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QSLing Practices

Chris Colclough
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Written by: Tim - M0URX

I have spent the last few hours preparing to send out my own QSL cards for DXCC and IOTA DXpeditions worked recently, Oh boy, I did not realise how complicated QSL managers are making things these days, $3 if you want a QSL sent here but $4 if you want it sent outside Europe, $5 if you want it sent to the Pacific, what is going on?

Some countries only accepting IRC's so long as the IRC you sent has your country name on it! What? This completely disregards all UPU postal regulations on IRCs. I decided a short time ago not to accept IRC's any more, they are just causing too many problems.

One recent DXpedition website even states that if you want a quick LoTW upload then you must send $5 by PayPal..... Ummmm EXCUSE ME SIR, but isn't that the job of a QSL manager to upload to LoTW? If he wants paying for every LoTW upload he will be MINTED!!!!!! Some of these scandals are encouraged by DX organisations and Foundations throwing money at them and accepting these shoddy practices as STANDARD. It just is not good enough is it?
My logging software uploads the whole log to LoTW in ONE quick click of the mouse! Why on earth would you charge $5 for each individual upload? Answers on a postcard please? Together with $5 of course.

DX Foundations that accept $5 for a QSL or LoTW upload as acceptable should explain their reasons for this?

I even saw this one, a QRZ.com profile for an Italian IOTA
"EU stations: send a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) plus 5 US$ or 3 Euro or 1 valid IRC"

I have also been chasing up some non-QSL returns, and many QSL managers refuse to answer emails. WHY?

Here at United Radio QSL Bureau, I have some promises to DX'ers and DXpedition teams.
1) I will NOT charge any more than $2 for a Direct letter to send a QSL to ANYWHERE on this planet.
2) OQRS will not cost more than €2 for a Direct letter to send a QSL to ANYWHERE on this planet.
3) LoTW WILL be uploaded immediately after the DXpedition. Or at the earliest opportunity. FREE
4) Emails resulting from QSL requests WILL be answered as quickly as possible!
5) Bureau cards will be sent DIRECT to all IARU World Bureaus every 3 or 4 months. FREE

If you are planning a DXpedition, DXCC or IOTA in 2014 please contact us to provide YOU and the DX'ers that work you, with the best QSL services in the World. All mail is posted as Priority Air Mail.

United Radio QSL Bureau - Setting Standards!

The above is from Tim's blog on his website. And we here at S.H.A.R.K are getting fed up with extortionate costs put up by QSL managers around the world. These guys rare getting to be the equivalent of Al Capone with his extortion rackets....

What Is The Coldest Place on Earth??

Chris Colclough
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Written By; Charles - M0OXO

lowestWhat is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night. Scientists made the discovery while analyzing the most detailed global surface temperature maps to date, developed with data from remote sensing satellites including the new Landsat 8, a joint project of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Researchers analyzed 32 years' worth of data from several satellite instruments. They found temperatures plummeted to record lows dozens of times in clusters of pockets near a high ridge between Dome Argus and Dome Fuji, two summits on the ice sheet known as the East Antarctic Plateau. The new record of minus 136 F (minus 93.2 C) was set Aug. 10, 2010.

That is several degrees colder than the previous low of minus 128.6 F (minus 89.2 C), set in 1983 at the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica. The coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth is northeastern Siberia, where temperatures in the towns of Verkhoyansk and Oimekon dropped to a bone-chilling 90 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 67.8 C) in 1892 and 1933, respectively.

High Winds in UK

Chris Colclough
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Today has seen the winter weather finally hit the UK. There have been reported gusts of wind up to 106 MPH (Miles Per Hour) in some Western areas of Scotland.

Here in central England the local airport at Birmingham had some of the aircraft miss the runway and take a second attempt at landing, with at least one flight having to divert to another UK airport. A video of aborted landings is available on the Birmingham Mail - local newspaper - website.

There have also been reports of damage to property, buildings, and chaos on the roads. I drive a small truck for my job and today I have been driving at low speeds due to the wind effects on the side of my truck. Antennas have been lowered by all the group, and we hope no one else gets any damaged antennas.

If you are out in this wind stay safe and we hope to meet you on air after the storm has passed.

Seasons Greetings 2013

Chris Colclough
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As the 2013 year end draws ever closer, we like to wish all our friends around the world seasons greetings in their home language, and we do appologise if we miss yours off the list. Lets hope that 2014 brings us all good conditions on the radio and we hope to contact you all at some point.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd dda

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annèe
 
Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo
 
Vasel Koleda
 
Froehliche Weihnachten undein gluckliches Nues Jahr
 
Kala Christougenna Ki eftihismenos o Kenourgios Chronos
 
Boldoy Karácsonyt
 
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
 
Cestitamo Bozia
 
Boas Fiestas e um feliz Ano Novo
 
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
 
From all at the Strumble Head DX and Contest Group.May we meet on the air sometime in 2014.
 
And remember we will be on the air sometime over the holiday period from the farm to celebrate the new year.
 
We are also thinking to next summer and a special announcement with regards the farm and it's history.

Happy Thanks Giving Day.

Chris Colclough
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May we take this opportunity to wish all our friends from across the pond in the USA a Happy Thanks Giving Day, and we look forward to meeting you guys on air in the near future.

Mexborough and District Amateur Radio Society new webpage

Chris Colclough
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We all, and I don't just mean S.H.A.R.K members, have an affinity and close alliance with a radio club somewhere around the world. And I (Chris, G1VDP), am no exception to this. When I first started out in this wonderful hobby I joined Mexborough And District Amateur Radio Society (MADARS), and subsequently went through their training course for the RAE, taught at that time by Eric Rogers, and gained my Class B licence.

Since then the club has moved on and now caters for the 3 licence classes, hold numerous functions, and special event stations throughout the year. They have also just recently built a new website with full details of the club and it's activities. To view the website click on MADARS and this will take you to the website, which is still having bits and pieces added and updated on a regular basis.

Comet Ison - Naked Eye Object this week?

Charles Wilmott
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comet ison1Observers around the world are reporting that Comet ISON brightened sharply last night and is now at the threshold of naked-eye visibility. By some reports, ISON surged in brightness by approximately 2 magnitudes over last 24 hours and is now brighter than comet Lovejoy.

If this trend continues, it will be a faint but easy naked-eye object by the end of the week, SpaceWeather reports.

The sudden uptick in brightness could be caused by a fresh vein of ice opening up in the comet's nucleus. Rapid vaporization of ice by solar heat is a sure way to boost a comet's visibility. 

ISON's brush with the Sun on November 28th is very near and many more of these brightening events might happen but all three scenarios for ISON are still open. The first possible scenario is fizzle - ISON evaporates under intense tidal forces and solar radiation. The second scenario is break-up - ISON breaks into smaller chunks.

The third scenario is what everybody hopes will happen - sizzle - ISON survives its brush with the Sun and emerges so bright it becomes visible on Earth in daylight.

A few days at MC0SHL again...

Charles Wilmott
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SHARKIts November again and having a couple of days down at the Club in GW Land.

Listen out for MC0SHL on the air but in all likelyhood I don't expect to be on air much at all as I have other things planned but you never know!

Also have a browse around the Club website when you have a few minutes.

You can find the website by clicking on the log top left of this message or from the left sidebar of the webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Air October 2013

Chris Colclough
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Tim has sent me a couple of photo's of Charles (M0OXO) on the air from MC0SHL head quarters.

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MC0SHL On Air This Weekend

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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This weekend, Thursday 17th through to Monday 21st October 2013, MC0SHL will be on the air from the club HQ on the Pembrokeshire coast. This is not a special IOTA but mainland Great Britain (EU-005).

Please do call in and say hello. Tim has taken his radio and amp down so there could be 2 stations active on different bands at any one time.

I have set up the station at MC0SHL 123 in log mostly north America. Having fun with RF. Tim as you can see its wine oclock

'Field Postal Service' at CDXC event

Charles Wilmott
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K1600 M0OXO-Field-Postal-Collection-ServiceSeveral MCØSHL members attended an impromtu mailing session over the weekend took place chez G3NUG!

Whilst attending the CDXC (Chiltern DX Club) Summer Social/AGM in Leominster I took the opportunity to get rid of a few Qsl cards to various people attending including Michael G7VJR (left) and Tim M0URX (right).

 These events really are a good way of exchanging Qsl Cards at 'no cost' and certainly avoids the hassle of Postage.

As well as Tim M0URX and myself, MC0SHL member Tony G3LDL was also in attendance with his wife Glynis and what a great event, great weather, great food and great company. It was also nice to meet Les VK4BUI in person too. Lets hope next year's 50th IOTA anniversary dinner also attracts some overseas members (Stuie VK8NSB is certainly one confirmation for the event).

Thanks to Nigel G3TXF for the Photo. There are several more on Nigel's website if you would like to see them click here. Check out the link if you would like know more about the CDXC group and membership information.

GB5NCQ - Nuneaton Carnival Queen

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough
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Today (Sunday 9th June) Chris is assisting with the organising and running of the 80th Nuneaton Carnival and has asked D7C 1250 cs6 kinglutherandthegirlsthe Hinckley Amateur Radio & Electronics Society - HARES - to set up a special event station at the carnival field.

They have the special call GB5NCQ - GB5 Nuneaton Carnival Queen - and will be on air from mid morning through to early evening. All QSL requests to go through Charles, M0OXO, and please do not send cards via bureau for this activation but use Charles' OQRS system on his website.

 

 

Location details for the site are: The Playing Fields, Avenue Road, Nuneaton.

WAB Area; SP39

Locator; IO92gm

Latitude; 52 30' 48" N (52.5134)

Longditude; 1 27' 40" W (-1.4612)

We hope to hear you on the air through the day.

Ramsey Island - a Different View.

Chris Colclough
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Today Chris (G1VDP), his mum, Rob (MW0RLJ) and Jane went on a boat trip around Ramsey Island.DSC 0186 cs6

This allowed them to see many of the birds and seals that reside on the cliffs and beaches of this beautiful island. They also visited St Davids and the St Davids lifeboat station. The photos will be uploaded into the gallery over the coming days.DSC 0295 cs6

 

 

 

 

We must also stress that at NO point has the MC0SHL call been on air from the island this week, and the reports on the cluster on Thursday were wrong. We are operating from the farm on Mainland Great Britain EU-005. We will try and get on for an hour or two again this evening if band conditions improve.

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"CQ CQ from MC0SHL"

Chris Colclough
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Today MC0SHL managed to get on the air for a little while.


Chris (G1VDP) arrived at the farm and got on 15m and worked some USA and European stations. At the same time he was working the USA Tim (M0URX) was monitoring the frequency and hearing the same stations. The hope is for Tim and the guys to work Chris or Rob (MW0RLJ) on the bands this weekend.

   
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