... QSL card design ...
... QSL processing status ...
... Donors without callsigns in the database ...
... Instructions for donors who have made an on-line QSL request, but have not received LOTW credit ...
... List of donors without callsigns as of 2008 June 16 Monday ...
An earlier press release stated that we expected QSL cards to enter the postal system in mid-April. We must apologize for failing to meet that deadline.
Our printer offered us an opportunity to send an extraordinary QSL card. The direct-mail "card" will be a 36-page booklet, sponsored by the QSL-Shop and Knut Theurich DG0ZB (http://qslshop.com). This booklet has the same dimensions as a QSL card, and contains over 80 color photos and maps. The text includes information about the major sponsors, Ducie Island history, and the VP6DX project. With a thickness of 1mm, the VP6DX QSL will fit in standard QSL card display holders.
Not surprisingly, it takes much more time to design and prepare for printing a 36-page booklet than a standard QSL card. We submitted the complete draft of the card design to the printer on May 14. During the next several weeks we worked together with the printer to resolve technical layout issues and to proofread the final design. The final proof was approved on June 6 and printing of 20,000 cards began on June 9. Last Friday June 13 more than 500 kg (1100 lb) of cards were shipped to the QSL team which should arrive around the end of this week.
We hope you will find this special card worth the additional waiting time. As you will read below, the QSL team has been using this time to complete other tasks for card preparation.
Note: Because QSL bureaus are not equipped to handle a booklet, VP6DX QSLs delivered via the bureau will use a normal card with color photographs.
Over a dozen volunteers in Germany and USA form the QSL processing team.In order to process the largest number of QSL requests in the shortest period of time, QSL requests are prioritized in groups. Several factors determine the priority of each request group:
- QSL requests for QSOs that match the VP6DX log exactly have priority over requests that require manual research. Manual research for busted calls is a time-consuming activity that can only begin after the owner of the logged callsign has been given time to request his QSL.
- QSL requests submitted on-line through the website have priority over requests receive via postal mail. On-line QSL requests can be handled more quickly; the time-consuming steps of opening envelopes, entering QSO data, and checking for errors — all of which must be done by a QSL team volunteer – are eliminated when the DXer uses the on-line QSL request form on the VP6DX website. In comparison, on-line requests require no manual data entry by QSL team volunteers. To submit a request on-line, go to http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/oqrs/index.php.
- When sending confirmations, we transmit LOTW confirmations first as this is the fastest way for a DXer to receive DXCC credit. Next we prepare direct-mail QSLs. Bureau cards, the least time-critical, have lower priority.
- Requests from donors have priority over requests from non-donors. Everyone who requests a QSL will receive both a card and a LOTW confirmation.
- Group A1: LOTW confirmations for on-line QSL requests from donors
- Group A2: QSL cards for on-line QSL requests from donors.
- Group B: QSL cards and LOTW confirmations for postal requests from donors.
- Group C: QSL cards and LOTW confirmations for on-line QSL requests from non-donors.
- Group D: QSL cards and LOTW confirmations for postal requests from non-donors with SASE or equivalent.
- Group E: QSL cards and LOTW confirmations for postal requests from non-donors without SASE or equivalent.
- Group X: QSL requests that do not match the log.
SWL requests will be handled in the same group as a corresponding amateur radio operator QSL requests. In order to preserve the integrity of the SWL confirmation, an SWL request must include data for at least two consecutive QSOs heard on the same band and mode. SWL requests should be entered in the on-line QSL request form on the website by putting the data in the “comments” field.Current status as of 2008 June 16 Monday 1425Z:
|Group||Sent||Backlog||Notes||A1||73,805 QSOS; 4,640 calls||Complete through June 9 Mon.||1, 4||A2||—||about 4,500||1, 2||B||—||about 3,200||3||C||—||about 4,500||5||D||—||about 2,200||6||E||—||about 3,100||5||X||—||less than 100||7|
Note 1: 1,086 additional donors have not provided their callsigns; see the list at the end of this press release. We cannot process their QSL request without their callsign. If you are on this list of missing callsigns, please send us your callsign via the "Contact Us" menu option on the left side of the VP6DX website: http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/contactus/index.php.
Note 2: Requests will be processed in Germany as soon as the cards arrive from the printer. Labels and envelopes are ready. After preparation, cards for North American stations will be bulk-shipped by air to the USA for mailing direct to the DXer. Cards for the rest of the world will be mailed direct to the DXer from Germany.
Note 3: As these requests are entered into the database, LOTW credits will be uploaded to the ARRL server during the weekly upload. In parallel, direct-mail QSL cards will be prepared. After preparation, cards for North American stations will be bulk-shipped by air to the USA for mailing direct to the DXer. Cards for the rest of the world will be mailed direct to the DXer from Germany.
Note 4: If you are a donor and made an on-line QSL request before 2008 Jun 09 Monday 1800Z, and your LOTW confirmation is not present on the ARRL server, please see instructions below.
Note 5: As these requests are entered into the database, LOTW credits will be uploaded to the ARRL server during the weekly upload. The QSL cards for these requests will be delivered via the bureau.
Note 6: As these requests are entered into the database, LOTW credits will be uploaded to the ARRL server during the weekly upload. Cards for North American stations will be bulk-shipped by air to the USA for mailing direct to the DXer. Cards for the rest of the world will be mailed direct to the DXer from Germany.
Note 7: If a logging error at VP6DX is discovered, a QSL card will be mailed direct to the DXer and LOTW credits will be uploaded to the ARRL server during the weekly upload.
Before April, over 1000 DXers made on-line donations without providing their callsign. In almost all cases, this occurred when the donation was made via PayPal. To add to the confusion, some of these PayPal donations were made using business accounts. In late March an improvement to the website was made to avoid this problem for subsequent requests.
We apologize for not anticipating this problem, and want to properly acknowledge every donor on our website. And, without a callsign, QSL requests from these donors will not be prioritized correctly.
Please check the list of names attached below. If your name (or business) is listed, please send us your callsign via the "Contact Us" menu option on the left side of the VP6DX website: http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/contactus/index.php. Thank you!
- a donor, and
- have made an on-line QSL request via the website, and
- your LOTW credit(s) does not appear on the ARRL LOTW server today
- Check that your callsign is recorded together with your name as a donor on the VP6DX website: ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/sponsors/index.php. Donor names (or businesses) with no callsigns are listed below. If you are on this list of names without callsigns, please send us your name and callsign via the "Contact Us" menu option on the left side of the VP6DX website: http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/contactus/index.php.
- You have submitted on-line requests for confirmation of more than one QSO, and’
- Some QSOs are confirmed in the ARRL LOTW server but others are not confirmed;
- If none of your on-line requests have been confirmed on the ARRL LOTW server, please check that your on-line request is in the database. Go to the website's on-line QSL request page http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/oqrs/index.php and enter your callsign. A list of all QSOs that you requested in the past will appear in your browser. If your desired QSO is not listed in this database, then follow the instructions on the webpage to complete the on-line request form for the additional QSO(s). Your additional QSOs, if matched in the VP6DX log, will be uploaded to the ARRL LOTW server during the next weekly upload.
- If (1), (2), or (3) does not apply, please send us a note via the "Contact Us" menu option on the left side of the VP6DX website: http://ducie2008.dl1mgb.com/contactus/index.php.
B & B Technical Services
DEAK Technologies, Inc.
Fraser Bonnett Enterprises
George E. Marzloff, P.L.C.
Jarvis Metal Works
Martek Radio, LLC
Middlesex Detector Sales
Working Class Engineer Books
Alvarellos, Luis Alberto Perez
Ambrosi, Pietro Mario
Anciaux, Louis N
Ashley, I T
Baker, Robert O
Balsera, Oscar Bordallo
Barber, J F
Berg, Herman van den
Bieberle, Michael D
Breugelmans, J C P
Burnett, G D
Caesar, Steven A
Carlsen, Guy K
Carnevale, Luigi Maria
Casanova Sr, Travis G
Chase, Todd M
Comer Jr, Jacques
Copping, Russ W
Corti, Mattia Daniele
Costa, Aurelio C A
Curioni, Mauro Gabriele
Davis, Alisa O
Day, Coy C
De Lucia, Anthony
De Pazos, Angel Arturo Padin
Dent, P W
DeYoung, Edward WRH
Di Giovanni, Cristofaro Sante
Di Michele, Francesco
Dillon Jr, Robert E
Dober, Gregory J
Etters, Donald E
Fabrizio Jr, Robert J
Farr, Thomas A
Featherstone, Dennis J
Fernandez, Marcos Suarez
Ferrell, Wesley A
Galster, Hans Peter
George, Barry R
Giguere, Gerald R
Gottschalk Jr, Robert B
Grogg, Gary W
Grove, John C
Guerin, George A
Gunckel, Timothy A
Harp, H Alan
Helton, Gary G
Hensel, Ron A
Hidalgo, Juan Cristobal Encinas
Hirth, John S
Jimnez, J Pablo Garcia
Johnson, M Ray
Johnson, Mary Beth
Jolly, John S
Joyce, Richard A
Kassebaum, F W
Kazancioglu, Tevfik Aydin
Kelley jr, Edward J
Kline, Dr Jon A
Lappi, Edwin R
Larsen, Kenneth A
Londoño, Francisco Hennessey
Lopez, Jesus Munoz
Mackey Sr, Reginald J
Maguin, Luis Fernando
Marsh Jr, George A
Martin, Erik Jeff
Martinez, Raul Bustos
McCulley, Emmett l
Meighan III, Joe
Mendoza, Rafael Meneses
Mills, Henry D
Moore Jr, Alfred T
Navarro, Juan Manuel Domenech
Nebot, Juan Luis Pla
Pas, Lyle Ten
Paul, Jean Marie
Pegorini, Alvaro Giuseppe
Perez, Jose Maria Sobrino
Perez, Omar I
Phillips, Scott F
Profita Jr, John W
Roberts, Brian Roberts
Rose, T M
Sacco Jr, Stephan J
Sanchez, Lorenzo Morillas
Sanders, Joseph J
Sanderson, R J
Schliesser, Donald L
Schmidt, Gary R
Sharkey, Reg L
Sinko, Linda R
Steed, J E
Steinberg, Ulrich H
Swafford, Byron Joe
Taylor Jr, Charles
Thompson, Ray L
Towle, Stephen L
Turnbull, Douglas N
Vallee, Alfred La
van Beek, GGAM
Vickers III, Thomas
Walker, Norman L
Ward, Allen C
Weathersby, Scott M
Whicker, Stanley D
Williamson, Ronald L
Zavrel, Robert J
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.
... Website additions ... Sponsors and LOTW updates ... QSL card status ... /MM-operations ...Read more...
... Answering questions about QSLs and LOTW credits ... missing QSOs ... other questions answered ...Read more...
... M/V Braveheart anchors at Mangareva in Rikitea harbor ... Radio operators hike the hills ... First dinner ashore ...Read more...
... Operator team continues homeward journey ... High volume of inquiries about, and corrections to, donations ...Read more...
... 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 ...Read more...
... First LOTW credits for VP6DX contacts on ARRL server ... Station and camp disassembly begins ... One more record claimed ...Read more...
... Fireworks at Ducie Island ... VP6DX breaks record for largest number of contacts on an expedition ... Other band and mode contact records also broken ... Pileups remain large ... Long path contacts made on 160m band with Ducie Island ... Description of stations ... New Pictures online ...Read more...
... Final days of expeditions ... Outline of teardown and departure schedule ...Read more...
... 160m contact made with opposite side of the planet ... 104,900 contacts and climbing ... QSO Statistics ... 17m RTTY operations started ... 30m RTTY frequency adjustment ... 6m beacon now on the air long path contacts made with Finland, European Russia on the 80m band ... possibilities for 160m? ... North American 160m schedule ...Read more...
.. Special Request for Europe ... Special Request for DXers worldwide ... 160m SSB operation ... Split operation for restricted licenses ... Server errors ...Read more...
... News from the island ... Pictures ... 6m Operation ... Donations list on the website ... Your QSO is not in the online log?Read more...
... News from the island ... Comparison 80m CW / 75m SSB ... Online Log Update ... QSO Statistics available ...Read more...
...First messages from the island ... Online Log available! ... Frequency adjustments ...Read more...
...First phone call with VP6DX...Read more...
... VP6DX is QRV ... Online Log ... Looking for sound files ...Read more...
Braveheart left Mangareva in time ... Only 100 miles away from Ducie Island on Friday morningRead more...
Highlights:... Full operator team meets in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia ... Only one suitcase missing ... Busy Monday ... Early flight Tuesday ... Frequency adjustments ... New Pictures ...Read more...
Highlights:... Operators traveling ... Braveheart arrives at Mangareva Atoll ... Need information from Europe about 3784 kHz ...Read more...
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.Read more...
Highlights:...WA6CDR arrives in New Zealand...Braveheart departs for Mangareva...Background information:...costs and cash flow...donors of US$100 or more, received by Feb 5, to be honored on QSL card...Read more...
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!Read more...
Highlights:... Equipment arrives in New Zealand...WA6CDR to depart for New Zealand on Thursday...On-line QSL request explained...Background information: Ducie Island radio site design...Read more...
This will be the last update for this year. We apologise for not bringing out more news over the last weeks. This only had one reason.Read more...
The team is still very busy preparing the equipment for a shipment in November. This is what changed or happened during the last weeks:Read more...
The team was very busy "behind the scene" for the last weeks and the following things changed or happened:Read more...
Carsten (DL6LAU) and Eric (K3NA) met in Dayton at the Hamvention to discuss more details about the operation from Ducie.Read more...
Carsten, DL6LAU will lead a team of 13 highly experienced operators to operate from Ducie Island during February 2008.Read more...