1 Jun 2018

Irish Islands IOTA Tour 2018

Beginning June 1st 2018, the EIDX Group will activate ALL Irish IOTA Groups.

Using the ‘Echo Juliet’ prefix, EJ0DXG will be QRV from IOTA EU-006, EU-007, EU-103 and EU-121 this summer.

Starting off with ‘Little Saltee Island’ EU-103 on June 15/16/17/18th…the groups will be QRV on HF and 6m bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes.

Follow our Facebook page for information/dates for all other activations.

Supported by dxwanted.net a beautiful plaque will be available for whoever works them on 4 different IOTA Groups. So, as a ‘Bonus’ station, EI0DXG will also be QRV from Mainland Ireland (EU-115) throughout and until September 30th 2018.

Here is the line-up (weather permitting)

EU-103…………....June 15/16/17/18

EU-007…......………....July 20/21/22

EU-121………….....August 24/25/26

EU-006….....September 13/14/15/16

EU-115……Operation begins June 1st until September 30th.

As with all EIDXG activities, QSL via M0OXO.

14 May 2018

RSGB - 432MHz Trophy Contest 2018

Call: G8P
Operator(s): EI5IX EI7FJ G0HFX G4CLA 
Station: G8P

Class: Open Section
Operating Time (hrs): 8
Location: White Cliffs of Dover UK

On May 5th the RSGB - 432 MHz Trophy Championship Contest took place from 14:00UTC – 22:00UTC. This was an 8 hour event and the contest ran concurrently with the first few hours of an IARU / RSGB 24 hour UHF contest. This year I was out active with The Parallel Lines Group under the callsign "G8P" from Locator square JO01QD. 

We had a Huge duct into PA but didn't extend much further unfortunately. There was great WX over the weekend with some nice DX, We finished up the contest with a score of 229 QSO’s 90,466 points and our ODX was OL3Z at 932Km.

A great weekend was had by all the team looking forward to the next one.

14 Apr 2018

21st GM-DX Convention - Saturday, 14 April 2018

This year's 21st GM-DX Convention was also a celebration of twenty-five years since the GM-DX Group was founded in 1993. There was 92 Convention attendees and 70 for the GM-DX Dinner. (Pictures by Nigel G3TXF)

The GM-DX Convention has been held in the same King Robert Hotel in Bannockburn for twenty years.

Rob GM3YTS: GM-DX 25th Birthday cake.

L>R Steve MW0ZZK, Declan EI6FR, Pat EI5IX, Dave EI9FBB and Col MM0NDX

GM-DX Speakers Lasse SM5GLC, Nigel G3TXF, Hawk SM5AQD, Chris GM3WOJ and Don G3XTT collect their GM-DX Mugs.

Steve MW0ZZK, Declan EI6FR, Col MM0NDX and Jonathan MM0OKG.

Dave EI9FBB and Pat EI5IX.

Hawk SM5AQD, Clive GM3POI, Lasse SM5GLC and Joe DL4CF

Chris GM3WOJ is presented with the RSGB's Jack Wylie Trophy by RSGB President Nick G3RWF.

Tom GM4FDM and Gavin GM0GAV.

Iain M0PCB, Fred G4BWP, Kerry G8VR and Neil G0JHC.

Nadine MM0WNW, Ian GM3SEK, Martin GM8IEM and Aileen.

Justin G4TSH, Chris G3SVL and Don G3XTT.

Nigel G3TXF is ready to drive back to Edinburgh Airport: EDI

4 Mar 2018

Silent Key – Aidan Murphy EI5HW

We regret to inform you of the death on Monday 26th February of Aidan Murphy EI5HW of Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath. Aidan had been ill for some time before his untimely death at just fifty years of age.

Aidan was founder of the Ballooning and Amateur Radio Club of Ireland and he held both balloon and helicopter pilot’s licences.

For at least fourteen years Aidan with his good friends Se├ín EI7CV and Gerry EI9DZ had a club stand at Frtiedrichshafen through which they made worldwide friendships. Aidan’s funeral took place on Wednesday 28th February.

To his wife Alison, his daughter Aoife, his father Pat, his brothers Willie and Ronan as well as to his wider family and his many friends we extend our sincerest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

4 Feb 2018

Silent Key - Kevin (Buddy) Rock EI5JG

On the 30th of January the death took place of Kevin (Buddy) Rock EI5JG after a short illness. Buddy, from Drogheda Co. Louth, was laid to rest in the Old Cemetery, Termonfeckin. And if Buddy was writing this he would say “that‘ll do” for this notice as he was a no-fuss kind of man. Buddy was a car bodyworks specialist all of his life and he took great pleasure in repairing the damage caused when your car fell off the road. He would talk about all the changes over the years as when he started the main part of the finishing of the job was using lead solder bars to fill out the body lines and then an assortment of heat and body files to the job. Having seen his work you would need little more than a heavy coat of primer to finish it for the final painting. On the radio side of Buddy’s life he had quite a lot of radios over the years. He had hands for anything and when he was looking for some aerials to put up he had a look at what some of his local radio hams were using and he said he could make them himself. This was not out of meanest, just the fact that the man had a great pair of hands. One such job he did was to make his own rotator, he acquired a small gearbox with a 99/1 turn ratio attached to a small DC motor via a couple of toothed pullies and a camshaft belt. For the controller he started off with making a camshaft lobe out of a chopping board and attached it to the pole then he used a length of throttle cable with one end connected to the lobe the other end ran into the shack. In the shack the cable ran along the celling with the outer part of the cable removed and a pointer attached to the inner cable by turning the rotator the internal wire moved the pointer along the ceiling, he marked on the ceiling some compass settings and some locations so he knew where the beams were pointing - not that any kind of wind would shift it. . 

I offer deepest sympathies to Buddy’s family and many friends. Rest in peace old friend until we meet again. - Pat EI2HX

Silent Key - Alex Barrett EI6AG

We regret to announce the death of Alex Barrett EI6AG at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork on Thursday February 1st 2018. Alex, from Glounthaune, Co. Cork, was well known to older amateurs as the owner of Southern Electronics, the main dealer for Ireland for Storno Radio. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Enda and four daughters and to his extended family. May he rest in peace

12 Nov 2017

Silent Key: Dermot EI2AF

I'm sorry to hear of the death on Monday last of Dermot Kevin Donnelly of Crozon Downs, Sligo and formerly of Park Drive Ranelagh in Dublin. His funeral took place on Wednesday last. Dermot had not been active on the air for some time. To his wife Kitty and to his sons Alexis and Fergal we extend our sincere sympathy. May he rest in peace