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.