Poor Band Conditions for VP8ORK

I was watching a quite heated discussion on the cluster today. Yes I know the cluster is NOT for discussion, that was not the point of my post. The content of the discussion was about the fact that many hams cannot hear VP8ORK on the South Orkeny Islands, and one ham implied that “Without money you can’t play in the premier league of DX” saying that you need money to buy big antennas and big amps. Well no I completely disagree. Anyone can play in the premier league of Big Guns even the QRP guys get the chance at some point in the game.

There is also a lot of fortune involved too. My experience this month with friends around the UK who have identical shack equipment is that if you are fortunate to live near the coast the advantage you will have with enhancement from the salt water during these low sunspot days is the difference between hearing the DX and NOT hearing the DX. Living inland in the City the problem I have had, is hearing the DX! I always work on the assumption that if you can hear it, you can work it.

So, it is not down to big money and power. Take M0TNX Kev for example. Kev has made a homebrew top band antenna and is working the DX. Kev has been out Portable near the sea and put up a simple vertical dipole. As Kev found out, the advantage that being next to the sea is probably equivalent to the guy inland with a 2 or 3 element Yagi at 40 feet.

The MUF charts show a story, and if you are in the area located where the MUF chart says “MUF 14 MHz” you are not going to work VP8ORK on 21 MHz even if you have an Optibeam 13 element. There are so many factors that are involved in being able to work the DX or not. Being Portable and adaptable to the changes in conditions, MUF, topography are all in the challenge of the DX’er. 

Luckily I do have VP8ORK in the log on 20m SSB. It was the faintest of signals but just enough for me to work the guys. They are doing a terrific job down in South Orkney Island, if only the Sun would boost the Sunspot Numbers so we can all have another shot. One thing is certain, DX'ing gets very addictive when chasing an expedition such as VP8ORK.
Thank you to the team on VP8/O!

VE2CSI QSL

QSL-VE2CSIThe VE2CSI QSL card has now been designed and will arrive here in about two weeks. VE2CSI is the club call sign for Association De Radioamateurs Sept-Iles Inc, which is located in the south of CQ Zone 2.

Direct QSL cards posted out in mid February.
Bureau cards in my next Bureau shipment.

Your incoming Bureau QSL is NOT required for this QSL please ONLY use the OQRS for Bureau.

International Outward Bureau Mailing

For the attention of Radio Amateurs in the United Kingdom (Only) 

As I have been asked a few times in recent weeks if i can provide this service, I am now pleased to announce that I am able to offer UK Amateurs an “Outward QSL Bureau Service”, posting to World Bureaus.

This service is mainly directed to heavy users of the Bureau where the QSL manager is not permitted to send the cards through the QSL Bureau. But is also open to ANY UK Radio Amateurs that want to send QSL cards to World Bureaus

For a charge of £15 per kilogram of QSL cards, I will forward Bureau cards to all World Bureaus every two months. These will be sent by Priority Air Mail.

Bulk users (for example DX’pedition QSL Managers) should contact me by email to apply for discount.

Conditions:

Firstly, email contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your request to use the service and to confirm weight of Bureau posting.

Cheque payable to Tim Beaumont for £15 per kilo or by pre arranged amount agreed Via email.

All packing instructions are exactly the same as you would normally do when sending cards through the Bureau.

All QSL cards must be in Alpha – Numerical order and separated into Bureau piles using elastic bands.

Any cards destined for UK Radio Amateurs must be sent direct to the RSGB Bureau NOT me.

Any QSL routing “Via” MUST be correctly located in your packs!

Who can use my Bureau Forwarding Service?
Any UK Radio Amateur can use my service provided they follow my instructions above.

If any UK hams want to discuss using my service for outward QSL Bureaus you can phone me on 07976 292980.

 

For a guide to correctly bundling your Bureau cards you can view a list of IARU World Bureaus and prefixes here

VK8NSB Live Streaming

QSL-VK8NSB-1Stuie VK8NSB, from Darwin, the Capital of the Northern Territory in Australia, has introduced "Live Web Stream" to his shack.
You are welcome to view when Stuie is QRV. You can find the live stream at:
VK8NSB

ON7RU Blog

It is always nice to read positive comments about my work, today I was really surprised to read the Blog of ON7RU Frank.

"At the hamfest in Friedrichshafen in a lecture sponsored by CQ-DL/DARC, the best QSL'er of the past year is chosen. The last few years Nigel, G3TXF took the golden medal to the UK.
Since a year, a new QSL star is born. The new star lives, just as Nigel in the UK and his callsign is M0URX. The owner of the callsign, Tim Beaumont built up a good reputation in a very short time. His unique OQRS (Online QSL request system) works very well, and he offers a fast turnaround time and premium quality QSL cards.
On his website/blog you can track updates of new DXpeditions, arrival of printed QSL cards, ....
Tim, you’re a 5-star ham, keep up the good work and hope to meet you some day.
Frank, ON7RU"

Thanks for your comments Frank, I have to say it is a team effort, ON5UR Max who is as patient as a saint with my continual QSL design requests. MW0JRX Oliver with his help and advice on IT, and of course the team of DX’ers that I am QSL manager for, they do a lot of work in all aspects of DX’peditioning, it is their excellent communication that enables me to do my job in getting the QSL cards sent to their destination without any dramas. I certainly will be keeping up the work, we have so much coming up this year, I am very much looking forward to keeping the United Radio QSL Bureau working for you. I do hope we can catch up for some beers sometime Frank
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Association de Radio Amateur Sept-Iles Inc

I would like to welcome members of the “Association de Radio Amateur Sept-Iles Inc” to the United Radio QSL Bureau.  QRV under the call of VE2CSI the members will be active from the club station which is located in the south of CQ Zone 2 in Quebec Canada.

QSL cards will be designed soon and will be QSL Direct Via M0URX, or if you require a card through the Bureau please ONLY use my Online QSL Request Service.

As QSL requests are coming in already can i make it clear that i will reply to ALL QSL requests when the cards are printed. Please be patient, thanks.

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year & Best Wishes for 2011 to all my readers.
Looking back through my log for 2010 I can see quite clearly that the Solar Cycle 24 started to show signs of life, despite some very poor conditions at times during the year. Some new DXCC's worked during the year include Kermadec Islands, Norfolk Island, the four new PJ's of course, Marion Island, Wallis & Futuna Island, St Vincent, & Eastern Kiribati.

Statistics for M0URX DXCC Band Slot SSB activity during 2010

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2 M0URX 0 0 0 1 0 202 126 167 108 118 41 0 1 0 241 764

 Above table from Club Log SSB League Table.

While the table below shows the total figure for the 2009 SSB League at 31/12/2009

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1 M0URX 1 19 0 46 0 206 108 122 37 94 31 0 7 1 229 672

 
I have submitted my entry to the 2010 CQ DX Marathon. 246 DXCC + 40 Zones = 286 points.

Bureau QSL Cards Received

Incoming Bureau cards arrived 22nd December 2010 for the following call series.
2,800 QSL cards Via M0URX.       Completed. 
4,400 QSL cards posted 07/01/2011.

QSL cards ready to send Via Bureau
2E0COV            3    9M8Z        135  M0XXT        60   ZC4VJ         336
3DA0OK          55    A25OOK     22  MC0SHL   160   ZK1SDE         3
5B/G4MKP      10    C91XO        41  MS0INT     160   ZS6/GM3OOK 10
7P8OK           100   CY2ZT/2      56  OY1OF       57
9M4SEB            6   G4MKP       14  OY4TN       40
9M6DXX & /P  113   HB0/OU4U  18  V8FRO       41
9M6/G3OOK      9   HH2/VE2TKH 8  XU7DXX       9 
9M6XRO & /P 368   M0URX       106 XU7XRO    179

Out of 2,800 QSL cards received 650 should NOT have been sent to me. Here is a guidline to help you in your QSL'ing.
Some things to remember when sending QSL cards.

1) It is very important to mark your log in the QSL SENT field. Mark your log B = Bureau or D = Direct.

2) If you send your QSL DIRECT. Never send the same QSL Via Bureau.

3) If requesting a QSL on a Online QSL Request Service, mark your log QSL Sent. Never send your QSL Via Bureau from an OQRS unless you are asked to.

4) NEVER send more than ONE QSL for the same QSO. If one is damaged or lost email the QSL Manager for another.

5) If my QSL says "THANKS QSL" That means I already have yours. DO NOT send me any more for that QSO!

6) Write ALL QSO's on the ONE QSL card if you can. Do not send 10 QSL cards for 10 QSO's.

7) All QSL cards Via M0URX. MUST be clearly written "QSL Via M0URX" Do not expect the Bureau to do it!

The above may sound like common sense but many of you are sending me up to 6 QSL cards for the same QSO by all routes. This wastes my time and wastes huge amounts of money for world Bureaus.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

2010 has been a very busy year for the United Radio QSL Bureau, as the year draws to a close may I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Prosperous 2011.

A thank you for all your emails and letters over the past year.  

It has been a real pleasure to work with the Radio Amateurs that I am QSL manager for. United Radio is a real team effort, from the guys that are operating from around the World, from Malaysia 9M6DXX Steve & 9M6XRO John, VK8NSB Stuie in Darwin, ZC4VJ Andy who closed his log this year with 66,000 Qs in the log. OY1OF Olavur & OY4TN Trygvi, from the Faroe Islands, P29CS Andy in Papua New Guinea and the many other operators too.

My stationary supplier Mike Pugh, thanks for the great support you gave to me again this year. I get through huge amounts of inkjet labels every year. Also thank you to ON5UR Max who has worked hard for me this year designing, printing and shipping the QSL cards to me.

qsl-mw0jrxI must also say farewell and good luck for your new life in Australia to a dear friend Oliver Bross MW0JRX. Oliver has been a massive help to me being the IT manager of my website, without you Oliver, this venture would not have been a success. Good luck dear friend for your future career and life in VK.

DX Code of Conduct

The United Radio QSL Management Bureau support and ask everyone to support the DX Code of Conduct.

Also click Operating Practice This is the most important page any Radio Amateur will EVER read! Written by ON4WW.

DX CODE OF CONDUCT

1. I WILL LISTEN, AND LISTEN, AND THEN LISTEN SOME MORE

2. I WILL ONLY CALL IF I CAN COPY THE DX STATION PROPERLY

3. I WILL NOT TRUST THE CLUSTER AND WILL BE SURE OF THE DX STATION'S CALL SIGN BEFORE CALLING

4. I WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH THE DX STATION NOR ANYONE CALLING HIM AND WILL NEVER TUNE UP ON THE DX FREQUENCY OR IN THE QSX SLOT

5. I WILL WAIT FOR THE DX STATION TO END A CONTACT BEFORE CALLING HIM

6. I WILL ALWAYS SEND MY FULL CALL SIGN

7. I WILL CALL AND THEN LISTEN FOR A REASONABLE INTERVAL. I WILL NOT CALL CONTINUOUSLY.

8. I WILL NOT TRANSMIT WHEN THE DX OPERATOR CALLS ANOTHER CALL SIGN, NOT MINE

9. I WILL NOT TRANSMIT WHEN THE DX OPERATOR QUERIES A CALL SIGN NOT LIKE MINE

10.  I WILL NOT TRANSMIT  WHEN THE DX STATION CALLS OTHER GEOGRAPHIC AREAS THAN MINE

11. WHEN THE DX OPERATOR CALLS ME, I WILL NOT REPEAT MY CALL SIGN UNLESS I THINK HE HAS COPIED IT INCORRECTLY

12. I WILL BE THANKFUL IF AND WHEN I DO MAKE A CONTACT

13. I WILL RESPECT MY FELLOW HAMS AND CONDUCT MYSELF SO AS TO EARN THEIR RESPECT.

MS0INT 2011

St_KildaUnited Radio QSL Bureau are proud to annouce that we will be the QSL card sponsors for the 2011 IOTA activity  MS0INT - EU-010, EU-059, EU-111.
 
Isle of Benbecula - Grimsay - Baleshare - North Uist - Berneray - St Kilda Archipelago - Monach Isles.
 
June 2011
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After the succesful activation of the dangerous and rare Flannan Isles, EU-118 in June 2010, the MS0INT team have re-grouped, re-organised and strengthened in size for their next adventure.
 
Again led by Col MM0NDX, the 2011 IOTA team includes George EA2TA, Christian EA3NT, Vincent F4BKV, Simon IZ7ATN and Bjorn SM0MDG with two more operators to be added nearer the time of activation. All highly experienced island activators, it is planned the MS0INT team will put Benbecula, Baleshare, North Uist, Berneray, St Kilda and Monach Isles on the air between June 15 - 22, 2011, weather / sea-state permitting.
 
Benbecula - all the team will fly into Benbecula, EU-010, making this the first island on the air. Operating time from here will be short as we head north to Grimsay, Baleshare, North Uist & Berneray.
 
Grimsay - a short distance from Benbecula, and also part of the EU-010 IOTA group, we plan to activate this island as we journey north.
 
Baleshare - our next island destination, again on EU-010.
 
North Uist - another likely short activation as we make our way to the Isle of Berneray. WAB hunters may be interested to work these rare squares on the above islands as we travel northwards.
 
Berneray - this will be the teams main base during their planned IOTA activity. Part of the vast EU-010 group, the Isle of Berneray is key to our operations. The actual island has not been activated that often, so this may appeal to dedicated chasers. Final testing of our equipment before we depart for St Kilda will be done here.
 
St Kilda Archiplelago - It's hard to imagine that an IOTA with exactly 20 previous activations is claimed by only 35% of enthusiasts. The reason: Due to extreme WX. Not many people stay long and a great percentage of chasers who have made contact with EU-059 are from Europe. Our intention is to change that statistic. After a very long and difficult process, we can finally report that an activation will take place atop the summit of Hirta, the main island of the St Kilda Archipelago. Take-off angles everywhere are unobstructed and we believe every point on the globe will have a chance to work us. We hope to stay three full days on Hirta.
 
Monach Isles - Weather permitting, we will depart St Kilda and head for the Monach Isles. Similar to St Kilda, almost 20 previous activations have taken place resulting in just 33% claiming the IOTA. We plan to stay 24 hours giving as many as possible this semi-rare island also.
 
It must be made aware our plans may change quite suddenly due to weather/seas in the area.
 
A new MS0INT website with full details will be live soon. QSL manager will again be M0URX.

Online Log Search Reaches Half a Million QSO's

The Online Log search at United Radio QSL Bureau now contains 55 logs and 500,000 log entries.
P29CS log from today has now been uploaded.

Sebatik QSL & Bureau Cards Posted

CQ_0074600 QSL cards have now been posted on Friday 5th November in 581 items of post. Direct and to World Bureaus.

I am particularly interested in those of you working at World Bureaus to report to me when these packages arrive.

44 letters posted 09/11/2010.
45 letters posted 12/11/2010.
45 letters posted 17/11/2010.
70 letters posted 30/11/2010.
85 letters posted 16/12/2010.

09 November - HA5FA Jenci reports that my package arrived at the MRASZ Hungary QSL Bureau. Thanks Jenci for your excellent service once again.

CQWW Is Here Again!

qsl-9m8zThis week the United Radio DX Team have been very busy setting up various CQWW Contest Stations.

9M6DXX Steve will be operating as 9M8Z from Sarawak, East Malaysia.

HS0ZJD Vinny
is QRV from near Surin in Thailand.

M9X
is as i write being constructed field day style. I will be QRV as M9X along with the rest of the
UK Scout Contest Team

MC0SHL will also be QRV from Pembrokeshire, Wales. Operated by G1VDP.

VK8NSB Stuie will be QRV from Darwin. Northern Territory.

Alll above as usual QSL Via M0URX - if you require a QSL Via Bureau use the QSL Request Form ONLY.

4m Extension for OY

OY4TN Trygvi wrote to me today with the great news that Faroe Islands have extended the 4m Band Plan to 69.950 MHz - 70.500 MHz also an increase up to 100w.
Trygvi very much enjoys 4m so expect to hear more of OY4YN and other OY Hams on 4m.

IOTA DX'Pedition to Sebatik Island QSL Designs

Designs for the Sebatik Island IOTA OC-295 DX'Pedition are now being finalised and the card will soon be at the printshop and be ready for distrubution end of October.
QSL cards are Via M0URX.


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Tropo opening for OY Hams

OY4TN Trygvi reports........... "On October 10th & 11th we had a great tropo opening from the Faroe Islands. It was great fun for me working a lot of ON, PA and DL - also worked a few G stations and a single LA QSO. All together close to 200 QSO on 2M and 70cm.

Other stations active were OY1OF on 2M/P and he did work a lot of PA/ON/DL on 2M FM with a small mobile antenna and 50W.

OY9JD did work some 23cm and 70cm /P
And OY3JE managed to do a few QSO on 23cm from home QTH.Today (16-10) we had JOTA activety from our club station, activating the OY6JAM callsign. It was great fun to work the JOTA together with the scouts, all QSO were made on SSB, but we did demonstrate a bit of digital & SSTV.

Hopfully there will be some new HAM in the near future, because they seems to be quite interested in ham radio.

Vy 73's Trygvi de OY4TN"


Photo by OY1OF Ólavur                                                        Photo by OY4TN Trygvi                                                 

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New VK8NSB QSL

                                                                                        QSL-VK8NSB-1                

The new QSL card for VK8NSB Stuie has now been designed and has arrived from the printer.
QSL Sponsored by United Radio QSL Bureau
QSL Via M0URX

9M6DXX/P & 9M6XRO/P OC-133 - Also 9M6/G3USR - Labuan Is

Following on from their operation from Sebatik Island John, 9M6XRO; Steve, 9M6DXX, and Gordon, G3USR, will operate as 9M6XRO/P, 9M6DXX/P and 9M6/G3USR respectively, from Labuan Island OC-133, from 5 to 8 October inclusive (and possibly approx 0000-0200GMT on 9 October). Activity will be on SSB, CW and RTTY with two stations using amplifiers to a Hexbeam, verticals and a 160m inverted-L very close to the ocean. All bands from 10 to 160 metres will be used. QSL 9M6XRO/P and 9M6DXX/P via M0URX, and 9M6/G3USR via home call.
73, Steve, 9M6DXX

Faroe Islands FRA Shack Renovation

In an email tonight from OY1OF Ólavur Frederiksen explains that the air waves over the Faroe Islands have been quieter than normal this summer due to the shack renovation of the FRA HQ. Floors, ceilings and roof have all been replaced. Thanks to Ólavur for the following photographic images of the work being done. It is great to hear the Islanders "On Air" from the new refurbished shack. You can view more of Ólavur's gallery here.
 
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Sebatik Team Arrive Back in Kota Kinabalu

John 9M6XRO, Steve 9M6DXX and Gordon 9M6/G3USR arrived back in Kota Kinabalu last night. John reports:

"6578 in 3.5 days. Gordon & Steve made 3064 on SSB and I did 3514 as 9M6XRO/P on CW, so it was close to a 50-50 split between SSB and CW (46.6% SSB and 53.4% CW). I have had a lot of nice emails in and the DX Cluster comments for us look pretty good too. We are all very happy with the QSO count, and we gave out a lot of "new ones" for 9M6 even for the non-IOTA chasers."

Both logs have been uploaded onto the online log search this afternoon, also to LoTW. The team will be meeting tomorrow to decide which photographs to use for the QSL cards which will be designed soon.

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