20 Apr 2012

DXCC Card Checking Rule Change

It was announced late last week that a notice of an upcoming change in an administrative procedure contained in the DXCC Rules.
The change in the DXCC Rules will permit volunteer Card Checkers who have achieved DXCC on 160 meters to check 160 meter QSLs in the field, and all Card Checkers to check cards for Deleted Entities.
Until now there has been a requirement that 160 meter cards be checked by Headquarters staff. The main issue has been that some cards for 18 MHz QSOs can be altered to show 1.8 MHz without the alteration being detected. Therefore, the time of the QSO becomes significant.
Some cards for Deleted Entities date back to 1960 and before, and sometimes it is difficult in the field to determine what entity the card ought to count for. Deleted Entities do not count for the DXCC Challenge or for the Honor Roll but do count toward all-time totals.

After discussion during the teleconference the "Programs and Services

Committee" (PSC) unanimously voted to authorize staff to amend the DXCC rules as proposed but with no change in how Card Checkers are appointed.

For complete details on the change, please take a look at:


16 Apr 2012

IRTS 80th Anniversary AGM & Rally

Just under one week remaining for the 80th Anniversary IRTS
AGM and Rally and you can still purchase your tickets
for the special anniversary AGM dinner on Saturday 21st
April. However hurry as hotel need final numbers by
Thursday next. Dinner tickets are just €32, a reduction
on previous years and represents great value for this
very special dinner. B&B is €55 for single and a double
is €65. The Venue is Fairways Hotel Dundalk, telephone

Dinner tickets can be bought now by contacting Thos
EI2JD on 087-2953256 or email thoscaffrey@hotmail.com or by contacting any IRTS committee member.

The radio rally and exhibition will be held in the
large conference hall with lots of space to move about
and to peruse at your leisure. It all happens over the
weekend of April 21st & 22nd, that’s next weekend. A
very warm welcome awaits you.

15 Apr 2012

Wireless narrative of the sinking of the Titanic is offered by the BBC World Service.

A very interesting version of the wireless narrative of the sinking of the Titanic is offered by the BBC World Service. BBC producers used computer generated voices of actual telegraphic exchanges to simulate the frantic network traffic.

I expect this is of deep meaning to all amateur radio operators. The very foundations of our service are clearly laid in this narrative. You'll hear urgency, courage and disbelief from the wireless operators. You'll hear our on-air jargon even as it is used today. You'll recognise network message frustrations. You will be amazed when you hear echoes of our amateur radio service as it is today--especially in times of disaster and recovery. Please have a listen.


The valent efforts of the wireless officer John George "Jack" Phillips as his ship sank are beyond description.


12 Apr 2012

GI2012MGY - A special event station onboard the SS Nomadic - Titanics 'Little Sister'.


A special event station located in Belfast from onboard
the SS Nomadic - Titanics 'Little Sister'.

To mark the Centenery of the sinking of the Titanic,
City of Belfast Radio Amateur Society ( CoBRAS ) will
be QRV on most HF bands, CW and SSB, from onboard 'the
Nomadic' from 12th - 18th April. The SS Nomadic is the
only remaining historic link to the Titanic left
afloat, and she is also the last surviving White Star
Line vessel in the world. Like Titanic herself she was
built at the shipyards of Harland and Wolff in
Belfast,and served as a tender to the Olympic and
Titanic. She is curently undergoing restoration work in
the docks where she was built, adjacent to the new
Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.

International interest in all things 'MGY' is reaching
extraordinary levels - and the extremely rare GI2012
prefix is sure to add extra interest from WPX hunters.
CoBRAS members look forward to working many EI
stations during the week of activity from onboard this
unique ship.

Further information and QSL details can be found under
Gi2012MGY at QRZ.com

8 Apr 2012

Mayo Radio Experimenters - Titanic Special Event Operation EI 1 MGY

Mayo Radio Experimenters - Titanic Special Event
Operation EI 1 MGY

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of
the Titanic, The Mayo Radio Experimenters will operate
EI 1 MGY from the 8th to 21st of April as part of the
Addergoole Titanic Society's week-long centenary
programme of events which take place in the village of
Lahardane, County Mayo, commencing Easter Sunday 8th
April through to Sunday 15th April. In April 1912
fourteen men and women from the Parish of Addergoole,
in North Mayo, set sail from Queenstown, Cork for a new
life in America. Within days, eleven had died in the
icy waters of the North Atlantic. Their ship,
‘Titanic’, sank on her maiden voyage. Rural Ireland
resounds with tales of emigration, steeped in the
traditions of letting go. Addergoole will never let go
of the memory of eleven neighbours and friends who
disappeared with that "Ship of Dreams". Please visit:
www.mayo-titanic.com where you can download a brochure
of the events taking place during the week.

2 Apr 2012

World Amateur Radio Day

On April 18, 2012 we will celebrate the World Amateur Radio Day on the 87th Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union, IARU. This year´s theme for the World Amateur Radio Day is
“Amateur Radio Satellites: Celebrating 50 Years in Space" in remembrance the launching of OSCAR 1 on
December 12, 1961 and the launch of OSCAR 2 on June 2, 1962.

For this reason there will be several special event stations from IARU’s Member Societies active on different dates during April: 6H6IARU, 3G73IARU and LZ1WARD. If IARU's Member Societies plan to have a special event station for this reason in April let us now so we can publish the details before the end of this month. Send an email to news@iaru-r2.org with the information.

The 5Mhz Newsletter

The Spring Edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter has now been published and features information on the recent WRC-12 conference. A subscription is not needed and the Newsletter can be freely read or downloaded from Google documents at http://tinyurl.com/7ylxz9z

A paper copy can be obtained by sending an SASE large enough to take folded A4 to the Editor, G4MWO, who is QTHR and on QRZ.com.

A chart is also maintained of current Worldwide 5 MHz Amateur Allocations. This can be found at

1 Apr 2012

Japan to launch Amateur Radio satellites

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced the launch of five amateur radio satellites
on two launches taking place in May and July. The first H-IIA launch takes place on May 17, 1639-1642 UT and will carry the amateur radio satellite HORYU-2. The second launch on July 21, 0218 UT of the HTV3 will deliver the JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
(J-SSOD) to the International Space Station (ISS).