21 Nov 2018

Silent Key - William Boles EI1DK

William was a keen radio experimenter for many decades and was heard regularly on the Dublin repeater. He was a pharmacist by profession and operated his pharmacy practice in Inchicore, Dublin.

IRTS extends its deepest sympathies to his wife Myrtle, children Shirley, Alastair, Maurice, Hazel and Irene, his twelve grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, sisters Olive and Phyllis, brothers John and David, extended family and his many friends.

Funeral Service will take place on Monday 19th November at 11 o’clock in St. Philip’s Church, Temple Road, Dartry. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

16 Oct 2018

Silent Key A.D. Patterson (Barney) GI3KYP / EI4BC

Barney, a native of Delgany, Co Wicklow, and a long-time Belfast resident, was a skilled and patient mentor to many newly-licensed amateurs in the 1960s and 70s. He was RSGB President in 1967 and IRTS President in 1971-1972. Barney was the only person to have been president of both societies.

His Funeral Service will be held, tomorrow, Monday 15th October at 1.00 p.m. in Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast BT5 7TZ - on the Ballygowan Road, south of Belfast City.

IRTS extends its deepest sympathies to his wife Anne, and his children Alec, Janet, Hilary and Claire.

5 Aug 2018

New 144 MHz DX record

On Sunday the 5th of August 2018, there was a remarkable contact on the 2 metre band between Ireland and the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa. 

Mark Turner EI3KD in Cork managed to work D4Z on 144.300 MHz, a distance of some 4163 kms. 
This contact made on CW was also a new DX record for tropo in IARU Region 1. 

To put the distance into perspective, the equivalent distance to the west would span the Atlantic stretching from Ireland to Nova Scotia in Canada. 

Congratulations to Mark on this achievement.

31 Jul 2018

Silent Key - Tony Siviter EI2IZ

With deepest sympathy we announce the passing of Tony Siviter EI2IZ from Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry. Tony was a former member of KARG, but suffered ill-health in recent years.

Tony passed away at University Hospital Kerry on Tuesday 31st July.

Sincere sympathies to all of his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

30 Jul 2018

IRTS & RSGB IOTA Contest - July 28th & 29th 2018

Call: EI7M
Station: EI7M

Class: M/2 
QTH: Cork
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Location: Island Station EU-115

We completed the contest with 3757 QSO's and 543 Mults giving us a total score of 15,681,840 points. Thanks to all for the QSO's throughout the weekend, hope to catch you in the next one and from all of the EI7M Team, 73.

29 Jul 2018

Silent Key - Nicholas EI4GBB

With deepest sympathy we announce the passing of Nicholas EI4GBB. Sincere sympathies to all of his his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

17 Jul 2018

Silent Key - Jim Claffey, EI2DDB

With deepest we regret to announce the sudden death of Jim Claffey, EI2DDB, Howth Road, Sutton, Co. Dublin. Jim passed away suddenly on Tuesday 17th July. Jim will be remembered by those early morning travellers on the road runner net and to long QSOs late into the night on 2 Meters. Sincere sympathies to his family. May he rest in peace.

25 Jun 2018

Silent Key - Harry MacMullan EI2EB

With deepest sympathy we also report the passing of Harry MacMullan EI2EB of Bunclody. Harry passed away last Monday, 25th June aged 82. He had suffered a major stroke on the 13th of February and had spent the time since in hospital, followed then in a nursing home. Harry had gone off air following Hurricane Ophelia when his 40m antenna had been damaged and, only a couple of weeks before his stroke, had been climbing on the roof taking it down and arranging to put up a new one. He had been an avid radio enthusiast since he was young (his father having witnessed Marconi's early experiments in Ballycastle) and qualified as a radio officer in 1958, serving first with Marconi on a tanker, then with Aer Lingus, before joining RTE in 1965. He always enjoyed listening to the sunday IRTS news and calling in afterwards. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends at this time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

18 Jun 2018

EJ0DXG - Bear Island EU121 Activation June 2018

On June 15th members of the EI DX Group (EI9FBB Dave, EI5GM Jeremy and EI5IX Pat) were all set to activate Little Saltee Island EU-103 using the 'Echo Juliet' prefix, EJ0DXG using CW, SSB and Digital modes but unfortunately due to bad weather after storm Hector's visit across the Irish Sea the seas were very rough to make a landing so as a result, we did not land on Little Saltee Island EU-103 for the weekend of June 15th - June 17th. 

Our Skipper reported 'There is too much swell out on the islands'. This was going to be a 'wet landing' and pure 'tent & generator' style operation so unfortunately it was not possible to activate the island that weekend.

Instead, we activated Bere Island EU-121 and managed to make a crossing to this Island with operations beginning Saturday 16th. This activation was in addition to the already announced activity in August on the 24/25/26th. So, you will have 2 chances to work EU-121.

Here are some pictures of our Activation:

Boat over to Bere Island EU-121 

Leaving Port Early on Saturday 16th June 

Directions to other Islands 

Bere Island EU121

Antennas for the Weekend 
(HEX Beam, 3ele on 6m, 80m Dipole & Vertical on 30m & 17m) 

Vertical on 40m

Dave EI9FBB flat out on SSB & CW

Jeremy EI5GM


Jeremy EI5GM & Pat EI5IX in the belly of CW Pileups

EI5IX Pat operating on 17m SSB

11 Jun 2018

Silent Key - Shane McKeever EI4IK

We recently learnt of the death of Shane McKeever EI4IK Rahielty, Rathmoyle, Co. Kilkenny and formerly of Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow on the 11th June 2018 following a short illness. Shane’s funeral took place on Thursday June 14th at 11 o'clock in St. Canice's Church, Kilkenny with cremation afterwards. To his wife Ellie, son Henry, daughter Hanna, mother Una, brother, sisters, aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends we extend our deepest sympathies. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

10 Jun 2018

Silent Key - Dr. George Young EI7BZ

It is with the deepest of sympathy that we announce the passing of two ham operators this week, Dr. George Young EI7BZ and also Tony Baker of Cabinteely.

Our thoughts go out to their families and friends at this time.

1 Jun 2018

Silent Key - Tony Baker EI6EW

We regret to announce the passing of Tony Baker EI6EW, Cabinteely, Co.Dublin in St. Vincents Hospital on 1st June 2018.

Tony was a founder member of South Dublin Radio Club and an avid contest man with the Dalkey Island Contest Group. He came to Amateur Radio via CB radio back in the 80s and having got his “A licence” he quickly immersed himself in most aspects of the hobby including a spell on the IRTS Committee.

Contesting was his main interest, but he enjoyed the challenge of morse and notched up many CW contacts worldwide.

His other interests were many and varied but he was also a Judge for the Irish Kennnel Club and loved his Golden Retriever Dogs especially his own, "CHIEF" who was a champion of breed.

To his dear wife Mary, his children Paul, Susan, Mark, Louise and 14 grandchildren we extend our sympathies.

Irish Islands IOTA Tour 2018

Beginning June 1st 2018, the EIDX Group will activate ALL Irish IOTA Groups.

Using the ‘Echo Juliet’ prefix, EJ0DXG will be QRV from IOTA EU-006, EU-007, EU-103 and EU-121 this summer.

Starting off with ‘Little Saltee Island’ EU-103 on June 15/16/17/18th…the groups will be QRV on HF and 6m bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes.

Follow our Facebook page for information/dates for all other activations.

Supported by dxwanted.net a beautiful plaque will be available for whoever works them on 4 different IOTA Groups. So, as a ‘Bonus’ station, EI0DXG will also be QRV from Mainland Ireland (EU-115) throughout and until September 30th 2018.

Here is the line-up (weather permitting)

EU-103…………....June 15/16/17/18

EU-007…......………....July 20/21/22

EU-121………….....August 24/25/26

EU-006….....September 13/14/15/16

EU-115……Operation begins June 1st until September 30th.

As with all EIDXG activities, QSL via M0OXO.

14 May 2018

RSGB - 432MHz Trophy Contest 2018

Call: G8P
Operator(s): EI5IX EI7FJ G0HFX G4CLA 
Station: G8P

Class: Open Section
Operating Time (hrs): 8
Location: White Cliffs of Dover UK

On May 5th the RSGB - 432 MHz Trophy Championship Contest took place from 14:00UTC – 22:00UTC. This was an 8 hour event and the contest ran concurrently with the first few hours of an IARU / RSGB 24 hour UHF contest. This year I was out active with The Parallel Lines Group under the callsign "G8P" from Locator square JO01QD. 

We had a Huge duct into PA but didn't extend much further unfortunately. There was great WX over the weekend with some nice DX, We finished up the contest with a score of 229 QSO’s 90,466 points and our ODX was OL3Z at 932Km.

A great weekend was had by all the team looking forward to the next one.

14 Apr 2018

21st GM-DX Convention - Saturday, 14 April 2018

This year's 21st GM-DX Convention was also a celebration of twenty-five years since the GM-DX Group was founded in 1993. There was 92 Convention attendees and 70 for the GM-DX Dinner. (Pictures by Nigel G3TXF)

The GM-DX Convention has been held in the same King Robert Hotel in Bannockburn for twenty years.

Rob GM3YTS: GM-DX 25th Birthday cake.

L>R Steve MW0ZZK, Declan EI6FR, Pat EI5IX, Dave EI9FBB and Col MM0NDX

GM-DX Speakers Lasse SM5GLC, Nigel G3TXF, Hawk SM5AQD, Chris GM3WOJ and Don G3XTT collect their GM-DX Mugs.

Steve MW0ZZK, Declan EI6FR, Col MM0NDX and Jonathan MM0OKG.

Dave EI9FBB and Pat EI5IX.

Hawk SM5AQD, Clive GM3POI, Lasse SM5GLC and Joe DL4CF

Chris GM3WOJ is presented with the RSGB's Jack Wylie Trophy by RSGB President Nick G3RWF.

Tom GM4FDM and Gavin GM0GAV.

Iain M0PCB, Fred G4BWP, Kerry G8VR and Neil G0JHC.

Nadine MM0WNW, Ian GM3SEK, Martin GM8IEM and Aileen.

Justin G4TSH, Chris G3SVL and Don G3XTT.

Nigel G3TXF is ready to drive back to Edinburgh Airport: EDI

4 Mar 2018

Silent Key – Aidan Murphy EI5HW

We regret to inform you of the death on Monday 26th February of Aidan Murphy EI5HW of Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath. Aidan had been ill for some time before his untimely death at just fifty years of age.

Aidan was founder of the Ballooning and Amateur Radio Club of Ireland and he held both balloon and helicopter pilot’s licences.

For at least fourteen years Aidan with his good friends Seán EI7CV and Gerry EI9DZ had a club stand at Frtiedrichshafen through which they made worldwide friendships. Aidan’s funeral took place on Wednesday 28th February.

To his wife Alison, his daughter Aoife, his father Pat, his brothers Willie and Ronan as well as to his wider family and his many friends we extend our sincerest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

4 Feb 2018

Silent Key - Kevin (Buddy) Rock EI5JG

On the 30th of January the death took place of Kevin (Buddy) Rock EI5JG after a short illness. Buddy, from Drogheda Co. Louth, was laid to rest in the Old Cemetery, Termonfeckin. And if Buddy was writing this he would say “that‘ll do” for this notice as he was a no-fuss kind of man. Buddy was a car bodyworks specialist all of his life and he took great pleasure in repairing the damage caused when your car fell off the road. He would talk about all the changes over the years as when he started the main part of the finishing of the job was using lead solder bars to fill out the body lines and then an assortment of heat and body files to the job. Having seen his work you would need little more than a heavy coat of primer to finish it for the final painting. On the radio side of Buddy’s life he had quite a lot of radios over the years. He had hands for anything and when he was looking for some aerials to put up he had a look at what some of his local radio hams were using and he said he could make them himself. This was not out of meanest, just the fact that the man had a great pair of hands. One such job he did was to make his own rotator, he acquired a small gearbox with a 99/1 turn ratio attached to a small DC motor via a couple of toothed pullies and a camshaft belt. For the controller he started off with making a camshaft lobe out of a chopping board and attached it to the pole then he used a length of throttle cable with one end connected to the lobe the other end ran into the shack. In the shack the cable ran along the celling with the outer part of the cable removed and a pointer attached to the inner cable by turning the rotator the internal wire moved the pointer along the ceiling, he marked on the ceiling some compass settings and some locations so he knew where the beams were pointing - not that any kind of wind would shift it. . 

I offer deepest sympathies to Buddy’s family and many friends. Rest in peace old friend until we meet again. - Pat EI2HX

Silent Key - Alex Barrett EI6AG

We regret to announce the death of Alex Barrett EI6AG at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork on Thursday February 1st 2018. Alex, from Glounthaune, Co. Cork, was well known to older amateurs as the owner of Southern Electronics, the main dealer for Ireland for Storno Radio. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Enda and four daughters and to his extended family. May he rest in peace