Archive - December 2019

Logging QSOs Time on – Time off

One of the most common time miss-match issues, is caused by “Log On” time when the DX’er starts calling the DX, then “Log Off” when the QSO is made. Always make sure that you LOG the UTC Time at the time you work the DX, not the time you started calling. This is the most common cause of OQRS and LoTW time miss-match. It is very important to understand when you are requesting QSL’s or uploading to LoTW that there is a built in time tolerance.

OQRS Hints & Tips Explained

I have added a page on the top menu under “How to QSL” drop down to explain OQRS and how to use it. This should be your first place to go if you are unsure how to use our OQRS tools.
This an integrated on-line bespoke Log search, OQRS and QSL Manager application. It offers useful tools for DXer’s, DXpeditions and strongly supports the QSL manager’s workload, automating the most time consuming QSL’ing processes.

Below I share some useful Tips & Tricks about the front-end user interface.

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Merry Christmas

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas to all DX’ers.

Thank you to all the DX’pedition Teams that i have worked closely with over the past year. Thank you to the OQRS Development Team that continue to innovate and bring us the very best in tools and features that everyone demands. Thank you to BarclayJames our IT partner. Also to all the UK QSL Managers that work with us to bring you the QSL cards that are requested. Merry Christmas to all, may 2020 bring lots of sunspots and DX!

OQRS remains open 24/7. All QSL inquiries should be sent using the OQRS & “Not in Log” button.

39,304 Bureau cards to World IARU Bureaus in 2019.

May 2017 bureau mailingTogether with our UK QSL partners we have sent 39,304 Bureau cards to World IARU Bureaus in 2019.
Please keep sending us your old out of date IRC’s so that we can keep our QSL Bureau open. Thank you!

Which Category Are You?

This following Blog entry was written by Charles, M0OXO. It is something that we talk regularly about, because the way we are spoken to, can have an effect on us, as people, and how we deal with your comments.

“After a series of emails this week and many more in months gone by, I have to ask myself how educated we are and how would we expect our behaviour to be perceived by others? Many emails are ‘open’ emails and when I say ‘open’, I mean they have no greeting, no ‘Hello’, no ‘please’ and no ‘thank you’.
Whilst I do this work, should I expect people to be like this or should I expect more? They send emails that just have the open questions such as ;

‘I am not in your log but you are in mine, why?’
‘My card never arrived why?’
‘When will log be on LOTW?’

Now before we start by suggesting that the language barrier is an excuse, well I’m sorry. If you can write the above message in English (even with the help of ‘Google Translate’), then I am pretty sure you can be courteous too?

What is wrong with people? What is missing?
‘Hi Tim…’, ‘Hello OM..’, ‘Hi……’ would be a good start and what about ‘Please’ or even ‘Thank you’?
Your Call sign would be a huge help and what about a Name, I have one and I assume you do too?
I get really upset by these emails that just seem to get worse and worse, quite often leading to me questioning myself, ‘should I continue in this job?’
Respect is earned, I get that but there is no excuse for no manners.
People can be arrogant, ignorant or even nice, I wonder which category you would like to be in?”

Christmas QSL Posting dates

Last QSL card posting before Christmas is today, Thursday 12th December. The next posting day will be just after Christmas.
OQRS will be open 24/7 for all your QSL requests.

What can i do with old IRC’s?

Donate your old out of date IRC’s to United Radio QSL Bureau!

If you have old out of date IRC’s please do not throw them out! You can donate them to our Outgoing QSL Bureau. 

We will return these OLD IRC’s to the UPU in exchange for stamps. You can help by donating your old out of date IRC’s and sending them to us.

Thank you very much in advance for your donations of OLD IRCs.  All money raised will be used to support our Bureau service.

Please post your old, out of date IRC’s to:
Tim Beaumont,
83 Limbrick Avenue,
Tile Hill, Coventry,
West Midlands CV4 9EX

South Orkney Islands DX-pedition  VP8/VP8DXU  (AN-008)

South Orkney Island DX-pedition
Press Release #8
By K5GS, Gene Spinelli

For Immediate Release- Press Release #8 – Dec. 3, 2019
South Orkney Islands DX-pedition  VP8/VP8DXU  (AN-008)

Team Staffing
We’re sorry to report that Dave WD5COV had to leave the project, replacing Dave is:
Alan Cheshire VK6CQ
Originally from Scotland, Alan has lived in Perth, Western Australia for many years and was first licensed as G4EEL in 1975 whilst studying for his commercial Merchant Marine Radio Officer ticket. He holds degrees in Physics & Telecoms Engineering and is a consultant telecom engineer in the offshore oil and gas industry. Read More Web update!

After eleven years using Joomla CMS for publishing my web content which has been an integral part of my QSL Management System it became apparent that it was time to upgrade the Joomla platform. The problem being that Joomla is becoming increasingly difficult and more costly to upgrade to newer versions. Some features of the site would clearly have to be redesigned or rebuilt. Also our Online QSL Request System is written using the latest PHP versions which my old Joomla version cannot work with.
So after discussing this with my IT guys at BarclayJames it was clear that the most cost effective way to go forward was to migrate the site to WordPress. Many thanks to James for the work to migrate the site, and for his advice and support which has been vital to the continued work here at United Radio QSL Bureau.
So welcome to my new web page!