24 Sep 2017

Silent Key - Rupert EI2FD


It is with regret that we record the death of Rupert Masterson EI2FD of Ballinalee Co. Longford. Rupert died on Saturday, 16 September and his funeral took place on Wednesday last. Up until a couple of years ago Rupert was a regular caller on the News frequencies and was active on the bands generally.

To his partner Barbara, his son Paul and to his extended family we offer our sincerest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

1 Sep 2017

DX Féile - 6th & 7th October 2017





Saturday 7th October will see the '1st DX Féile' take place on Inis Mór Island, Aran Islands for a DX filled-convention.

World renowned DXpeditioners Kenneth LA7GIA, Nigel G3TXF and IOTA Deputy manager Cezar VE3LYC along with Declan EI6FR and Jeremy EI5GM will host a day of DX related talks followed by a Dinner and Social evening amongst other activities.

2 x HF stations will be QRV signing the EJ1D callsign and giving out the EU-006 IOTA reference for the weekend. Full information is available on their website www.dxfeile.ie Early booking is advised due to limited availability.

Looking forward to seeing you all there and maybe working some of you on the air from EU-006!!!


73,
Pat

20 Aug 2017

Silent Key - Hugh EI6CPB

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Hugh, EI6CPB formerly of Bray and later of Wexford. He died peacefully on the 16th of August in the Mater Hospital, Dublin after a long illness spanning 20 years.

Hugh was a past member of the South Dublin Radio Club and one of the founders of the Two Counties DX Cluster Group. He was the system operator of the Wicklow DX Cluster EI7WDX. Hugh operated on most frequency bands below 144 MHz and was a keen user of Citizens Band in days gone by. Funeral arrangement details available on www.RIP.ie 

May he rest in peace.

3 Jul 2017

IRTS / RSGB - VHF/UHF Field Day 2017



The weekend of 1st & 2nd of July 2017, I ventured out with the Wexford VHF Group for the IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day. This year we were operational on 50MHz (6m), 70MHz (4m), 144MHz (2m) 432MHz (70cm) & 1296MHz (23cm) from Locator Square "IO62OM" under the call-sign "EI9E/P".


On Thursday the 29th of June I drove from London in England to Pembroke Dock in Wales where I got the Nigh time ferry across to Rosslare in Co. Wexford in the south east coast of Ireland. The crossing was choppy that night with gale force 7-8 winds throughout the night but nothing that well needed sleep didn't solve. At 7am I arrived in Rosslare where I met up with the rest of the crew for the weekend. (Janet, Billy EI7FJ, John EI2FG, Pete G4CLA, Mark EI3KD, Neil EI3JE, John EI7IG, Dan EI3JZ, John EI8JA, Roger EI8KN, Pat EI8IQ, Tom EI5ASB, Pete EI4GZB & Declan EI9HQ) 

We arrived at the stations site on top of White Mountain on Friday afternoon at 15:30BST. First thing first, Lunch was prepared. Fair play to John EI2FG he put together an incredible Beef Stew with a "spicy" kick which went down a treat and certainly gave us a great start to the weekend. After lunch was demolished we began to build our portable stations for the weekend, weather conditions at this point of the day was at least dry for station setup but it did have a chill in the air especially up on the mountain top. Work began on the 6m and 2m stations where antennas were put together and erected including the 6m/4m/2m shack. Later the 70cm and 23cm stations was put together and would be finished the next morning. Once it got dark everyone got the their heads down for some well deserved rest and as soon as the sun broke at 6am everyone was up and at it. Breakfast (fit for a king) was prepared by Billy EI7FJ and Janet.... just what the doctor ordered. The 70cm and 23cm stations were finished off after breakfast and all antennas was erected and tested for the weekends contest. Everything was working smoothly and having a separate main course and pastry chef worked very well, although custard supplies were low this year and someone dropped solder flux into the Friday night stew which was the "Kick" I reckon :-). It was a very enjoyable weekend with mighty craic and it was great to meet new faces too. Thanks to everyone who beamed our way, it was fantastic to work you all.

We finished the contest with the following scores:

50MHz:
134 QSO's - 57,454 Points and ODX: IT9FXY at 2,212Km

70MHz:
86 QSO's - 31,944 Points and ODX: PA2M at 791Km

144MHz:
339 QSO's - 144,342 Points and DK5DQ at 980Km

432MHz:
118 QSO's - 46,832 Points and DF0MU at 958Km

1296MHz:
38 QSO's - 15,166 Points and PI4GN at 909Km


Installing the 2m and 6m antenna

2m: 4x5 LFA Antennas

2m: 2x12 LFA Antennas

70cm and 23cm antennas


EI9HQ & EI4GZB installing 23cm antennas


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We are delighted to receive the IRTS Thomond Trophy for the Open section of the IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day and a certificate from the RSGB for the Leading Non-UK Entry in the open section. As always thank you to the adjudicator's and to you for the points. Looking forward to the next one. 73




  

19 Jun 2017

Silent Key – Tony EI4DIB

The death has occurred of Tony Allen EI4DIB, late of Drogheda County Louth on Sunday 18th June, after a long illness. Tony was very well known in amateur radio circles and his love for VHF, especially (70MHz) 4 metres, was well known.

Everyone Tony came into contact with, witnessed the selfless giving of his many skills and talents. Tony was a long standing and valued member of amateur radio clubs and groups in the North East. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the privilege of coming into contact with him.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

5 Jun 2017

IARU / IRTS CW Field day Contest 2017

The Mayo Radio Experimenters took part in the IARU / IRTS CW Field day  on the 3/4 June 2017 as EI0M/P.  The station equipment was the clubs portable tower supporting a 240Ft Doublet antenna, this was connected to a balanced tuner and the radio used was the clubs Icom IC7300.
 Club Tower with Doublet Antenna
 650w Generator
 Station in action on 10m
Station Setup

EI5IX operating

Conditions were difficult as it has been for this year so far.  Even so contacts were made on all bands.
Claimed Score

Looking forward to the next one,
73

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Thanks to the contest manager who published the results so quickly.