Could this be the death of the Bureau QSL?

Good griefSomething is happening that I believe could be the death of the Bureau QSL card. For security reasons all parcels sent around the world will soon have to have "Pre-Advice Data"

What this means is that I need to send in advance, electronically, personal data of the recipient and the contents of the parcel to customs.
I will need the IARU Bureau email address, name of the person I am sending to, telephone number, as well as the usual customs declaration.

This electronic data will need a "Commodity code" for the items inside the parcel. QSL cards are as near as we can get it "postcards" which is commodity code 49090000.
This is where we have a problem, this is telling customs that the postcards in the box are a commodity and are likely to be charged VAT standard rate to other European Union Countries (Isn't the EU supposed to be there to help EU citizens?) The only good news is that outside EU is 0% tax.

But I see nothing that can tell the recipients customs or douane that these postcards are a gift of "no value"
This will be starting in January 2019 and in some countries like Brazil it has already started. I am trying to get my head around this, looks really complicated and as far as I can see IARU Bureaus are not ready for it. I have asked my mail carrier for advice, so if I find out more on this I will report back soon.

3rd June - As of this time i am working with my account manager to ensure that our bureau dispatches will meet the new "Pre-advice data" requirements, however this does depend on cooperation from the IARU Bureaus to ensure that we have the data we need. 


A new QSL for John, HK3C is now in the printroom and will soon be ready to post.
As always OQRS is open for your requests.

80th anniversary of the First Class CW Operators' Club

A log search and QSL request facility is available with M0URX here that will be updated on a regular basis. Logging inquiries should be directed through the OQRS log search.
QSL requests should be made on the OQRS. You do not need to send any Bureau cards so please just use OQRS. Thank you

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the formation of the First Class CW Operators' Club, the special callsign 5B80FOC will be aired by a Bob 5B4AGN & Nick G3RWF during the month of May 2018.

A special QSL card will be available and the logs will be uploaded to the ARRL's Log Book of the World (LoTW) and Club Log on a regular basis.
Contacts with this station will count 10 points towards the FOC75 and FOC80 Awards.

Founded in 1938, and with its roots, history and management in the UK, the First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC) promotes good CW (Morse code) operating, activity, friendship and socialising via its worldwide membership of approximately 500. Members are active on all HF bands and the character of the club is best expressed in its motto:

"A man should keep his friendship in constant repair" - Samuel Johnson (1755).


  • Foster and encourage a high standard of CW operating ability and behaviour on the amateur bands.
  • Observe the licence conditions and principles of band planning.
  • Be considerate to other amateurs at all times.
  • Protect the future of the hobby through being active, encouraging newcomers and supporting a national society.

For more information including how to become a member, please visit the Club's own site.

HK3C log uploaded to OQRS

hk3cHK3C, John in Bogotá, Columbia has been in touch and asked me to take over QSL management of his call sign, HK3C, I will also be looking after his older calls signs of HK3AK and HK3OZ.

The logs have been uploaded to OQRS and are live.

A new QSL card will be designed shortly so QSL requests will be confirmed as soon as we have a new stock of cards.

9M6XRO QSL Requests

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QSL cards for all call signs owned by 9M6XRO John, (now SK) must not be sent to me through the bureau as his RSGB membership will be closed. 
All QSL requests must come through the OQRS only.

All QSL cards requested on OQRS for both Direct and Bureau will be sent out on the next mailing.

Thank you to AD1C for your old IRC's

AD1CThank you to Jim, AD1C for the old out of date IRC's received. These will be sold and used to fund our outgoing QSL mailings to the IARU Bureaus. Thank you Jim for your support.

Donate your old out of date IRC's to United Radio QSL Bureau!

Please post your old, out of date IRC's to:
Tim Beaumont, P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1SF, ENGLAND

VP6D Press Release 4

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Press Release #4  April 16, 2018

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182)

We are now in the implementation phase of the project; equipment is being consolidated in Fremont, California. Customs brokers in the USA and New Zealand have been selected, and the New Zealand Government issued us an import / export license to ship the equipment to and from the country.

Manufacturers and distributors of amateur radio equipment are critical to the success of DX-peditions to rare entities. We are happy to have received significant support from DX-Engineering. They have furnished coax cable, guy ropes, a 40 meter four square system, coax connectors, ground anchors and other accessories. DX-Engineering has been a long time supporter of our projects and many other DX-peditions to rare entities; we very much appreciate their continued commitment to the hobby.

 Joining our list of corporate sponsors is SteppIR Communications Systems. We will add to our antenna lineup two 2 element Yagi antennas. These antennas proved to be indispensible during our TX3X Chesterfield Island project; we’re happy to have them for VP6D and appreciate SteppIR’s ongoing support.

A Garmin InReach Satellite Communicator will be used during the DX-pedition. You will be able to follow our journey on the web, details to be announced. This handheld unit also provides 2 way SMS messaging similar to that of a traditional mobile phone, and one way messaging to Twitter and Facebook. We will use this technology to communicate with family, the pilot team and to update you via social media, as required. We’ll also have an Inmarsat BGAN terminal for log uploads and e-mail with the pilot team.

 Our budget for this project is $175,000 (USD). Our current fundraising campaign is underway; you may see the progress at our website. We appreciate the donations and equipment support we’ve already received. With the final payment for the Braveheart due on September 1st, the next most expensive line item is equipment shipping budgeted at $20,000. Please remember, we have to pay these expenses whether or not you make a contact. We need your help to keep our DX-pedition team’s investment at a reasonable level. You may help by donating at:

 Members of the VP6D team will be attending the International DX Convention, Visalia, California April 20 – 22, 2018. We hope to meet many old friends, and make new ones at the convention.

73, Team Ducie – 2018


"QSL Via" What does this mean on our Online QSL Request System?

This has had many of you a little confused. The “QSL Via” field is ONLY for use in the Bureau when you want your Bureau cards sent Via someone else such as YOUR QSL manager.

Please do not write your email address, or any greetings and most definitely not MY call sign as your QSL will be sent and returned back to me.

Postage summary 2017 - 2018

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. 18,216 items posted. This is a summary of the postage for the year 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2018.
OBA 2018

VP6D Press Release 3

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Press Release #3 March 23, 2018
VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182)

 Joining the team is Ken Karr NG2H. A CW enthusiast, Ken was most recently a member of the VK0EK Heard Island 2016 DX-pedition team. Ken was first licensed in 1955 and credits Amateur Radio for launching his interests in science, engineering and oceanography.  Ken is retired from the US Navy; his assignments included commanding two nuclear fast attack submarines and serving as the senior member of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination team. We are very happy to welcome Ken to the team.

 With the cooperation of Elecraft and the Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DX-pedition team we will share the same Elecraft equipment. Upon its return to California the Elecraft equipment will be tested, configured and repacked for shipment to the Braveheart in New Zealand. Elecraft offered their assistance to expedite the process. We appreciate the willingness of both Elecraft and the Baker team to support VP6D.

 Joining our list of corporate sponsors is Cornelius Paul DF4SA of Spiderbeam GmbH whose products will be added to the antenna plan.

Providing an All Time New One (ATNO) is a key objective of VP6D. We will keep stations on 20 meter SSB and CW as propagation permits. Additionally, FT-8 may also provide DXers an ATNO opportunity during periods of poor conditions.

 As previously reported, we kicked off our fundraising campaign with a generous grant from the Northern California DX Foundation, followed by individuals, DX clubs and foundations. We especially appreciate the support from the following European organizations: German DX Foundation, Swiss DX Foundation, UK DX Foundation, European DX Foundation, Mediterraeno DX Club (Italy), Clipperton DX Club (France), GM DX Group (Scotland), Radio Society of Great Britain, LA DX Group (Norway), OHDXF (Finland), and the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG).  Like any DX-pedition to a rare entity, we will continue to actively solicit financial support.

 Of course, we appreciate the clubs, foundations and individuals that have already supported the project with their donations. A current list of all donors is available at:

 73, Team Ducie – 2018
Website:  Twitter and Facebook Please direct questions to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send your outgoing bureau cards with us!

United Radio QSL Bureau has an Outward posting to all IARU World QSL Bureaus 3 times per year.
I welcome anyone to use this service.

30,000+ QSL cards are posted every year.
£6 per kilo or 60p per 100g (Equivalant to $1 per 100g)
All QSL cards must be pre-sorted into the IARU Bureau sequence.

Parcels should be posted to:

Mr Tim Beaumont 
83 Limbrick Avenue
Tile Hill
Coventry CV4 9EX

All parcels should be securely packaged using plenty of packing tape to seal the box against bursting.
Outgoing Bureau - We cater for all users of the IARU Bureau system, this reduces the financial burden on our National Societies. Mail is shipped to World Bureaus using the M-Bag Priority product for fast delivery to all World Bureaus around the globe.
All users of the Bureau are welcome to use the facilities here for your outgoing QSL cards. (By prior arrangement, costs apply) Bureau does not mean slow!
Our Bureau service is subsidised by donations of OLD Out of date IRC's. Do you have any?

Need A QSL Manager or Mailing Solution?

Tim Beaumont M0URX, here at the United Radio QSL Bureau together with ON5UR Maxi-Print we can provide your DXpedition with a one stop QSL service that has the highest reputation in the Amateur Radio community.

Whether you are a one man DXpedition or a full blown DXpedition Team going to the rarest DXCC on the globe, we have a package to suit your needs!

We have a flexible Online QSL Request System that is tailored to our and your needs!
UK QSL managers managing your own expeditions can benefit from using our Online Mailing Account for the most competitive postal rates.

We can also mail out club magazines and any printed material. With printing solutions for you.

Click here for more information: 

ZB2TT log uploaded.

K1024 QSL-ZB2TTRob ZB2TT was active in the RUDXC Contest last weekend after a short break. Rob reports having to close down early due to the 3rd Altlantic storm in a row bringing 100 mph winds. Rob says that he hopes to get on air again for some activity in the WPX SSB contest.

508 QSOs have been uploaded to OQRS and LoTW today. OQRS open

Peter PJ4NX continues to enjoy FT8 mode a further log update today takes him over 1,100 FT8 QSOs. Log also has been uploaded to OQRS & LoTW.

Service to YV Venezuela Suspended


Once again UR QSL Bureau has not been able to get our Bureau cards to the YV IARU Bureau as post to Venezuela has been suspended.

Venezuela Start date: 4 July 2017 End date: Ongoing
The local situation 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 QSL requests for Venezuela, any mail on hand will be held until the service is resumed. We don't know when the situation will change, but we will look for alternative ways of getting mail in to Venezuela.
Update 19/03/2018
Thank you to YV5LI, Francisco is working with us so that we can post our YV Bureau cards to a private address in USA where they will be collected and taken back to YV. Thank you Francisco!

New folded United Radio flyer

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ZC4A QSL Mailing

K800 ZC4A-MailingK800 QSL-ZC4A-2ZC4A  590 letters ready to be posted tomorrow Monday 5th March. 

1,445 Bureau cards have been processed ready for the next bureau dispatch.

OQRS is open for your requests OQRS You can also check using the OQRS and log search that your QSL is sent.


All in a day's work

Another busy afternoon in the shack, today I received an email saying that “you have QSO’s in your OQRS that are not in my logs, can I have the QSL cards?” Umm nope, most certainly not. I regard the safety and integrity of the logs I hold very highly and I do not give out QSO details. It is the responsibility of the DX’er to record the data of their QSO’s in a logging system and back that system up on a secure server or in a safe place to guard against losing valuable log details. Log it, Back it up, Keep it secure!

On opening my direct mail today I received two letters for ZC4A, but both QSL cards are not in log, oh dear let’s research this and see if I can recover the QSO’s… Hmm nope definitely not ZC4A, but on close inspection of Z60A log online I see that they actually worked Z60A, come on guys! Stop being cluster tarts and listen to the DX!

OY1OF Operating the Faroe Island Printing Press

Many of you will have worked OY1OF Ólavur Frederiksen form the Faroe Islands, but it is not very often we get to see the person behind the microphone. Ólavur works as a printer on the Faroe Islands and here are some of the photographs of his day job. More info on faroephoto
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ZC4A QSL Preciew 2018

The QSL for the ZC4A DXpedition to the UK Sovereign Base Area Cyprus is now in the print room and QSL cards are expected to be posted out at the end of February. Thank you to Max ON5UR for the QSL design.


A new QSL card for Steve PJ4DX has been designed for 2018. Now in the print room!
Thank you to Max ON5UR for the design.
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Bureau Posting February 10th 2018

QSL cards have been posted to 86 World Bureaus - Saturday 10th February 2018

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles, M0URX Tim & M0SDV 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, VE3RZ/VP9, PZ5V, 4S7AYG, V47FWX, MU/ON4ANN also YOTA month of December and GB17YOTA. The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly.

Total amount of QSL cards 20,274
Via M0URX 4,403
Via M0OXO 12,499
Via M0SDV 2,537
Via MD0CCE 61
Via G0RPA 463
Via G4IRN 52
Via YO6DDF 259


Total Weight 77.747g (gross weight includes packaging)

Read more: Bureau Posting February 10th 2018


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