Log Updates & QSL News

After a delay at the customs border, I am pleased to report that the PJ4EL & PJ4EVA QSL cards arrived today. All QSL requests were posted this morning sorry for the delay.
Sunday and Monday are usually busy for log updates here, 5Z4VJ Andy’s log was uploaded, FOC contest log now uploaded. Other logs uploaded are 5Z4PA, HK3C, PJ4DX, PJ4EL, PJ4EVA, PJ4KY, PJ4NX, TI5/N3KS, VK8NSB & ZB2TT.
Please always take note of the “Last QSO In Log Date & Time” which is highlighted in red on the log search. If your QSO is AFTER that date please wait for the next log update.
OQRS is open:

Mailing updates

83 letters have been posted today with OQRS up to date. With the exception of PJ4EL & PJ4EVA, these printed QSL cards are currently still stuck in customs awaiting clearance. The delays are due to the new UPU customs regulations and also due to severe Covid-19 restrictions. Sorry for this delay out of my control. As soon as the cards get delivered by the courier i will get the requested cards posted.

PJ4EL QSL Preview

Here is the new QSL design for PJ4EL, Erwin  in Bonaire. QSL designed by Max ON5UR. QSL is now being printed and will be available very soon.
Erwin is mostly active on FT8 or FT4. PJ4EL OQRS Open

 

 

 

 

PJ4EVA QSL Preview

Here is the new QSL design for PJ4EVA, Eva in Bonaire. QSL designed by Max ON5UR. QSL is now being printed and will be available very soon.
Eva is mostly active on FT8 or FT4.
Some delay to QSLs being sent out due to Covid-19 restrictions, Brexit & the new UPU customs regulations all have impact in January and ongoing. You will be able to see on OQRS if your QSL is in “Queue” or “Sent” by searching your call on log search and click QSL request.
You can find out more about Eva and her husband PJ4DX, Steve, by clicking on this link.
QSL Via M0URX OQRS open.

100th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force

Lee Moyle VK3GK, Vice President of the WIA, has been helping secure 2 special amateur radio call signs from the ACMA.

VI 100 AF and VK 100 AF.

Many would be aware that this year, 2021 is the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force hence these 2 calls to be used for the celebrations,  VI 100 AF and VK 100 AF.

VI100AF will be on air 1 March – 29 May, 100 days (the Air Force’s actual Birthday is March 31)
VK100AF will be on air 1 March – 31 August 2021.

The special event call signs will be issued to amateurs from around Australia on a roster and the WIA have authorised Stuart VK8NSB, to manage both calls.

VK8NSB is interested to hear from any amateurs, particularly those who have an association with the ADF who would be interested in using the event call signs at your home, club or portable location on a SOTA or Park activity all to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the RAAF  Please email Stuart on vk8nsb@hotmail.com

Direct: QSL $2 Via M0URX
Bureau: Please only use OQRS. No Bureau route for incoming Bureau

Incoming Bureau December 2020

1,100 Incoming Bureau cards arrived from the RSGB Bureau on December 24th 2020.

I am still having difficulty in getting this message to DL, JA, F and EA radio amateurs, that you must NOT send cards through the bureau for DXpeditions, SES or Contest Qs, or for ANY call sign that is not an RSGB member. Instead you must use OQRS as explained in the QSL policy for all DXpeditions.
Also, another problem coming from these countries is that they are then sending a second QSL through bureau to say “TNX QSL” You must not do this. Please use OQRS and correctly mark your log as QSL SENT so that you DO NOT send a QSL to DXpeditions. They are NOT needed, and cause extra costs and slows down the bureau system.
Worse are those that use OQRS, but then send a Bureau QSL and then send another Bureau QSL every month until they send a Direct QSL because the Bureau card still has not arrived. Bureau will take up to 3 years. Please understand this! As many JAs & DLs send one QSL per QSO this can lead to up 60 follow up QSL’s being received here for each DX call from 1 station.
Please USE OQRS! Thank you

5Z4VJ 100k QSOs!

A Tweet on Twitter from Andy G3AB:
“Hit the 100k QSO mark from Kenya a few days ago (since Nov 2019).  QSO #100,000 was LY3EC on 15 Nov 2020. 15M SSB.   73 de 5Z4VJ  (ex 5Z4/G3AB)
Many thanks to Tim @m0urx for all his hard work handling the QSL requests.”

Well done Andy a huge milestone of 100,000 QSO’s in 1 year of solo operation from Nairobi, Kenya.

How to search the log?

With hundreds of DX logs and millions of QSOs in the database, managing inquiries are all handled directly through The Bespoke OQRS. Please do not send emails, or screenshots or attachments of any kind, i do not accept them. Instead search the log for your call sign and there you will see a “NOT IN LOG?” button. If you cannot find your QSO in the log fill in the form as required; this will send your inquiry to my work queue for investigation. I can open up a selection of the database to search for errors, this is much quicker. I will then send you an update directly from OQRS whatever the answer is.

When searching for your QSO in the log search please also check the Last QSO in the log: in red above the log search:
“Last QSO in the log: 15 Nov 2020 23:57 UTC” If your QSO is after the Last QSO then you must WAIT, yes WAIT for the log update.
DO NOT USE “NOT IN LOG?” button for QSOs that are AFTER Last QSO in log. WAIT.

It seems that so many people are not capable of reading!!!

It is also very important that you “BACK-UP your logs!” To protect the integrity of logs under our care, we will not provide any QSO data.

All your questions are answered on this website. Please use it and only email if you are not able to find the answer to your question.

Keeping You Posted!

Tim Beaumont M0URX –  QSL Manager & Mailing Consultant  –  caters of all your QSL requirements from Holiday station, IOTA to major DX’pedition status.
Here at United Radio QSL Bureau “Keeping you posted!” is my priority and this website is my tool to do exactly that. If you have any inquiries the chance is that you will find the answer on the Blog. You can use the “search bar” to put in key words to search the website for the answer to your question.

Here you will find The Bespoke OQRS & Log Search and hints and tips on how to use OQRS for you!
I will post all new QSL designs here on the Blog along with details of significant large mailings. You can also find the dates of previous “World Bureau Mailings” so that you can check if you bureau card is on its way to your local bureau.

United Radio QSL Bureau runs its own OUTGOING QSL Bureau.  Available for ANYONE to use. (See website for more info)
For UK QSL managers – I can provide access to the most competitive postal rates in the industry.
For World Dxpedition teams our Bespoke OQRS:

  • Enables us to handle all your requirements providing Free Direct QSL’s & Express LoTW uploads to your sponsors. 
  • Professional QSL design & printing through a range of tailored levels of support to meet your needs.
  • Security & back up local & cloud data storage ensuring integrity & preservation.
  • Unique global QSL mailing account integration.

Bespoke OQRS also features “OQRS Configuration” for Direct, Bureau & Express LoTW to the requirements of your Dxpedition.

  • Support for “Missing / Busted Call” inquiries integration with your Log Search. 
  • Statistics including list of Dupes, Operator stats, band, mode, country and much more! 
  • Real Time log search & Band Activity Module

LoTW Uploads

Just recently I have seen an influx of emails complaining about the fact that I have not uploaded logs to LoTW
Can I make this perfectly clear! When a log update arrives here, it is uploaded to LoTW immediately. For DXpedition logs, please check the DXpedition website for the LoTW upload policy.
Please always use OQRS where you will see the “Last QSO date and time”. Wait until log has been updated! Then OQRS uploads to LoTW.
The emails are nearly all from people using third party software to download their LoTW matches usually QRZ log, Club Log or other logging software.  The first place you should check if you find a missing match is to log directly into your LoTW account and check if the QSO is matched, here you can also check if YOU have forgotten to upload the QSO yourself. Nearly all of these issues can be fixed at your end without the need to email me to tell me that I have not done this or that.
The most common cause of a QSO not being matched is by presenting an incorrect UTC time that falls outside the permitted tolerance of LoTW. An example of this
mismatch which happens in SSB CW and FT modes under low signal paths where the DX logs you at 16:50z but you incorrectly logged when you started calling at 16:15z instead of the time you actually worked the DX. 
If I have made an error then please drop me a line and I will sort these matters out quickly. Thank you for your understanding.