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

26 Oct 2017

7Q7EI - Malawi DXpedition 2018

Delighted to announce the EI DX Group (who brought you 9N7EI earlier this year) are announcing our next DXpedition for 2018 which will be to Malawi under the callsign 7Q7EI.

A team of 14 operators will be QRV for 2 consecutive weekends from March 21st to April 3rd also taking in the CQ WPX SSB contest 2018.

The team have carefully selected an ideal location on the shores of lake Malawi and will be QRV on all bands from 160m through 10m, SSB, CW and RTTY.

We are looking forward to hearing you on the bands!!!

Information and Updates: 

22 Oct 2017

Silent Key: Bill EI8BC

It is with the deepest of sympathy that we report the passing of William Kieran (Bill) Ryan EI8BC from Portmarnock (formerly of Drumcondra). Bill was a longtime member of North Dublin Radio Club and a founder member of the QRP club at the Marino Institute of Education. Bill used to say to friends that he had the oldest Irish callsign EI8BC. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

May he rest in peace.

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.