19 May 2015

Silent Key Bill EI3DM

Silent Key Bill EI3DM 

I'm saddened to hear of the death of William (Bill) Foley EI3DM on 16th May 2015. 
Bill was the holder of the very first EI VHF licence. I remember working Bill a few times and in recent years via Echo Link and on ATV streaming via the BATC website 

Bill's Funeral took place to Mount St. Jerome Cemetary in Harold's Cross, Dublin 6W, Co. Dublin, on Tuesday 19th May.

You will be missed on the airwaves my friend, may he rest in peace.


11 May 2015

RSGB 70MHz CW Trophy Contest, May 10th 2015

On May 10th the RSGB - 70 MHz CW Trophy Contest took place. I was out active with The BlackSheep Contest and DX Group under the callsign "M0BAA/P" from Locator square JO01KJ and first time that the Blacksheep Contest and DX group have entered this contest. Mike G8TIC and Bill M0BTZ and I arrived on site on the Saturday evening and set up the antenna system which was a 7 element DK7ZB on our Versa Tower at 20m, we worked hard into Saturday night building the system and finally setup the Yaesu FT5000DX with a DB6NT Transverter and a 4CX250B valve linear amplifier producing 160 watts. Once everything was prepared we went for a beer with some food and got some sleep before the start of the contest at 09:00UTC.

Conditions were flat and at times we struggled to work stations in the north of the country, but some big MS bursts at times from the continent included us hearing some Eastern European commercial radio stations break through at times. As for the weather I got to say it was very good to us for this contest and certainly helped us when setting up and taking apart the station.

We finished this contest in 3rd Place with 31 QSO's and 27 Post Code Multipliers totalling 268,083 points, our ODX was GM3WOJ at 779Km's. 

Once again thanks to everyone that called us and gave us points in this contest it was great to see some EI/GI stations in the log too.

Look forward to the next one,