Archive - March 2020

VP8PJ QSL Update

– We are approaching 6,000 requests for QSL cards, Direct and Bureau.

731  Not in Log requests have been investigated and answered. For a DX-pedition with 83,500 QSOs and 20,500 unique call signs in the log this is a very small number, it indicates the DX-pedition team’s attention to logging accuracy.

– LoTW processing is up to date. All donor LoTW records were uploaded. Current OQRS LoTW uploads are processed daily.

– The VP8PJ QSL cards are being designed by the team. VP8PJ OQRS OPEN

Due to the Covid-19 situation I have been asked to report to work 7 days per week, for a 10 hour shift. I will continue to process QSL confirmations and research issues as time allows, please be patient.

For those who have not yet reported a Not in Log problem, please use the form on OQRS QSO entry page. Responding to individual e-mails is time consuming and non productive. Please do not send screenshots unless requested, and never send your log files, spreadsheets or screenshots of your log, they are of no use to researching a problem.

Posting your QSL’s

I have had several inquiries about how Covid-19 affects the delivery of your QSL cards. It is a fluid situation and after taking advice from Royal Mail i can inform you that posting from the UK is continuing as normal.
Nearly all mail is sorted by machine so is not touched by human hands. Large mailings are bagged from here and sent directly to London Heathrow Distribution Centre and the bags put on onward flights to the destination country. Remember many flights are cancelled and this can also add to delays.

Royal Mail has a page on the website updated for “International Incident Bulletins” this link will take you to the page so that you can see what restrictions are in your country and where delays may apply.

Updated 24/03/2014 – As air flights around the world reduce very significantly to avoid the spread of Covid-19. This has a knock on effect on a restriction of air freight available to send post around the world. International Post WILL be more expensive and will also experience delays as most flights are not available to carry mail. 

Thee below images (courtesy of Flightradar24) show the decreased capacity from February 26th to March 25:

K5GS on the latest VP8PJ News

Thanks for the pileups!
We have all left Punta Arenas and are either home or another location of choice.
Several of us left Punta Arenas sooner than planned because of the Coronavirus situation and possible airline chaos. Fortunately, of those I’ve heard from, we had no problem buying a new ticket and getting to our final destination. 
On Sunday when Rob and  arrived at LAX the Immigration and Customs area was empty, so no delays.  All our flights were uneventful and on time.
After being away for 5 weeks we need to get our personal affairs in order and will work on DX-pedition related tasks as time is available. So please be patient, we have all have other life responsibilities.
If you have a Not in Log or suspected busted call,  Do not send e-mails, and please don’t send screenshots or log files unless requested.
Follow the Not in Log procedure:

Sending unsolicited e-mails slows the process, Tim works the Not in Log queue in the order received, unsolicited e-mails waste our time and will not be processed.

I’ll be posting some photographs on the website. We’re disappointed that the major conventions have been cancelled, and hope that the worst of Coronavisus comes to an end soon. We’re still planning Friedrichshafen in late June, maybe that one will happen.
Last I talked with Tim he’s making good progress with Not in Log issues, and is regularly uploading LoTW, although I did see he had a computer failure and acquired a new machine.
We appreciate the kind words from the Group and in personal e-mails from the community.
Many of you have “suggested” the next DX-pedition location, we’ve already had those discussions before and during VP8PJ.
73, GS K5GS

Last QSO in Log?

I do not understand? Why am i getting hundreds of NOT IN LOG emails every week when the Last QSO in Log date is clearly showing when a log last had a log update? Can’t you guys read? Or are you so impatient that you cannot wait for the op to update the log? Words fail me!

Please Please read the instructions…  Last QSO in the log: 11 Feb 2020 20:12 UTC

The Big IRC Donation.

A huge thank you to Bernie W3UR at Daily DX for organising the big IRC donation from hams in the USA. 739 old expired IRC’s arrived here this morning and will be sold privately and the money will go towards the sending of our Bureau QSL cards in 2020.
On behalf of both myself M0URX  Tim and M0OXO Charles, a huge thank you to the Radio Amateurs listed below for your wonderful donation.


Old expired IRCs can be donated by posting them to my address on my contact page, Thank you. 

VP8PJ Updates

VP8PJ QSL Policy is on this link. $5 by OQRS or Direct.
Please read the QSL Policy it is there to assist you get the QSL safely.

Please note the team DO NOT have sufficient satellite signal to upload logs from the island.

March 7th 18:00z: VP8PJ Log uploaded to OQRS, LoTW will be uploaded daily from Direct QSL requests and from the Donor database. ALL Busted calls and NIL’s must be processed through the “NOT IN LOG” form on OQRS. NO emails will be answered. Please use the form.

March 6th 18 :00z:
Most of the equipment has now been transferred from the island to the Braveheart, with only a few items left to ferry over. 

Many team members are already on the Braveheart, the remaining team will be aboard within the next two hours.  It has been raining most of the day with cold gusty winds. We are all very tired! Everyone will sleep well aboard the Braveheart tonight.  VP8PJ Team
March 6th 01:00z: VP8PJ is now QRT! The pileups were enthusiastic, fun, & at times never ending. We appreciate all of you that participated!
The weather forecast for tomorrow is that of wind and rain. It will make our chore of tearing down the camp wet and very slow. We look forward to our return trip home.  

73! VP8PJ Team

March 5th 11:00z: We are pleased to report that we are nearing 70,000 QSOs in the log. 
Our plan is to remain active on the bands throughout the day. We anticipate ending radio operations and going QRT at or near 23:59 UTC.
Our attention overnight and tomorrow will be devoted to the large chore of packing the gear and then dismantling the camp.
As stated previously, we will attempt an upload of the log once aboard the Braveheart as we prepare for departure from Signy Island.  VP8PJ Team
We will soon begin the process of staging equipment and supplies on the beach for transfer to the Braveheart.
A number of antennas are being removed as we evaluate our “on air” activities for the remaining hours on the island.
Slowly, throughout the day, we will take operating positions off-line as we prepare to end our radio operations later tonight.
We cannot thank the crew of the Braveheart enough for their hard work and assistance throughout this entire DX-pedition. VP8PJ Team

March 4th 14:00z:
After consultation with the Braveheart skipper this morning, we will now leave Signy Island on Saturday March 7th. Improving weather and sea conditions are more favourable for a later departure. We will extend our on air operations by another full day. We will now operate through most of Thursday March 5th. Please disregard the earlier notice on the end of operations being later today.. VP8PJ Team

March 3rd  16:00z 80m antenna repaired earlier today. As the day progresses we will be on all open HF bands. Special emphasis tonight on 40m, 80m, and 160m, using both CW and FT-8 modes. Weather depending, Wednesday March 4th will be the last full day of operations.
Shutdown time to be announced. We plan to use most of the day Thursday to completely tear down the operating positions and the camp.

March 2nd  16:30z Quickly approaching 58,000 total Qs in the log. The team is outside in the blowing snow and wind repairing the 80m vertical for use tonight. VP8PJ Team

March 2nd  10:00z  Major winds swept through again overnight. The 40 meter 4-square is now a single vertical. Other verticals damaged again as well, but quickly repaired. Standing at 55,000+ total Qs. Depending on weather & sea conditions, we anticipate the following schedule:
– Radio operations through March 4th
– Teardown remaining equipment / camp on March 5th
– Depart Signy Island on March 6th VP8PJ Team

March 1st 17:30z The VP8PJ team remains in good spirits. We’re continuing to make ourselves available on the bands.
Heavy winds returned last night and today. Several of the verticals have been damaged, the team is out repairing them now.
Approaching 51,000 total QSOs in the log.
Next log update possibly in the next 24 hours. VP8PJ Team

Storm Jorge Damage to Faroe Islands

OY1OF, Olavur Frederiksen emailed in to report that Storm Jorge caused extensive damage in the Faroe Islands over the weekend, in particular to the Club Station Foroyskir Radioamatorar. (FRA) “We lost the 17m, 20m, and 40m GP, so not many antennas left, while the road to the club house is closed”.
We would like to wish our friends in the Faroe Islands our best wishes for a speedy clean up and repair to the Club Station. Thank you to Olavur for the photographs.