RSGB Bureau Status Report

After the investigations reagarding the RSGB Outgoing Bureau Don Field has sent me the following Report. This really is great news that we all welcome. Thank you Don. Let's hope that we now have this matter resolved.

RSGB QSL Bureau Status Report

Over the past couple of months the Society has received correspondence and questions from a number of amateurs whose outgoing bureau cards do not appear to have reached the overseas bureaux for which they were intended. Checks with some of the key overseas bureaux suggested that it had been many months since they had received cards from the RSGB.

Alerted to this situation, the General Manager and members of the Board undertook their own investigations, including a personal visit by the General Manager to the RSGB QSL Bureau, currently managed under contract by Richard Constantine G3UGF.

It is apparent that Richard has been on a steep learning curve since taking on the bureau and his early focus was on fixing some longstanding issues with the sub-manager network, and the distribution of incoming cards.

With regard to outgoing cards, shipping costs, at the start of the year had already begun to rise sharply. Costs outside the EU began to rise more than could have been reasonably predicted, due to the worsening economic situation. This could not have occurred at a more inopportune time, when the bureau was turning its attention to building up the overseas distribution. By the first quarter costs had risen 25%, with no sign of slowing, and the Board was made aware of concerns. The bureau’s main provider pulled out of several destinations, including America, Russia and other ex-Soviet destinations, also increasing costs to Europe and the Pacific Rim. In the second and third quarters the bureau had to use several different companies and routes, including costly personal air mail, shopping around for each dispatch, in order to maintain service , whilst trying to find another long-term partner, prepared to offer trade distribution rates.

This proved to be an extremely frustrating period as all carriers appeared reluctant to take on new business and prices changed per shipment, against the value of the pound. Increasing the average weight to popular destinations, from 10kg to 25 kg, brought some short term cost savings, but did not resolve the issue.

However, even with additional sorters it became apparent that whilst the bureau’s remit is not to be the quickest way to send a QSL card, only the most cost effective, that increasing the package size to gain a cost saving would not ultimately meet some user expectations and that delays would continue.

It also brought the bureau into conflict with Customs in certain countries as they refused to accept large shipments as non-commercial, printed paper, imposing customs charges. Fortunately, by the last quarter, it was possible to find another provider, capable of distributing to all IARU destinations. Costs were significantly reduced and volumes began to increase in the final quarter and have continued into the New Year. The bureau is now more positive that it can continue to stay within its budget, having shipped approximately 400,000 cards by weight, over the last year. This being 25% down on its own internal projection. The position has been recovered and provided that there are no more shocks to come in the wider economy, there is now a stable platform on which to build in 2010.

More importantly for RSGB QSL Bureau users, Richard has agreed to produce a monthly report for RadCom, starting in the April edition, covering RSGB QSL Bureau and listing recent shipments.

The Society regrets any problems with the bureau, whether real or perceived. While the RSGB QSL Bureau is no substitute for direct mail, it is a valuable membership benefit to many. It should be emphasised, incidentally, that intra-UK cards have been flowing freely throughout. It is unfortunate that there continue to be some abuses of the Bureau, for example by members sending cards on behalf of overseas friends who are not members. Indiscriminate QSLing by some contest groups and special event stations have also served to slow down the overall flow of cards.

Any questions relating to the RSGB QSL Bureau should be emailed to Richard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but it is hoped that the regular bulletins in RadCom will help to reduce his correspondence and give him and his team more time for getting those cards through.

P29CS Andy QSL Information

P29CSP29CS Andy is working and living on Lihir island IOTA OC-069, just to the east of New Ireland Island, located 940Km N.E. of Port Morseby. Andy is closer to the capital city of the Solomon Islands than he is to the capital of PNG. 

Andy contacted me recently to take on his QSL manager duties from AFTER 16/01/2010. This is because all QSO's before this date are on paper log and I do not have the data to reply to QSO's from previous logs. 

At this stage I am designing the QSL card. QSL cards will be printed by end of March. Please be patient!

For contacts BEFORE 16/01/2010. Follow ONLY Andy's DIRECT address on QRZ.com.

Outgoing Cards Posted

250 Items have been prepared for posting which include direct QSL cards and 3,500 Bureau QSL cards to World Bureaus.
This mailing will be sent out on 20/02/2010.

Please remember if you need a Bureau card. Request it! dont send it! Use my OQRS. Thank you!

A Very Busy Day!

Phew a busy day today here at the office!
Log received from XU7XRO. 2985 Qs now uploaded to LoTW and Online log search. QSL Requests now being processed.

A RSGB Bureau parcel arrived today. 2,300 QSL cards Via M0URX. Sorted into call sign order and now processed, waiting to be dispatched.

G4Dxx
Call Series 1,400 QSL cards arrived. Sorted and dispatched 11/02/2010 1100z.
G4Rxx Call Series    600 QSL Cards arrived Sorted and dispatched 13/02/2010 0600z

Thank you to G1VDP Chris for your help this evvening.

Remember for DX'peditions IOTA or Holiday stations your QSL may not be required!!! 
You could save time and money by requesting your QSL by EMAIL or OQRS. Please use these facilities and help me save on Bureau costs both here and at all World Bureaux. Thank you!

XU7XRO John QRV in Cambodia

qsl-xu7xroJohn 9M6XRO is operating from Cambodia as XU7XRO  3rd to 9th  February. John will operate on 160-10 metres CW, RTTY and  SSB,  with a beam and Inverted V’s for the low bands.

Cambodia

QTH
Weather Station Hill, Kompong Som (Sihanoukville) IARU Loc - OK10sp
CQ Zone 26 - ITU Zone 49


QSL via  M0URX, Direct (or Bureau by email request ONLY) The  log  will  be  uploaded  to  LoTW and my online log search facility  after  the operation.
Full QSL Routing click here.

ONLY Request Bureau Via EMAIL. All Bureau QSL cards will be sent direct Via World Bureaus by-passing RSGB.

04/10/2010 0300z I have made 400+ QSO's but the bands are not great. I'm using my IC-7000. There is a really high SWR on the 80/160m ant but I have not got my MFJ this time to see where it is resonant. I will root out the big ATU from the cupboard and see if that does any good. The way the linear is set up you have to press the footswitch on every mode even CW and RTTY which is a pain so am going to see if I can sort that out.

All bands are totally dead at the moment (1045am LT). Will adjourn to Wim's XU7TZG shortly for a beer I think.
07/01/2010 1500z John reports about 2,500 QSO's log up to now.
73 - John - XU7XRO

 

New QSL Designs for Faroe Islands

The new QSL designs for OY1OF Olavur and OY4TN Trygvi will soon be available. Photo's by Olavur Frederiksen

Ólavur is a professional photographer and I think you will agree the QSL cards look very stunning.
QSL cards have been designed by Max ON5UR.
QSL cards sponsored by M0URX United Radio QSL Bureau. (Designs will be available from mid February)
QSL-OY1OF-2QSL-OY1OF-2-BACK
QSL-OY4TN-4QSL-OY4TN-4-BACK

RSGB Bureau QSL Cards begin moving!

It is with great relief that today i received an email from Jenci HA5FA of the Hungarian QSL Bureau.

Dear Tim, Today we receive a 10kg parcel from the RSGB.
Thae parcel contains 0,49 kilograms  of your QSLs:
CY2ZT/2,OY4TN,9M6DXX/P,7P8OK,MW9W,M0URX,XU7XRO,C91XO,3DA0OK,
A25OOK,M3SDE V8FRO and 9M8Z. Thanks a lot, vy 73 de Jenci, HA5FA.


This is great news. Any more World Bureaus report receiving QSL's from teh RSGB Bureau please keep us informed? Thank you.

MS0INT Flannan Isles EU-118

United Radio are proud to be sponsors of the Flannan Isles EU-118 project 2010.  The callsign will be MS0INT planned for June 2010.

MS0INTIn a Pan-European project, SMØMDG Bjørn, EA3NT Christian, EA2TA George, EA1DR Oscar and leader MMØNDX Col will – weather permitting – try to be active from the remote North Atlantic island group of the Flannans 20 miles north west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Activated in 1989, 1995, 1999 and 2002, the mysterious Flannan Isles are certainly a much needed but extremely difficult to access IOTA. 



QSL Sponsored by M0URX
Also sponsors of this IOTA activity are G3TXQ Broad Band Hex-Beam by MW0JZE.

DX World.Net Goes Live!

dxw2DX World.NET new website has gone live today! Ham Radio News for real DX'ers. Keep up to date with live DX News at DX World

DX-World.net is the brainchild of DL6KAC, MM0NDX & SQ8X. Stemming from the highly popular DX World of Ham Radio we decided to modernise, thus DX-World.net was born.

As you can appreciate, the site is in the early stages of launching. Through time, a whole host of DX related goodies will become apparent, so please check back in future. In the meantime, click around and get acquainted with DX World.net. 

RSGB QSL Bureau - Outgoing QSL Cards

As previously stated for my clients I will continue to send QSL cards direct to the World Bureaus at my expense to ensure a good service for the people around the World that want the Bureau QSL.

If you have been reading my Blog in recent months, you will have read that I have been investigating reports that many QSL cards outgoing from the RSGB Bureau have not been sent. When I say outgoing I mean leaving Great Britain to World Bureaus.
So where are we with my investigations? 

It was in June 2009 that I started receiving complaints about non delivery of my outgoing Bureau QSL cards for stations that I manage, these QSL cards are dating back to late March 2008 from when they left here. 

It was established in November 2009 from Richard Constantine of the RSGB Bureau that prices increased in carriage to the World Bureaus significantly and about a year before in 2008 Richard had “called a halt to some outgoing countries” It was at this point that I alerted Richard to the contract that I have been using since 1993 from Royal Mail called “Destination Sort” that would enable the RSGB Bureau to send 5kg+ parcels to World Bureaus at as little as £1.79 per kilo to Hungary if sending 5kg+ and the most expensive is £3.18 per kilo at 5kg+ to New Zealand. Of course there are some Bureaus that will attract far fewer QSL cards and those packages can be sent at still very reasonable cost through either Destination or Format Sort products. So I thought that this matter would be quickly resolved as I had given the RSGB Bureau the perfect product to send regular parcels to the World Bureaus. 

However in December 2009 and through to January 2010 it became apparent that still World Bureaus were reporting to me that they still had not received any QSL cards from the RSGB Bureau since 2008 and that complaints to me about non delivery of Bureau QSL cards back to March 2008 were growing daily and now over 250 emails have been received here regarding this matter.

The Canadian Bureau started sending me QSL cards direct, asking me to do the same by-passing the RSGB Bureau, as Canada also reported that the RSGB Outgoing stopped in 2008.

Many ARRL Bureaus also have reported directly to us here that they also have not received any QSL cards from the RSGB Bureau since 2008, while other ARRL Bureaus reported that they do not keep records but staff could not remember the last time they received packages from the RSGB.

Ukraine where many of the complaints started coming in from reported the same lack of packages. Although one parcel to Ukraine was sent, it has had to be returned back to the RSGB Bureau because of no customs declaration documentation.

Other countries where I have had major issues with outgoing QSL cards are Russia, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Estonia, Belgium, Netherlands to name just a few.

As well as communications with Richard Constantine at Norcomm, I also made members of the RSGB Board aware of my concerns on numerous occasions in frequent emails. On 16th January there was a RSGB Board meeting where the lack of outgoing Bureau QSL cards was on the Agenda. Don Field G3XTT writes “There was an RSGB Board meeting today and I discussed the situation at some length with Peter Kirby. I believe Peter now properly understands the concerns and will take up the matter with Richard as a matter of some urgency.” 

When the RSGB Bureau tendered the job out to Norcomm a Service Level Agreement was drawn up, I know because I also tendered this job. The SLA states that “The successful bidder will be expected to provide like or improved service. The delivery of this service and the method of operation can be changed to suit the requirements of the service provider. However all changes must be agreed with the RSGB before implementation. The relationship with the RSGB will be through a nominated member of staff overseen by the General Manager and answerable to the Board”

The service has not improved and neither has the service level been maintained. In an email to Peter Kirby General Manager and Don G3XTT “Portfolio Bureau” I suggested that “There is NO monitoring by the RSGB.  There is NO Service Level Agreement that should have been put in place when the tender was signed.”

In reply Peter Kirby states “Firstly, the bureau is monitored by the RSGB and we have close contact with Richard Constantine at Norcomm.  Under the terms of the contract Richard has to produce a three monthly report which is seen by the Board.” 

Knowing that the Bureau is monitored and that Richard compiles a three monthly report I find it very hard to understand why the RSGB were not aware that a serious problem was developing on the Outgoing Bureau and that many Bureaus had not had a dispatch since March 2008. In Richards defence he has quoted that 170 kg in weight of QSL cards are leaving the outgoing Bureau every month. Chris G1VDP has asked to see the weigh bills as some sort of proof that there are QSL cards outgoing. However his requests have not been met on the grounds that they “don't feel it is appropriate to answer queries from individual members like yourself with shipping details of specific parcels - if that happened nothing would ever actually get done.” Fair comment, but we need some sort of Audit Trail. As fully subscribed members of the RSGB we feel that we are entitled to view documentation that relates to this matter to ensure that the future of the RSGB QSL Bureau is secure. I have also offered my help to package up and send the outgoing parcels but my offer of help has not been accepted.

So this is now where we are with the Bureau situation.
As previously stated for my clients I will continue to send QSL cards direct to the World Bureaus at my expense to ensure a good service for the people around the World that want the Bureau QSL.

05/02/2010 - It has been reported that the DARC German Bureau has received two boxes in the last two months while the W9 Bureau received about 600 cards this week from the RSGB.
However the detailed report that we expected from the RSGB Board has not yet arrived, despite being told that we would be kept informed of the progress after the Board Meeting.

3D20CR Conway Reef QSL Received

Today I received the QSL from 3D20CR Conway Reef DXCC 280 confirmed for M0URX.
Team_Photo
Left Team Photo from 3D20CR Conway Reef.

Below 4 sided QSL card.

Many thanks to the team for an excellent DX'pedition last September / October 2009. Delighted to receive the QSL card today!

Fore more information go to: Conway Reef
3D20CR001

Steve VE2TKH reports that his friends are safe in Haiti!

Steve VE2TKH reports of the moment he realised his girlfriend in Haiti was safe!

I received an important phone call minutes ago with details on the condition of all my 28 or so friends. They are ok, it is a miracle!!

Here is my article i published on an amateur radio dedicated website. Thanks God, you realized my prayers of last december and this week!  Steve Toupin

Monday January 18th 2009, 03:21UTC

I was so surprised to receive a phone call from my lovely Andromaque directly from her cell phone minutes ago. She told me that she is ok, and everybody is ok!! Wow, a miracle!
Their home is still standing, they sleep outside and only go during day time for a quick shower in the bathroom. I told her to remain like this and keep avoiding long visits inside the building. They are tired and it is difficult to sleep for them she told me.
I asked why she can now call me with the cell phone? She answered me that her campany Digicel gave 200 gouds credits to all its customers to allow them free calls (NDLR other companies are Voila and Haitel).

QSL-HH2-VE2TKHShe told me they are in STRONG need of water and food!! But, sometimes the people from the Belgium consulate that are very close to them, are coming with few food and water.
I gave her infos about the international help gathering at PAP Intl airport and that they have big problems with the security concerns and to use the roads from the airport to the city. I also told her about the bad shape of their port for ships that are waiting anchored before delivering their help.
I also told her to spread the word to others about these facts I informed her, but she told me that they all already know that because the radio station, at least one, is still broadcasting.

I suggested that some good hearted haitians can do something to help international aid to reach them, but she told me that the situation is really bad and getting worst every hour that is passing by and even if they want to do so, the vilains will block them. She had the same bad news for me as Jean-Robert HH2JR had 5.5 hours ago when I reached him on his cell too. I mean about the criminality rising all around.

I was telling her the story of the HI hams that are now in Jimani and suddently we lost the communication. We lost it not because of bad conditions of equipment there due to the earthquake (in fact it was far better than when we used to talk last fall before I visited her, it was crystal clear communication), but because of her money credits from Digicel gift were empty. I won’t complain here as it was the best news I ever received from a phone call in all my life. Unfortunately, I tried to call back and it was not working.

Log Updates

HH2/VE2TKH Log uploaded to online logsearch. All QSL requests Direct and Bureau will be posted very soon.
9M6XRO 17/01/10 0950z LoTW, Club Log & Online logsearch uploaded
OY1OF 15/01/10 2226z LoTW, Club Log & Online logsearch uploaded
OY4TN  10/01/09 612z  LoTW, Club Log & Online logsearch uploaded
ZC4VJ   11/01/10 0504z Online logsearch uploaded

19/01/2010 142 letters to be posted. Including Bureau cards to Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Italy and Germany.

Haiti Disaster. Steve VE2TKH needs your help!

It is now several days since the earthquake disaster struck Haiti. Words cannot describe what the Haitians are going through. We, as Radio Amateurs must do whatever is needed to help our dear friends in Haiti.

VE2TKH Steve has recently just arrived back in Canada after his December trip to Haiti, Steve is heading back to Haiti to help friends and their family I will let Steve explain more....

QSL-HH2-VE2TKHMr. Jean Robert Gaillard HH2JR whom I am without news from him since the quake. (Ed we now know that Jean is safe) Please if any ham around this world can have some news about our friend Jean-Robert, please share them with us.

I am personally planning with my family and canadians hams friends to go back there to help my friends and a canadian NGO who made a statement today calling for help from radio amateurs to establish an emergency station in or near there office in Port-au-Prince. As far as I am concern, I’ll gladly help them. I’ll call for your help in donations to OFFICIALS sources of help like the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Architect without Borders, Oxfam, UNICEF, World Vision, Care International or CECI (NGO fm Canada). All these organisations are there in Port-au-Prince, I personally saw their office buildings while I was there between Nov 18th and Dec 15th of 2009. 

About me, to go there and help, I’ll need some money, but not that much, only what’s needed to cover the plane airfare, the food, the public transport there, and few bucks to buy what my friends will need to comfort them, secure them and feed them. I am contacting now 3 ot 4 radio amateurs who can help building a campaign to raise money to help me in this project to help these haitians people woh really deserve my participation in this relief effort. Surely one of a kind in human History, such as what was done for the 2004 asian Tsunami. To be honest, I’ll turn 33 years old next january 29th and I truly can not stay here in Quebec City doing nothing, absolutely not. Let’s see how we can rally all together as radio amateurs for a common cause, MANKIND. Let’s prove our humanism! the amount of money is not that big comparatively at what it will serve for and do for these people. I have a valid and verified account with PayPal since 2001, things will be easy for all who will be willing to help me a bit.

Infos will follow later on here on how to support me and my project. Pictures showing humanism, not horror, humanism will be provided to you via this website. I personally guarantee that. I’ll try to do the best pictures report I can while time will be allowed for that aspect that is not on top of my list. By the way, here is my list of things i want to do once there.

1- Landing in Puerto Plata, reaching Pétionville via Toussaint Louverture airport road then Route de Frère that connect to Impasse Lavache in Delmas 95 where my 6 friends and 2009 hosts lives.

2- Secure them, feed them, search for missing ones, support them, help them, etc

3- Do the same for the 20 – 25 or so other relatives of my 6 friends. And try to learn about our ham friend Jean-Robert HH2JR, even help him or his family if I can.

4- Help the Canadian NGO/ONG build and/or operate their emergency station.

5- Find an internet access to communicate how things are going on there for the people and about me.

6- Take some pictures showing what us as human beings can do when we rally to help our fellow mans.

7- Coming back to Canada only once evryone I know is ok, burried or in an hospital. Also, coming back only when things will quiet down a bit and life will start to recover a normal paste. It will take the time it will take…

8- These main goals will be brought into focus in their order if possible, but be aware that some of them will be done at the same time or on the same day. Some of them will cross each other. It’s just a list after all.

I truly hope this new experience for me will be one in a lifetime and will show me how I can impact my world. Honestly, we can all have positive impacts on our World. It is up to us, it is inside us, our hearts, our brains, our blood and our veins. Just a simple or little act can do a lot, like the butterfly effect. Thanks.

Steve Toupin VE2TKH

If you would like to donate to Steve to help friends in Haiti you can send a Paypal donation to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
IMPORTANT Use Personal then GIFT to send the Paypal donation then no charges will be deducted. THANK YOU!

Incoming Bureau / Outgoing Post News

Incoming Bureau cards arrived 22nd December 2009 for the follaowing call series.

1,100 QSL Cards for the G4Dxx  - Sorted and dispatched 23rd December 2009
  500 QSL Cards for the G4Rxx - Sorted and dispatched 23rd December 2009

1,800 QSL Cards Via M0URX also arrived. ALL QSL cards have now been processed. Bureau cards will be dispatched soon. Thank you to Chris G1VDP for helping with sorting duties.

Outgoing Post - January 2nd 2010
2,500 Outgoing Bureau cards in 60 packages, total weight 13kg to be posted 02/01/2010
116 Outgoing letters to be posted 02/01/2010

Still no news on Outgoing QSL Cards that have not left the RSGB Bureau since March 2008.
News from the Hungarian QSL Bureau - Jenci HA5FA reports that my packet of cards to MRASZ has arrived. Thanks Jenci for the information.
12/01/2010 - Yuri UT7UW informs me that my package of Bureau cards arrived at the Ukraine Bureau this week. Thanks Yuri

Please remember send your Bureau Request Via Email - NOT through the Bureau system for DX,peditions & DX stations that I manage. This will help save time and money. Thank you!

Happy New Year to you all. Have a safe and peaceful festive season.

HH2/VE2TKH Update


QSL-HH2-VE2TKHHH2/VE2TKH: Dec. 13th UPDATE Operation will end on Dec 15th around 07:00z-08:00z probably on 40m. Tnx to DX callers even if my signal was weak I worked most of you. Special tnx to Laurie VK7ZE for his call from Tasmania, he is in the log and I'm in his log. Pretty interesting QSO with my 5 foot screwdriver antenna. Haiti is a great country if it can stay quiet. Labadee is a very nice tourist destination with a brand new warf that can welcome any big ship from Carnival to Cunar cruiselines. WX is great at this time of the year.

You can be safe if you stick to areas like Petionville, Kenscoff, Port-au-Prince downtown or Canape-Vert only by daytime. By nightime you must go out with good haitians friends and a car, otherwise it is very risky. 
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You must absolutely avoid Cite Soleil and Bel-Air like I did. I am lucky that in those 28 days here, that I wasn't sick at all. You only need to drink Culligan, Aquafine, Crystal or others purified source water, also being careful where you eat and what is in your plate. Have fun if you visit here someday like I did, for myself I had plenty of fun here. More pics to come when back in Quebec City. Regards de Steve. HH2/VE2TKH
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Vote for the best DXpedition of 2009!

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Log Updates

Log updates have arrived from:

 OY1OF 04/01/10 1605z LoTW uploaded.
 OY4TN 31/12/09 1210z LoTW uploaded
 ZC4VJ  31/12/09 2243z
ZC4VJ QSL arrived from the printers 08/12/09
9M6XRO 05/12/09 1103z LoTW uploaded.
9M6DXX 04/12/09 1410z LoTW uploaded.

Logs have been uploaded to the online log search.

09/12/2009 - 293 Letters to be posted. Including 650 QSL cards to 42 World Bureaus.

31/12/2009 - Sadly still no news from the RSGB in response to my complaints about non delivery of outgoing Bureau QSL cards dating back to March 2008.

HH2/VE2TKH Update. Steve VE2TKH Needs YOUR Help Please!

December 7th UPDATE Batteries powered operation courtesy from Nadia Dieudonne. Propagation concerns and antenna performance restricted sometime. I want to express my sinceres thanks to Mr. Jean-Robert Gaillard, HH2JR for his kind help to obtain HH licence. WX is stil amazingly good and local food too. Also, my special thanks to Tim M0URX and ON5UR for QSL cards. I want to express the same gratefulness to Col, MM0NDX for publishing infos on his website. Still SPARE TIME operation, tnx for understanding. Maybe more time will be available on ''AIR'' next visit here. Regards from Petionville.

Dec.3th UPDATE Still 2 hours to 3 hours a day batteries powered spare time operation going with very low propagation from Haiti. Power can fail at any time, so sorry if you notice my signal disappearing suddently. Still paper logging. Now a little about Haitian life. Port-au-Prince is really nice and cool despite all being said by global worldwide medias. You can eat with your wife or girlfriend for less than 10 USD for both in a restaurant. An Haitian beer named ‘’Prestige’’ is 0.75 USD and any kind of sodas are 0.33 USD in the streets (a bit more in restaurants and nightclubs). People are kind, friendly and smiling a lot. Weather is very very good since I came last Nov. 18th with only two little shower in two evenings in a row (Nov 27th and 28th). On december 1st, I went to the National Museum for 1.25 USD a visit and learned a lot about the history of this nation. I enjoy public community tranports called ‘’tap-tap’’ for 0.12 USD a ride nearly every days. Ladies are very beautiful all around here. Yeah ! Haiti way of life is good and I like it very much.

OY1OF Ólavur says hello from the Faroe Islands

oy1ofI really must say thank you to Kathy Allison KA1RWY at ARRLs LoTW desk. Without fail Kathy always works fast in dealing with emails and enquiries and new certificate requests. Thanks Kathy! You are a credit to ARRL.

The latest addition to my QSL Management is OY1OF Ólavur Frederiksen. OY1OF log has now been uploaded to LoTW.

(Also uploaded today is the latest log update from 9M6XRO)


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Ólavur OY1OF
Operates from the Faroe Islands Amateur Radio Club Station. He has been working on maintenance of the antenna systems at the club station recently preparing them for the winter weather that sweeps through the Faroe Islands.

Ólavur was born in 1970 in Tórshavn, the capital city of the Faroe Islands. he is
 a certified electrician and now works as a graphic printer, spending his spare time in Amateur Radio and photography, you can see some of his work here FaroePhoto

HH2/VE2TKH Steve QRV from Haiti

map_of_haitiHaiti-flagSteve, VE2TKH is on his travels this week. In an email from Haiti he explains that he has the Amateur Radio license in his hand and is operational from Petionville, (South East)  Haiti as HH2/VE2TKH.  


His license is valid from November 23 to December 15, 2009. 
 

Steve explains power is currently only available between 0100 to 1100 UTC. He also reports laptop issues, however he hopes to overcome these problems soon.  

When active, look for Steve to focus on 30m, 20m, 17m and 15m.  

QSL Direct Via M0URX 
Bureau ONLY Via EMAIL REQUEST click here  

More news to follow..

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