26 Sep 2016

IRTS Contest News

Results of the SSB Field Day Contest, held over the weekend of 3rd & 4th September, have been published. The Contest Results page at www.irts.ie/results has links to these results. Five EI stations participated in the contest, with some reporting reasonable conditions on most bands, except 10 metres, which offered only brief openings towards the end of the contest.

The next IRTS contest is the 40 metres counties contest on Sunday 9th October, at 12:00 UTC, for 3 hours. This contest has fixed and portable sections, for SSB only and for SSB/CW mixed mode entries. See www.irts.ie/contests for more details.

25 Sep 2016

Silent Key - Terry Barnes GI3USS / EI8BH

The death has occurred of Terry Barnes GI3USS & EI8BH, peacefully, in Bangor County Down, in his 85th year. Terry was a Past President of RSGB, and a founder member of the Bangor and District Amateur Radio Society in 1967. He served as treasurer of the Society continuously for some forty-five years.

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for his life on Tuesday, 27th September, at 1pm in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor - followed by cremation at 4pm in Roselawn Crematorium.

May he rest in peace.

18 Sep 2016

IRTS - 2m Counties Contest Results

Results of the August 2 Metres Counties Contest have been published.

The Contest Results page at www.irts.ie/results has links to these results.

Activity levels were low, 13 station logs were submitted, showing just 23 EI/GI counties active on the day, with the best representation from counties in the northern part of the country.

A diary date for contesters: our first ever Autumn 40 metres counties contest takes place on Sunday 9th October; more details in later news bulletins.

15 Sep 2016

Silent Key - John A.C. Breen EI7BV

The funeral of John Breen EI7BV took place at Terenure College Chapel on Thursday last 15th September. A large number of radio amateurs were present including IRTS President Gerry Gervin EI8CC and Vice-President Jim Holohan EI4HH.

John was a very active member of South Dublin Radio Club and at last Tuesday's meeting the news of his passing was met with shock and sadness. Spontaneous tributes to John were paid by many of the over 20 present in the club.

May he rest in peace

5 Sep 2016

RSGB – 144MHz Trophy Championship Contest September 2016

On September 3rd & 4th the RSGB - 144 MHz Trophy Championship Contest took place from 14:00 UTC. This was a 24 hour event and this year I was active with the Blacksheep Contest and DX Group under the callsign "G8T" from Locator square JO01KJ. 

There was a lot of preparations made for this contest so most of the group arrived on the site Thursday and started to put together our station for the weekend. Wx was reasonable for the time of year.

Antennas: 2x14 + 4x10 + 6x3 + 2x9

The Band conditions this year was more or less Flat with a slight enhancement towards the South West towards Spain. No equipment issues this year for a change - everything worked except our Internet connection which failed from 2300 UTC to 10.30 UTC which prevented us making many skeds via ON4KST Chat facility. 

We finished up this contest this year in 2nd Place with 700 QSO’s 288,644 points and our ODX was OE1W at 1125 Km. Thanks to all for the QSO's I do hope to work you in the next contest. 
GL & 73