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how to fill in a correct reception report

Rosario
 

Hi everyone,
someone in the group would like to kindly show me how to make a correct listening report at a DSC station, a prospect in Word would be magnificent.


Regards

Rosario

Jay Law <jaylaw99@...>
 

Hi Rosario

Sorry - I missed your message... 

Traditionally a reception report would have your name, address, callsign, location GSQ lat/long, equipment used, signal received with SINPO etc... sent by letter with a stamped, self addressed envelope.

I just sent an email (translated into the appropriate language) with the raw data from YaND - however I was only looking for confirmation due to the errors.

So I was surprised to get a paper QSL, however it seems from their letter that they are always grateful to receive signal reports...

I got the email address from List IV:-

https://www.itu.int/net/ITU-R/terrestrial/docs/mars/2_ListIV_compilation.pdf

This is an old edition so some addresses may not be correct..but there are postal addresses too..

Hope this is some help, this is not something I have done very often..

--
Best Regards & Good DX

Jay

Rosario
 

HELLO Jay,

I am grateful to you for the indications and for 2_ListIV_compilation I only had 1_ListIV_compilation, in the future I will try to send some reports.

Regards

Rosario

DL1DXX
 

Hi Rosario,

I write reception reports - 1559 ship QSLs and 70 landbased QSLs in DSC so far...

I write personal letters and I don't use any standard form letters. Write some short words about you like profession, age, city you live in, that your hobby is shortwave-listening and that you like to collect verification from ships/stations that you had received. All together in 3 to 4 sentences. People don't have time to read a 4 page letter in this times.
Don't use SINPO or SINFO - they do not know what it is. Write if the signalstrength was good/medium/weak, and if there was some fading and atmospheric noise on the QRG and that you have had no or little problems to receive the station.
Important: mention you email address beside your physical address. Sometimes you will get an answer via email. That's short and efficiently.
In 99,9 per cent I send letters by postal ways and no email. I think that most emails went directly into the spam folder.
I don't include postage - just a self-addressed-envelope. Writing to german stations, I enclose a self-addressed-and-stamped-envelope.

Mention your receiver, antenna and decoding software (mulitpsk e.g.). 2-3 Sentences are enough.

For the reception details, copy the received message into your report like:

(MF=2.1875 MHz) <Selective call to a particular individual station>
Called MMSI station address: 002442000 [Coast station: Netherland CG Radio] (Netherlands)
Category: Safety
MMSI self-identifier: 311513000  SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER - C6SW3
Telecommand 1: Test
Telecommand 2: No information
Neither RX/TX frequencies nor position supplied
Check Sum: OK
Date and time of decoding: 03/10/2016 06:47:25

Return rate from ships is slightly under 40 per cent. So 4 answers from 10 letters send...could be less.

Hope this helps. If you have any further questions, I'm here :-)

vy 73, Andy - DL1DXX

DL1DXX
 

Ups - I forget the main thing. Include a ppc (prepared post card/letter) with the details of the station/ship (Station/Ship name, callsign, MMSI number, Frequency, Date, Time and Mode).
In case of ships, a nice photo from the internet would be great on your ppc-QSL. You may add transmitting power and ships position in case of ships and ask to fill in. Ask them to sign and stamp the letter and sent it back to you.
As less work as possible for the reader!

vy 73, Andy - DL1DXX

Jay Law <jaylaw99@...>
 

Hi Andy

Excellent achievement.... and brilliant advice... 

Rosario 

Good luck with your QSL's...
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Best Regards & Good DX

Jay

Rosario
 

Hi Andy,

thanks for taking the time and sharing your experience for these interesting tips.
 


Jay,

Thanks.
Another extension / possibility of this hobby.


Regards


Rosario 

Brandon Jordan
 

Andy,

Excellent info. I have QSL’d lots of DSC coastal stations but no ships. I am curious how you locate snail mail addresses for the ships in order to send reports?

73,
Brandon

On May 21, 2020, at 5:44 AM, Rosario via groups.io <ros.palermo@...> wrote:


Hi Andy,

thanks for taking the time and sharing your experience for these interesting tips.
 


Jay,

Thanks.
Another extension / possibility of this hobby.


Regards


Rosario 

DL1DXX
 
Edited

Hi Brandon

Ship addresses can be found at:
http://www.equasis.org/EquasisWeb/authen/HomePage?fs=HomePage
You have to register - but this is free. I'm there since 10 years or so....

Searching for a MMSI number,  go to "Management details" and there you find the address.
BUT:    Please check the Company website in the internet! Equasis list the physical address and
and no address with the P.O. Box which can be found on the Companies website. And check always
if the ship still belongs to the Company - search for fleet or fleetlist on the Companies website!
Things are changing fast sometimes. Take the address from the Companies website.

I only write to Companies in Europe or USA, Australia. Postal ways in other countries are
very unsure and the return rate there is going near to zero. This is my experience.

You won't find address for military ships, drilling rigs or sailing ships there.

Yesterday I got the USNS Comfort confirmed. This Navy Hospital ship was in New York
in March during Covid-19 pandemic.

Having now 1500+ ship QSLs in DSC (2200+ DSC and SSB), I'm now more
concentrating on military ships, lifeboats and Coast Guard ships. Hard nuts.
But I still like QSLs :-)

If you have further questions, no problem.

Stay safe and take care,
Andy - DL1DXX

PS:
Here my QSLs since January this year. But Covid-19 makes it not easier...

IWA: LAGK     Oscar Tybring IV [RS 104](Lifeboat), MMSI 257231500, 2187,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL-card in 37 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: 58 05 N   06 48 E

              My norwegian Lifeboat QSL # 5

IWA: CGTF     CCGS M. Charles MB (Coast Guard), MMSI 316021597, 8414,5 kHz DSC
              with full detailed ppc QSL-card in 106 days.
              Power: 150 W
              Position: 48 39,2 N   123 27,05 W
              That's in Patricia Bay, British Coumbia / CANADA !

IWA: CGTF     CCGS Terry Fox (Coast Guard), MMSI 316122000, 2187,5 kHz DSC
              with full detailed ppc QSL-card in 99 days.
              Power: 250/500 W
              Position: 47 12,6 N   059 55,6 W

IWA: CGCB     CCGS Telepost (Coast Guard), MMSI 316002140, 2187,5 kHz DSC
              with full detailed ppc QSL-card in 57 days.
              Position: 41 32 N   67 16 W  (Georges Bank)

              My canadian Coast Guard ship QSL # 6

IWA: PADA     HNLMS Karel Doorman [A 833] (Netherlands Navy ship), MMSI
              24417300, 2187,5 kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL and
              2 viewcards in 36 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: 52 57 N   004 47 E

IWA: PARE     HNLMS Mercuur [A 900] (Netherlands Navy ship), MMSI
              245974000, 2187,5 kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in
              155 days.
              Position: Den Helder/NETHERLANDS

              My netherlands Navy ship QSL # 5

IWA: EIYN     L.E. Niamh [P 52] (Irish Navy ship), MMSI 250480000, 2187,5
              kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL, letter, info and pen
              in 45 days.
              Power: 150 W
              Position: 51 31,43 N   008 27,62 W

IWA: DRLJ     GNyS Spiekeroog [A 1452] (German Navy Ship), MMSI 211211970
              8414,5 kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL and pers. letter
              in 18 days.
              Power: 100 W
              Position: Kiel / GERMANY

IWA: CGDW     CCGS Cygnus (Coast Guard), MMSI 316017000, 2187,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 45 days.
              Power: 500 W
              Position: 46 13,9 N   046 29,2 W

IWA: CG2959   CCGS Leonard J Cowley (Coast Guard), MMSI 316034000,
              2187,5 kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 78 days.
              Position: 48 31,4 N  052 23,7 W

IWA: SMKH     KBV 002 (Coast Guard), MMSI 266287000, 2187,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL and info sheet in 30
              days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: 57 42,3 N   018 46 E

IWA: SMKH     KBV 033 (Coast Guard), MMSI 266335000, 2187,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 15 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: Oskarshamn / SWEDEN

              My swedish Coast Guard ship # 6

IWA: EA4097   Rio Jallas [M-51] (Coast Guard), MMSI 225982317,
              2177 kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 18 days.
              Power: 150 W
              Position: 43 21,0 N   008 22,7 W

              This one is a small spanish Speedboat from the
              Guardia Civil. 21,19m long

              My spanish Coast Guard ship # 3

IWA: JWBR     KV Harstad [W 318] (Coast Guard), MMSI 259050000,
              2187,5 kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 72 days.
              Power: 25 W
              Position: Lofoten / Northern NORWAY

              my norwegian Coast Guard ship # 7

IWA: DBJM     Neuwerk (Coast Guard), MMSI 211267710, 2177 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL and viewcard in 20
              days.
              Position: 54 10,0 N   007 54,2 E

IWA: OIUM     Uisko (Border Guard), MMSI 230304000, 2187,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 36 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: 59 50,5 N   024 07,7 E

              Finnish Border Guard ship QSL # 2

IWA: JXAT     Skomvaer 3 [RS 99] (Lifeboat), MMSI 257207500, 2187,5
              kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 32 days.
              Power: 150 W
              Position: 69 39,10 N   018 57,74 E
                        Tromsoe Harbour / NORWAY

              my norwegian Lifeboat # 3

IWA: LCQW     OV Utvaer (Pollution Control), MMSI 257846000, 2187,5
              kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL and letter in 44
              days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: 62 28,16 N   006 12,8 E

IWA: LDGJ     Johan Hjort (Research), MMSI 257139000, 2187,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed QSL letter in 248 days.
              Position: 58 00,0 N   010 13,8 E

              Norwegian Institue of Marine Research vessel

IWA: FNCM     Atalante (Research), MMSI 227222000, 8414,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed QSL card in 238 days.
              Power: 500 W
              Position: 04 44 N   086 44,6 W

              That's between Costa Rica and Galapagos Islands!

IWA: DBFI     Seeadler (Fishery Protection), MMSI 218692000, 2187,5
              kHz with full detailed ppc QSL in 78 days via email
              for snailmail report
              Power: 500 W
              Position: 53 45,7 N   007 0,3 E

IWA: C6PZ7    Leif Eiriksson (Drilling Rig), MMSI 308243000, 2187,5
              kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL and personal note in
              71 days.
              Power: 25 W
              Position: 59 16,479 N   002 17,073 E

              Meanwhile, the flag and MMSI has changed.
              Callsign now: V7A2607  - MMSI 538008642     

              My drilling rig # 160 !     
 
IWA: C6CI7    Deepsea Yantai (Drilling Rig), MMSI 311000483, 2187,5
              kHz DSC with full detailed QSL letter in 125 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: Gjøa oilfield (off NORWAY)

IWA: OIRV     Kontio (Icebreaker), MMSI 230251000, 2187,5 kHz
              DDSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 16 days.
              Power: 500 W
              Position: Helsinki / FINLAND
        
              My Icebreaker QSL #10

IWA: PBQK     Plancius (Passenger), MMSI 246573000, 2187,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 232 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: 51 27,7 N   003 41,8 E

IWA: ZMSM     Straitsman (Passenger), MMSI 512002959, 8414,5 kHz
              DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 19 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: Cook Strait / NEW ZEALAND

IWA: C6SE4    Explorer of the Seas (Passenger), MMSI 311316000,
              2187,5 kHz DSC with full detailed ppc QSL in 221 days.
              Power: 250 W
              Position: 49 48 N   003 18 W

Richard Ware <richardjware@...>
 

Hello all

Further to earlier messages, although I don’t go in for QSL-ing ships or coast stations, since monitoring Ch70 I have started to take more interest in the ships I’m logging rather than coast stations. I use the GISIS portal of the IMO site. 

Gisis dot imo dot org

Registration to the public access area is required (it’s free). Then search the ‘Ship and Company Particulars’ area

I’ve attached some screen grabs to give you an idea of what you can see

Incidentally, the ship I have highlighted (GH STORM CAT) is shown as SAINTY VALIANT on YADDNet but its name was changed way back iin December 2014 !


Rich




Brandon Jordan
 

Many thanks for the details on finding addresses for ships! Andy, where can one find mailing addresses for military ships? I found some addresses for a few USN ships I sent reports to a few years back, but they were returned as mail to a ship these days is only accepted when addressed to a specific person.

Brandon Jordan, KM4PBQ
Fayette County, Tennessee, USA
http://www.swldx.us

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DL1DXX
 

Hi Brandon

For US Navy Ships I have found years ago:
https://www.navsup.navy.mil/public/ops$mailer.postal_display

All USNy ships have an own "unit number" followed by Box 1 and  FPO number. I simply address all my reports to the "Master". 35 reports send but only 8 QSLs received for USNy Ships. May be your return rate could be better because you are an US resident. USCG Cutters are also hard nuts. There was a major change in QSLing since 9 / 11, sadly. For all other Navy ships I do a google search "ship name and homebase/homeport" and then I try to find out an address for this naval base. That's all. As always, some answer, and some not. I have send 4 reports to begium Navy ships and got 2 replies - that's 50 per cent return rate. For danish Navy ships I had send 7 reports with different addresses and not a single answer. Hopefully one day :-) - and I really like danish people! vy 73, Andy - DL1DXX