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: vp6d.com

 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: vp6d.com

 73, Team Ducie – 2018
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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

Bureau Mailing Time

It is time once again to send our outgoing QSL bureau service to the IARU Bureaus. So what exactly does that mean and what is involved?

Since our last bureau dispatch in September 2017, we have received several thousand bureau requests on our Online QSL Request System, and received an incoming bureau dispatch from the RSGB. All cards have been processed and placed in Bureau boxes ready for the next mailing.

We can also send your outgoing bureau cards too! I have received a number of packages from hams to post with our mailing.

Here at the United Radio QSL Bureau we do not believe that bureau means slow! No it doesn’t. The IARU Bureaus for each national society process the bureau cards and send the cards to their members. The UR QSL Bureau uses a product called “M-Bag” it is for Print Media only, but gives a significant discount on parcel prices. It is significant that the Air Mail Priority M-Bag service is only a dollar or so more expensive than surface mail bag, this means that we can get our mailing to the IARU Bureaus in less than 7 days as apposed to up to 12 weeks using surface mail.
M-Bag service is available from many cuntries and is the cheapest way to ship large quantities of QSL cards internationally.

Since 2010 we have sent over a quarter of a million bureau QSL cards, many of the bureaus report back to us when they receive our package which we very much appreciate and encourage, we know that the bureaus sort and process our cards very quickly with the Ukraine bureau doing quite an amazing job every time with the first reports of cards delivered to the recipient hams. It can only take 3 weeks to get those cards delivered from the date they leave us here in the UK. Bulgaria, Russian Federation and Austria also come high on our fast service list. If you get a fast bureau card from us then please drop me an email.

So, stocked up with cardboard boxes, rolls of packing tape, customs labels & mail bags we hope you will soon be receiving the bureau cards through your bureau dispatches.

You can also support our QSL Bureau work by posting us your old out of date IRCs. We can sell them and use the money to fund the bureau costs. You can also donate using PayPal when you make a bureau request.

Thank you to all the donations of IRCs already received, you can see a list by clicking on the link.

Last QSO in Log? Not in log?

Last QSO in Log: When using OQRS you can always see on the Log Search page:
Last QSO in the log: 28 Jan 2018 13:59 UTC

So if your QSO is AFTER the last QSO in log you must wait for the next log update!

Not in log?: If your QSO is BEFORE the "last QSO in log" date and is missing, use the blue button "Not in log" here you can fill in the details of the missing QSO and this will be sent to my work queue. 
Please do not send me emails about busted calls. Please use the "Busted Call Centre" on OQRS! Thank you.

ZC4A QRV January 2018

K1024 QSL-ZC4A5B4AGN, Bob, reports that he will again be QRV as ZC4A from January 24 - 31.

Plans are to be QRV on 1.8 through 28 MHz, mostly on CW with some SSB and Data activity. They will have two or three stations (Elecraft K3s with amplifiers) active using mostly verticals.

QSL via OQRS to M0URX.  Please do not send any cards through the bureau. Only use OQRS

The ZC4A Team members are:
5B4AFM Stavros, 5B4AGN Bob, G3AB Andy, G3WPH Mike, G3XTT Don and G6MC Neil. 

A new QSL card will be designed for this activity.

UPDATE 03/02/2018 ZC4A CQWW-160m contest log now added to OQRS. If you have already made a DIRECT OQRS and need the 160m Q added? please email me QSO details. Bureau? Please just add the 160m Q to your existing request on OQRS. A new QSL card will be designed soon...

Old International Reply Coupons

United Radio QSL Bureau is looking for those old out of date
International Reply Coupons. Do you have any? You may have some of the recent ones that expired on 31/12/2017 or you may have some really old yellow IRCs?

Please do not throw them away but instead you are welcome to donate them to us for our Outgoing QSL Bureau dispatches. This will help us keep posting your bureau cards and keep the service free for you for the future.



PJ4V will be the call sign used by a team of five operators in Bonaire for the CQ-WPX SSB contest in March.
DK6SP Philipp, M0SDV Jamie, PJ4DX Steve, PJ4KY Bert and PJ4NX Peter will be manning the stations.

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OQRS Some helpful hints

Log Search
For many of you requesting QSL cards using OQRS is still a bit of a mystery. So today i will try to take you through some stages of the OQRS to help and guide you through.

1) Log search page. - Firstly you will see in red bold text the "Last QSO in the Log" date and time. If your QSO is after that time you must wait for the next log update.

If your QSO is before that time but does not appear in the log, then click on the blue box that says "Not in log?" This will take you to our Not in log page where you can enter the QSO details and this will be sent to my work desk for checking. Please do NOT send me emails as the only way we can respond is if you use our system correctly.

To request the QSOs with the geen ticks, click on the blue box "Request QSL(OQRS)"

Request QSL
2) QSL Request Page - On the right hand side of the check boxes you will see the status of the QSL request written in green. Here you can see that the LoTW upload has been completed and that a Direct QSL has been sent.

If you have previously been sent a Bureau QSL for that QSO we will NOT send another.
Please only request ONCE for Bureau. If you lost the QSL or you failed to collect from the Bureau then please use Direct QSL route.
To request your QSO just tick the check box and enter the date and time and proceed to Step 2.


3) QSL Step 2. 
Enter and confirm your email address so that i can email you if there is any problem.

"Your QSL Manager (If any)" This box should remain empty if you DO NOT HAVE a QSL manager.

Please do NOT write anything else in this Box.
DO not write any email in this box.
This box is to route your QSL to your QSL manager if you have one. If you are member of DARC you can enter your DOK number here.

Please remember you can ALWAYS check back on the Log Search page to see the status of your QSL request. Which will either be "In Queue" or "Sent" or blank if not requested.

When you have requested your QSL on OQRS, it is very important that YOU DO NOT send a paper Bureau QSL. You should always mark your log accordingly as QSL requested so that when your QSL arrives you do not send out another QSL request. It is very important to use the Bureau responsibly. Bureau is NOT free it does cost an enormous amount of money so your help in using OQRS correctly is a big step to reducing bureau costs. Thank you.


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