Home :: News :: News #29 - 2008 Oct 08
Highlights:
... QSL cards confirming 78,286 QSOs mailed to 11,363 stations ...
... LOTW confirmations for these stations have also been uploaded to the LOTW server ...
... For comparison, the total log contains 183,503 QSOs with 38,502 callsigns. ...
... When to inquire about your "missing card" ...
... and other information about QSL processing ...
1. QSLs sent:

During the last three months the volunteer QSL team made significant progress on the backlog of requests:

a. All requests made on-line by donors, and received through Aug 1, have been processed. Note: We recently discovered that a batch of on-line donor cards for donations made after Aug 1 had not been processed, and are working on those cards now.

b. All postal requests for direct-mailed cards (donors and non-donors) received through Sep 30 have been processed.

c. All postal requests (donors and non-donors) for SWL cards received through Sep 30 have been processed.

d. The website home page now contains a link to a list of callsigns for which QSL cards have been sent. We will try to update this list every few weeks. Check the VP6DX website home page for updated versions of this list.

e. LOTW: We recently discovered 2360 callsigns to which QSL cards had been sent, but an LOTW confirmation had not been uploaded. The QSOs for these stations will be uploaded to LOTW in the next few days.

2. QSL backlog status:

The next groups of QSL requests to be handled are:

  • Recent on-line donors.
  • Requests made on-line for a QSL via the bureau: about 5000 requests received to date.
  • Requests received via post with insufficient postage or no return envelope (to be answered via the bureau): less than 50.
  • Research on QSL requests which do not match the log or appear fraudulent. Note: Information about QSOs which appear to be fraudulent is sent to the ARRL DXCC program administrator for appropriate action.

3. E-mail inquiries:

About 1000 emails have been received containing a message similar to: "My friend has his QSL card. Where is my card?" These inquiries fall into three categories:

  • 60% of email inquiries are about QSL cards which are already in the mail or in a group not yet processed. Answering these messages has taken over 40 man-hours away from the job of preparing QSL cards. Beginning today, through the link on the vp6dx.com website home page mentioned above, anyone can check when a QSL was prepared.
  • 40% of these messages are from people who did not include their callsign with their donation. As of Sep 30, 662 names remain in the "unknown callsign" database. The website home page now contains a list of sponsor names without callsigns. We will update this list occasionally. Note: We have a backlog of about 95 additional email inquiries from Sep 5 forward on which we are working. Some of these emails provide calls for these sponsors. If you have notified us recently of your callsign, there is no need to re-transmit your information. We are catching up!
  • Less than 10 people had their postal QSL request, donation, or QSL card lost in the mail.

4. What to do if you have requested a QSL, but have not received it:

Please follow the suggestions according to your category:

Your name is on the list of "donors without callsigns":

  • Send us your name and callsign on-line here.
  • If you have not requested your QSL on-line, please enter the QSO data on-line here.

You requested that your QSL card be sent via the bureau:

  • The volunteer QSL team has not yet started work on these requests. Work begins next week. Please wait.

You made a donation and requested your card on-line, or
You requested your card via the post, and mailed your request before Sep 1:

  • Your QSL request almost certainly has been processed. Please check the list of QSL cards sent for the preparation date of your card. Many cards are still in the postal system. If you do not receive your card before Nov 1, please send us a note via the web here.

5. What to do if you want a QSL card, but have not made a request:

There are three choices:

QSL card mailed direct to you - fastest method:

These requests will be processed in groups once each week.

QSL card mailed direct to you - slow method:

  • Send your card with SASE via the post to the address listed here. These requests will be processed in groups once each week.

QSL card sent via bureau to you:

  • Use the on-line QSL request procedure here. That is all you have to do. These requests will be processed in groups once per month.

6. Protect your computer log!

We have received about 30 emails from operators who lost their log because of a computer hard disk failure. Unfortunately, to protect the integrity of the QSL process, we cannot provide detailed log information. We are sorry to hear about these problems.

Please backup your log files today!

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We would be delighted if DX editors would publish this information as widely as possible and DXers bring it to the attention of their clubs and fellow DXers.


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... QSL card design ... QSL processing status ... Donors without callsigns ...

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News #27- 2008 Apr 03

... Website additions ... Sponsors and LOTW updates ... QSL card status ... /MM-operations ...

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News #26- 2008 Mar 10

... Answering questions about QSLs and LOTW credits ... missing QSOs ... other questions answered ...

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... M/V Braveheart anchors at Mangareva in Rikitea harbor ... Radio operators hike the hills ... First dinner ashore ...

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News #24- 2008 Mar 01

... Operator team continues homeward journey ... High volume of inquiries about, and corrections to, donations ...

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News #23- 2008 Feb 29

... On-air operating phase of expedition ends ... Equipment packed and transfered to M/V Braveheart ... Everyone transferred from shore to ship ... Equipment stowed ... M/V Braveheart departs ...

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... First LOTW credits for VP6DX contacts on ARRL server ... Station and camp disassembly begins ... One more record claimed ...

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.. Special Request for Europe ... Special Request for DXers worldwide ... 160m SSB operation ... Split operation for restricted licenses ... Server errors ...

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...First phone call with VP6DX...

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... VP6DX is QRV ... Online Log ... Looking for sound files ...

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Highlights:... Full operator team meets in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia ... Only one suitcase missing ... Busy Monday ... Early flight Tuesday ... Frequency adjustments ... New Pictures ...

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Highlights:... Operators traveling ... Braveheart arrives at Mangareva Atoll ... Need information from Europe about 3784 kHz ...

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Highlights:...The M/V Braveheart continues across the Pacific, on schedule ... Good European signals heard on 160m during the crossing ... Operators preparing to leave home ... Today's background information: geographical balance.

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Below is a message from Robin, WA6CDR (member of the VP6DX team) who is in Tauranga now and who will sail with Braveheart to Mangareva to meet the rest of the operators there. We hope you find the insight given useful. Enjoy!

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