Saturday, December 31, 2005
Step1: the received bureau cards are sorted by bureau.
Step2: Each received card is captured in BV7 software. Each small window corresponds to a different callsign I used in the pass. Entering the callsign, I can immediately see which band/mode for which of my call still needs to be confirmed.
Step3: when all the cards for a given bureau, have been queud, the calls are printed. The software takes care of the alphabetical order sorting. I do not use anymore labels, but rather directly print on the cards (it saves the annoying sticker gluing step!)
step4: each card printed is verified and signed
Here are the main bureau customers: from left to right K, SP, I, JA and DL... To be noted, the K stations are by far the most present in my logs... ahh if the rest of the world could also use LOTW!
Step5: Finaly the cards are packed and sent to the REF !
This represents only 4 monthes, the same volume is sent 3 times/year
Following are the statistics provided by BV7 (started to use it in 2004)
F6IRF: QSOs printed: 7855
FG/F6IRF: QSOs printed: 1961
F6IRF/P: QSOs printed: 195
IS0/F6IRF: QSOs printed: 105
UT/F6IRF/P: QSOs printed: 25
So from the nearly 10,000 QSO's have been confirmed via the bureau since 2004... (by the way, not all bureaux are slow ! UT/F6IRF/P operation is only 5 monthes old !)
In short: QSL'ing represents time money and energy that I would prefer to use on the air, on station improvments and on travelling; so please:
- Refrain sending 1 card per QSO (only new band/mode) This may be easier for you, but it is a nightmare for me ! (once again I am not interested by cards, they all endup to the trash !).
- Be friendly with the environment and the trees: try to use LOTW or E-QSL...
Friday, December 30, 2005
Above the antennas used for the SPDX-TTY contest, done from west-France (IN87)
2005 has been a very "active year" with over 29000 QSO's done in 37 contests. Below are the details by reverse chronological order, with a link to the related 3830 post (except for casual participations). In red the mode and the raw number of QSO's.
 OK RTTY F6IRF SOAB HP TY 706
 CQWW CW CN2WW(F6IRF) SOSB/20 LP CW 2500
LZDX CW CONTEST CN2WW(F6IRF) SOAB LP CW 350
 WAE RTTY F6IRF Single Op HP TY 1278
 UR DX F6IRF SOAB RTTY HP TY 675
3830] JARTS F6IRF Single Op HP TY 1611
 Makrothen RTTY F6IRF SO/Single Xcvr HP TY 777
CQWW SSB F6IRF/P SOAB LP SSB 100
 CQ WW RTTY F6IRF SOAB(A) HP TY 1512
 SAC CW F6IRF SOAB LP CW 315
 Rus RTTY F6IRF SOAB HP TY 500
 SCC RTTY F6IRF SOAB(A) HP TY 952
 SARTG F6IRF SOAB HP TY 802
 WAE CW F6IRF Single Op HP CW 310
EM5F -->IOTA DXPN MS MIX 24H LP MIX 2230
 DL-DX RTTY F6IRF SOAB-24 HP TY 784
 UR DX DIGI F6IRF SOAB HP TY 189
 ANARTS F6IRF SOST HP TY 1090
 WPX CW TM6A(F6IRF) SO(A)AB LP CW 1827
 Volta RTTY F6IRF SOAB HP TY 556
 ARI F6IRF SO RTTY HP TY 466
 SPDX RTTY F6IRF/P SOAB LP TY 664
 JIDX CW F6IRF SOAB HP CW 252
 EA RTTY F6IRF SOAB HP TY 702
 BARTG F6IRF SO Expert HP TY 923
 Ukraine RTTY F6IRF SOSB/20 HP TY 84
ARRLDX SSB F6IRF SOAB HP SSB 171
 UBA CW F6IRF SOAB HP CW 800
REF SSB F6IRF SOAB HP SSB 200
 ARRLDX CW F6IRF SOAB(A) HP CW 1000
 RTTY WPX F6IRF SOAB LP TY 1290
 XE RTTY F6IRF SO2R HP TY 743
 REF CW F6IRF SOAB LP CW 572
 UKDX RTTY F6IRF Single Op HP TY 575
 BARTG Sprint F6IRF SO Expert HP TY 660
 RTTY Roundup F6IRF Single Op HP TY 849
SARTG HNY F6IRF SOAB HP TY 110
As shown by this graph, during 2005, I have focused on RTTY contesting, not missing any of the organized contest in this mode... (this chart includes EM5F multi-op expedition for the IOTA contest, thus the high number of SSB qso's in July !)
Results: Of course only a few results have been published, but among the good surprises is the 4th World and first EU-place in the Makrothen TTY contest (together with a 1st world place on the 80m band). More to follow...