Archive - January 2013

Addressing Your Letter

This may be of use to those of you that send QSLs direct around the world. With the introduction of mail sorting machines in recent years, it has never been more important to address an envelope correctly. Hand writing an envelope increases the chance of your letter being rejected or wrongly routed by a sorting machine when in the past it would have been hand sorted and how the envelope was written would have been irrelevant.
I have experienced over the past couple of years many letters that have the correct address, but returned to me especially from the USA endorsed “Unable to forward” the only reason that I have found for this to have happened is that sorting machines in the destination country unable to route the letter correctly due to a sorting machine not able to recognise the format of the address on the envelope.
There is a page on the Royal Mail website Addressing Your Letter!  that shows exactly how the address for specific countries should be addressed, and printed using a computer is the best way to address a letter. 
I know I am bound to get emails now saying “well i have never had a problem” and dismiss this article as rubbish, but as a Royal Mail sorter I see a lot of foreign mail returned to sender for the reasons I have stated especially hand written envelopes. 
If you are sending a SAE, take some time to print your envelopes with your computer and CORRECTLY format the address to the suggested Royal Mail website list. this will make the routing of the sorting of your letter more accurate and also speed up the reply as it will not have to be hand sorted later when a problem arises. Many countries do not bother to hand sort errors but just return them to sender.
Other problems that I see with SAEs is from Latin America where the return address is covering the whole envelope, pretty useless as my Postage Paid imprint and the Air Mail sticker will cover your address. Envelopes from America that do not state the country of destination, you must write U.S.A. Always write your address in the LOWER MIDDLE of the envelope as in the sample here, with the coutry of destination at the bottom or your address in UPPER CASE letters.

Direct & Bureau Posting

Thursday 24th January 2013 – 319 letters posted mostly 3A/ON5UR & 3A/ON8AK, OY1OF, OY3JE & PJ4NX.

Friday 25th January 2013 – 10,338 QSL cards dispatched to 79 World Bureaus directly. All Bureau packages posted by Priority Air Mail.

The biggest parcels are: Germany 1,350, Japan 1,231

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Monaco QSL Preview


The 6,000 + Bureau cards that arrived in December have nearly all been processed just a few hundred to go. The outgoing Bureau cards will be held back for two weeks until the Monaco QSL cards are ready. Here is the 3A Monaco QSL cards preview. QSL cards will be posted end of January.


I ask everyone using OQRS to please mark your log as “QSL SENT” I am receiving up to 6 or more requests for the same QSL cards time and time again, this can only be down to bad log keeping on the part of the requester. If this situation does not improve I will name and shame on my webpage the worst offenders. Repeat QSL requesting not only takes up a considerable amount of time but also costs a lot of money to finance. Please QSL responsibly!

9M4SLL Spratly DXpedition 10 – 18 March 2013


9M4SLL will be active from Layang-Layang Island, Spratly (IOTA AS-051), on all bands 160 – 10m CW, SSB and RTTY from 10 to 18 March 2013 inclusive.

Operators will be John, 9M6XRO; Steve, 9M6DXX; James, 9V1YC; Ben, DJ0YI / N6MUF; Don, G3BJ;  Pista, HA5AO; George, HA5UK and Tony, KM0O.

The group will use several stations with linear amplifiers to vertical antennas all within a few metres of the ocean.

QSL Manager for this operation is Tim, M0URX (OQRS, direct, bureau, LoTW). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW as quickly as possible after the DXpedition.

More details to follow later. 73, Steve, 9M6DXX