6 Aug 2000

IRTS / RSGB Islands On The Air 2000

Sunday August 6th 2000

Last weekends Islands On The Air Contest attracted
quite a lot of activity from Echo India stations. Three
groups travelled to activate islands and to do battle
for the new IRTS IOTA Trophy kindly sponsored by Paul
O’Kane EI5DI.

The Mayo Group used the callsign EJ5J from Clare Island
and reports suggest that they had a very enjoyable
outing. Those involved included Padraic EI6FWB, Gerry
EI4GD, Padraic EI5IX, Dermot EI7IX and John EI7IQ, John
EI7FAB, Joe EI3IX and Frances EI5J.

Sean EI4GK, Joe EI7GY, Declan EI9HQ and Mick EI6GF
operated EJ4GK/P from the Aran Islands. They operated
under canvas in a field day type set-up and report an
improved score over previous years.

EJ7M was active from Bere Island, also with a field day
set-up but had the advantage of a fine car ferry to get
vehicles on to the site.

The crew there was Dave EI4BZ, Jerry EI6BT, Mannix
EI5HB, Jim EI8GS, John EI8IR and Steve EI9HC.

The Dalkey Island Group decided to stay on the mainland
this year and operated EI1DD from an elevated site near
Enniskerry in County Wicklow. Operators here included
Paul EI2CA, Paul EI5DI, Keith EI4FBB, Tony EI6EW, Danny
EI8HD, Sean EI7CD, Aidan EI8CE and Peter EI7CC.

Amongst the single operators heard with good scores
were Ken EI4DW, Martin EI8GP and John EI7GL.

The annual IOTA Honour Roll listings were published in
the latest issue of Radcom, the journal of the Radio
Society of Great Britain and two EI stations are
listed. Peter Ball EI7CC is at number 99 with 768
conformed and Anthony O’Rourke EI2HY is at number 360
with 487.