Archive - November 2010

Complaint about my Qsl Managing…..



hello, thanks for your mail. i send every qso card to all contact i worked at home same as portable or iota activation. It’s the first time who a OM said i have to pay to receive a return qsl confirmation card.
So you can keep your’s. I think that some other’s OM will be active in the futur  the same place.
Sorry for derangement.
best 73’s


Hi Laurent, thanks for the reply.

I am not sure how long you have been requesting cards from Managers but I find it very unusual if you are receiving them all back without any mentioning the lack of payment by you. I would be interested in knowing who they are for sure as they are indeed offering a great service.

It is and has been the proceedure for Qsl Managers to ask for a contribution for their Qsl service for many years and it would be rare indeed if none did. Please note I mention ‘service’ and not just a ‘qsl card’. In most cases you are contributing towards the cards, labels, envelopes and time of the Manager. If the Manager did not exist it would be very likely that you wouldn’t receive a card at all from thousands of people as they simply do not like doing the job.

I am sorry if you feel you are victimised here but I can assure you that is not the case. Have a look on and check out other stations such as 9M6DXX, CE2WZ, 3C0C, K5D, VP8DMH, VP8LP, ZD8Z, ZS8M, ZS9AH, EB7DX, EA7FTR (the list is endless) and see what proceedure they adopt.

I will forward your card and comments to the guys in Brazil and they may indeed reply to you but it will be extremely unlikely you will get a card from them without offering the standard contrubution of either $2US or 1 IRC.

Thanks for your input Laurent, I will add the message to my feedback page so that other Amateurs can both good (and in this case) bad comments in relation to the service I offer.
Kindest regards,



Just a precision, i send and i will send $ stamps and all things when i really want qsl card ( dxcc-iota some specials event) for PX2C ; i don’ t
really need it. Many time with english managers;  i join stamps for the return qsl but-and at this moment i havent anymore english stamps. When i’ll need some confirmation i will send/ask like regard to you and your all.
tnx also for your work and “devouement” at our hobbie.

TC3WFF & TC3A from new LZFF…..


From 24 to 30 November 2010 will take place WFF NEW ONE expedition TC3WFF and TC3A (CQ WW Contest) in National Park Kus Cenneti (Bird Paradise), TAFF-022.

The expedition is organized by “LZ Contest group” and Bulgarian radio club “LZ Flora Fauna”, and will be active on HF bands 160-10 meters SSB, CW.
They will also participate in the CQ WW CW Contest 27-28 November 2010 (only TC3A).

QSL for TC3A via LZ1NK and for  TC3WFF via LZ1ZF

to Buro today…….


Cards done and to be sent to the RSGB Bureau this week are:-

G4RCG 45, MØIAA 49, MW0OXO/P (WFF) 85, MØOXO 100, GB0WFF (WFF) 75, GB2NSF 180.
Latest batch from the Buro arrived last Wednesday and were processed by Saturday.

I am now moving on to assist Igor RA3CQ to confirm hundreds in his logbook as he has experienced serious problems in the Buro system at his side.
Along with Tim M0URX, we declined his generous offer to assist with costs and instead we offered to sponsor the printing of his cards, labels and postage, in an attempt to help him out.
I am hopeful that the ‘black cloud’ hovering around his enjoyment of the hobby may now be lifted and once more he can enjoy the hobby as is intended.

UK Amateur ‘in Space’…


After months of planning, they put operation Paris – Paper Aircraft Released Into Space – into action, travelling to Spain to send the plane on its journey.The balloon climbed to 90,000 ft where the helium expanded to a point that caused the balloon to burst and the plane was released, gliding down to earth 100 miles from where it set off.


5th EPC Qso Party….



This is strictly BPSK63 contest, no other modes are allowed. The maximum output power is 100 watts. Recommended frequencies are: 160 meters (1.838 – 1.840 MHz), 80 meters (3.582 – 3.590 MHz), 40 meters (7.040 – 7.050 MHz), 20 meters (14.072 – 14.080 MHz), 15 meters (21.072 – 21.080 MHz), and 10 meters (28.072 – 28.080 MHz). Please note that since this year EPC members should send signal report plus 5-digit EPC membership number (example – 599 EPC00001). Please make sure that you don’t separate «EPC» from the «Number», and you don’t use any characters between. Please make sure that your EPC number consists of 5 digits! Other stations should send signal report plus QSO number, starting 001 (example – 599 001). You should send your log via E-mail:

All the very best and see you all in the 5th EPC PSK63 QSO Party 2010!

Using MixW in this Contest. The new set of files for the MixW data mode software makes your particiapation in the EPC PSK63 QSO Party most enjoyable. You can download this set of files at

After the deadline all logs will be published as UBN reports..


Contest Log Checker Software


New Awards……


Several new awards received this week from my activities.

Most are shown in the Gallery under
‘Radio Awards’.

The one shown here is the Suffix Hunter Award issued
by Reinhard Lipkow (DK1IO) and relates to PSK-63 and
PSK-125 modes.

Are you, or have you considered being a member of the
European PSK Club (reported to be the biggest Ham
Radio Club in the World!)

The group offers a wide range of items to intrest Amateurs including News, current events, Awards, Contest information and so much more!

Check EPC out today …click here!

”We will remember them…..”


‘Poppy Day’ is observed on the 11th of November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (Note that “at the 11th hour”, refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.)

Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day or Veterans Day ) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.

More information about the Two-Minute Silence, Remembrance Sunday and the Remembrance Festival is available on the Legion’s website.



21/28 Mhz Contest – Stay of execution


The original decision of the Committee (to discontinue the event after 2010) was based on the poor level of support by UK stations as reflected not solely by the number of UK entrants (which, although low, has remained almost constant over recent years despite the sunspot decline) but also by the total number of QSOs made by overseas stations, which includes the contribution made by the dwindling pool of ‘casual’ UK operators.  This had led to comments from overseas operators remarking on the absence of UK stations to work even though there was propagation.  The Committee felt that it was not appropriate to run an international HF contest where the overseas leaders were struggling to achieve an average of 10 Qs per hour.

Immediately before and after the 2010 contest, the Committee received a number of requests to reconsider and there was considerable traffic on this reflector in the same vein.  Accordingly, on Sunday, the Committee reviewed its decision.

The logs are now all in and the number of UK entries is increased (not by the very optimistic figures which have been bandied about recently, but well up nonetheless).  Additionally, the leading overseas entrants have made nearly twice as many QSOs this year as in 2009, in propagation conditions which were still not exactly brilliant, which would indicate that ‘casual’ participation was also increased.  How much of this increased support was due to the desire to ‘be in the last one’ is a matter for conjecture!

After considerable deliberation the Committee reached a majority decision that the event will be continued for at least one more year and will remain contributory to the HF Contest Championship.  The Committee were agreed, however, that the event is still marginal and that its inclusion in the calendar after 2011 will be contingent upon the level of UK support continuing to improve.

(Photo above shows M0OXO receiving the Whitworth Trophy from Angus Annan (MM1CCR), President of RSGB back in 1997 for First Place in the 21/28Mhz Contest)

Spratly Dxpedition getting nearer…..


With only 60 days to go until DX0DX hits the amateur bands, the DXpedition Team Leader, Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY & DU8/VK3FY has announced it will be extended to allow participation in the CQ World Wide 160m CW Contest.

He says while DX0DX was to go QRT on the 24th January, a couple of individual and keen members have asked if they could stay on air for that contest when ends at 2200 UTC Sunday the 30th of January. This will now extend DX0DX activation to 1st of February, 2011. This limited extension was agreed in light of strong interest from Top Band contesters and the 160m band being the highest sought after in the DX0DX website online survey.

DX0DX will be on air from the 6th of January and now through to the 1st of February, 2011.