Author - Tim Beaumont

South Orkney Islands Log Search Links

VP8PJ team will be operational as ZL1NA/MM from the Braveheart. QSL will be available after the team return home.
ZL1NA/MM OQRS

VP8PJ OQRS 

Update February 23rd 14:00z “We are unable to find a solid satellite connection on the island. We are waiting to change to a different satellite, but it’s not clear there will be any difference. We know it is not a hardware problem because we have 3 satellite terminals of this model and one of another model. If we can not find a solid connection we will try to upload logs from the ship every day, and even that path to the satellite is very poor. They are are continuing to install additional antennas today.  It’s cold and difficult to use hand tools in the wind.”

It is clear that a satellite connection at high latitude at South Orkney will not be able to sustain a sufficient solid connection to enable 24/7 uploading.
NB # Please continue to be patient while the team work through the options of log uploading.
Please do not email about busted calls. When the log is consolidated at the end of the DXpedition the “NOT IN LOG?” form will be enabled.

5Z4/G3AB Logs

I received the 5Z4/G3AB log update for the most recent FT8 QSOs. Andy was not able to send me the CW log at the same time. So if you have made a CW QSO since January 18th please stand by until we have been able to upload the full log. We are aware and there is no need to fill in missing call form at this time. Thank you.
Due to Andy’s workload the log updates will be sporadic so please be patient.

South Orkneys 2020 DX-pedition VP8PJ (AN-008)

For Immediate Release  Press Release #11 Feb. 2, 2020
We’re on autopilot, next stop Punta Arenas, Chile.

The project is on schedule
Team members will begin arriving in Punta Arenas on February 9th, Braveheart is scheduled to arrive on February 13th, we load the ship on Feb 14th and depart on Feb 15th for Signy Island. Nigel Jolly will have already arrived by air to arrange for refueling and resupplying Braveheart.

Logging – Log Search
We will use N1MM+ for logging and WSJT-X Version 2.1.2 for FT8  

Assuming a stable satellite connection, QSOs will be uploaded to the log server in near real-time, you can monitor logging activity at:
https://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php?dxcallsign=VP8PJ
 We do not upload by band, by mode or by operating position.

OQRS will be available within 10 days after we leave the island. We need time to validate the logs.

QSL Manager, Tim M0URX, will work on Busted Calls and Not in Log issues after the log is validated. Please use the form on Tim’s OQRS site, do not send e-mails. Read More

Welcome to my Blog

For those of you that have not visited my website before, welcome, here you will find everything you need to know about United Radio QSL Bureau, all the services that we offer to both DX’pedition teams and to DX’ers. You can request all your Direct or Bureau QSL cards on our Bespoke OQRS Service which continues to evolve with new innovation, the development team working to add new features that enhance your DX’ing and QSL experience. With more call signs using the Band Activity Module so you can get live log updates from the DX. 
Our “Not in Log” form on the QSL request page provides you the tools to link straight in to my work queue without the need for sending emails. In fact there should be little need for you to email me, we have designed this website and Bespoke OQRS to give you all the information you need to get the answers you are looking for. 
On my Blog you will find all the answers to the latest news from my QSL work, if you want to know when QSL cards will be posted, view new QSL designs together with all other United Radio QSL Bureau news will all be on my Blog. All i ask is that you look here for your answers before sending me an email. 

South Orkney Shipment Update

After a stop at the Panama Canal for transfer to a different ship, our sea container arrived in Coronel, Chile on December 25th. It was then placed on a coastal barge, arriving Punta Arenas on January 13th. The equipment is now in secure storage at a local warehouse.

There will be a Press Release shortly before the team members leave home to meet the Braveheart at Punta Arenas.

TX7T & H40TT QSL Update

TX7T & H40TT QSL cards arrived from the printer. Mailing scheduled for Monday 27th January. You still have time to get your QSL in the mailing. OQRS open.

South Orkney Islands DX-pedition VP8PJ (AN-008) Press Release #10

Permits: Landing and camping at South Orkney requires permission from several government agencies. This multi step process takes months to complete. We recently received our final approval, the “Antarctic Conservation Act Permit” from the National Science Foundation. Other agencies in the process were: the US Department of State and the Environmental Protection Agency. We appreciate the cooperation and assistance we received from these agencies to complete and submit the detailed applications and other required documentation.

New Corporate Sponsor: Joining the list of corporate sponsors is The DX Store, a supplier of quality products for the amateur radio market.

Equipment Status: After 8 weeks our sea container arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile on January 13, 2020. Read More

5Z4/G3AB QSL Preview

The QSL for 5Z4/G3AB Andy in Kenya has been designed and will be sent to the print room.

H40TT QSL Design

The H40TT operation by Grant KZ1W & Rob N7QT from Pigeon Island, (part of the Reef Islands Group in Temotu Province) QSL has been designed by Max ON5UR. The QSL has now been sent to the print room. We are printing 1,000 double QSL design for Direct QSL’s and there will be a single QSL for Bureau.
To make sure you get your double QSL go to OQRS to request your QSL.
Direct QSL posting expected end of January.