28 Nov 2016

CQWW CW Contest November 26th & 27th 2016

Call: G2F
Station: G2F
Class: M/S HP
QTH: Wisbech
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: Northern Europe

Band   QSOs   Zones    Countries
160:      354      13            64
80:       1031     31          112
40:       1438     37          142
20:       1728     37          136
15:         239     29          104
10:          14       5            15

Total:   4805   152          573        Total Score 6,002,275

Another fantastic weekend. Band conditions were a bit better than CQWW SSB but we knew it was going to be tough. We had the pleasure of hosting new guests Rob ZB2TT, Maciek SQ6MS and Pete G4MJS - thanks to them for making the trip to the station and making a huge contribution to our effort. The Live Contest scoreboard makes for compulsive viewing and added to the weekends craic. This was a weekend that we were located in the wrong place! Once again thanks to everyone for the QSO's and making CQWW the great event it is and Season's Greetings to you and your's.

Cheers from all @ G2F

27 Nov 2016

IRTS - 80m CW Counties Contest Results

Results of the 80m Evening CW Counties Contest have now been published, the Contest Results page at www.irts.ie/results has all the details. Dave Moore EI4BZ was the top-scoring Irish station, while Andy Malbon G8MIA was the top-scoring overseas station. Congratulations to both winners.

In 2017, our Evening Counties Contests will have SSB Only and mixed mode SSB/CW sections, as it is clear that there is insufficient support for a CW-only event. Full details of this and other changes to the contest calendar and rules will be included in the next issue of the members' journal, Echo Ireland.

22 Nov 2016

Silent Key - Gerald EI2CF

The death has occurred of Gerald O'Reilly EI2CF of Monavalley, Tralee, Co Kerry. Gerald passed away on Saturday 19th November, and will be missed by his family and many friends. Gerald worked with the ESB most of his life, but will be best remembered for his involvement in the Rose of Tralee International festival, where he served as President in the 1981 and 1982.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

20 Nov 2016

First EI to get the ARRL Worked All States Award on 144 MHz

Tom EI4DQ has recently worked his last state for the ARRL (WAS) Worked All States award on 144 MHz. This award involves working and confirming each of the 50 states of the United States of America. Tom tells us that the most difficult states to work were Rhode Island, Nebraska and Iowa. Tom EI4DQ has concentrated in recent years on EME (also known as Moonbounce) and achieved DXCC on 144 MHz a few years ago, the first and only EI to achieve that award. Tom is an inspiration to us all and this shows us that with commitment and dedication everything is possible. A Job well done Tom and congrats on this fantastic achievement.  

13 Nov 2016

Silent Key – Bernie EI6AX

It is with great sadness and sincere regret that we inform you of the death of Bernie O'Sullivan EI6AX of Cahermore, Beara, County Cork. Bernie died on 9th November after a relatively short illness and his funeral took place on Friday last.

Bernie was a great supporter of IRTS and understood and appreciated the work of the Society for radio amateurs and amateur radio. Up to the time of his illness Bernie was a regular caller on the Sunday HF Radio News bulletins. His signals were always superb and he was, so to speak, a beacon from the extreme western edge of the Beara peninsula.

Up to a few years ago Bernie and his great friend John EI3BF were regular attendees at the IRTS annual dinners. In the years past Bernie regaled the attendance with his humorous poems and stories. His poem 'Pat and Pete' which was an account of an imaginary conversation between a mythical Irish radio ham Pat and St. Peter at the Pearly Gates is legendary.

Bernie will be very sadly missed by his many friends in amateur radio both at home and further afield.

To his wife Mary, his daughters Rose, Helen and Siobhán and to his sons Donncha and Pádraigh as well as to his extended family and friends we offer our sincerest sympathy.

Bernie was a man of great heart and spirit. That heart is now stilled and the 'Beacon of Beara' is now silent. May he rest in peace. Ní bheidh a leithéad ann arís. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílish

6 Nov 2016

IRTS - 80m CW Counties Contest

On Tuesday 8th November, there is a one-hour 80 metres IRTS Counties Contest, running from 20:00 to 21:00 UTC. This is the CW event: the SSB version of this contest, held earlier this year, was very well supported, with stations active in 23 EI and GI counties. 

See www.irts.ie/contests for full rules, including the power limit and permitted frequency range.