12 Aug 2018

M.R.E.N Lighthouse activation 2018


The mayo radio experimenters will be activating Blacksod lighthouse IE0008 for this years international lighthouse lightship weekend with the clubs call EI7MRE/p. 

This activation will be held the weekend of the 18th and 19th August. The team will be operating on all bands from 80m to 4 meters depending on band conditions. 

Anyone wishing to work the IO44xc square on VHF, look out for them on the DX cluster or ON4KST chat. 

The station operators hope to be active from the evening of Saturday 18th until Sunday afternoon.

5 Aug 2018

New 144 MHz DX record


On Sunday the 5th of August 2018, there was a remarkable contact on the 2 metre band between Ireland and the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa. 

Mark Turner EI3KD in Cork managed to work D4Z on 144.300 MHz, a distance of some 4163 kms. 
This contact made on CW was also a new DX record for tropo in IARU Region 1. 

To put the distance into perspective, the equivalent distance to the west would span the Atlantic stretching from Ireland to Nova Scotia in Canada. 

Congratulations to Mark on this achievement.



31 Jul 2018

Silent Key - Tony Siviter EI2IZ

With deepest sympathy we announce the passing of Tony Siviter EI2IZ from Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry. Tony was a former member of KARG, but suffered ill-health in recent years.

Tony passed away at University Hospital Kerry on Tuesday 31st July.

Sincere sympathies to all of his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

29 Jul 2018

Silent Key - Nicholas EI4GBB


With deepest sympathy we announce the passing of Nicholas EI4GBB. Sincere sympathies to all of his his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

17 Jul 2018

Silent Key - Jim Claffey, EI2DDB

With deepest we regret to announce the sudden death of Jim Claffey, EI2DDB, Howth Road, Sutton, Co. Dublin. Jim passed away suddenly on Tuesday 17th July. Jim will be remembered by those early morning travellers on the road runner net and to long QSOs late into the night on 2 Meters. Sincere sympathies to his family. May he rest in peace.

25 Jun 2018

Silent Key - Harry MacMullan EI2EB

With deepest sympathy we also report the passing of Harry MacMullan EI2EB of Bunclody. Harry passed away last Monday, 25th June aged 82. He had suffered a major stroke on the 13th of February and had spent the time since in hospital, followed then in a nursing home. Harry had gone off air following Hurricane Ophelia when his 40m antenna had been damaged and, only a couple of weeks before his stroke, had been climbing on the roof taking it down and arranging to put up a new one. He had been an avid radio enthusiast since he was young (his father having witnessed Marconi's early experiments in Ballycastle) and qualified as a radio officer in 1958, serving first with Marconi on a tanker, then with Aer Lingus, before joining RTE in 1965. He always enjoyed listening to the sunday IRTS news and calling in afterwards. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends at this time.

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