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Irish Radio Transmitters Society
Radio News Bulletin
Sunday 29th April 2012


IRTS AGM Weekend

Our AGM Weekend took place on Saturday and Sunday last in Dundalk. The
event was hosted by the Dundalk Amateur Radio Society, who pulled out
all the stops to ensure that everything went smoothly.

The first function was the IRTS Annual Dinner on Saturday. This was
very well attended, with more than 90 members and guests present. The
guests included Hans Timmerman, PB2T (President of IARU Region 1),
Colin Thomas, G3PSM (representing RSGB), Rory Hinchy, EI4DJB
(representing the Minister for Communications), Derek O'Reilly
(representing ComReg) and Marianne Butler, who chairs Dundalk Town
Council. After the dinner we were entertained by the Donal Nagle Band.

The usual traders and some more took tables at Sunday's Rally; business
seemed to be reasonably brisk. Coinciding with the Rally there was a
talk on SD Logging by Paul EI5DI, author of the SD Logging Program. The
80m news was read from the Rally at 12.00 noon by Ger EI4GXB inside the
AREN mobile unit which was situated in hotel car park.

The turnout at the society's Annual General Meeting was the highest in
recent years. In addition to the presentation of the Committee Report
and the Annual Accounts, there was a lively discussion at the meeting
on points raised by members. Also, Paul EI2CA formally handed over the
presidency to Sťamus EI8BP. Prior to the handover, Paul presented the
President's Cup to John Tait, EI7BA "for his excellence in DXing over
decades". The President's Cup - awarded to John Tait EI7BA "for
excellence in DXing over decades" Sheila Piper Cup - awarded to Pat
Fitzpatrick EI2HX "for his series of articles on Amateur Television
which were published in Echo Ireland." See for more
information on the trophies and cups presented at this year's AGM.

Tipperary Amateur Radio Group

The May meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will take place on
Wednesday next the 2nd of May in Raheen House Hotel, Raheen Road
,Clonmel at 8.30pm,All are welcome.

Licence Examination

The next Amateur Station Licence Examination will be held on Thursday
28th June at 2 p.m. in the ComReg Offices in Dublin. The examination
may be held on that day at other centres where warranted by the number
of candidates. Full details, including entry procedure, examination fee
and how to pay the fee online are available by clicking on the Licence
Exam button on the IRTS homepage at Places for the
examination are limited and will be allocated on a first come first
served basis. Please note that it is necessary to download the
application form from the web page and forward the completed form and
the appropriate fee in order to secure a place for the examination. If
you pay the fee on line you must still complete and forward the
application form.

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

For those who have expressed interest in participating in Theory
Classes leading to the Amateur Radio Licence with South Eastern Amateur
Radio Group, there will be an information / planning session at our
next general meeting which takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Monday 30 April
(tomorrow) in the Roanmore Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford. All are

Vinny EI5GLB

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The Northern Ireland Amateur Radio Conference - brought to you by West
Tyrone Amateur Radio Club, Technology Education Centre, 2 Spillers
Place, Omagh. Lectures/Seminars, Demonstrations, Special Interest
Groups, Trade Stands, National Societies, Disabled Facilities, Door
Prizes, Raffle, Catering. The event this year takes place 16th June


Dave, WJ2O,

Dave, WJ2O is planning to visit and travel around Ireland and Northern
Ireland for 10 days in the middle of July 2012. He is looking for
suggestions of interesting ham radio sites on the island.

You can E-mail him at dave /at/wj2o/dot/.com. He maintains a website of
all his ham radio travels at


DX News

Luigi IV3XNF will be operating as OD5/IV3XNF from the Lebanon from
early May until October next. He is part of the UNIFIL mission in that
country and will be operating from a military base. QSLs go via his
home call and he will also upload his logs to Logbook of the World.

Special prefixes of GQ, MQ and 2Q will be heard from the United Kingdom
to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee from 5 May until 10
June. In addition to this some stations in Gibraltar will use the
prefix ZQ instead of the normal ZB.

Seppo OH1VR who was heard last week operating from Crete as SV9/OH1VR
will be returning to Bermuda from 7 - 13 May where he will sign

As a result of a reciprocal licensing agreement between France and
Thailand which was signed last December there should soon be a number
of new calls on the bands. The first of these is Alain HS0ZKG. His home
call is F6HBR and he has also been active as FO8FW and FR5EM. He
operates mainly CW and will count as AS-101 for the Islands on the Air

April 28th to May 5th.Hatteras Island IOTA NA 067 Andy Ronan N9TGR
(EI6KG)(ex EI8IM) will be active family style.Yaesu FT-897,Ameritron
AL-811 600 watts into a Cushcraft R7.Will pay special attention to EI
calls.Callsign will be N9TGR/4


Eurovision Song Contest special callsigns

A number of amateur radio stations in Azerbaijan will be operating
special event stations with the suffix SONG or S0NG during the
"Eurovision Song Contest" until Jun 15.


Items for inclusion in next week's Radio News can be submitted via
e-mail to "newsteam /at/ irts / dot / ie" for automatic forwarding to
both the radio and printed news services. Urgent news items for the
radio news maybe telephoned to the radio news editor, Aidan, EI7JC on
085 7100511.

Please note that items for the radio news should reach the editor no
later than midday on Thursday in order to be guaranteed inclusion in
the following Sunday's bulletin.

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