NOW LIVE

Mail to Venezuela suspended

Start date: 4 July 2017  End date: Ongoing

The local situation in YV has disrupted mail flows into Venezuela and our supplier has had to stop delivering mail in to Venezuela. As a result, we can no longer accept any mail for Venezuela, any mail on hand will be returned to sender.

We don't know when the situation will change, but we will look for alternative ways of getting mail in to Venezuela.
Our mail to the YV QSL Bureau will also be suspended until we can get the mail to Venezuela.

6W1SU

K1024 QSL-6W1SU-2

6W1SU will be operated by VE9CB during the CQ WW DX Contest CW, November 25th & 26th 2017.

6W1SU will be a single op all band high power. 

QSL via M0URX OQRS

5B/G4MKP Cyprus

Terry 5B/G4MKP will be on air as a holiday station between 20th - 27th September 2017, operating mostly on 40m.

QSL Via M0URX OQRS  Please do not send any Bureau cards, use OQRS. Thank you.
K800 QSL-5B-G4MKPK800 QSL-5B-G4MKP-BACK


FT8 Mode QSOs

I received a short statement from LoTW about FT8 Mode contacts in regard to the uploading to LoTW: 

"We have been inundated with emails about FT8. We were told that it will be a few weeks before the developers can get LoTW set up to accept FT8."

So please stand by, LoTW are aware that this work needs to be done before FT8 QSOs can be uploaded to the LoTW databse. Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE 14/08/2017 - All FT8 QSOs have now been uploaded to LoTW

VY2/WS5K QSL Preview

The QSL for VY2/WS5K Stan Fraley, Prince Edward Island NA-029, has been designed and will now be printed and ready for distribution very soon. Thank you to Max ON5UR for the QSL design.

K800 QSL-VY2-WS5KK800 QSL-VY2-WS5K-Back

 

VY2/WS5K

lodgesideVY2/WS5K Stan will be on air from Prince Edward Island from June 28th until July 10th. Stan WS5K will be operating from the PEI DX Lodge.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS

Prince Edward Island
IOTA: NA-029 
Locator: FN76vs
CQ Zone: 5 ITU Zone: 9

Why Didn't My QSL Arrive?

K800 WP 20150321 002Getting your QSL cards to your destination can be a challenge, in fact there are many reasons why letters may not arrive. It is easy to assume that the letter has been stolen by an unscrupulous thief at the Post Office, but as a postal worker myself and being an account holder of our own International Online Business Account with the Royal Mail, I have seen numerous times how things can go wrong, no matter how hard we try, and sometimes people will just believe that either the letter was stolen or simply the QSL manager kept the dollars and didn’t send the QSL card.

So what really can go wrong? Over the past five years we have seen many global incidents, flooding, snow storms, hurricanes, war are just a few of the examples. In 2014, Venezuela suspended International Mail deliveries in a currency row, this led to a period of time where QSL cards in and out of Venezuela just seemed to disappear, it was easier for everyone to blame the DXpedition teams for stealing dollars, and bad QSL management than actually look at the real reason why the mail did not get through.

Also in 2014 the world’s postal administrations were 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 confirming that it had difficulties delivering postal items to locations in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol following the annexation of the area by the Russian Federation. Many QSL cards in and out of that area were returned unable to find a route until Russia took over control of the post for that region. An extra digit “2” was put in front of the post code and the country name changed to Russian Federation, now hopefully that situation is resolved.

It is not only war and financial crisis that can cripple the post getting through, not many would realise but few letters are actually handled by postal workers these days, most are machine sorted and this can create a whole new set of complications. For some years letters to the U.S.A. have been endorsed “Unable to forward, Return to sender” I have personally tried numerous times to get to the bottom of this one, sadly USPS is an organisation that is not public facing and it is simply impossible to get someone internally to help. But it appears that if the address on the letter is not formatted correctly, even if the address is exactly correct then the sorting machine automatically puts a yellow sticker on the letter and returns it to sender, simply because the machine cannot see the route in the format it was programmed to see. The correct way the USPS should be working is to forward these letters for hand sorting, but in many cases the letters are just returned.

On a similar theme, sorting machines in the Japanese postal service quite often reject international mail that has the address only written in Japanese characters. On our own OQRS we now only accept all addresses in English characters to avoid this problem of mail to Japan being returned. But this then can be an issue to those of you using keyboards with foreign characters.

Read more: Why Didn't My QSL Arrive?

GS0NWM - Isle of Mull QSL Preview

The QSL design for GS0NWM Isle of Mull EU-008 is now ready for the print room. QSL requests will be posted around the 10th June.
OQRS is open.
K800 QSL-GS0NWM-3K800 QSL-GS0NWM-3-BACK

Bureau Posting May 2017 On its way!

Bureau May2017 1Our bureau QSL cards are starting their journey to the world IARU Bureaus, the route will take them directly to Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre where they will be put on the next available flight to each destination.

Thanks to Andy (pictured below) our collections driver for the mailing today.

Bureau May 2017 2

GS0NWM Isle of Mull update

GS0NWM Isle of Mull Log Update - Due to on site network issues some QSOs that were not recovered until the return home have now been synced to the Log Search / OQRS. All QSOs from this update were also uploaded to LoTW.
We have revised the Missing call forms that we received and notified the recipients.

CONTINENT/MODECWRTTYSSBTOTAL QSOTOTAL %
AFRICA 14 13 17 44 0.71 %
ANTARCTICA 0 0 0 0 0 %
ASIA 51 23 28 102 1.65 %
EUROPE 3057 701 1954 5712 92.47 %
NORTH AMERICA 159 24 61 244 3.95 %
OCEANIA 14 0 3 17 0.28 %
SOUTH AMERICA 36 6 16 58 0.94 %
TOTAL QSO 3331 767 2079 6177 100 %

Bureau Posting May 2017

May 2017 bureau mailing
QSL cards have been posted 84 World Bureaus today Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles, M0URX Tim & 2E0SDV Jamie

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.

This mailing features cards from the recent expeditions. The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly. 

Total amount of QSL cards 26,477
Via M0URX 11,126
Via M0OXO 10,695
Via 2E0SDV 4,656

Total Weight 102.020 kg (gross weight includes packaging)

Read more: Bureau Posting May 2017

GS0NWM - Isle of Mull April 21st - 28th 2017

map of isle-of-mullGS0NWM - Isle of Mull
April 21st - April 28th 2017
TYNEMOUTH ARC DX'PEDITION
The Tynemouth club is once again travelling to the Scottish Islands for a week of IOTA fun. This year we have decided to go to the Isle of Mull. We are taking 4 operators and a dog! It is our intention to work as many other amateurs around the world and confirm the Isle of Mull on as many bands and modes as possible.
​This year we are also hoping to operate on some of the WSPR modes as well as VHF & UHF.
IOTA: EU-008  LOC: IO76EJ WAB: NM73
 
All QSO's will be updated to Log search / OQRS when internet access can be gained.
FACEBOOK - @GS0NWM  
 
Operating Ethics: 
Operate in accordance with the DX CODE OF CONDUCT.
We will give our call regularly.
Always give your full callsign.
If we are working split we will regularly announce the QSX freq.
Please wait for the QSO to finish.
 
Operators:
M0KLO - Bob, G0SBN - Glen, G8YFA - Tony, ​M0GAE-  Graham . GM3WOJ - Chris & Bella - The Jack Russell
 
QSL INFO 
All QSO's will be updated to Log Search / OQRS & Clublog when internet access can be gained
 
Equipment List:
Radio's & Amplifiers 
Kenwood 590s
K3 Elecraft KX3 - JT modes
Acom amplifiers
Masts & Antenna's
Hexbeam Antenna (MW0JZE)
30m, 40m & 80m verticals
 
Ancillary:
Morse keys - Bencher, Kent & K8RA P4.
Heil & Kenwood headsets
Timewave navigator - FSK RTTY
Win-test (DX Expedition mode) logging software.

2016 to 2017 Postal Mailings

The UK QSL managers continue to deal with large volumes of outgoing QSL cards both direct letters and bureau parcels to all the IARU Bureaus. This is a summary of the postage for the year 01/04/2016 to 31/03/2017.
Direct items are slightly down by -1.3% on last year.
An increased postal cost of +4.45% on last year which is mainly due to our increased Bureau work over the last year along with an adjustment of exchange rate against the US dollar.
Our Bureau outgoing volume is counted from 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2016 at 58,512 bureau cards up 45.3% on 2015.
There are currently 2,131,698 QSOs in the OQRS database in which you can make QSL requests.

OBA 01.04.2016-31.03.2017

TX5T Austral Islands QSL Mailing

K800 QSL-TX5T
TX5T Austral Islands ALL 616 direct letters will be posted Wednesday 29th March 2017.

 

OQRS Open  Please use OQRS for your QSL request. 

We ask you to please not send us any cards Via Bureau as they are not required.

CONTINENT/MODECWRTTYSSBTOTAL QSOTOTAL %
AFRICA 75 5 10 90 0.38 %
ANTARCTICA 0 0 0 0 0 %
ASIA 6665 618 1308 8591 36.52 %
EUROPE 2529 52 42 2623 11.15 %
NORTH AMERICA 9460 491 1399 11350 48.24 %
OCEANIA 323 7 62 392 1.67 %
SOUTH AMERICA 368 20 93 481 2.04 %
TOTAL QSO 19420 1193 2914 23527 100 %

Need a QSL Manager for 2017?

Are you about to embark on a new DXpedition project? Or a holiday station or maybe you are going to be or are operating from a place that demads high QSL traffic?

United Radio QSL Bureau is here to look after all your QSL management needs.

What can I provide?
1) I can look after all your QSL requirements from Holiday station, IOTA to major expedition status.
2) Free use of postal mailbox.
3) I handle RSGB Incoming Bureau, Direct QSLing, LoTW, OQRS and Direct Via Paypal.
4) Professional QSL design & printing by ON5UR Max to ensure the highest quality QSL cards.

5) For DX'peditions I can offer free QSL cards if you use my QSL services. Contact me for more information
6) United Radio QSL Bureau runs its own OUTGOING QSL Bureau. Available for ANYONE to use. (60p per 
7) For QSL managers and DX Teams we can provide access to the most competitive postal rates in the industry.

United Radio QSL Bureau together with ON5UR Maxi-Print can provide your DXpedition with a one stop QSL service that has the highest reputation in the Amateur Radio community.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +44 (0) 7976 292980

 

Or write to:

Tim Beaumont M0URX
P.O. Box 17
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
CV8 1SF, ENGLAND


What makes this QSL Management Bureau such an excellent service? 
Firstly I can offer FREE high quality QSL printing for ALL MAJOR DXpedition Teams and also FREE high quality QSL printing to SOME holiday and IOTA stations using my service where $ contributions have been enclosed. Our QSL service will give YOU "attention to detail".

2017 QSL Policy $2 Direct Letter or $3 Direct OQRS - Bureau OQRS FREE.


Our new OQRS offers a variety of tools designed to help the DXpedition Teams, the QSL manager and also the DXer. You can read more about our OQRS on my Blog posts below.

 

UK QSL Manager? Dealing with your own mailings? We can help reduce your postal costs with our International Mailing Contract. 

TX5T QSL Preview

TX5T Austral Islands QSL card has been deisgned and is now in the print room. I expect to post all direct QSL cards on April 1st. You can still request your TX5T QSL on OQRS for a fast return.
Please remember do not send us your card through the Bureau USE OQRS ONLY.
K800 QSL-TX5TK800 QSL-TX5T-BACK


OLD Out of Date IRC's Donated

IRC donationThank you to Dennis F5VHY for the donation of IRC's in support of our Outgoing QSL Bureau.

Do you have any old out of date IRC's?

By sending your old out of date IRC's to the United Radio QSL Bureau you will be helping keeping our QSL Bureau going.

Bureau AugustJust 300 old out of date International Reply Coupons is enough to post 20,000 Bureau cards to world IARU Bureaus.

Please help by sending us your OLD IRC's - Thank you

P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1SF, ENGLAND

OQRS Q & A

We receive many emails about our QSL work, thank you for all positive comments that is really appreciated. It is clear though that for some, OQRS (Online QSL Request System) is a bit of a mystery and need a little help, so here are some of your questions answered.

Q. I thought there was only one OQRS?
A. Many of you will be familiar with Club Log OQRS which is the most widely used OQRS. But there are many QSL managers and DXpedition teams that have their own OQRS on the web too.

Q. Why don’t we all use Club Log OQRS?
A. DXpeditions have many varied requirements for their QSL work, so do many DX chasers, so Club Log can’t please everyone all of the time. With many clients around the world, I would need access to about 100 different Club Log accounts to do my QSL work so this is why I have my own OQRS, all the logs that I am QSL manager for, on one account. (I also support Club Log 100%)

Q. Do I need to send you my QSL?
A. No No No, that is the whole idea of OQRS. For DXpeditions they do not need ANY incoming QSL cards, especially through the incoming Bureau that just creates extra work and huge costs for everyone. “Request it Don’t Send It USE OQRS” Then update your log to tell you no outgoing QSL was needed.

Q. My call sign is not in log how can I get this corrected?
A. On our OQRS Log Search you will see a “Busted / Missing Call Request form” Fill in that form and it will be sent to my work queue and I will reply to you directly. Please do not email me! ALWAYS check the “Last QSO in log date / time” The log may be waiting a log update!

Q. How do I pay for my QSL?
A. OQRS is fully integrated with PayPal you can see exactly how much the QSL will cost you in your own currency on the PayPal page. PayPal also allows Credit Card payment and payment transfers from your bank account.

Q. How do I know that you have sent my direct / bureau QSL?
A. When you use Log search and click “Request QSL” you will see the progress status of your request this may be “In Queue” or “Buro Sent” or “Direct Sent” OQRS Requested. Here you will also see the LoTW status.
If you see "Buro QSL Sent" Please DO NOT request another.

Q. When requesting a QSL what is the “QSL Via” box for?
A. Only use this if you have a QSL manager and want your bureau QSL sent to your manager. 
It is NOT for your email address, or for greetings and NEVER put M0URX or your QSL will be sent to me.
DARC members can put the DOK number here. 

Q. What if i have lost my QSO details? can you help?
A. No! Sorry i do not give out QSO details. You must back up your log regularly by ADIF on and off site. You should set up an account with CLUB LOG and upload your logs. That can be a one of your back ups so if you have a HDD crash then you will have not lost any data. There is now no excuse for you to lose your log!

Q. When will my QSL be posted?
A. If you are requesting a recent DXpedition QSL, remember please that QSL cards have to be designed, photographs need to be chosen, logos in high resolution sought, it can take some time to get everything in place. Printing usually takes 5 days then the QSL cards need to be shipped to the QSL manager.
If the QSL cards are in stock with your QSL manager, then posting can be a weekly process, or sometimes quicker if there is a sizeable mailing ready.

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