Irish Radio Transmitters Society
Radio News Bulletin

Sunday April 10th 2005

Marconi Lecture

Radio Experimenters are in for a treat on Wednesday 
next April the 13th, when an illustrated lecture 
entitled "Marconi - the Irish connection" will be given 
by Professor Michael Sexton at the Old City Gaol and 
Radio Museum in Sundays Well in Cork City.

Professor Sexton recently published a book on Marconi's 
activities in Ireland and will cover in detail all of 
Marconi's installations in Ireland. This very 
interesting presentation should not to be missed. An 
added bonus is that the Radio Museum will open 
specially for those attending the lecture from seven 
O'clock and Larry EI8FJB will be on hand to guide 
visitors around the excellent displays.

The lecture starts at eight O'clock and admission to 
the museum and lecture will cost five euro. The event 
is being organised by Region 5 of the Irish Radio 
Transmitters Society. Enquiries to Dave Moore EI4BZ on 

Cork Radio Club

The Annual General Meeting of the Cork Radio Club took 
place at Wilton Park House on Monday March 21st last.
Reviews and reports of the club's activities over the 
past year were presented. The chairman, Jeremy, in 
welcoming everyone commented on the club's involvement 
with IRTS, having in the last year no less than six of 
its members on the national committee, including past 
president Dave Moore EI4BZ and current Vice President 
Finbarr EI1CS. It is hoped to plan more activity during 
the coming year.

John EI3EC, the clubs Hon Vice President presided over 
the election of officers and committee for the coming 
year and the following were elected. Chairman, Stephen 
O'Leary EI6JA. Hon. Secretary, Finbarr EI1CS, Treasurer 
Dick EI6HH and members Anatoly EI4JF, Pat EI2GHB and 
Dave EI9FBB.

Important Information for 2-metre Counties Contest 
Entrants The Spring 2 metre Counties Contest took place 
on Easter Monday last. The closing date for receipt of 
Logs is Wednesday April 27th 2005. Logs arriving after 
this date will not be accepted. Important. If emailing 
logs please ensure that they are sent to contests at 
irts dot ie. Please use this address only as logs sent 
to other email addresses may be lost due to spam 
filtering, all logs submitted by email will be 
acknowledged on receipt, if you do not receive a 
receipt within 24 hours contact the Contest Manager.
Paper logs should be sent directly to Noel EI2JC at 
QTHR. The e-mail address again is contests at

Enniskillen Rally

The annual mobile rally, by the Lough Erne Amateur 
Radio Club will take place next Sunday, the 17th of 
April at a new location, which is located five miles 
from Enniskillen on the Enniskillen to Kesh road. This 
is the Manor House Hotel, where Doors open at 12 noon 
with all the usual traders. More information and map at Club contact 
is Herbie Graham on (028) 048 66387761.

Mini Marathon On Monday the 6th of June, EI2BY will be 
providing emergency radio coverage of the women's 
If you would like to take part in this special event 
licensed by ComReg as EI2WMM please contact George 
Adjaye, EI2CPB by fax on 01 4908546 or phone 086 
2586103. You can also e-mail George at adjayeg at Please provide your name, phone number and 
callsign. Also note that you will require a 2-metre rig 
of your own for the event.

Tipperary Amateur Radio Group

Over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April last, 
Tipperary Amateur Radio Group, with assistance from 
others provided radio communications for almost all of 
the walks of the Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival.
Radio Personnel were on all but the 'C' walk on Sunday.

Over 250 walkers participated over the course of the 
two days, TARG would like to thank all those who helped 
out with communications over the weekend.

Experimenters involved in the event were; EI7IG, 

For more information on Tipperary Amateur Radio Group, 

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

The next general meeting of South Eastern Amateur Radio 
Group will take place at 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday the 
27th of April 2005. The meeting will feature a talk and 
demonstration of APRS by John Ronan EI7IG and John 
McCarthy EI8JA.

The date of the 2005 Waterford Rally has been 
announced. The rally will take place on the 16th of 
October 2005 in the McEniff, Ard Ri Hotel. Waterford.
More information will be announced in future bulletins 
and at

Mayo Radio Experimenters Network

The Mayo REN Competition Results for January and 
February 2005 are;

In joint 1st place was John McAndrew EI3JM and Jimmy 
Kelly EI2GCB.
Padraic Baynes EI9JA took second place. 3rd place went 
to John Browne EI7FAB. 4th was Brendan Minish EI6IZ and 
Mike Hayes EI2EO was 5th.

The Mayo Radio Experimenters network has announced that 
classes for instruction in the theory will recommence 
in September.

Dates for your Diary

The Holyland DX Contest and the EU Spring Sprint (CW) 
will take place on Saturday the 16th of April and the 
YU DX contest will take place over the same weekend of 
the 16th and 17th. International Marconi Day will take 
place on Saturday the 23rd of April.

The SP DX RTTY Contest will take place on the 23rd and 
24th of April.

The National Mills Weekend in the UK takes place over 
the weekend of the 7th and 8th of May 2005. More 
information can be had from
The IRTS CW Field Day will take place on the weekend of 
June the 5th and 6th 2005.

International Marconi Day (23rd April 2005)

International Marconi Day (IMD) is a 24-hour amateur 
radio event held annually to celebrate the birth of 
Guglielmo Marconi on the 25th of April 1874. The IMD 
event is not a contest, it is an opportunity for 
amateurs around the world to make point-to-point 
contact with historic Marconi sites using HF 
communications techniques similar to those used by 
Marconi, and to gain an attractive Award for achieving 
the requisite number of Marconi stations worked.

International Marconi Day is usually held on the 
Saturday closest to Marconi's birthday, when amateur 
radio stations are established and operated from or 
near original historic sites. This year, the event will 
take place on the 23rd of April. These stations are 
known as the 'Award Stations' and are listed on the IMD 
Web Site. The list is regularly updated as the various 
stations confirm their availability to operate.
For more information visit

Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend

The 2004 International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend 
took place over the weekend 21/22 August 2004 when over 
380 lighthouse stations were established in 52 
countries. A full list of stations with their details 
can be found at

This year the event will run from 0001 UTC on the 20th 
of August until 2359 UTC on the 21st of August 2005.

Guidelines for the International Lighthouse/Lightship 
Weekend 2005 can be found at 
So come and join the fun and let us have over 400 
stations at lighthouses or lightships.

World Amateur Radio Day 2005

The World Amateur Radio Day 2005 Award is designed to 
commemorate the World Amateur Radio Day celebrated by 
IARU on the 18th of April each year. It is issued by 
the Polish Radio Amateurs Journal, with support of PZK, 
The Polish Amateur Radio Union.

WARD 2005 will be granted for at least the following 
numbers of contacts: either 10 QSO's on HF bands, or 5 
QSO's on VHF bands. All contacts must be made between 
00:00 and 24:00 UTC on the 18th of April 2005. Send a 
standard application form (log extract), including the 
list of QSO's, to:

MK QTC, The Radio Amateurs' Journal, Suchacz-Zamek, 
Wielmozy 5b, 82-340 Tolkmicko, Poland on or before the 
31st of May 2005. The price of the WARD 2005 Award is 5 
US dollars or 5 euro. The WARD 2005 Award is also 
available to SWL's for the same numbers of reports.

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