- Created on Friday, 15 July 2016 14:57
United Radio QSL Bureau are very proud to team up with YOTA Youngsters On The Air to provide QSL management of the YOTA QSL cards.
Jamie Williams, (15) 2E0SDV will be looking after the QSL’ing both direct Via his address on QRZ.com and also on OQRS using Club Log for the time being. All Bureau cards for YOTA will be sent 3 times a year to all the world Bureaus.
QSL cards as usual will be printed by Max ON5UR. There will be new QSL cards being printed shortly so as soon as Jamie is supplied with the new stock of QSL cards he will start to send out the cards.
You can find out more about Youngsters On The Air on their website: YOTA
- Created on Saturday, 09 July 2016 19:17
- Created on Thursday, 07 July 2016 14:53
Pierre HH2/HB9AMO in Haiti will be active on 40m to 10m until 26 July in CW only.
Pierre will be operating holiday style activity form Haiti, using 22 years old Kenwood TS-50 with low hanging long wire antenna + MFJ tuner.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS open.
Please use OQRS also for Bureau, you are asked not to send us incoming bureau cards. please only use OQRS. We encourage resposible Bureau use and this is also quicker and more cost effective.
- Created on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 19:00
Welcome to the United Radio QSL Bureau to ZB2TT Robert Morgan operating from Gibraltar.
QSL Via M0URX. OQRS open
A QSL card is currently being designed, LoTW certificates have been received for ZB2TT & ZB2TT/P. Please be aware for a match on LoTW you must log the QSO as Robert signs.
QSL cards will be available from August.
Photo - Courtesy of Robert Morgan ZB2TT
- Created on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 14:10
Robert VP5/W5RF will be operating holiday style until the 11th July 2016 from Providenciales in the Caicos Islands.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS open
CQ Zone: 8
ITU Zone: 11
IARU Locator: FL31vs
IOTA Ref: NA-002
- Created on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 08:56
Gary G0FWX will be QRV as V4/G0FWX holiday style from June 29th - 6th July 2016. Operating from Calypso Bay on St Kitts Island.
IOTA Ref: NA-104
QSL Via M0URX OQRS open
- Created on Friday, 17 June 2016 16:28
137 letters were posted today, mostly GS0NWM & GS0NWM/P
(142 letters mostly VK0EK posted 24th June)
552 bureau cards have been processed and will be sent to the world bureaus in July on our next mailing.
Please remember that you should NOT send ANY DXpedition QSL cards to us Via Bureau. The corect bureau requesting route should only be using OQRS. This will save several years of bureau delivery and will help us significantly in our bureau costs.
- Created on Sunday, 05 June 2016 07:28
Just 8 days after receiving the VK0EK QSL cards from the printer, all 5,956 letters are now ready to be posted on Monday 6th June. Also will be posted are the sponsor packages to GDXF, MDXC, SDXF & DDXG.
Letters should be delivered in 3 to 5 working days for Europe and 5 to 7 working days to the rest or the world depending on the local postal service where you live.
Any delivery issues should be reported to Tim Beaumont M0URX who will resolve any matters that you may have.
Thank you to 2E0SDV Jamie who helped with this posting. Some long hours were spent working to get this mailing out today.
- Created on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 20:34
I am currently working on the VK0EK QSL mailing. I expect to post ALL direct QSL cards by mid June. So far 5,500 letters are ready and so are the sponsors packages for GDXF, MDXC, SDXF & DDXG.
Please refrain from emailing me asking when you will get the QSL. The longer I have to spend on answering emails the longer the job takes! Thank you!
LATEST - I expect to post all QSL cards on Monday 6th June.
- Created on Sunday, 29 May 2016 09:17
The recent activity GS0NWM by Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club to Isle of Barra EU-010 made almost 10,000 QSOs and quite a number of QSL requests already received. Here is the QSL preview which is now going to print and will be out in the post in June.
The back of the QSL card also features GS0NWM/P Vatersay Island EU-010.
Please remember that the Bureau QSL is only available by OQRS request. Please do not send your cards. Thanks.
- Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 08:42
A new advertising flyer for United Radio QSL Bureau and ON5UR Maxi-Print has been designed. These will be posted out with QSL cards soon.
- Created on Saturday, 21 May 2016 08:30
The QSL cards for VK0EK were sent to the print room this week and will shortly be shipped to me for the work in sending out the mailing sometime in June. As there were so many sponsors logos we felt it was necessary to show these on an additional sponsors leaflet that we will send with all direct QSL cards.
Bureau cards will be a single QSL. Bureau QSL is only available by OQRS request.
- Created on Sunday, 08 May 2016 16:43
BT (British Telecom) Have now lost me as a customer this weekend, after a week of disastrous customer service, failed call backs and hours of asking completely irrelevant questions, I may as well have been asked what I had for my Sunday lunch because it was as just as irrelevant as the questions they asked me. The problem started when I changed my password to the BT Yahoo emails on BT Webmail, immediately emails of important transactions failed to appear in my in box, and Yahoo Group emails also failed to arrive....
- Created on Monday, 25 April 2016 18:45
In the year up to 31/03/2016 the team have posted 28,242 items which is 2,700 fewer than last year. We have supported several large DXpedition teams and single operator stations. The table shows you some of the statistics on our postage volumes over the last year!
If you have a DXpedition and you are looking for a QSL manager that will look after all your QSL matters just drop us a line.
Also posted during this past 12 months are 33,682 QSL cards to all world Bureaus.
- Created on Saturday, 23 April 2016 09:48
Thank you to Eugene Kuschev, UA6EX for the donation of 41 old out of date IRCs. These are used to support our outgoing QSL Bureau costs. Thank you.
if you have any OLD IRC's then we would love to receive them as a donation. They will all be used to help us send out bureau cards.
- Created on Sunday, 03 April 2016 15:59
All 544 direct letters for A35T Tonga will be posted on Monday 4th April.
Bureau cards have also been processed ready for the next dispach, please remember DO NOT send your cards to us Via Bureau we will not receive them. OQRS ONLY for Bureau on ALL DXpeditions. Thank you.
- Created on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:04
Please take time to read carefully. Thank you.
QSLing Procedure and Policy- The Procedure
QSLs can be ordered three ways:
1) Online direct card request –VK0EK OQRS page
2) Mailed direct request to the QSL Manager – $5
3) Online request with delivery via the Bureau VK0EK OQRS page
Here are the details for these three options:
- Created on Monday, 21 March 2016 06:13
A35T Tongatapu Island OC-049 QSL card has been designed and is now being printed ready for dispatch very soon. OQRS for Direct and Bureau is open on my website as usual.
Please remember that there is NO longer any Incoming Bureau route for DXpeditions, You MUST request these on OQRS.
- Created on Monday, 29 February 2016 15:54
V31AX Paul (VE3AXT) has been in Belize for the last few weeks just operating holiday mode. Here is Paul's QSL card preview. Paul says that he will be back in Belize next year!
- Created on Monday, 29 February 2016 09:51
Just to remind you that M0URX OQRS replaces my Incoming Bureau service for DXpeditions.
DO NOT SEND me Bureau cards for DXpeditions.
- Created on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 07:55
There are many radio amateurs that are also DXpedition activators that also handle their own QSL management. To help you budget and meet your QSL’ing chores economically and quickly the United Radio QSL Management Bureau have a few tools that can assist you.
So if you are planning an IOTA, DXCC or just a holiday DXpedition and want to manage your own QSL’ing, then this will be of interest to you.
The first point I want to make quite clear is that postage stamps are best used for sending aunty Caroline a birthday card, they should not be used for sending DXpedition mailings. Let me introduce you to “OBA”
OBA – An Online Business Account was set up with Royal Mail some years ago, designed specifically for UK based QSL managers and DXpedition Teams so that they can post QSL mailings more cost effectively and also quicker than using conventional stamps.
Each QSL manager acts as an independent mailing house with access via the www.RoyalMail.com website from anywhere in the UK with a Posting Location Licence number from the Royal Mail.
1) The weights and quantities of mail are entered on an online order form and an invoice is raised.
2) “Postage Paid Imprint” labels are put onto the envelopes instead of stamps. Or the PPI can be printed directly onto your envelopes.
3) You take the mail to your local Post Office in a mail tray with the invoice and the mailing is complete.
4) Payment is made directly to me, as account holder, and should be paid the same day as the invoice is raised.
FULL training can be provided, a simple 15 minute session on the phone or skype is usually all that is needed. Materials are provided free by Royal Mail. The only extra cost for you are the labels and ink for your printer.
So what does all that save you? Well a considerable amount of time saving on your QSL’ing chores, so more time for the radio! On small mailings there is approximately 30 - 40% saving on UK stamp prices, which I consider proof enough on its own!
For the larger scale DXpeditions we have access to the biggest discounts on mailings to all destinations so if you have more than 1.5 kg of mail (150 letters) going to say USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain and so on, you get a significantly bigger discount, in fact up to 50 - 78% saving on UK stamp prices to those countries. This is called Max Sort product, but in return for the discount you must separate the countries mail and put it into mail bags with the routing bag label. In the case of the USA the letters are sorted into Zip Code area. I use this system for all the major DXpeditions that I am manager for. The mail bags then go directly to the (HIDC) Heathrow International Distribution Centre for forwarding on the next flight.
There is no penalty for letters weighing over 10g so even if you have a double QSL for example the QSL cards I sent for 9M4SLL, EP6T, E30FB the letters weighs 15g but the cost of posting is significantly lower than stamps.
How does all this work then? With all the UK QSL managers working together we can combine our annual postal expenses. To get access to the International contract we need an annual net spend of £5k per annum, to get access to Max Sort contract we need a net spend of £10k per annum on International mailing products.
The savings are so significant to the QSL’ing that since April 2013 we have sent over 83,000 items and saved over £30,000 on UK stamp prices.
QSL Management Team If you would rather let us handle all or some of your QSL management requirements you are welcome to drop us a line to discuss this with you further.
This is not just for the UK either, both myself Tim M0URX, and Charles M0OXO are QSL managers for some major International DX Teams. The level of management provided can be tailored to each DXpedition on an individual basis.
Outgoing QSL Bureau The savings made have funded our own Outgoing QSL Bureau. All IARU bureaus are sent a package 3 or 4 times a year. This is crucial to providing an excellent service for everyone to ensure the fast flow of cards around the world. Bureau does not have to mean slow! All our parcels are sent using Air Mail Business Class to arrive in 7 working days to the IARU bureau.
This is open to anyone to use for a charge £6 per kg, or FREE for DXpeditions only if you use our full QSL service.If you are planning a DXpedition and want more information please contact:
I would also like to welcome Jaime, 2E0SDV to the UK QSL team.
Whether you are planning a one man DXpediiton to the Channel Islands or a major Top 10 Most Wanted, we have many options for you to consider.
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