A35T Tonga 18 - 28 February 2016

Tonga azmuith mapAn international group of amateurs is descending onto the Kingdom of Tonga from the 18th to the 28th February 2016

The A35T DXpedition is now packed up and ready to go. We will have three stations running Elecraft K3 transceivers with a KX3 as a backup radio, two Elecraft KPA500 amps, an Expert Amp 1.3, three KIO hex beams 20 through 6, and four Spiderpoles for the lower frequencies. We anticipate having our stations on 160 - 30 MHz during night hours, and the hex beams for 20 - 6 meters during daylight hours. We hope to be able to provide Qs on 160 to EU to fill the great need for that band. Our operation is scheduled for 18 - 28 February, not the 24th as previously reported. Even though K5NA and K5DU will be tending to a family emergency and not able to make the trip, we hope to have guest op Hiro A31MM, who recently moved to Tonga, joining us during our stay.

We plan to try 160-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY… antennas, weather, propagation all permitting. 
Operators - Madison W5MJ, Dale KG5U, Neil VA7DX, Keith VE7KW, Paul W5PF, Dave VA7AM, and Robert W5RF
You can find all information on the website: Tonga 2016 A35T
QSL Via M0URX. Direct & OQRS. Bureau OQRS ONLY 
LoTW will be uploaded at the earliest opportunity.

USPS Return Letters From USA

You may remember the problem regarding letters routed to the USA being returned by the USPS endorsed:

”RETURN TO SENDER, NOT DELIVERABLE AS ADDRESSED UNABLE TO FORWARD”

 

Yet every letter is correctly addressed & No change of address has required forwarding.

I am STILL experiencing the same problem even though I am formatting the addresses to USPS specifications.

All returned letters I have had back, have been posted again at no cost to the DX’er.

The problem is clearly with the software on USPS sorting machines, remember mail is no longer hand sorted. 

I am sure that USPS are not even aware of the software problem, sadly they also don't seem to care as all my emails for the last two years have gone unanswered. Just not good enough USPS! Please help!

TX3X Plaque of appreciation

TX3X PlaqueThank you to K5GS and the TX3X Chesterfield Island DXpedition team for the plaque received today!

"In appreciation of Support to TX3X"

Well, it was a pleasure to assist you guys. Always here if you need! Thank you
Tim M0URX - TX3X

Bureau Posting News Outgoing! January 2016

M0OXO Bureau 1
QSL cards have been posted to 85 World Bureaus today, Wednesday 20th January 2016 

This mailing is a joint mailing between M0OXO Charles and M0URX Tim
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.

Total amount of QSL cards 17,056
Via M0URX 10,742
Via M0OXO 6,314


Total Weight kg 67,665g

Total Cost £309.48 / per kg £4.58
Average postage cost  1.81p per QSL card.

Photo - M0OXO, Charles with our bureau mailing

Read more: Bureau Posting News Outgoing! January 2016

Appointed QSL Manager for the VK0EK Project.

I am very proud to announce that I have been appointed QSL manager for the forthcoming VKØEK DXpedition to Heard Island this year. Here is the announcement in full by the VKØEK Team:

"Jan. 6, 2016. We are pleased to announce that Tim Beaumont, MØURX, will provide the QSL manager service for VKØEK, with cards printed by Max, ON5UR. DXA will be the DXers primary interface with the expedition, and DXers will be able to request their QSLs via the DXA and VKØEK web pages, with QSL requests fulfilled by Tim and Max’s United Radio QSL Management Bureau. Online requests for direct cards are preferred, although direct paper QSLs via MØURX will also be accepted. Bureau requests will also be made via DXA/VKØEK. To provide efficient service and to reduce workload on the bureau system, all bureau requests should be made on-line."

VK0EK

TX3X QSL's Start To Arrive

It always gives me great pleasure to receive images of the QSL cards arriving at their destination, especially if the QSL is an ATNO for the DX'er. The images also give me information about how the mailing has gone and how long it takes for the letters to arrive around the world.

I first received an email from G3UML, Laurie in London that the QSL arrived just 24 hours after it was posted, At the same time M5JON John sent me the photo (below left) with the QSL in his shack.Further tweets from EI9KC & DL2AJB also indicate the QSL has arrived.

Just one day later i saw several Twitter messages from France, F8DZY sent the image (below middle) of the QSL. Also several messages from Germany saying that the QSL had arrived. 

M5JONF8DZYHNY

TX3X QSL Mailing

TX3X1Whilst most people were stuffing the Christmas turkey over the last few days, I was stuffing the TX3X Chesterfield Reef QSL cards into envelopes for the big mailing.

As Global Mailing Consultant to the TX3X Team, it was my job to ensure that the QSL card was designed by ON5UR Max Rymenant (Maxi-Print) to the specification requested by the team, and also process the OQRS requests and complete the QSL mailing in a timely manner.

As a result, packages to our sponsors DDXG, GDXF, MDXC & SWDXF, along with 2,749 letters to the deserving will be posted by business mail class on Tuesday 29th December and should reach you very soon.

Thank you to the TX3X Team for trusting me with this important job! For more information on the TX3X project please go to www.TX3X.com 

K800 QSLTX3X-DoubleK800 QSLTX3X-Double-Back

From VE2TKH

QSL-VE2CSIIt's been five years now that I moved to Sept-Iles in CQ Zone 2 and try to work as many as possible to give them the chance to have CQ Zone 2 in their logs, many of you were in my logs and I thank you for that. But the most important thing, is the QSL manager. And mine is Tim Beaumont, M0URX who deserve a big thank you and our congratulations for a great service he provided. Tim, sincerely THANK YOU for what you've done. And you Tim and fellow DXers who read, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings. Now, we are reaching zone 5 in Montreal to study in security. So, no more VE2CSI for myself but fellow DXers wait until the station is rent for different contests. Good luck and thank you for great memories from zone 2. 
Steve VE2TKH/VA2TKH 

Thank you Steve, and thank you for everything you have done to keep CQ Zone 2 on the on the last 5 years!
Merry Christmas Steve,

VK8RD QSL Preview

I would like to welcome VK8RD, Rowan Dollar to United Radio QSL Bureau. Rowan is now living in Darwin Northern Territory of Australia.

QSL Via M0URX Direct or OQRS. Bureau by OQRS only please.
K800 QSL-VK8RDK800 QSL-VK8RD-BACK

Direct QSL cards posted.

392 QSL cards were posted direct for TT8AMO & PJ4/OE7PGI on 10th December. 
All bureau cards are ready for the next dispatch in January.

Helping with the bureau load!

B2We are under increasing pressure to reduce the cost burden to both our own bureau, and the IARU bureaus in processing tens of thousands of bureau requests each year. So to help in this matter we will be sending the following email to all "Multi Bureau QSL requests" to ask the claiment for a donation towards costs. In return the QSL cards will be sent directly and delivered to you at the earliest opportuninity and lightening the load for the bureau system.
Thank you for your understanding!
 
"Thank you for the multiple "Bureau" QSL OQRS request received. Due to an ever increasing bureau workload I would like to ask you to consider a small donation, and these QSL cards will be posted to you DIRECT.
£3 GBP up to 4 QSL cards
£5 GBP up to 10 QSL cards
 
The financial burden from bureau requests to both the QSL manager and the IARU bureau is an ever increasing problem. In order to keep these financial costs to a lower level we are now asking multiple QSL requests to consider paying a small fee.
In return instead of receiving those QSL cards in maybe one year through your bureau, we will mail out the QSL cards to you by direct post as soon as possible.
Thank you for considering our request."
 

TT8AMO QSL Preview

The QSL for Pierre TT8AMO has been designed and will be in the print room and ready to post in early December.

K800 QSL-TT8AMO

K800 QSL-TT8AMO-BACK

PJ4/OE7PGI QSL Preview

The QSL for Philipp PJ4/OE7PGI has been designed and will be in the print room and ready to post in early December.

K800 QSL-PJ4-EO7PGIK800 QSL-PJ4-OE7PGI-BACK

Thank you to Bernie Daily DX

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A new week and another incoming package of old International Reply Coupons donated to "UR QSL Bureau"

Thank you to Bernie McClenny W3UR / Daily DX for the donation of 100+ IRC's that will be used to pay for printing of DXpedition QSL cards and the posting of Bureau QSL cards to the world IARU Bureaus.

Do you have any old out of date IRC's in your shack drawer?
if you would like to donate them I can make good use of them. Thank you

LU & EU IARU QSL Societies return Bureau cards

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I have temporarily suspended our Bureau dispatches to  Argentina until we can find out where the problem is.
 
Belarus bureau package has been returned to me endorsed “Returned due to expiry date” Expiry date of what?
59 QSL cards re-posted to Belarus Bureau 02/11/2015.
 
Argentina bureau package has been returned endorsed “Unclaimed”
 
I have emailed both QSL Bureau societies to find out what the problems are, until I hear from the two IARU societies QSL cards will not be able to be posted to Argentina.
Belarus bureau have confirmed that this was a post office error and the package has been resent.
 

Old IRC's donated - Thank you

IRC-OLDThank you to Dmitry UA3AGW for the kind donation of old IRC's. These will be cashed in and the money used to pay for QSL card printing & outgoing bureau costs.

If you have any old, out of date IRC's even old yellow or blue ones, please don't throw them away, you can post them to me and they will be put to good use.

Thank you Dmitry!

Do you have any?

PJ4KY Bonaire

A new resident amateur radio operator in Bonaire is PJ4KY, Bert, here is his QSL card preview that will be available soon. QSL Via M0URX.

K800 QSL-PJ4KYK800 QSL-PJ4KY-Back

Amateur Radio - A Hobby for the 21st century RSGB

TT8AMO Pierre Chad

chadHB9AMO, Pierre will be in Chad, operating holiday style like he did as 5U9AMO in 2013.

Pierre will be QRV as TT8AMO from mid-October till mid-November 2015

Mostly CW operation, may be a few SSB QSO on the CQWW SSB contest to give multipliers.

Online log on TT8AMO webpage uploaded when possible. Pierre will operate from various locations in Chad, sometimes with poor antenna possibilities, sometimes with better antenna possibilities.

Station: 21 years old TS-50 + MFJ971 tuner + long wire antenna. Logger 32 software.

LoTW will be uploaded by Pierre when he returns to Switzerland in December. www.HB9AMO.net

QSL Via M0URX direct letter or Via OQRS 

Bureau OQRS ONLY

MX0LDG Lundy Island EU-120 2015

QSL-MX0LDGK800 QSL-MX0LDG-BACK

The Lundy DX Group will be active again from Lundy Island IOTA EU-120 from the 6th to the 13th October 2015 QRV as MX0LDG.
This year's team will be M5JON John, M0ILT Pete, MW0JZE Anthony & G3JKL John. We hope to be QRV around 1400 UTC on the 6th .

K800 LundyMX0OLDG will be on 10m to 40m SSB & RTTY . Due to the electricity being turned off at midnight until 6am we will not be operating between these times.

We will endeavour to run 4 stations for the period of the activation.

2 Kenwood TS-590's
1 Kenwood TS-570
1 Yaesu FT-450 
Antennas 2 - G3TXQ Light Weight D-Hexpedtion Hexbeams Supplied by Ant MW0JZE
1 Steppir Vetical

We will be operating from Stony Croft Cottage the location of our 2012 activation which is valid for:

IOTA: EU-120 , Grid Locator: IO71pe, WAB: SS14, Lighthouse Old Devon light ARLHS: ENG 073.

Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog daily if we have a good internet connection if not on our return.
Many Thanks & 73’s  The MX0LDG Team look forward to working you from Lundy Island.

QSL Via Tim M0URX - OQRS System http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/
QSL cards for this DXpedition are printed and will be posted out as soon as I have the logs.

Please note that MX0LDG is NOT affiliated to the RSGB. So bureau ONLY Via OQRS. No incoming cards will be collected.

 

WS5K/KH8 QSL Preview

Here is the QSL preview for WS5K/KH8. QSL cards will be posted end of October.
Stan has come to the end of his stay in American Samoa with 1,700 Qs in his log.

K800 QSL-WS5K-KH8K800 QSL-WS5K-KH8-Back

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