M0OXO OQRS Direct Mail

D7K 2001As you know, Tim M0URX and I use a Royal Mail contract for sending our mail in bulk.

This service ensures that our Direct letters and Bureau packages are sent via Priority Air Mail. This gives us the fastest, most efficient and most secure way to get your Qsl Card requests to you. Below are are two reports, one from Italy and one from Japan that show how efficient this service really is;

''Hi Charles, I just received the DX8DX QSL. Probably the faster QSL I ever received !!! Thanks a lot''
Dan, I1-12387

''Dear OM, Thank You , we received qsl for DX8DX for JA1EY /Don and 7K3EOP/Nori, best 73/88''                    JA1EY /Don

The two qsl cards mentioned above were mailed on Friday 24th October at 1600UTC. The cards arrived in Italy on Tuesday the 28th and in Japan on Wednesday 29th October.

If you are planning a DXpedition, Holiday Style activation of an IOTA or any other event then please contact either myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see how our Qsl Service could help and take the pressure away from you and provide the most efficient QSL service that your DXpedition deserves.

 

ZM90DX draws to a close

2013-11-25 121003Well it is now the last few days of the ZM90DX event.

The event, celebrating 90 years of the first radio communication between New Zealand and the United Kingdom draws to a close at the end of October so if you this card you need to be quick to get a qso!

Qsl Cards are printed and the fastest way to receive any Qsl Card I manage is to request them via M0OXO OQRS.

Bureau cards are NOT required so please DO NOT send your cards through the bureau.

 

 

 

C5X - The Gambia

radio c5xG3VMW, Steve; G3XAQ, Alan; Don G3XTT; and M0PCB, Iain; have announced plans a DXpedition to Gambia" as C5X from January 15-26, 2015.  This will also include "some activity in the CQWW 160m Contest". 

Plans include two complete stations (Elecraft K3s and KPA500s) using Spiderbeams for the HF bands, verticals on an 18 meter high Spiderpole for 160 and 80 meters and dipoles/verticals on 40 and 30 meters.  Activity will be on 1.8 through 28 MHz on CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK.

They have had to abandon their original operating site, the well-known "Radio Syd" guesthouse, where C5A, a Czech contest group, operated successfully for several years.  The C5A group advised there were severe LF/HF noise problems, which have been confirmed by C5YK, Andre.  A nearby electric fence installed by aEuropean contractor within the last two years is causing it.  The fence is at a high security prison 200 meters to the west. 

The C5X operation will move to the Ocean Villa Heights Lodge, English run, on the coast at Brufut, southwest of Banjul.  There is a "large northwest-facing lawned garden area" just 100 meters from the beach, a good spot for antennas.  With the K1N Navassa operation likely around the same time, C5X will try to steer clear of those pileups.

Logs are expected to be uploaded daily to both Club Log and LoTW.  QSL via M0OXO (OQRS Preferred). Please DO NOT send your cards via the Bureau as they are NOT required and the team may not receive them.

 

XT2AW - Qrv from Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou-Harald, DF2WO (also-D44TWO) will again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso between November 17 to December 2, 2014.

QRV on CW & SSB.

QSL via M0OXO OQRS preferred. Please DO NOT send your cards via the bureau, they are not required and may not arrive here.

Please use OQRS for ALL bureau requests where possible.

 

 

IOTA News - Withdrawal of Berkner Island

 

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Berkner Island, the sole qualifying island of AN-014, has been on the IOTA list since the very start of the IOTA Programme.

It was regularly shown on maps as a large island, albeit covered with a layer of very thick ice, separating the Ronne Ice Shelf from the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. Some contacts were made by LU1ZX from the old General Belgrano III Base on the island more than 30 years ago – no more than a handful are credited on the IOTA database. The remote possibility of a second operation that might be mounted at huge expense has caused IOTA Management to review the retention of Berkner Island on the list.

 

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VK9/G7VJR - OC-005

Norfolk-VK9-G7VJR-DXNewsMichael G7VJR will be in Australia over the Christmas period.

Whilst there, he has arranged a short stop over on Norfolk Island IOTA OC-005. Michael will use the Callsign VK9/G7VJR.

Qsl will be via M0OXO (OQRS preferred). Your Qsl Cards are NOT required so please do not send them via the bureau.

 

 

 

 

Outgoing Bureau Mailing

Each year M0OXO dispatches bureau cards to all World IARU Bureaus every three months, the recent dispatch this week was our third one in 2014 so it is time to give you our report for the year.

In 2014 I have once again worked with Tim M0URX in our bureau posting, this helps us both keep down our outgoing expenses. 31,260 bureau QSL cards have been dispatched this year. All our packages are sent using online business account with Royal Mail, we use several products on the account to best suit the size and weight of the item. All of the packages are sent by Business Mail Priority so that we can be sure that they reach their destination as fast as possible and at a cost that is the most competitve in the industry.

It is very important to remember that bureau cards are NOT free, it actually costs us a considerable amount of money every year which has to be financed by the work that we do here, that is why direct cards cost $2, that is why i do not accept stamps.

The RSGB are in the process of doing a "Bureau Review" in which we have been asked to pay more for the incoming bureau service that we have from the RSGB Bureau. At this stage we are still waiting to hear from the RSGB as to how much this is going to cost. So this is a good time to remind you that for ALL DXpeditions you should NOT send incoming bureau cards to us as they are not required, they cost us money to receive them. You must always use OQRS where possible to request your DXpediton IOTA & DXCC bureau cards. This will save us a considerable amount of money and time, and you will get your bureau cards very quickly.

Thank you to all the bureau staff at the IARU bureaus, we value your work very much. There are some that are giving outstanding service, notably the Venezuealan bureau where members informed us that cards had arrived in just 24 days after we had posted them. Thank you.

Using OQRS for direct QSL cards is the fastest and best way to request your QSL cards and this will help us fund our outgoing bureau for the future. Any donations are most welcome of course... Thank you.

ZL4AA - 2SZ - Success !!

 

K1024 Great-Grand-KidsTonight, around 40 operators and guests crammed into the Shag Valley Station’s historic shearers quarters recreation room, transformed into a three station HF operation shack, to experience the unreal experience of the re-enactment of Frank Bell’s original contact with Cecil Goyder at Mill Hill School in London.

Among the guests were the current land-owners and hosts, Johnny Bell and his family, 5th and 6th generation Bell’s on the station.

As the operating team anxiously watched the Greyline simulator on the computer, initial contact was made on 20m with reception, once a clear frequency was found, excellent. This lead to what was the highlight of the evening -  Ian at Mill Hill School put two students on the microphone and at our end, Frank Bells great-grand children, Henry and Lucy (Photo left) took the  microphone and very quickly got “the lingo” much to the delight of the assembled audience.  Maybe Branch 30 has two  more budding members?

Meanwhile, Ken ZL4NR had tuned up the second rig on 80m while Mike ZL4OL operated and as the Grand-children finished their QSO’s, he quietly announced to the gathering – worked them! The headphone plug was then pulled and the gathering was able to listen to 2SZ working many stations.  

To see the latest photos and President Dave Mulder, ZL4DK’s report on tonights events go to  http://www.zl4aa.org.nz/tonight-at-shag-valley/

 

ZL4AA Shag Valley Station update

shagHere is the latest news from the ZL4AA Team at Shag Valley;

The action is building, the pileups are growing and the logs are filling rapidly. It is building to a splendid culmination of over a year’s planning and activities by the Otago Branch 30 and further afield, the ZM90DX group’s year long event.

At Shag Valley Station the list of visitors to the event is ever building with Mike ZL2CC the farthest travelled all the way from Gisborne.  ZL4SA is regularly making the trip down from Ranfurly, Adam ZL4ASC and Cliff ZL4AS are up from Balclutha, while ZL2AYB  from Blenheim was parked in the yard with his motorhome, ZL4RMF from – well ex of South Otago but now from wherever he likes to stop, alongside in his magnificent motorhome with the 180m equipment and brothers John, ZL2UAL from Nelson and Alan Bayless ZL4TAF from Otematata were in yet another motor home, if I remember correctly, called “The Truck”. Click green banner to read more;

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MX0LDG - 7 Band Hexbeam

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MX0LDG IOTA DXpedition to Isles of Scilly EU-011 this week are using the new 7 Band Broadband Hexbeam by MW0JZE Anthony. 

The 7 band Hexbeam includes a 40m element. The team will be using this antenna on 40m so please listen for them and work them from wherever you are in the World, Anthony would very much appreciate genuine signal reports on this band.

You can read more about the MW0JZE 7 Band Hexbeam 40m - 6m by clicking on the link.

The team very much look forward to working you all on Isles of Scilly, St Mary's Island.

The team have no internet so logs will be uploaded after the DXpediton. 

QSL Via M0URX Direct & (Bureau OQRS only). Please do not send us any bureau cards for this activity.

 

Latest Bureau mailing details....

D7K 2001QSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus, Tuesday October 14th 2014. 

 

This was a joint mailing between Tim M0URX & Charles M0OXO.I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus. This Bureau mailing includes large batches of 3B9FR, ZM90DX & M0UKI/p (EU-109).

 

Total amount of QSL cards 11,993
Total Weight 48460 g

Total Cost £241.40
per kg £4.97
Average postage cost  2p per QSL card..

 

For or a detailed breakdown click the green ''read more''

 

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2SZ, ZL4AA, GB2NZ & ZM90DX

unnamedOn 18th October 1924, the first radio communication contact between the UK and New Zealand took place between (G)''2SZ'' at Mill Hill School, the station operated by Cecil Goyder, and (Z)4AA in Shag Valley, South Island, New Zealand, operated by Frank Bell.

Commemorative stations of ''ZM90DX'' & ''GB2NZ'' have been qrv for quite a while but from 11th to 18th October two other callsigns will be active, ''ZL4AA'' from Shag Valley New Zealand and ''2SZ'' from Mill Hill School in the UK.

Qsl for all four Callsigns is via M0OXO (OQRS preferred).

 

VK3FY/3 IOTA OC-136

phillip-island-map-fullChris VK3FY will be qrv from Phillip Island IOTA OC-136 (Victoria State Centre group) in the coming days.

This will be a short operation for around 24 hours and is expected between Friday evening 10th and Sunday morning 12th October local time.

 

Phillip Island, Australia is about 140 km (87 mi) south-southeast of Melbourne, Victoria. Named after Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales, Phillip Island forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters of Western Port. It is 26 km (16 mi) long and 9 km (5.6 mi) wide, with an area of about 100 km2 (39 sq mi). It has 97 km (60 mi) of coastline and is part of the Bass Coast Shire.

Qsl via M0OXO (OQRS Preferred)

 

DX8DX OC-188 QSL Card

DX8DX 2014The DX8DX Qsl Card for Dindo's recent operation from Pangutaran Island IOTA OC-188 is now with the printer at UX5UO QSL Print.

I hope the cards to be here in the next 3 weeks. You can request your Qsl Card by clicking here.

DX8DX 2014 ob

 

 

 

 

 

 

MX0SSW - TX Factor

K800 tx factor ep 5TX Factor Episode 5 has now been released.

This episode shows the Silcoates School Club Station in detail as well as interviews with Staff and Pupils about their interest in the hobby.

Click the image (left) to see the Film.

 

 

 

 

IOTA - The future

IOTA 50LThis information posted by John Gould G3WKL RSGB President;

Islands on the Air (IOTA) celebrated its 50th anniversary as a premier DX programme in July 2014, under the care of the RSGB and the IOTA manager, Roger Balister G3KMA. The last fifty years has seen the programme grow to 2,500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants. It is perhaps second in scale and scope to the DXCC award; indeed, many would argue it is a step beyond that programme. The 50th Anniversary event in Windsor was very successful, with enthusiasts travelling from the UK and overseas to celebrate this important milestone in DX history.

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DX8DX IOTA OC-188 - update

OC-188DX8DX plans for the publicised IOTA activations this weekend have changed.

This means he will be only able to activate one of the proposed Islands this time around. His hopes to make the crossing (between 12 and 18 hours depending on the Sea state) and hopefully be in Pangutaran (OC-188) by 26th September. He will remain there until the 3rd October. Of course I must again remind you that Dindo will be working intermittently throughout this period so operating will be sporadic periods but nevertheless as he is now there for a full week and that this is the rarest of the groups, we hope this will be a popular outcome for the IOTA chasers.

Check out the Blog by clicking here for any further information up to and during his activation of this rare IOTA.

 

MAVEN reaches Mars

MarsNASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 18:24 p.m. yesterday, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before.

MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

Following orbit insertion, MAVEN will begin a six-week commissioning phase that includes maneuvering into its final science orbit and testing the instruments and science-mapping commands. MAVEN then will begin its one Earth-year primary mission, taking measurements of the composition, structure and escape of gases in Mars’ upper atmosphere and its interaction with the sun and solar wind.

Click image to see You Tube movie.

 

 

E30FB - Eritrea

zorro2Operations began yesterday by Zorro JH1AJT in Eritrea. he was using the Callsign E30FB.

Zorro is in Eritrea on business and this information published by the Eritrean Ministry Of Communication;

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday between Eritrea and Japan regarding Sports Collaboration at Asmara Palace Hotel here in the capital. The Memorandum pertains to regular exchange of sports delegation, exchange of information, coordinating seminars and preparing mutual programs and projects focusing on Olympic and Paralympics participation of Eritrean athletes during the period 2014-2020.

Up to this morning Zorro had logged over 1400 qso's, many of them ATNO's. Expect to hear Zorro sporadically for the next few days.

 

 

 

 

YW5RYL IOTA SA-035

LOGO1 2014YW5RYL are now qrv from Las Roques Island, IOTA SA-035.

The archipelago of Los Roques is a group of islands and cays in the Lesser Antilles belonging to Venezuela which have an estimated 40.61 square kilometers and are located between the Archipelago Las Aves (west) and the island of La Orchila surface (the east).

It has an area of ​​approximately 221,120 hectares between sea and land areas, and is considered the largest marine park in Latin America.

 

M0UKI/p Farnes Islands Gallery

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A few images from the recent activation of Longstone Island IOTA EU-109 (Farne Islands Group) can be seen on this link for anyone who is interested.

Click the image to view. Tnx Paul 2E1AYS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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