Bureau Postage Costs


payment-logoThere are many users of my OQRS Bureau facility, some of whom request multiples of 5-20 Qsl Cards at any one time. May I remind you that no bureau system or bureau requested card is 'free', it actually costs me a LOT of money. There is the cost of printing the QSL cards and also, as I mail Direct to World RSGB Bureau's (not via the RSGB Bureau) for a far faster and efficent service, these costs come directly from my pocket.

Please therefore consider donating via PayPal towards these Qsl expenses. Donations of any amount (drop-down selection) can be made using the PayPal ''Donate'' button in the Menu to the left of this message.  Thank you !


Huge Earth Crack

crackA one-kilometer long earth crack opened up on 15th of August 2014, in Sonora, Mexico. The crack severed Highway 26 between the city of Hermosillo and the coast. At some points it is 5 meters wide and 8 meters deep.

According to El Imparcial newspaper, it is still unknown what caused the crack but Municipal Civil Protection believes that it was triggered by an underground water stream. Some speculate that an earthquake at the San Andreas Fault last Sunday may have been the cause.

Geological investigations are underway. Another crack was reported to have opened near Highway 4 in the same area.

Click the image to see footage was recorded by aerial drone.

Electronic IOTA Credits

iota creditAs many that read this blog are IOTA enthusuasts, it will be old news to all of you that electronic submission and credit is still not available and more than likely will not be for many years.

This recent presentation from our friend Rick (The Locust) K6VVA gives a new take on the subject and a way which he believes this could actually occur.

Click the image to view the 20 minute You Tube video of Rick's ideas.


GB1PC cards mailed

 GB1PC 001The latest batch of the GB1PC special event cards have been mailed today.

Bureau cards for this event have also been prepared ready for the next mailing.

 If you require a card please use M0OXO OQRS. Thank you.

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VK5CE/8 - IOTA OC-173

bathCraig VK5CE is now qrv from IOTA OC-173.

VK5CE/8 has arrived and started his Dxpedition from Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia. Known as 'the islands of smiles', the Tiwi Islands, are located 100 kilometres north of Darwin, where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea.

The Tiwi Islands comprise Bathurst and Melville Island, and nine smaller uninhabited islands: Buchanan, Harris, Seagull, Karslake, Irritutu, Clift, Turiturina, Matingalia and Nodlaw. Melville Island is Australia's second largest island after Tasmania.

Almost 90% of the people living in the Tiwi Islands are of Aboriginal descent. They have occupied the Tiwi Islands for around 7,000 years.

Check out Craig's website at http://oc173.blogspot.co.uk/


'New Horizons' reaches Neptune

NeptuneNASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.

The sophisticated piano-sized spacecraft, which launched in January 2006, reached Neptune's orbit -- nearly 2.75 billion miles (4.4. billion kilometers) from Earth -- in a record eight years and eight months. New Horizons' milestone matches precisely the 25th anniversary of the historic encounter of NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft with Neptune on 25th of August 1989.

M-Class eruption

flarewA visually beautiful solar flare erupted from the east limb of the sun yesterday.

Extreme UV radiation briefly ionized the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere; otherwise, our planet was not in the line of fire. 

The responsible sunspot will turn toward Earth in the days ahead, boosting chances for geoeffective solar activity as the week unfolds.

Solar-terrestrial indices for 25th August are - Solar flux 141 and estimated planetary A-index 4. The estimated planetary K-index at 0300 UTC on the 25th August was 0.




Truly a 'Monster' Antenna

MONSTER7J4AAL in Japan is now the largest Yagi for 160m meters.

A "full size", 3 elements, a monster on top of a 200 feet (60mts) rotating tower.


Solar Activity picking up?

regions aug21Solar activity has been low for weeks. A new sunspot turning toward Earth could change that.

AR2149 announced itself on the 21st of August with a M3-class solar flare that sent waves of ionization coursing through Earth's upper atmosphere. 

The active region appears capable of more eruptions in the days ahead.

CubeSat deployed by ISS

cubesatA team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS).

Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat’s batteries were charged last week.

It was launched in February 2014 on board a Progress cargo craft.

Matthew Island, IOTA OC-218

MatthewCezar (VE3LYC) and Bob (KD1CT) will attempt to operate from Matthew Is. (OC-218) for 4 days between Sep 1 and 9, 2014. They will maintain one station on the air around the clock, operating on all bands from 10 to 40 m, CW and SSB

Matthew Is. is located approximately 500 km east of Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia. The island is a stratovolcano, with steep edges, quasi-circular in shape, and a radius of about 400 m. It actually includes two conical shaped islands linked by a rocky isthmus about 200 m long. This isthmus is submerged at strong tide and high ocean swell. Heavy rain floods its southern part forming a wetland.

Check out their website by clicking the image for more updates and information about the activation of this rare Island.


Russian Robinson (RRC) anniversary

rrcRussian Robinson Club (RRC) is celebrating 20 years since its foundation.

Check the excellent video presentation, which was first presented at the 50th Anniversary IOTA Convention in Windsor, London, UK (4-6, July, 2014).

Click the image to see this amazing presentation.



K1024 KievRichard, M0UOO will be qrv from Ukraine from September the 4th 2014.

He will use the Callsign UR3/M0UOO/P and will be QRV in the Koval region of the Ukraine on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 12m SSB.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS


K1024 Longstone Lighthouse 2Nobby G0VJG, Dave EI9FBB, Richard G7GLW & Charles M0OXO will be qrv from EU-109 (Farne Islands) on the 6th and 7th September 2014.

Callsign issue awaited but probably be M0UKI/p.

This short operation may also include participation in the SSB Field Day contest. The team are aiming for Longstone Island, dependant on weather, (keep an eye on QRZ.com links for updates). They will be using multi-band Dipoles & vertical antennas and hope to give this IOTA to as many chasers as possible in the short time frame.

Qsl will be via M0OXO OQRS Direct/Bureau. Bureau cards MUST be requested via OQRS only. Do not send via the RSGB Bureau, we may not receive them.

You can find more information by clicking the image.

Karaginsky Island AS-064

kaminFrom 21 to 28 August, a group of radio Amateurs is planning to make an expedition to the Karaginsky island, Kamchatka, IOTA AS-064 (RRC-12-03).

This island has not being presented on the air for more than 15 years!

Minimal financial support is being sought.

English version of their website can be found by clicking the image to the left.





Comet rendezvous - Today!

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The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has reached 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and is maneuvering to go into orbit around the comet's core.

This is an historic event. After Rosetta goes into orbit, it will follow the comet around the sun, observing its activity from point-blank range for more than a year.

Moreover, in November, Rosetta will drop a lander onto the comet's strange surface.

Today's events are being streamed live by the ESA.




Please support the 'DX Code Of Conduct'

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Operating standards have been declining.

That is no news to any DXer. Even the IARU took notice and published a resolution encouraging operators to "operate to the highest levels of proficiency, with proper consideration for others using the amateur radio bands."  Read the Full Resolution here.

The publication of DX Etiquette in the March 2010 issue of QST sparked a new world-wide effort to get all hams to operate in a manner consistent with that Resolution. To that end an international group of DXers have developed a DX Code of Conduct.  Since introducing it, hams from all continents have joined in this effort. You can play an important role in spreading the word. This is one project of which it can truthfully be said, "We are all in this together, and we can all benefit."

Learn more about the DX Code Of Conduct by clicking here.


Solar 5 Day forecast - New!

forecastThe new Solar forecast video is now available. See how long aurora conditions will last and how the Sun affects you this week.

Click the image to see the Video.







Bureau - What a waste

WP 20140803 003I hope this is a wake up call for many!

The volume of incoming bureau cards that as a Qsl Manager I have to deal with is amazing. Sadly, a massive amount of these are not required and just end up being recycled. I don't even have time to look at the beautiful photos that appear on many of them

The Photos in this item show the amount of unwanted cards that I discarded yesterday. There were 46 Kilo, around 17-18,000 Qsl cards and most of these would have been shown in my Qsl information as ''Qsl Cards NOT required''.

OQRS is so important. Why send unwanted cards through the bureau when they are not required? If you use OQRS you can request your card just the same. WP 20140803 002 The only difference is that with OQRS you will get the card probably 2 years earlier than if you send via the Bureau and, it saves you money as you are not wasting your cards!

Before you request a bureau card from me, please check out this page. http://www.m0oxo.com/qsl-manager/callsigns-i-manage.html  This will tell you whether or not the station does or does not require your card. Please cut down on bureau wasteage, you will save your time and my time as well as saving yourself money.

IOTA confirmations - YB4IR

OC-107 001Thanks to Imam YB4IR for my latest confirmations from his IOTA trips of OC-107 (Singkep Island), OC-109 (Midai Island) and OC-204 (Enggano Island).

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Latest QSL confirmations...

V650 001Happy to report the FT5ZM cards arrived for several stations I manage over the last few weeks.

I also received two nice cards from Haru JA1XGI for his T30XG (West Kiribati OC-017) trip and also his anniversary card V650XG (Phonpei Island, Micronesia OC-010) celebrating his 50 years in Ham Radio - Tnx Haru-san!

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