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.

20 Oct 2020

EIDX Group Summer Challenge Results

The EI DX Group Summer Challenge ran from June 1st until August 30th and participants earned points for each DXCC country, CQ Zone, Irish County and EI DX Group member worked.
The results were announced in a live Facebook broadcast from Inis Mór, one of the Aran Islands by Dave EI9FBB last weekend. 

Congratulations to the Gold Plaque EI winner, Pat O’Connor EI9HX; Silver Plaque winner, Seamus Campbell EI3KE and Bronze Plaque winner, Declan Horan EI9FVB. The overseas plaque winners were as follows: Europe - Roland DL1EAL, Asia - Alik RX9WN. North America - William AL7KC and Africa - Simon ZS1XG. 

The EI DX group would like to thank everyone who supported this very enjoyable event. The EI DX Group was formed in January 2016 to encourage and facilitate Irish radio amateurs who wished to explore the possibility of participating in a major DX-pedition. Anyone interested in DXing is invited to join the group. Log on to EIDXG.com for all the details.

14 Oct 2020

Silent Key - Dominic Curtin EI9JS


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dominic Curtin EI9JS at The North West Hospice, Sligo, on Tuesday, October 6th.
Dominic had been ill for some time, but despite his illness, he was active on every part of the spectrum from HF, VHF, UHF and SHF bands. He was also heard regularly chatting on the Mayo VHF repeater where he also took turns at reading the IRTS news on Sunday nights at 9pm on the Mayo VHF Repeater. 

Dominic was a long-time member of the Mayo Radio Experimenters Network and was very involved with the club on activations and contests. He attended all radio rallies throughout EI/GI. 

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all of our club members. His funeral was on Tuesday October13th at 11am in St Colman’s Church, Derrinacartha, Co. Roscommon with burial afterwards at the Church of Ireland cemetery, Green Street, Boyle. 

Dominic's funeral was live-streamed on Higgins and Sons Undertakers Facebook page. 

We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, relatives and friends. 
Till we meet our good friend again, 

May he Rest in Peace

3 Oct 2020

Silent Key – Andy Early EI4ERB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Earley EI4ERB last Tuesday, September 29th. Andy had been ill for a long time but was still active on two metres up to a few weeks ago, regularly calling into the IRTS news and the North Dublin Radio Club's weekly Saturday night net. 

Andy was a long-time member of the North Dublin Radio Club and was also a well-known visitor to the other Dublin clubs. Andy's funeral took place last Thursday, October 1st. Predeceased by his son Peter. Sadly missed by his family, wife Cora, sons Liam and Andrew, daughter Linda, son-in-law Ciaran, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. 

May Andy rest in peace.