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Irish Radio Transmitters Society
Radio News Bulletin

Sunday September 30th 2007

CQIR (Sundays news readers only)

A large station is in operation for the Press in the
Phoenix Park and EI75IRTS will be QRV during the
contest promoting the event worldwide. Low frequency
operation for EI75IRTS is from the EI7M site in Cork.
The first Irish entry pulled from the draw will win an
all expenses long weekend for two in New York. You get
a free entry for every 75 QSO’s made. This is a
showcase event for the Society and, as always, good
operating practice, friendliness and courtesy to other
users of the spectrum should be the order of the day.

EI0MAR is also QRV for CQIR today from the Vintage
Radio Museum in Howth – visitors are welcome.

Tipperary Amateur Radio Group

The next meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group
will be held on Thursday next, the 4th of October in
Raheen House Hotel Raheen Road, Clonmel at 8.00 p.m.
All are welcome.

Kerry Amateur Radio Group

The Kerry Amateur Radio Group will hold its annual
general meeting on Saturday the 6th of October 2007 at
10 a.m. in the Muckross House Coffee Shop, Killarney.
The annual election of officers will take place, and
the following incumbents have been nominated: Ron Hahn,
EI2JP, Chairman & Treasurer, John Costello, EI9ESB,
Vice Chairman Billy O'Connor, EI7CQB, Hon. Secretary.

After the AGM, there will be a more general discussion
regarding the Group's activities and direction for
2007/2008. All members are requested to attend, and new
members are always welcome.

Limerick Radio Club

The next meeting of Limerick Radio Club will take place
on Thursday the 11th of October at the usual venue, the
Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish at 19:30 hrs
local time. All those interested are welcome to attend.

Dxpedition to St. Brandon

The Five Star DXers Association DXpedition to St.
Brandon finished on Tuesday last, with over 137,000
QSO’s in the 3B7C log. Paul EI5DI was among the
operators, and this provided an added interest for EI
stations. The 3B7C log includes almost 90 EI call signs
and over 60 MI/GI call signs.

This has been one of the biggest DXpeditions (in
terms of QSO totals) in recent times. No doubt, full
details of the team's achievements will be publicised
over the next few months. A quick look at the details
that have been published suggest that European
stations dominate the log.

Winlink and APRS

John, EI7IG, is experimenting/testing a Winlink Telpac
Node in the Waterford area. The frequency in use is
439.875 MHz and the callsign is EI3RCW-10. If anyone is
interested in participating, please contact him
directly at 086-8167310.

Experiments in APRS are ongoing around the southeast on
two metres using 144.800 MHz. A number of experimental
digipeaters and Igates are in operation. The WX station
EI2WRC is also using this frequency. For more
information on APRS visit

Marconi Clifden Celebrations

On the 17th of October 1907 Guglielmo Marconi sent his
first commercial message from the then new station at
Clifden, Ireland. This October in celebration of this
historic event members of the Galway Radio
Experimenters Club will be running a special event
station from Saturday 13th to Wednesday 17th from
Clifden. The club has been issued the call sign
EI100MFT for the event, MFT been the last call sign
used on the original station.

On the Wednesday they will be making a special linkup
with the Marconi sister station in Glace Bay, Nova
Scotia. Part of this linkup will be an exchange of
greetings between President Mary McAleese and
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia the Honourable
Mayann E. Francis. The group will also be honoured to
have Princess Electra Marconi present as she is coming
to Clifden for the festival along with an Exhibit from
the Marconi Foundation in Bologna. The Galway Radio
Experimenters Club will also be presenting a display of
vintage equipment. More details on the festival can be
found at Visitors to the station are
more than welcome and if you would like to participate
this can also be arranged. For further information
please contact Enda Broderick (II2II) on 086-8676410 or
email: “enda dot Broderick at lightnet dot ie”.

3-Watt CW QSO

Tony EI5EM was on holidays recently in the Algarve and
on the evening of the 16th of September was relaxing on
the first floor balcony listening to 20 metres on his
Elecraft KX1 QRP transceiver. Band conditions seemed
good and the 25-foot antenna wire draped over the
balcony with a 10-foot counterpoise seemed to be
receiving well. The first station heard calling CQ was
EI6IZ, Brendan in Mayo. More in hope than in
expectation, Tony, operating as CT/EI5EM, replied to
Brendan's call. Contact was made and reports exchanged.
Tony's KX1 had an output power of 3 Watts. Taking this
QRP level and the compromise antenna in use into
consideration, Tony was pleased to receive a 519 report
from Brendan and to give a 599 in return.

This CW QSO serves to prove what can be achieved on CW
even at such low power levels and with an improvised
antenna. Of course great credit must go to Brendan,
EI6IZ for plucking Tony's weak signal out of the QRM
and QRN to complete a really satisfying QSO.

Waterford Rally

The Waterford Radio and Electronics Rally will take
place on Sunday the 21st of October at the Woodlands
Hotel on the Dunmore Road in Waterford. South East
Communications and Long Communications will be at the
rally. The IRTS, AREN and a bring-and-buy stand will
also feature.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and admission is 5 Euro,
accompanied children are admitted free of charge. For
details including a directions map, visit the South
Eastern Amateur Radio Group web site on

Upcoming Rallies

The Foyle and District Rally will take place on Sunday
the 4th of November 2007 at the White Horse Hotel,
Derry. For more information visit

The Mayo Radio Rally will take place on Sunday the 18th
of November in the Belmount Hotel, Knock, Co. Mayo. For
more information contact Padraic Baynes, EI9JA @ QTHR.

Talk on TETRA Digital Radio

There will be a free talk on TETRA digital radio in
Dublin on the Thursday the 11th of October at 6 p.m.
TETRA radio is a new secure radio system currently
being rolled out by the Gardai and is in use on the
LUAS tram system in Dublin. This system which operates
in the UHF band features mobile phone like dialling as
well as group calling like most PMR analogue systems.
It may be rolled out in the future for all emergency
and public services. The talk will be held at Engineers
Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, which is
beside the American Embassy.

Marconi Lectures

The first commercial transatlantic message was
transmitted from Marconi’s Station in Clifden to his
North American complex in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia almost
100 years ago. Marconi’s achievements will be
celebrated with a series of Marconi Centenary
commemorative events from October the 12th to the 17th
in Clifden, coordinated by the Clifden Chamber of
Commerce. The celebrations include a lecture by Paul
Duffy, Chartered Engineer and historian, entitled
‘Marconi-The Engineering Marvel’. This lecture will
take place at the Clifden Station House Theatre on
Sunday the 14th of October at 1 p.m. Michael Sexton,
Chartered Engineer and author of ‘Marconi: The Irish
Connection’, will give a lecture on the national aspect
of Marconi’s work at the Clifden Station House Theatre
on Monday the 15th of October at 1 p.m.

Professor Peter Kennedy will chair a forum entitled
"Whither Wireless Communications? Marconi's Legacy in
the 21st Century” on Tuesday the 16th of October at
Clifden Station House Theatre. This forum will reflect
on Marconi's achievements and the future for wireless
communications in an era of ubiquitous connectivity.

Amateur Radio Mailing List

An International Youth Mailing list has been
established by Duncan MacLachlan KUØDM. The aim is to
promote the hobby amongst Young Operators worldwide and
forging friendships in the process. The list is already
growing in popularity with a healthy number of

If you are under 25 years of age and would like to
join, send an email to Jonathan 2I0JVI describing your
interests and anything else you think relevant to
“mi3jvi at yahoo dot co dot uk”. Your details shall
then be forwarded to Duncan.

Items for inclusion in next weeks Radio News should be
forwarded to Mark Wall, EI7IS at QTHR or by phone to
051-853806 or 087-6302026. Items for the radio news can
also be faxed to 087 5 6302026. News should be
submitted via e-mail to “news at irts dot ie” for
automatic forwarding to both the radio and printed news
services. Please note that items for the radio news
should reach the editor no later than midday on Friday
in order to be guaranteed inclusion in the following
Sunday’s bulletin.

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