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VK80LAN QSL Preview

The Month of March saw the West Australian VHF Group Inc’ host the Special Event Station Call Sign VK80LAN to mark the “80 Years of the Lancaster Bomber” Sorry that it has been a while but the QSL has now been designed by ON5UR Max, and the Photography kindly provided by G1VDP Chris Colclough.
QSL cards will be available soon Via M0URX OQRS.

V31TG QSL Preview

TG9AJR Juan Munoz will occasionally be operating from Belize with his call sign V31TG. QSL Via M0URX. QSL has been designed by ON5UR and will be ready soon.

Busted or Missing Calls? JW0X TX5N

If you have a busted or missing call in JW0X or TX5N logs please ONLY send this data using the “NOT IN LOG” button on the OQRS, this sends the inquiry to the OQRS log. The button is an integrated tool to the OQRS.
Please do not send ANY emails as you will be directed straight to the OQRS. I will work through the inquiries every day.

Very Important – FT8 – It is impossible to check ANY FT8 Qs until AFTER the DX’peditions once the All. TXT file has been sent to me. Please try to work again and follow the correct procedure for making a FULL QSO.  Only send a “NOT IN LOG” inquiry for FT8 AFTER the expedition has closed.

JW0X QSL Policy

For JW0X & JW100QO QSL Policy please read the QSL Policy page here: JW0X & JW100QO QSL Policy.
JW0X OQRS
JW100QO OQRS
I have been asked about the personal Sponsors QSL’s. Firstly we do apologise, I have not had access to the data to upload to OQRS to populate the QSL and LoTW matches for sponsors. I have spoken to the team about this and we should have that done after the team return home. The data needs inputing to an XLS file and then i can upload the data. So, YES, sponsors will get LoTW and QSL directly.

Direct OQRS requests are being uploaded to LoTW every 12 hours. Please do not email me asking about LoTW, just follow QSL Policy for information.

TX5N QSL Policy

For TX5N QSL information please read the QSL Policy page here: TX5N QSL policy. 
LOGS may be delayed – Limited internet.
LoTW for Direct QSL’s will continue to be uploaded every 12 hours along with sponsors. No need to email regarding LoTW. 


TX5N OQRS

2021-2022 Mailing Statistics

As the 2021 – 2022 financial tax year comes to an end, it is time to take a look at how our mailing facility has worked over the last year. Overall  12,207 items of mail were posted at a cost of £13,298.42. We post QSL cards, bureau parcels and magazines using the various products as shown in the table above. During Covid times the costs were going up and up, but recently, since January we have seen costs fall, as new mailing products were introduced this year. The day to day QSL card mailings have dropped by 11p per item which is taking us back to the postal rates for letters before Covid. We  kept direct QSL costs the same during that time.
DX’pedition QSL costs are very competitive as always and we welcome talking to DX teams about mailing your QSL cards in the future.
Bureau costs remain higher due to the worldwide shipping freight capacity under constant high demand. As we prepare for the next Bureau dispatch we are trying to find ways to reduce those costs. The biggest challenge to Bureau shipments is the worldwide customs regulations where we are seeing many countries putting a customs tax on Bureau shipments. No word yet from IARU about this matter. One benefit of Brexit is that we no longer have to pay 20% tax on sending mail to EU countries a saving of £1k last year.
With solar cycle 25 packing a punch, we continue to provide top QSL support to all. 

Please use OQRS!

As 85% of QSL’ers now use OQRS to request their QSL cards it is getting to the time when we will soon not accept incoming letters through the post here. The reason for this is that nearly all QSL’s coming in by post fail to include any costs for the return postage.
Please note that USA Global Stamps are ONLY VALID if you are posting the letter from the USA. It is no use to me here. UK stamps? NO i cannot use them here on our mailing account. No stamps.  
Please see the QSL Policy here: If you do not wish to abide by the QSL policy then i am sorry i cannot help you.

Using OQRS is the way forward it cuts out manual labour and your QSL will be in the post far quicker and secure.
Thank you for understanding.

TX5N Austral Islands DX-pedition

The TX5N project is on schedule, planned to be on the air April 16 – April 28, 2022. 
Several last minute topics were discussed during a March 15th team meeting, including entry formalities for French Polynesia, the government’s required Covid documentation and the operator scheduling.

Our equipment was delivered to Raivavae by cargo ship, and is now stored at the guest house from where we will operate. Included in the shipment are Elecraft K3 stations, one Flex PGXL amplifier and two Elecraft KPA-500 amplifiers. Several items will be hand carried to the island, including a Gemini DX-1200 amplifier and RadioSport headsets. Antennas are monoband VDAs for HF, one inverted-L for 160, two SteppIR BigIR w/80m vertical antennas and an NA4RR hexbeam for 10-20m.  The team will operate CW, SSB and Digital.  Band plan at: TX5N.net
 
As Internet is available the logs will be uploaded daily to M0URX.com  OQRS.
73,  Team TX5N

Ukraine Mail Delays

Start date: 24 February 2022
Latest update:24 February 2022
End date: To be advised
Incident Airspace currently unavailable

Latest update
Due to the rapidly developing situation in Ukraine we have been advised by the Ukrainian postal service (Ukrposhta) that Ukrainian airspace is now closed. We are working with the Ukrainian postal service and other postal partners to establish road routes into the country. We are still accepting items for Ukraine but please be advised that deliveries to all parts of the country are subject to unpredictable delays. We will provide further updates as soon as we receive them.

3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island


Press Release #8 from 3Y0J team – 08/02/2022  3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island , January 2023

Since we signed the contract with Marama we have been working on fine tuning the dates and port of departure. Today we can confirm that the departure date for the 3Y0J DXpedition will be January 6th 2023. It is complex to plan the logistics of such a huge project like the 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition which involves many parties. The new dates are mainly related to the Marama vessel logistics, but as well the new dates enable us to return to Cape Town in late February 2023. We can confirm the scheduled duration of the DXpedition is 44 days and that we have reserved a week additional contingency at the end giving us more flexibility. We have contracted 22 days at Bouvet Island, and it means we will spend more than 3 weeks at Bouvet. As we have the flexibility to still decide the port of departure Ushuaia or Port Stanley this will be done at a later stage.

It is with great pleasure we inform that we have completed all equipment selection for this trip.

For the station setup we will lineup 12 stations, that will include 8 human mode CW/SSB stations and 4 FT8 stations so to achieve our new goal of 200,000 QSOs. We will be using the Elecraft K3S, a well proven in the field DXpedition radio as the CW/SSB radio and SunSDR2 DX as the FT8 radio.

During peak time we will run up to 12 radios simultaneously by using 4O3A triplexers and InnovAntenna/Wimo tribanders together with Messi&Paoloni coax. We plan for minimum downtime on the radios, and to achieve this we will setup the 4 FT8 stations to run 24/7 so that these can either be run by one operator separately or be run by any other operator in a simplified SO2R setup. This will be done so that each operator can log into the FT8 machine from his operator position and run CW/SSB and FT8 simultaneously. Running several radios by a single operator this way has shown to be very efficient.

At Bouvet we are pleased to announce that we will use the well-known S.P.E. EXPERT amplifier. We will bring with us various models where the 1.5K-FA will be the main model, but for 160m we will be using a 2.0 kW amplifier and a vertical running a K3S with diversity RX. We will also have several spare amplifiers.

We are also pleased to inform that as the RX antenna system we will be using a ground independent RX loop system developed by LZ1AQ. This RX antenna will be located 300 meters away from the camp and will provide us with a RX antenna for 160-30m with 8xRX output signals. It also includes possibility to switch from loop to dipole mode.

We have procured 5 rugged YANMAR diesel generators to provide the station supply that will also include 1 spare generator.

Going to Bouvet is a huge undertaking financially and it would simply not be possible without the support from the vendors and our sponsors Expert Electronics, S.P.E., 4O3A, Messi&Paoloni and LZ1AQ. If you want to have the opportunity to work the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island, please consider supporting us by donating upfront.

You can follow our plans from our website and the 3Y0J Facebook pages:
http://www.3y0j.no
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3093983840726129

Thank you, Oslo February 7th 2022
Ken Opskar LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye LA7THA, Co-Leader
Erwann Merrien LB1QI, Co-Leader