30 Jun 2021

MM8C & GM3RCV – Monach Isles, EU-111

I am delighted to announce that I will be active alongside G0FDZ Chris, G0VJG Nobby, G2NF Tony and M0SDV Jamie from Ceann Ear on the Monach Islands EU111 July 22-27, 2021. 

We will be QRV as MM8C for the IOTA contest. Outside the contest, we will be active as GM3RCV on CW, SSB. 

QSL's via LoTW, Club Log OQRS.

24 Jun 2021

EI2DKH Transatlantic Beacon Update

Tony EI8JK, keeper of the EI2DKH 2 metre transatlantic beacon located at Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork has announced that on advice received, the Q65 sub-mode has been changed from A to C, as sub-mode C is reported to be more sensitive for 144MHz. Also following advice, the listening frequency has been changed from 144.120 to 144.178 MHz to avoid conflict with EME operators. All the latest information on the beacon is always posted on the EI2DKH QRZ.com page.

Silent Key - Kevin Kilduff EI3C

We are saddened to report on the death of Kevin Kilduff EI3C of Swellan Lower, County Cavan, on Wednesday last June 23rd. While not active on the air in recent years, Kevin was a keen HF operator and made many good friends via amateur radio both at home abroad, particularly in the United States. He was very active in his community and gave great service to many local organisations. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Phyllis and sons Fr. Donal EI4FF, Kevin, Thomas and Sean. May he rest in peace.

13 Jun 2021

Silent Key - Paddy Maher (Padraig Ó Meachair) EI7GK,

We were saddened to hear that Paddy Maher EI7GK died on 11th June. Paddy was a very active radio amateur and IRTS committee member. Until a few years ago, he was the society's Bainisteoir na Gaeilge and read the weekly radio news bulletins in Irish on 40 metres. He had previously served the society as Radio News Editor and as outgoing QSL Manager. Paddy was a keen Worked All Ireland operator, and activated many rare squares, including squares on a number of offshore islands. He also brought his radio gear with him on his travels overseas, his "Echo India Seacht Golf Kilo" call sign was heard from places as far apart as Monaco, Iceland and Mexico. 

Paddy's "QSO as Gaeilge" from these relatively rare locations were much appreciated by EI operators. Paddy was a science teacher in the Community College in Wicklow. He promoted the benefits of amateur radio with his students, and some of their projects entered for the Young Scientists Exhibition were radio related - these projects included a study of HF propagation and a comparison of received signal strengths using different types of antennas at varying altitudes. In addition, paddy had a great love for the Irish language and culture.

Following his retirement, he was heavily involved in many local community activities, even in recent years when his health was poor. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Irene, daughters Cliona and Emer, sons John and Declan EI4FCB as well as his extended family and friends.
May Paddy Rest In Peace.

23 May 2021

New 40 MHz propagation beacon now operational from the West of Ireland

A new 8-metre propagation beacon with the callsign EI1CAH is now operational from the west of Ireland, and it transmits on a frequency of 40.016MHz. The new beacon will transmit in both CW and PI4 modes with an output power of 25-watts into a horizontal dipole. This new 40 MHz beacon is designed to explore the possibility of VHF paths across the Atlantic as it is situated roughly halfway between the 10m and 6m bands. It is hoped that the beacon will prove to be a handy propagation indicator for any serious 50 MHz stations in North America looking for any impending openings to Europe. It is expected that the beacon can be heard in North America, the Caribbean and South America during the Sporadic-E season going from May to July every year and around the time of the peak of the upcoming sunspot cycle when the MUF goes well above 30 MHz.

14 May 2021

Silent Key - Hazel Leahy EI9IZ

With great sadness, we announce the death of Hazel Leahy EI9IZ of Barnlough, Bansha, Co Tipperary, who passed away on Thursday the 13th of May 2021. While not very active in recent years, Hazel was one of the founding members of Tipperary Amateur Radio Group when it was formed in October 1994. She served as secretary of T.A.R.G. on its formation and played a major role in getting the group active over the following years. Hazel was a well respected and a valued member of T.A.R.G. as her enthusiasm for ham radio was infectious. We offer our deepest sympathies to her loving husband Joe EI5GE and extended family. May she rest in peace.

7 Mar 2021

Silent Key - Peter Grant EI4HX

We regret to announce the sudden death of Peter Grant EI4HX at his home in Dundalk, County Louth, on Tuesday last, March 2nd. Peter, a native of County Down, was an ex-member and ex-officer of the Dundalk Amateur Radio Society and at the national level was a committee member of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society for many years and served at various times as book sales manager and awards manager between 1997 and 2011. Peter was also active on VHF and UHF, and on HF, he was prominent in the Worked All Ireland Award Scheme. Peter was laid to rest on Saturday, March 6th, at Kilsaran cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen and sons Joey and John, and his extended family and friends.