The First Martian Marathon

marathonOn Earth, a fast runner takes a few hours to complete a marathon. On Mars, it takes about 11 years.

NASA's Opportunity rover crossed the finish line of the first "Martian Marathon" in 2015

See more of this incredible story on you tube by clicking the image above.





'Three Amigo's' Tour of P40


The following Callsigns wil be qrv from Aruba (SA-036) between 19th - 26th May 2015;
Peter (VK3FN) as P40FN, Chris (VK3FY) as P40FY and David (K3LP) as P40DC will operate from
from the late Carl Cook (AI6V - SK) P49V QTH on the Island.

They will be qrv on the HF bands.





Need a efficient & reliable Qsl service?

Here in the UK we have the best facilities to provide your DXpediton with the very best in QSL management.
We have a team of QSL managers ready to work for you and the deserving. We can offer dedicated OQRS systems as well as our own Outgoing QSL Bureau for the fastest Bureau shipments by Priority Air Mail. We have an Online Business Account for all our International mailings so your DXpedition gets the most competitive postal rates. We also offer you high quality Qsl Cards by QSL designers who are ready to put their mark on your QSL card.

For more information contact Charles Wilmott M0OXO or Tim Beaumont M0URX as attention to the finest detail is important to us.

We not only support DXpeditions and provide QSL routes for many rare and interesting call signs, but we also support organisations like the CDXC Chiltern DX Club, ARI and several UK QSL managers.

oba 2014In the year up to 31/03/2015 the team have posted 30,930 items to almost every country in the World and supported a large number of DXpedition teams and single operator stations. The table shows you some of the statistics on our postage volumes over the last year!

Are you a UK QSL manager? Are you planning a DXpedition and want to manage your own QSL mailings from the UK? Then we can help you too!




Here is the AX8AA QSL Card design.

The station was one of many comemorating the 100 years of the ANZAC activities. AX8AA was operated by David VK2CZ.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS






Messenger to crash on Mercury

planet mercury by messengerThe Messenger Spacecraft which has orbited Mercury since March 2011 is running out of fuel.

It is going to crash into the planet sometime this spring - possibly around the end of April.

The Messenger team keep tweaking the orbit by using methods such as creating additional thrust by squirting cold pressurised Helium through the thrusters to raise the orbit. However this will only delay the inevitable crash whose exact time remains uncertain.


Click the image to read more about 'Messenger'.







H44NT QSL Card preview

K800 QSL H44NT FRONT 01Qsl Card designs received today from the Team.

Images sent to the Print Shop at UX5UO also today.










H42NT QSL Card preview

K800 QSL H42NT FRONTQsl Card designs received today from the Team.

Images sent to the Print Shop at UX5UO also today.










VK7FG QSL Card preview

QSL VK7FG FRONTQsl Card designs received today from the Team.

Images sent to the Print Shop at UX5UO also today.

K800 QSL VK7FG REAR fotos









YB4IR/7 OC-252

Lemukutan oc-252The latest Card from IOTA activator Imam YB4IR arrived today.

This Qsl card confirmed Lemukutan Island, IOTA OC-252, worked back in March 2015.

Thanks Imam 73 !







3W2JK AS-130 Qsl Card

3w2jk frontQSL Card received from Jacek SP5FPW this morning for his recent operation from Con Son Island, Vietnam, IOTA AS-130.

Thanks for the Qso, Qsl Card and new IOTA Jacek, 73 !

 3w2jk back2







7 Band Broadband Hexbeam by MW0JZE

WP 20150409 004The new version of the MW0JZE Hexbeam was tried today for the first time on SSB.

This new antenna replaced the original 6 Band Hexbeam as it now offers wider spaced elements (increased vertical spacing between the wire elements eliminating any chances of inter band interaction) and also a folded dipole for 40m with a separate feed-line allowing it cover 7 Bands (6, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 & 40M). I erected the antenna a few weeks ago but this was the first real 'CQ' tests on SSB.

The results today were extremely good. I had an hour on 20m SSB and the first reply was KN4YZ/AM. Lynn was at 38,000 ft in a Boeing 767 flying over California (where his temp was -53.C), a nice start.
Further calls from W0, W4, W5, W6, KH6, ZL2BAQ, VK2, VK3FN (thanks Pete !), PY8, AL7 and across to RA. The final contact was Din YB8RW/p on IOTA OC-273 (20 CW). All in all very happy indeed and a good hours work.

If you are interested in any of the Hexbeam Antennas by Ant MW0JZE (including the new Ultra-Lightweight (6Kg) D-Hexpedition Antenna) then take a look at the website on this link


P40 Aruba SA-036


The following Callsigns wil be qrv from Aruba (SA-036) between 19th - 26th May 2015;
Peter (VK3FN) as P40FN, Chris (VK3FY) as P40FY and David (K3LP) as P40DC will operate from
from the late Carl Cook (AI6V - SK) P49V QTH on the Island.

They will be qrv on the HF bands.





Pluto - NASA need your help!

PlutoWhen NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies by Pluto this July, the spacecraft's high-resolution cameras will spot many new landforms on the dwarf planet's unexplored surface.  There could be mountains, craters, rilles, valleys and, of course, the unknown.

They are all going to need names—and NASA wants you to help.







Requesting Qsl Cards - Bureau abuse

OQRS bureauThis was a very interesting report published by Tim M0URX regarding his findings on some recent Qsl requests. I have to agree I find exactly the same as Tim does and in a recent batch of OQRS requests, out of 350 processed, 117 of them had already been requested/issued previously. Here are Tims findings;

''The latest incoming box from the RSGB Bureau arrived 3 weeks ago and has been sorted and processed and in the Bureau bins ready for the next bureau dispatch.

It is quite clear that many people are confused by OQRS, Bureau and Direct QSL’ing which leads to a huge problem of “Bureau Usage Abuse” Let me see if I can make it clear for you so that we can reduce this abuse and reduce costs within the bureau system and also reduce the wasted time that is spent on sorting bureau cards and processing them.

Out of 3,600 bureau cards received 75% of them should NOT have been sent. Yes, 2,700 cards that you have sent me should NOT have been sent.

For all DXpeditions that are QSL Via M0URX the correct way to request your QSL cards is by using my OQRS. (Online QSL Request System)

Once you have requested your DXpedition QSL using OQRS you must NEVER then put your cards through the bureau – This is NOT required and is ABUSE of the bureau system!

Once the cards are processed they are BINNED.

It is quite clear that many of you do NOT understand this, ESPECIALLY DL stations that send for EVERY QSO Via Bureau – THIS IS ABUSE of the bureau system Please DO NOT DO IT!

Once I receive your OQRS request, your QSL is processed and stored until it is time to send the card to your bureau. You must NOT then send your card through the bureau.

You MUST ALSO correctly mark your log as "QSL Requested" When you receive your QSL from me you will see "THANKS QSL" This means your reply is NOT NEEDED. DO NOT SEND a reply QSL to DXpedition cards.

The Bureau service is NOT free, it costs national societies (AND ME) vast amounts of money to ship the cards around the world, abuse of the system is clogging it up and is extremely wasteful and will NOT be tolerated. This is the strongest language that I have used to highlight this massive problem. My next step will be to name and shame the abusers.

Personally I am being swamped by Bureau requests and I have to be honest in saying that most of it is ''irresponsible Qsl'in''. The main issue I have with OQRS/Bureau requests are those that not only use it to request a card they need - that's fine. BUT, then they see that they have worked '27' different stations that I also manage and then they proceed to request ALL of these cards - why? It is highly likely that they do not NEED all the qsl's but simply WANT them because they are 'free'. This is what is making the bureau system unworkable and clearly abused.


I totally agree with Tim's comments and we really MUST address this situation and get the system back to normal service.



A recent message posted on the RSGB IOTA website has a concern regarding IOTA DXpeditions and SWL's;

''A plea to IOTA DXpeditioners -

At a time when we have just published the IOTA Honour Roll and Annual Listings it is appropriate to remind IOTA DXpeditioners that the Programme owes a lot to SWLs – Geoff Watts was after all an SWL – and that replying to SWL cards should be treated as a standard requirement after an operation. To progress in IOTA SWLs need your cards as well; please do not forget to reply to them.

G3KMA, 03 Apr 2015''


IOTA Honour Roll - I made it !!

Capture1I am pleased to see that I finally made it onto the IOTA Honour Roll!

I squeezed onto the latest Honour Roll list, just published for 2015 (click here).

My first application for IOTA was around 10 years ago and I hadn't submitted an update to my score until the RSGB 50th Anniversary IOTA convention in 2014. As well as passing the 600 (granted) Islands, I succeeded in achieving the Asia, British Isles, Europe, North America, Oceana and West Indies Awards, the next challenge being the 750 Islands Shield, a few years away yet. Honour Roll

If you haven't tried the IOTA programme, give it a go. It's very addictive but makes a change from DXCC, as well as making you an aficionado in Geography!

It's just a shame there is no Award for reaching Honour Roll, disappointing :-(


IRC's currently in stock....

IRCDoes anyone need Iinternational Reply Coupons (IRC's) for claiming their Qsl Cards?

M0OXO QSL service usually has a number of IRC's For Sale worldwide. IRC's (Correctly stamped & Valid until 31/12/2017) GBP £1.20 each + Postage and I will post to anywhere in the World.

Please see this page for more information.






3A - Monaco

K800 CaptureDiego and Gils will be qrv between the 2nd & 5th April 2015 as 3A/F4HAU and 3A/F4FET from Monaco.

Qsl will be via their home Callsigns.

GL !!







EP6T Iran ... from M0URX

K800 QSL-EP6T-DOUBLEFrom Tim M0URX (EP6T QSL Manager)....

''3,008 Direct letters have been posted for EP6T delivery is between 3 - 7 days.
Packages also sent to GDXF, DDXG & SDXG.

ALL Bureau cards requested before the 8th March have now been sent to all World Bureaus on our mailing today.

I would like to thank Charles M0OXO, who helped me process the letters over the last few days. It has taken over 100 man hours since the arrival of the cards from the printer last week to label cards, fill the envelopes & package the directs and bureau''.

Thanks Tim, happy to help!

Bureau Mailing - 01st of 2015

big oneQSL cards have been posted to all World Bureaus todayTuesday 17th March 2015 


This mailing is a joint mailing between Charles M0OXO & Tim M0URX.
I would very much appreciate feedback from you when the QSL cards start arriving at World Bureaus.

This mailing contains C5X, VK9/G7VJR, VK16AC and EP6T.


Total amount of QSL cards15,538

Via M0URX 10,072

Via M0OXO 5.466
Total Weight 62.469 kg

Total Cost £265.90 per kg £4.26
Average postage cost  1.7p per QSL card.

Read more: Bureau Mailing - 01st of 2015

3W2JK - IOTA AS-130

new-3Jacek SP5APW holiday style IOTA activation - Con Son Island, Vietnam between March 11-17, 2015.











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