30 Apr 2015

RMS Lusitania Anniversary

The Lusitania was the fastest ship on the Atlantic and took the Blue Riband Award 
for crossing to New York in 4 days, 19 hours and 52 minutes. She left New York on the 
1st of May 1915 with 1959 passengers and crew on board. On the 7th of May a single torpedo fired from the German U-boat U-20 slammed into the starboard side of the Lusitania off the southern coast of Ireland, The ship listed and sank in just 18 minutes. While 761 of those on board were rescued 1198 were not so fortunate. 

To mark the 100th anniversary, the Mayo Club, MREN, will be activating the special event 
callsign EI0MFA as part of their club’s activity evening on the 6th of May and on various 
occasions throughout the month of May. 

The Lusitania Radio Club will be operating the special event callsign EI100MFA on the 6th and 7th of May from a site near the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, Co Cork. Ireland

27 Apr 2015

Silent Key – Finbarr EI1CS

Silent Key – Finbarr EI1CS

The death has occurred of Fr. Finbarr Buckley EI1CS, Cork City on April 19th at Cork University Hospital.
Finbarr served as President of IRTS from 2006 to 2009. I worked Finbar many times on the air via CW and he will be sadly missed from the airwaves. A private family funeral took place on Wednesday last April 22nd to St. Finbarr’s Cemetary, Cork.

May he rest in peace.


25 Apr 2015

New Transatlantic 144MHz beacon

The EI2DKH Transatlantic 144MHz beacon 

Operational as of 12 April 2015.

Transmitting JT65b with CW ID on 144.488 MHz every even minute 
 Listening on 144.155 MHz every odd minute.

Any call signs received are uploaded to a publicly accessible webpage at

During major meteor showers the beacon will switch to FSK441

4 x 5 element LFA-Q (22.24 dBi) QTF 270ยบ
(sponsored by InnoVantennas http://www.innovantennas.com/)
Antenna height 60m ASL
TX power 75 watts

Latitude: 51 33.70'N, Longitude: 009 42.60'W. 

Kilcrohane, Sheeps Head, Co. Cork, Ireland. 

Kilcrohane is about half way out the Sheeps Head Peninsula - a long, rugged headland that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean off Ireland's South West Coast. 

Sheeps Head is on the route of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

73's DE EI5IX / M0XII - Pat