JW0X Svalbard

DX-Adventure is a joint venture of Max-ON5UR and Erik-ON4ANN, and consists of 15 very enthusiastic people with all experience in participating or organizing a DX-pedition.

The first DX-Adventure project is therefore immediately ambitious: 
The Arctic Archipelago – Svalbard – IOTA EU026 from April 19-26, 2022.

The setup is to be active with 5 stations on all HF bands in different modes (CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8-FT4). In addition, we have the ambition to be the first to activate EU026 on QO-100. Three team members take on the challenge of driving a snowmobile all the way to Kapp Linné, about 100km east of Longyearbyen.

This is the only location that allows a “line of sight” on the QO-100 satellite. In addition, Kapp Linné is also on the edge of the satellite footprint – speaking of a challenge…

Read all about the DXpedition here.

Sponsorship:

Every contribution is welcome and appreciated, but with a donation of at least 25 Euros you have a chance to win one of the 10 JW0X flags. With a donation of 50 Euro you will receive a beautiful JW0X scarf (17 x 125 cm), a nice souvenir that should not be missing in the shack.
A list of all registered sponsors can be found on the JW0X sponsor page,

You hear our signals we feel the pile-up.

DX Adventure team

www.dx-adventure.com

3Y0J Bouvet 2022 – Transport

Transport for the 3Y0J trip in November this year to Bouvet Island is via Marama Expeditions.

Their current transport is currently in Antarctica and we were treat to these nice photographs from the Boat today. Hopefully this gives everyone the excitement that this is really happening and as the next few months pass by, please keep an eye on the websites and Facebook pages for updates.

3B9FR Rodrigues Island

‘Rocky’ Robert 3B9FR, the only resident Ham on Rodrigues Island will be off air now for around 10 days.
 
His current antenna (G3TXQ Hexbeam from MW0JZE)  has been taken down in preparation for installation of his new Quad which should be up in the coming days.
 
A new QSL Card will be designed and printed when the new additions are made to his station.
 

VP8ADR/VP8BTR Falkland Islands

 
Bob (VP8ADR) and Lyn (VP8BTR, residents of the Falkland islands, have now improved their Station with the installation of a G3TXQ Hexbeam from MW0JZE.
 
They are both very active on the Bands so give them a call if you here them on the new Antenna! I have just updated their logs which you can find on the links below;
 
These logs contain their entry in the G8AMC Digital Contest over the weekend.
 

New International Reply Coupons

The new International Reply Coupons with a sale and redemption period of 4 years (until 31.12.2025) are now in circulation.
 
All others designs are now unusable and only the ones in this image are now available in exchange for the minimum postal charge equivalent to an International basic letter or International Air Mail to any UPU Member State.
 
 

Significant reductions in Mailing Costs

With the significant changes to International mailings now being enforced by world Customs areas, it has meant that this also effects QSL management and I believe that we are the only QSL management team in the world that has been working with our national mail provider, Royal Mail, to discuss mailing solutions and secure access to the right products to keep the direct and bureau QSL cards posted.

The products that we had been using for many years were getting more expensive and were not suitable in the current Covid and customs climate.

Royal Mail had made the decision that these products were going to be removed and replaced by a new stream of mailing products that had to be accessed only by an online mailing solution to give us the correct customs clearance for the Bureau dispatches, however we urgently still require IARU to discuss a unique commodity code to reflect the “0” value at customs of QSL cards. It is quite clear that we are a long way off from this if it happens at all, the result of this no action is that Bureau boxes are now attracting TAX and handling fees around the world which some IARU Bureaus are failing to understand and refusing to pay the TAX and i have to say that I predicted this as far back as 2017, which begs the question why has no action been taken to secure the future of QSL’ing?

For “Direct QSL cards” we are proud to announce that we have secured access to a new mailing product which secures a better package for our daily mailing of direct QSL cards around the world. Prices are considerably more competitive and means that there will be no price rises for your QSL requests going forward into 2022.

This is great news for those that enjoy QSl’ing and excellent news for DXpeditions using our QSL services. We are very confident that our UK QSL managers are the only worldwide QSL providers that work with our national providers to give you the best QSL service out there today.

Please contact us for further information on the service we offer.

 

MM0EAX Orkney Islands

 
I have just uploaded the full log from Dave MM0EAX to M0OXO OQRS.
 
Dave has joined the M0OXO Community from his home in the Orkney Islands (IOTA EU-009). Logs are available on the link below where you can request your QSL Cards either Direct or via the Bureau.
 
Dave is a keen supporter of LOTW, so you will also find his up to date logs on the ARRL LOTW system. Thank you also to Jamie M0SDV for his work as Dave’s previous Manager.