Congratulations for the ATNO Sven!

Really a pleasure to receive this email this evening…..
“Thanks very much for your great job!
VP8PJ was all time new one for my son Sven DJ4MX (18 years old).
Best regards from Munich.
73, Sven DJ4MX and Mario DJ2MX”
If you are still waiting for your QSL to arrive please sit tight. I am getting reports of mail arriving every day. Covid-19 staffing issues have slowed delivery. 

SpE Brings Life to the Bands

May has produced some of the best Sporadic E conditions for many years here in the Northern Hemisphere, with conditions between Europe to North America and the Caribbean and also Europe and Africa.

PJ4DX Steve in Bonaire reports. “After only ever working around the Caribbean plus a few NA / SA stations on 6m, on the 29th it opened up to Europe. Thanks to Bert for the phone call alerting me to the opening. Best DX was LY3W at over 9000km and I think I heard a 5B4 which would have been over 10,200km if we had made the QSO. Astonishing conditions – I can understand why they call it the Magic Band (I also call it the Frustrating Band!)”
PJ4DX OQRS

OY1OF Ólavur in the Faroe Islands also reports, “Good opening on 10m, 6m, 4m.”
OY1OF OQRS

5Z4/G3AB Log update News

A log update has been made this morning to the 5Z4/G3AB log on OQRS. Andy informs me that he will try to get the CW log update to me as soon as possible.  So please be aware that the log is NOT complete and I ask you not to use the Not in log button for CW QSOs at this time.
CW Log has now been uploaded.

International Mail Surcharge

We are in some very different times with the effects of Covid-19 and QSL mailings are no different. At this time there are significantly less aircraft flying between all the countries in the world. This means that the capacity for mail freight on the aircraft still flying is at a raised premium and as you can imagine in a world of supply and demand the price goes up and up. So we are hit with a flight surcharge on all our international post. I have looked into this very carefully and i have found ways to absorb this extra cost so that we can keep our QSL and OQRS costs unchanged. With dollar exchange rates very favourable and PayPal’s Micro-Payments reduced charge it is unlikely to have any effect on the costs of QSL requests today.
This of course remains a very fluid situation and I will inevitably continue to review this for the foreseeable future.

VP8PJ QSL Mailing Posted

VP8PJ South Orkney and ZL1NA/MM QSL cards have been posted this morning 21st May, please give 7 – 14 days for delivery. Where Covid-19 restrictions remain delivery maybe delayed.
All direct (both online and postal, Foundation and Donors) QSL requests received up to today have been posted.
I would like to get feedback on our QSL’s arriving in your country, photos are welcome!

VP8PJ QSL Work Update

Just to give you a progress report on the VP8PJ QSL stuffing  .. I am working on last box of envelopes so all going well! Once this box is done I will clear down the OQRS to make sure all VP8PJ QSL requests are processed in this mailing. Almost done! All being well i would like to get the completed mailing in the post by Thursday 21st May.
VP8PJ OQRS Open to get your QSL in this posting! The team will post a Press Release once the mailing is in the post!

UKSMG Six News Posted

One of the jobs here at the United Radio QSL Bureau is making sure that the UKSMG magazine “Six News” is posted safely to their mailing list.

Here i am at the queue at the local Post Office sending Six News 143.

As we are now at the start of a new Sporadic E season in the Northern Hemisphere it is the perfect time to get on six, and to find out what the UKSMG has on offer, you can find out more information on the UK Six Metre Group by clicking the link. 

“Six Metres can be exciting and frustrating in equal measure, but it’s  never dull.  And despite what you might have heard, it’s far from dead despite the poor solar maximum.  Working DX on 50MHz is never going to be as easy as on 20m, but that’s the whole point – if it was easy, it wouldn’t be half as much fun!”

PDXG Press Release ZL9

For Immediate Release Press Release #1 May 13, 2020
New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands DXpedition  (OC-037)

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) has some unfinished business. Several PDXG members participated on the 2012 ZL9 activation that was cut short by weather. 

After their successful VP8PJ South Orkney Islands 2020 DXpedition, PDXG is pleased to announce their intention to activate the New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands (ZL9), Clublog #24 most wanted, in the 2021-2022 time frame.

The plan includes 160-10m operation, CW/SSB/RTTY/FT8, with emphasis on 160, 80, 60, 40 and, propagation dependent, 12 and 10 meters.    

The landing permit process is pending and discussions with transportation partners have begun. However, the Covid-19 lock down has caused significant delays and uncertainty.
Additional information will be published as it develops.
Questions to: ZL9@pdxg.net 
73, PDXG Leadership Team

QSL’s from Previous PDXG DXpeditions can be requested by clicking the links below. 
VP8PJ Signy Island, South Orkney Islands 2020
VP6D Ducie Island 2018
TX3X Chesterfield Islands 2015
VK9MT Mellish Reef 2014

VP8PJ QSL cards arrive from Printer

VP8PJ QSL cards arrived from the printer today. Thank you to Max ON5UR for the excellent work! so the job of labeling the cards and stuffing the envelopes begins!

Please remember ALL cards requested up to the mailing date will all be sent in the mailing and a press release from the VP8PJ team to the DX Bulletins will inform you when the job is done. OQRS is open so you still have time to make your QSL request.

VP8PJ OQRS Click Here:

VP8PJ QSL Schedule

The VP8PJ cards are printed and were shipped from ON5UR QSL Print Services in Belgium to Tim M0URX in the UK. Tim has the tracking numbers and after Customs processing expects the cards to be delivered soon.

The envelops, labels and pre-printed postage are prepared and awaiting the cards. Once in hand the “stuffing” process will begin. Until the Covid-19 lock down in the UK is lifted Tim will probably have to do this work alone, it will take longer than usual to complete.

The initial mailing will include all the VP8PJ confirmation requests in the system through the mailing date. Buro cards will be bulk shipped directly to the inbound buros early next year.  73, GS K5GS