Changes to Bureau Requests

On the latest OQRS update v5.3 we have now prevented repeated Bureau QSL requests where a QSL has been previously sent for the QSO.
 
The reason for this is that many people consistently repeat Bureau QSL requests. We cannot guarantee arrival of Bureau Cards and we suggest that if you would like a replacement QSL then we ask you to request using OQRS Direct route.
Now, if you try to do a repeat Bureau request you will get the following message;
 
Only one free Buro request is allowed. You cannot use Buro QSL cards because some of your selected QSO’s are already requested via the buro.
 
This was highlighted in the last bureau mailing when several (not just one) but several stations requested around 100 cards each. I am of the belief that these cards are not ‘needed’, but just ‘wanted’ because of the misinterpretation that they are ‘free’. This practice has to stop, it is simply not sustainable and is abusing my service. 
 
I have disabled Bureau route on OQRS for some older inactive call signs with consultation of those operators. For some of these I have minimal cards left and will not be printing more, so future requests for these Callsigns will be direct only.

Bureau Mailing News 2020

QSL cards have been posted to 85 World Bureaus – Tuesday September 1st, 2020. Total Shipping Cost £623.00 – (£6.90 per kg).
 
This mailing is a joint mailing between Charles M0OXO and Tim M0URX.
Total amount of QSL cards dispatched: 25,891
Via M0URX 6,521, Via M0OXO 18,462, Via MD0CCE 597, Via G4IRN 149, Via G4ZIB 162
Total Weight 90,253g (gross weight includes packaging)
Total Shipping Cost £623 – £6.90 per kg.
Average postage cost 2.4p per QSL card.
 
This mailing had been delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions. The cost of air freight for this mailing is considerably higher due to the lack of air freight capacity at this time. The parcels are sent by Priority Business Mail to get to the Bureaus quickly.
 
If anyone wishes to make a donation to the costs of bureau shipments, you can do when you request a QSL and use the donation facility on OQRS or via PayPal.
 
Old out of date IRCs can be donated to either Tim or Charles for future mailings. Any donations and/or IRC’s would be most appreciated.

 

Foundation & Intermediate Courses – GM6DX

CURRENTLY 100% PASS RATE – (people who follow the course and his advice throughout)
Available on his website are Foundation Licence and Intermediate Licence Courses.
Foundation course consist of 58 lessons. The lessons are composed of PDF’s, Videos and Quizzes. All material is written in a manner which would also suit the younger generation where the youngest I am aware of was a 14year old YL who passed using the material. In the course it contains 5 Mock exams where the questions are of the format which would represent a realistic exam question but also get a training point across.
 
The material is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can self-enrol at any time and doesn’t require prior approval. The platform which hosts the course is a professional online course platform, Thinkific and the course is 100% FREE and is tailored to suit the current 2020 syllabus.
Intermediate course currently has 83 lessons. The lessons are composed of PDF’s, Videos and Quizzes. All material is written in an understandable manner. I am still tweaking the course material however they are currently 8 Mock exams where the questions are of the format which would represent a realistic exam question but also get a training point across. Pass mark for all Mock exams is 90% to ensure the candidate is ready to book an actual exam. The material is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can self-enrol at any time and doesn’t require prior approval. The platform which hosts the course is a professional online course platform, Thinkific and the course is 100% FREE and is tailored to suit the current 2020 syllabus.
Both courses are designed to be used as a training aid along with the RSGB published manuals and are not a replacement. Social media Facebook groups have been created which hosts valuable information to the student as well as taking the online course. The details of these groups are contained within the course material.
 
Anyone and everyone is welcome where they can access BOTH courses and see reviews at
These courses are also raising money for Glasgow Sick Kids Hospital, as I have made the courses FREE, people who pass the exam have donated money to my charity ( link within the course ) so all for a good cause.
 
Facebook group link for the intermediate is

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1123009011406625/

 

Bureau Mailing 2020

After a delay during the Covid-19 Pandemic of my bureau mailing service, I’m currently working on the next mailing estimated for mailing in 3 to 4 weeks.

This will be a big one with several Dxpedition’s included such as 5V7EI, 7P8LB, FW5JG, 9G2DX & A35JT plus more.

Already I am seeing big numbers in cards for the JARL (Japan), DARC (Germany) and RA bureau (Moscow) so hopefully we can bring some pleasure to friends as we continue to navigate over this years unprecedented hurdles.

I can’t give any estimate on when this mailing will arrive but it does appear that Postal Services are recovering well from the Pandemic Security delays. Please keep an eye on my Facebook and Website pages for updates when the cards are mailed and if you have any concerns about your requests please drop me an email.

Thank you….keep safe…

Update – The Card Piles are still growing….13,000 done, maybe 4/5000 still to process.

Mailing date planned for 2/3 September 🤝🗽 🏯 🕌

ZL7STU Chatham Islands

ZL7STU Chatham islands
 
I have just added Stu ZL7STU/ZL3STU to the list of the Stations that I am QSL Manager for. Stu has recently moved to the Chatham islands where he is permanently located for work. The Chatham Islands (ZL7) now has three Amateur Radio operators.
 
QSL Cards are currently being printed by UX5UO and will be available in a few weeks time. Logs are now available for QSL Card requests and can be found on M0OXO OQRS on the links below;
 

VK5KI Kangaroo Island, Australia

The Qsl Card for the recent DXpedition to Kangaroo Island has now been designed and is currently in Print at the UX5UO QSL Print Shop.

There will be a full colour 4-sided (folded) card for the first 1000 Direct Requests and a Colour/Black & White single sided card for the remainder and for future Bureau requests.

Qsl Cards can be requests on M0OXO OQRS (click here) or by Direct Post Mail to M0OXO’s home address.

M0OXO Bureau Service

After a delay during the Covid-19 Pandemic of my bureau mailing service, I’m currently working on the next mailing estimated for mailing in 3 to 4 weeks.

This will be a big one with several Dxpedition’s included such as 5V7EI, 7P8LB, FW5JG, 9G2DX, DU1UD/8  & A35JT plus more.

Already I am seeing big numbers in cards for the JARL (Japan), DARC (Germany) and RA bureau (Moscow) so hopefully we can bring some pleasure to friends as we continue to navigate over this years unprecedented hurdles.

I can’t give any estimate on when this mailing will arrive but it does appear that Postal Services are recovering well from the Pandemic Security delays. Please keep an eye on my Facebook and Website pages for updates when the cards are mailed and if you have any concerns about your requests please drop me an email.

Thank you….keep safe…

IOTA Contest 2020

The RSGB IOTA Contest will take place over 25/26 July. Entrants intending to enter as DXpedition stations should note this year’s rules at  https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2020/riota.shtml. The RSGB Contest Committee posted a notice on 25 April 2020 saying that in line with “Stay at Home” guidance, to minimise the impact of Covid-19, the IOTA Contest in 2020 is exclusively for Single Operators using their home stations. Single Operator Fixed “Island” or “World” Stations are eligible to enter but the RSGB will not be awarding trophies in 2020; downloadable certificates will be available to winners. IOTA Ltd confirms that island contacts made over the weekend will count for its IOTA Programme in the normal way.

G3KMA, 16 July 2020

ORARI 52nd Anniversary

It was very interesting last weekend to be invited to join the 52nd Anniversary of ORARI (Organisation of Amateur Radio in Indonesia), this year presented as a Webinar due to the Pandemic situation.

Interesting presentations by several people not least Adrian Ciuperca KO8SCA who discussed the 4U1UN United Nations HQ Operation and also his participation in the A50BOC Dxpedition. Also discussed were Awards, Qsl Managing and IOTA by Djoko YB1TJ/Emir YB0LBT.

Thanks to Dani YB2TJV for the preparation and success of the event.