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OQRS: You may now request a direct or bureau card through the online log search at Clublog


Japan Bureau Cards: I have posted 800g of cards direct to the JARL bureau, responding to all JA cards received to date.

Other countries: I have posted 1100g of cards to the RSGB outgoing bureau, responding to all other valid requests received to date.

QSL Policy - New Info

Contact me if you do not receive your direct card in a reasonable time. Allowing for Bureau delays, you can also expect bureau cards to be sent (see below).

LOTW: My preferred method of confirmation is, and always has been LOTW, but that is mainly useful for DXCC awards.

Direct Cards: by post and by OQRS - the intention is that these are written and posted once each week.

Bureau Cards: new requests by OQRS and received through the incoming bureau will be printed and posted to the outgoing RSGB bureau once each month.

Bureau Cards already received: If you have sent me a bureau card for contacts in 2009 to 2013, you may not yet have received a reply. With the tools provided on Clublog, I am now printing labels for all QSOs with any station from which I have received a bureau card. I have now cleared the backlog of bureau cards [2014-04-07]. Subject to bureau delay, you should receive a bureau card for any valid QSO where you have sent me a card or an OQRS request.

"Not In Log"

If I receive a card for a contact that is not in my log, I shall attempt to email you with information if available. For most of the operations, I have audio recordings and can check why you think we had a contact. I have received some cards claiming a QSO for a date when I was not in 8Q7. Usually they are ignored; in exceptional circumstances I shall email you.

Other On-Line Logs

I shall not upload the 8Q7EJ logs to any logging service other than LOTW.

Update 2014-03-19

Back in the UK. The image at the top is the 20m and 15m dipoles on the fishing pole for BERU.

Update 2014-03-14

Will close down here about 13:30 on 16th. Not as successful a trip as I had hoped. Mostly 10m about 900 QSOs total.

Update 2014-03-09

Apologies to anyone who didn't make it last night in BERU. I really shouldn't call CQ as I appear to be laying down a good signal in EU but am hearing almost nothing. Spending many unhappy hours listening to electical noise at S9 as per picture below. Turning down the RF gain helps. Noise reduction just chops up an already fluttery signal.

10m remains best but not open for long.

Our "garden shed on stilts" which acts as "the shack" is the fourth one from the left and is about 300m out to sea from the high tide mark.

Update 2014-03-07
I have antennas for only 10, 15, 20m. The noise level on 15m and 20m will make those bands difficult.
So far all my operation has been on 10m on this trip.

Updated 2014-03-04

All attempts at a 20m vertical dipole have produced a lower impedance than expected and unacceptable SWR. I threw together a 10m Ground Plane, strapped it with cable ties to the building woodwork about 8 feet above the sea and have been working EU and NA on 10m for a couple of hours. Still need to repeat the simplicity for 15m and 20m.

There is an S9 noise level on 20m without the pre-amp in. Not promising.

Updated 2014-03-03

We are on the island with a suitable room over the sea. Antenna poles arrived a day later than we did. I expected to be on the air from today but have just spent a couple of hours attempting to get a reasonable SWR on the vertical dipole over the sea, without success. I will have another attempt tomorrow. Sunset is approaching.

I expect to upload to Clublog and LOTW during the visit.

All outstanding QSLs and OQRS will be processed after my return.

Some News - 2013-09-05

My wife and I have booked to return to Vilamendhoo Island Resort (MJ63LP) in March 2014. The radio aims are: to operate in the 24hour BERU contest; to get my last two US States (DE, ND) for WAS, and give as many as possible a confirmed 8Q7 QSO.

Pictures of the May 2013 set up on Kommandoo - MJ65RL










20m VDA antenna on the deck of our Water Villa looking East to the sunrise. We are about 150m out to sea.



Pictures of the October 2011 set up on Vilamendhoo - MJ63LP

The stationThe 'Shack'









The Antenna and Ocean

The antenna, right on the sea wall on the north shore.











Pictures of the October 2009 set up on Vilamendhoo - MJ63LP

The antenna, in a small tree about 25m from the tide line on the north shore.

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